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Tamworth- last event of 2015

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Overall a great weekend to end 2015 in spite of some big spills! Read More

Gang Warily 2015- The pay off

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

The Beast came alive and even won a race! Read More

Towcester 2015

Saturday, September 5th, 2015
The Beast still can’t handle water! I guess that means its a useless hovercraft so far.

The 3D Printing Revolution

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

3D printing could be yet another death knell for high street shops Read More

Allerton Park 2015- 1st Outing for F2

Monday, July 13th, 2015

1st outing for F2 was a pretty successful- even saw a last lap board!  Read More

Home straight at last

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Been too hard at work to post pictures let alone keep my girlfriend and job! Read More

Shiny metal bits for the F2

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Finally sick of carbon dust so time to get back to good old predicable steel! Read More

Fan moulds

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Once I got into my new workshop situated near the nuclear fusion plant in Oxfordshire, I spent a few months sanding and swearing. Read More

My history in workshops

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Time again to change workshops (not even my fault this time!). Got me to reminiscing about my past workshops.

My first and best workshop was at big school with everything that could possibly be needed, welding, lathes, mills, woodshop

I rented a space in the corner of the hovercraft museum to build the Peril mould, when I ran out of inspiration I used to wander around the old cross-channel SR.N4s.

The awesome guys at Marine concepts took me in and helped me make my mould and the Yellow Peril.

I went back a few times over the years to lay up some other hulls.

When I went to uni I continued with the ‘if you dont ask you dont get’ mentality. I ended up taking over a corner of the almost abandoned hydraulics lab at Bristol in 2010.

Always returning to my Mum and Dad’s garage in-between workshops.

Probably the worst was during 2013 under a gazebo behind my house in Newbury. Had to build temporary tents and use a fan heater to make most layups go off.

During the F2 build I have even been using workshops in exotic locations like barns in Blackburn.

For most of 2014 I was in an underground carpark in Birmingham. This was proper horror movie stuff including an old abandoned underground  canteen and steps leading to nowhere…

Although it was a damp, dark murderhole that my boss never paid the rent for, it was free to me and I was the only one really using it.

It doesnt show in the pictures but the lighting was crap, not ideal for complex laminating and sealing tricky vacuum bags. It did show things i hadnt seen before, who knew that peel ply lets off some sort of UV glow when you remove it:
Peelply glow
Blue light

Jumped on the 3D printing bandwagon…

Monday, October 6th, 2014

One evening in February I found myself driving around Margate having bought a 3D printer Read More