RC Quadcopter / Drone Frame Designs

Here are some RC Quadcopter frames I designed a while back. None of these have been tested, just played around with designing for a while. Here are photos of the designs I have made. https://jtice.smugmug.com/RC/MultiRotor/Frame-Designs/ Downloads for files can be found here. http://jtice.com/downloads/multi-rotor/

Family Vacation to Colorado 2016

   The family and I took a trip out to Colorado to visit with my brother, its a trip we have talked about for several years and we finally made it happen. We had an amazing time and it certainly will not be our last time out west! Suck a beautiful area and so much to see. I would like to write a full trip report about it all, but I simply dont have the time right now. For now I will just try to list most of the places we visited and like always, I took lots of photos. […]

Bought a 5.5W Laser Engraver

UPDATE: I had some issues with the 5.5W laser unit that came with this engraver, I could not get it to focus well, and it seemed to loose power over time. So I replaced it with a 2.3W TTL unit. Most all diode lasers over 2.5W can not focus down as tight, the new 2.3W unit actually engraves much better than the old 5.5W unit. Since I have enjoyed having a 3D Printer to create things the last year or so, I figured a Laser Engraver would be a nice addition. There a are a ton of them coming out […]

Prusa i3v 3D Printer

I have had this 3D printer for about a year or so now, but just not making a post about it. Always wanted one soon as I heard about them, prices finally came down on the do it yourself kits, so I bought myself one. The assembly was pretty easy, took about 3 afternoons after work. But the setup and adjustments take days when you first start using one. There is alot involved as far as how things need to be printed, what settings to use. Just lots of little things you have to learn to get things working the […]

Jeep JK – A-Pillar Switch Panel

    I looked into several options for mounting switches in the JK. Compared to the TJs I have owned, there really isnt we much dash space to mount aftermarket switches in the JK. I was going to use the overhead panel that mounts above the rear view mirror, but I wanted the switches to be easy to reach when standing outside the Jeep. So that I can easily operate some of the external lights while camping. Plus the overhead panels seem to be so much more expensive for no reason. I decided to use a Rugged Ridge A-Pillar switch […]

Hatfield McCoy Trails – Bear Wallow – Long Crawl Trail

    Took a trip down to Ethal, WV to a fairly new section of trails now open to 4x4s at Hatfield McCoys Bear Wallow Park. We camped out at Chief Logan State Park the night before, then headed to Bear Wallow the next day. This was by far the most challenging trail I have done in quite a while and was the first true test of my Jeep JK. Overall I was very pleased with how the Jeep did. I only had to winch twice, which wasnt bad considering I am only running 35″ tires. As far as I […]

White Mountains 2016

Alan and I took another trip back to the White Mountains again this year. We had taken a motorcycle trip here the year before. Last Years Trip Report. Which didn’t go as well with Alans bike breaking down. This year we wanted to do some backpacking on Mt. Washington, so we decided to drive my truck this trip. Just over 1,600 miles round trip. Places we visited: USS Nautilus Submarine Museum – CT Madison Boulder Natural Area – NH Cathedral Ledge Park – NH Mount Washington Cog Railroad – NH Backpacked on Mount Washington – NH Conway Scenic Railroad – NH USS Intrepid Sea, Air […]

Smoky Mountains 2016

Some of you may have seen in my other trip reports or photos that I usually take at least one decent motorcycle trip a year. A friend and co-worker, Alan, joins me on most of the trips. This year we decided to go back down to the Great Smokie Mountains area again. We took a trip down there three years ago and really enjoyed the scenery and the excellent roads they have. Here is the trip report from when we were there in 2013. This was the first major trip that Alan had done with his Suzuki VStrom, our last […]

FMF Stubby Front Bumper and Smittybilt XRC 9.5 Winch

Today I removed the big plastic canoe that Jeep calls a front bumper and installed a Full Metal Fab Stubby front bumper. Like most things though, you had to do some prep work before bolting the bumper on. Seems you have to do some of these things for just about any aftermarket bumper you buy, especially ones that have a recessed winch mount. I bought the bumper bare metal, I like to just spray pain most my parts, that way I can easily touch them up if they get scratched. The bumper is VERY well made, well designed, and welds […]