XT Mobile war-room footage

The XT Network still has issues and heads have started to roll.

The spoofs continue to roll out. First there was the XT Network for sale on Trademe – disguised as a lemon. Now, never before seen footage of Dr Reynolds and his close knit team in the days immediately following the last big outage.

Here’s the video…

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And here’s a screen shot of the Trade Me auction.

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Bad translation

Click on the image to read the whole thing...

Click on the image to read the whole thing...

The $2 shop is good for boat builders using epoxy resin. You need lots of disposable brushes and disposable gloves.

Because everything in the $2 shop comes from China it’s highly likely that you will experience a bad translation every now and then.

This is the best I have seen.

…Let your finger hit by a bullet to move freely in the homework…


Click on the image to see the big picture and laugh out loud!

Minimax #3

Well, I’m nearly at the point of putting the deck on and clinching those nails around the bow of this tiny vessel.

Tonight and last night I built the steering wheel pad, installed the stringers (the walls of the cockpit) and shaped and installed the compression struts (which you can see at an angle on the floor of the boat).

All that remains is to seal the inside of all internal cavities.I’ll do this with epoxy, and with some epoxy filler along the edges and seams.

Here are the latest pictures as promised.

Only 8 days to go until I leave for the boat show.

From the bow - shows steering wheel pad, stringers and internal support.

From the bow - shows steering wheel pad, stringers and internal support.

Detail showing the fine craftsmanship...

Detail showing the fine craftsmanship...

Minimax #2

Made good progress this weekend.

I have all the components for the internal bracing prepared. The only piece still to be built is the transom pad that the outboard motor screws to.

A few modifications have been made (inadvertently) along the way. The two side pieces didn’t match exactly so I had to plane the taller of the two which in turn means that I’ll need to shave several millimetres off the cross piece. I’m sure that this will not have a detrimental effect on the boat performance. Only issue is if I can bend the plywood on the top that extra distance.

For the rest of this week I’ll be fitting the struts, and the transom pad, and then I’ll start fibre-glassing the interior spaces and all exterior edges.

I have three weeks left, and need to time application of resin along with drying time, sanding and then painting.

I have no idea how you’re supposed to be able to make this in a weekend.

Here’s some pics on progress.

Most of the hard work is done

Most of the hard work is done

Bow, sides, cross piece and struts

Fore strut, sides, cross piece and struts

Minimax boat building

An odd post from me after what seems like months of silence.

Readership of my blog is in steady decline – it’s obvious that content, new content especially, keeps the readers coming back.

Interestingly I’ve had a readership spike over the last couple of days since Ali Mau sort of ‘revealed’ that she is ‘possibly’ in a relationship with another woman. So what, I say.

My spike in interest is solely based on search engines finding the one story I wrote about Alison Mau. Her reaction to Paul Henry and ‘mustache-gate’ was enough to drive people to Skinny. I guess I should thank Google for that.

But I digress.

I’m currently building a boat which seems to have been taking up a lot of my time. It’s called a Minimax. It’s a mini hydroplane literally built from two sheets of plywood (marine ply if you want to spend up large) and some odds and ends of untreated pine board.

I’m on a tight deadline. I need to get it finished for the Antique and Classic Boat Show, held at Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes every first weekend of March. This is the eleventh year. I’ve been about eight times previously, as official photographer. Last year on the 1oth anniversary I decided I needed to participate as a casual contender, hence my boat building began.

The Minimax plans first appeared in Popular Mechanics in the 1950’s. The plans for that and many other Popular Mechanics boats can be found on Svensons Boat Building website here.

According to the instructions the boat is a typical ‘father and son’ project and can be built in a weekend. So far that has not proved to be true. I have two sons, both of whom are too young to help, other than passing rulers, or nails, or screws. The kind of help I actually need was an extra pair of hands to hold pieces of structural support in place while I glue or screw or both. Hence my ‘weekend’ project is taking a bit longer.

I will post some progress pictures, if I remember to take them. In the meantime here is a shot I took of a Minimax in action at the 2009 Antique and Classic Boat show. It can take up to a 15hp outboard and, with that motor, achieve speeds of up to 30 knots.

Minimax hydroplane

Minimax hydroplane

Stay tuned for more updates as construction continues.

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