I ordered a Loc Precision Lil Dither on Linda's credit card. I ordered a few extra items in order to customize it a bit. I also ordered the decal set. Last year I got the Saturn V but never started it. I'm waiting for John Petrakis to help me with it.
I'm wondering what you all might be getting or wishing for.
Sounds like Curtis plans on doing some traveling. Maybe I'll join him on one of the trips.
I got an email today informing me that my Lil Dither kit will arrive on Thursday. That should keep me busy during the company shutdown between Christmas and New Years. It's a nice kit with a crappy name. Sounds like a character from the Beverly Hillbillies.
I haven't done much on the Lil Dither build. The hold up is determining the best way to adapt 29mm engines in the 38mm engine tube. I did purchase the Loc 29 to 38 adapter.
I can use the adapter kit to fit a 29mm engine in to the 38mm engine tube.
The problem is lack of positive engine retention. For that I will install two 6-32 threaded inserts and use two mirror clips.
I have used this method for my friend's Loc Onyx (24 to 29mm), the Starburst I purchased from the fund raiser auction and another kit I resurrected.
The body tubes that come with the kit are sturdy along with 1/8" plywood fins and 1/4" centering rings. The kit includes a quality shock cord, eye bolt and quick release clip. Given that the kit only weighs about 21 ounces, a 38mm motor mount seems too big.
McMaster carr has some nice threaded bushings that you can sandwich between two centering rings. This can be used to attach a bolt on motor retainer. The page below is for 4-40, but they have other standard bolt sizes as well.