Posté le 15/07/2011 at 01:54

Good bye, shuttle.

A few days ago, the orbiter Atlantis took off. That's the 135th, and very last, mission for the american space shuttles..
Chris Bray was on the site of the launch of the first shuttle in 1981 (Columbia), and again for the last one ; hence this picture, took 30 years apart...

That's the end of an era, which takes its origins in the Cold War. Remains the feeling that with the disparition of this tool, the future of Man in space seems farther than ever.
What will we dream about after ISS is closed in 2020?...

Speaking of which, here's a pic I kept since Januray.
Shot by Thierry Legault (go check his website, unbelievable pics/vids!), who calculated than during the last solar eclipse, the sun, the moon and ISS would be aligned... for 0.86 seconds. And that would only be observale from the Sultanate of Oman. I reckon that guy didn't ditch the Math class. icone smiley laugh
So, he went there, and actually got the picture (click on it to see it full res) : bottom left is the Moon, 400.000km from us ; ISS orbiting at 500km ; and the Sun in the background, at 150 millions km.
Just for fun, the black dot bottom right is a solar eruption... the size of the Earth.

I leave you with a few links : a brilliant video, some 360° panoramic views, and a great galery of night sky pics...

Ni-night, everyone... Good-bye, shuttle.
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Posté le 14/07/2011 at 01:08

Workshop : Garage Project

I'm tinkering around this garage for more than 15 years now...
The bare concrete floor is greasy due to the oil and braking fluid spilled all those years ; since the concrete absorbs the fluids, it un-cleanable. The floor and block walls produce fine dust, the shelves on the walls are about to collapse, lighting is way insufficient, electrical installation is disaster waiting to happen...
Anyway, if I want to be able to work here in good conditions, it's high time I give it a complete overhaul.
As would Murtaugh say in Lethal weapon : "I'm too old for this shit". icone smiley laugh
Pros :
  • Surface of the garage is a bit above average : 17m2 (183 sq. ft.)
  • Same level as the street, no ramp : good thing for the dropped KG and the Albatross' trailer.
  • Natural light source at the back of the garage : as the garage is located right below the parking, large windows at the back bring some sunlight down there, as well as some additional room to store stuff.
  • Electricity is available.
  • 5 minutes walking from my place.
Cons :
  • Basement level (underground), below a residential building : that's a limitation for noise, and spray paint/kärcher use are just a no-no ...
  • The bitumen of the building's parking is right above my garage's roof : in mid-summer, it turns into a natural oven!
  • Neighbors : a bunch of old people live in this building, and have organised a sort of militia in the basement, taking turns... As soon as I make some noise or dust, they're on my back. I hope someday I'll have a place without any neighbors... icone smiley sad
  • No water inlet/outlet.
  • Walls made of 5cm (2 inches) blocks ; it's difficult to fix anything really sturdy (I'm thinking shelves).

OK, that's far from the perfect place, but hey... It's not like I have the choice. icone smiley laugh

The project : Solutions / optimisation of room :

As usual, Sketchup is my best friend here to organize/layout everything. icone smiley laugh
Planning :
  • White paint on walls and roof : more light and less dust.
  • Lightgray paint on the floor : easy to clean, no more concrete dust. But painting on that oily surface will be tough...
  • One long shelf on each side, almost as long as the garage itself, with many angle brackets. The shelves being more than 185cm high, I can easily walk below.
  • A 5 shelves rack near the entrance. I'll buy it from Castorama (your "Home Depot") : see here. 90x40cm, height 180cm, heavy duty (supposed to handle 80kg per shelf - I doubt it though).
  • Home made workbench, wooden structure. Since the floor is far from being flat, I'll handle the variations. Four drawers below the countertop (actually, wooden crates 40x60x15cm from Castorama as well see here).
  • The air compressor will be hidden below the workbench. Not an ideal situation for tis ventilation, but I'll be able to take it out if it has to run permanently. Winding drum for the compressed air hose right above the compressor.
  • Brand new electric circuit matching safety standards, with proper circuits breakers, 2 electric outlets near the workbench, another one close to the door.
  • Four 1.20m fluorescent lights on the roof, plus three 150w halogen lights above the workbench.


That's it, that's the project right now... Gotta get my hands dirty now! icone smiley wink
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Posté le 12/04/2011 at 13:04

Promenade du Soleil

Petit voyage dans le temps aujourd'hui, avec 9 cartes postales du même coin de Juan-les-Pins : ce qui aujourd'hui s'appelle le Boulevard Baudouin, ou "Promenade du Soleil" (enfin, son début). Neuf photos, datées de 1903 à 1967, qui permettent de voir l'évolution du lieu...
Cliquez sur la première pour l'agrandir, puis utilisez le bouton next pour passer à la suivante, la date du cliché apparaissant en légende.

A l'occasion, j'irai vous prendre en photo ce qu'est devenu ce quartier aujourd'hui (vous pouvez voir l'endroit dans Google Streetview ici)... Et si je trouve d'autres cartes postales du même lieu, je mettrai à jour cet article, histoire de suivre l'évolution à travers les ages! icone smiley wink
Edit 15/06/2011 : Ajout de la photo de 1930 (avec le bus)
Edit 22/07/2011 : Ajout de la photo de 1935
Edit 26/08/2011 : Ajout de la photo de 1967 (en couleurs)

Références :
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Posté le 30/03/2011 at 13:28

Crouzet-Valence VM125 metal lathe

Pour démarrer le dossier "atelier", voila quelques photos du petit dernier... icone smiley laugh

Je cherchais depuis longtemps un tour à métaux, mais d'une part ce sont des machines très recherchées (les prix s'envolent), et d'autre part si l'offre est généreuse dans le nord du pays (passé industriel oblige), c'est loin d'être le cas ici, dans le Sud-Est. Et comme on parle de machines qui pèsent lourd, la distance est un paramètre important.

Après des mois de surveillance des petites annonces, je finis par trouver mon bonheur sur eBay : un tour Crouzet-Valence VM125, du milieu des années 50!

Et vous voulez savoir le meilleur? Le vendeur se trouvait à 10 minutes de chez moi, et il me l'a gentiment livré (merci encore Fabien) avec sa remorque tractée par sa Jeep 1944 (!)... Le tout pour 200€! icone smiley laugh
Hauteur de pointe 125mm (donc diamètre sur banc 250mm) : ça limite un peu son spectre d'utilisation, adieu tambours et volants moteurs. Entre pointes 400mm, pas assez pour un arbre d'hélice, mais largement suffisant pour mes besoins. Possibilité de fileter et charioter grâce à un entrainement par vis-mère (d'où le nom "VM") et une boite Norton ; avec même un système d'arrêt automatique, bien pratique pour les filetages qui doivent s’arrêter net. À voir à l'usage.
Un beau bébé qui approche quand même les 400kg sur la balance (merci les potes pour décharger), mais avec un encombrement limité à 120x50cm au sol : le petit tour dont je rêvais depuis des années!
Aaaaaaaaah, si je l'avais eu pour fabriquer mon sous marin...icone smiley wink
Donc voilà la bête. Beaucoup de nettoyage à prévoir, pour le moment que des bonnes surprises sous les couches de graisse, il est en globalement très bon état (les rails du banc ont souffert de la corrosion, mais rien d'irrémédiable).
Je n'ai pas encore tenté de le faire tourner, il me faut un variateur 380V pour ça... A suivre bientôt!
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Posté le 26/03/2011 at 02:05

Workshop : Welcome to the Garage!

Not so long ago, I sent an SOS, looking for a garage/workshop where I could finally work on my vehicles...
I got a handful of answers back (many thanks to all of you, you know who you are!), but nothing really matched : either small and expensive, or way too far from my place...
So, well... I lowered my expectations, trying to cope with what I have, till the day I'll probably leave the Riviera to go somewhere you don't have to sell your organs to buy a square meter of garage (I do love my region, but boy-oh-boy, it has just turned ridiculous on that aspect).
Additionally, I must say that watching Fabbe restoring his Oval-window in a shoe-box sized garage (full respect, Boss!), helped my putting things in perspective...

In conclusion, I've decided to renovate my current garage, in which I've been working for 15 years now... New paint, optimisation, cleaning, selling/giving/throwing away uneeded stuff, new tools, invasion of a part of my father's garage to store parts... I'll show you as well what I came up with last winter, to work at home comfy.
Anyway, the situation is far from ideal, but it gives me back some motivation, I really couldn't keep going that way. icone smiley wink

So, here you are : a brand new section "workshop" begins on ShamWerks : Welcome to the Garage!
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