Skip Rhudy

words and random recipes for fun

The first thing I ever read by Buk (as he was called by his crazed fans) was his book Factotum. There are some scenes in Factotum that I alluded to in One Punk Summer. Also influential in OPS was the basic idea of the factotum: One who does any and all things to earn a […]

I wrote One Punk Summer in Berlin. I was spending a year on an exchange program between the University of Texas and the Freie Universität Berlin. I arrived just days before reunification. Pieces of the communist police state’s skeleton were still to be seen: A ransacked Checkpoint Charlie that had been taken over by the […]

Part One — Crankcase, Camshaft, 5th Bearing, Safety Shaft, Propeller Studs The following pictures show how a short block Corvair flight motor is built. It starts from freshly disassembled (after 40 years in a junkyard). I spend a lot of time cleaning it up. But here the cleaned parts are assembled and each major step […]

I once watched a comedy film in which there was a scene where two people climb into a convertible sports car. An utterly cavalier man with a ridiculous thin-line mustache and a comical French accent turns to the passenger and says: “The first rule of racing is that what is behind you does not matter!” […]

flaperons and slats

Building even a simple airplane is a tremendously daunting challenge. Just contemplating such an endeavor the builder can imagine a host of his friends and family raising their eyebrows in a suspicious frown as they rhetorically ask: “Who DOES that?” To those unfamiliar this may seem a stretch: Building a plane is a kind of […]

Worked on my slats. The parts supplied are different than the drawings. In particular the slat support piece which is shaped differently, and the skin has two slots instead of one. I’d looked at the plans carefully and looked at the parts, and figured and scratched my head about how to make the L-angle properly. […]

cloud threat

I Imagine a golden age when you can fly on your own wings, soaring in all the seasons and at your whim into the deepest blue sky. Just so: In a ship I have built with my own hands I will take in the beauty of the clouds. If once seen only from the ground […]

Corvair Piston / Cylinder

I spent a fair bit of time reviewing the SPA Corvair Engine Assembly Manual before setting to work on assembling the pistons / rods / rings / cylinders. I reread the main section multiple times. It wasn’t like work, but it was not as fun and putting the instructions and theory into practice a few […]

CH 750 Hardware

I quickly realized I had no idea how to sort through the hundreds of  bolts, nuts, washers, and other pieces that are part of the hardware holding a CH 750 together. On the wall hung a caliper accurate to 1000ths of an inch, and tape measures galore in my toolbox. I had to repeatedly hit […]

skip and sebastien

Sunday I started the 13 hour drive up to Mexico Missouri from Seguin. It was a trip long in the making, at least since 2005 when I first found out about them from an issue of EAA Sport Aviation. I got a ton of video and pictures, got to chat with Sebastien Heintz for twenty […]