02 Apr

How to Build a Plastic Model Airplane from a Kit

Kids and adults alike find building model airplanes a fun and fulfilling hobby. However, if you are new to this hobby, you may find it hard to get started, so much more to finish your first model. But there are some helpful steps that can guide you.

Building a model airplane from a kit can be divided into four general steps and each step involves several sub-steps that you can easily follow through:

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16 Apr

Top 5 Military Fighter Planes in the World

With all the wars happening in various parts of the worlds, some people have become curious about the military planes used to win respective battles. Military planes play a vital role in warfare as they are used to survey enemy locations and destroy enemy equipment among others. Various countries in the world develop their own military planes.

Based on armament, stealthiness, range, speed and technology, we have listed some of the best military fighter planes in the world:

1. F-22 Raptor (USA)

F-22 Raptor is a single-seat all-weather stealth fighter aircraft operated with twin engines developed for the US Air Force.
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26 Feb

Not Convenient as I’ve thought

Twenty years ago when I was still working as a computer specialist, I used to spend most of my day sitting in front of my computer working. This led me to eating while working on my desk. I chose to get chips instead of the healthy ones because they are easier to eat. I just bought them at groceries, instead of asking my wife to cook or prepare me lunch or snacks. The problem was I had a hard time peeing because of it. I told my wife about it and she said that I should go to our family doctor as soon as possible because it could lead to kidney stones. She shared that her mom had a bad experience about such a disease because she waited for a long time before she got herself a consult. Her stone got so big that it would not fit into her urine tract, so she only had an option and that was surgery. I asked her about what do kidney stones feel like if her mom shared it to her and she said that she didn’t complain much about it because she didn’t want others to know about her real condition.

I was a bit worried about myself because I am suffering pain while urinating. I also noticed that I have a cloudy urine. I asked my wife to come along with me the next day, as I already filed a sick leave for myself. My wife agreed and she said that it is better to be diagnosed earlier to have better and less invasive treatments. We went to the hospital the next day and saw my doctor. He told me that for starters, I should quit eating chips and instead, I should eat healthier alternatives like fruits and veggies. He also advised me to drink water more than I am used to, because it would help me pass my stone, if there is such inside my body. He mentioned that I should not be so worried because we still are not sure about my condition. He added that if worst comes to worst, they are a number of home remedies for kidney stones that I could try like drinking a mixture of lemon and olive oil every day. He also added that I could make a tea out of basil leaves and take it for five to six months or I could eat watermelon every day because it has lots of water that would help me pass the stone easily with my urine. He told me that I would need certain exams like a simple urinalysis and a blood test to confirm it. He could also perform an abdominal x-ray to be thoroughly sure.

I thanked the doctor for telling me the scenarios that could happen. My wife and I went to the laboratory for my tests. I was told by the nurse that I could get my result in two hours. My wife asked me to come along with her to the cafeteria to get me some water. She explained that I should start drinking more water to alleviate my symptoms fast.

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11 Feb

Recovering Slowly

Ever since the talk that I had with Paul a few weeks ago, we have been jogging every morning as much as we can. I told him that exercise would give him many benefits, because it would produce endorphins in his body and it also would give him a better glow and a better state of mind. It worked for him because I have never seen him happier during the last few weeks.

Paul’s wife thanked me when she saw me on our lawn. She told me that I helped Paul to think straight. She added that when they lost their son, he did not have enough energy to stand up from his chair as he just slouched there for the whole day whining and ranting about everything. I told her that it is not a big deal because friends are supposed to help their friends in need. She almost forgot to mention that she came over because she is going to make a good, hearty dinner later and she wants my wife and I to come by. I told her thanks and I added that my wife would be thrilled to see them again.

I told my wife about it and she is so excited. She told me that she would be wearing a dress later and I just laughed at her because I am planning to wear my comfortable, raggedy clothes and we both snickered. I asked her if she could bake or cook something so that we have something to bring them. She said that she could not promise because she is going to be busy all day tending to our garden. I told her that I would do the gardening for her if that would give her ample time to make something for Paul and his wife and she agreed. She said that she plans to cook them some pasta with garlic bread on the side and it sounds fantastic.

We went to Paul’s home at 7am and their home smelled terrific. Paul told me that he grilled some steaks outside and her wife made some buttered veggies and pumpkin soup. My wife gave them the pasta that she made and Paul told us that we should not have. I joked that I am going to bring it back home and we all laughed. When we were eating, Paul shared that since we have been exercising every morning, he is experiencing a salty taste in mouth and I told him that he is not hydrating himself as much as he needs to. He is a bit concerned and I told him that it is not serious. I shared that I even had a weirder experience and he laughed. I told him that I am serious because I used to have metal taste in mouth when I was taking some antibiotics for my wounds a few months ago. I told them that I was so alarmed that I called my doctor right away about the symptom and I was told that it was just normal. I was also told to keep brushing and scraping my tongue because it is a common side effect of the drug. We all laughed at my silly experience.

My wife and I are so glad that Paul and his wife are recovering slowly about the death of their son. We plan to help them as much as we could and let them realize that everything happens for a reason. They may not know about it for now, but eventually, they would understand it as time goes by.

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27 Jan

Chester’s Problem Solved

My wife and I were strolling around the mall on a lazy Sunday afternoon and we saw promo girls giving out flyers about a free treatment on nodular acne and scalp acne if you present it to the clinic. I asked for a flyer as I remember our kid neighbor next door. His grandfather is a friend of mine and he mentioned a few weeks ago that his grandkid has problems with dealing with his acne as his family is prone with it from. It started with his grandfather’s dad and still going with him. People with acne sometimes develop low self esteem which might be a big problem for his as I seldom see him going out. Whenever I’m over their house, he is too shy to greet us thus locking himself in his own room.

As we got home, I got the flyer and headed down next door. I knocked and knocked but no one was answering. I waited for 5 minutes but still no one was at the door. I decided to come home and just give it later. It’s already 6pm and I saw my friend, Paul, the kid’s grandfather coming down in a car. I also saw his grandchild, Chester with him. I got out our house and called Paul. Chester quickly got into their home. I talked to Paul outside about the flyer. I told him that I got it for his grandson. He was so thankful and happy that I remembered his grandson but there were qualms about the flyer though. He asked me if they are free but unfortunately, I didn’t have a clue. I just told him to drop by the mall tomorrow to check it out. He agreed as I bid goodnight.

Paul tried his best to convince Chester to go with him to the mall and see what the fuss is about this free treatment. He told him that he has nothing to be scared and ashamed about because all goes through that and he has nothing to lose. He told his grandfather that he’ll sleep on it and see what happens tomorrow.

In the morning, Paul wasn’t hoping that Chester would change his mind. They ate breakfast as a family like the way they use to. Surprisingly, Chester brought the topic up as he changed his mind about it. He asked his grandfather if he can come along with him for the treatment if he wasn’t busy. Paul told him that he’d never be busy for his grandchild.   They went to the mall after breakfast. They saw a line for the free treatment. They also found out that it was really free but the catch was they must buy any item within the store, no matter how small or hefty the price is.   They both thought that it’s a good deal then they signed on a piece of paper that the promo girls gave them and they waited for a few minutes before getting called. After 45 minutes, some of his acnes cleared up. Chester was really satisfied about it and bought cleansers and cream from the shop. The dermatologist reminded him to always clean his face before going to sleep to avoid clogged pores which causes acne. Chester seemed different when I saw him get back home, less acnes and with better self-esteem.

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08 Jan

Avoiding Scalp Problems

My wife, Andrea recently bought me a new brand of shampoo. She told me she hasn’t seen my usual and reliable brand so she just got me one, so I have some to use. I’ve already used it for a few days, it’s really fragrant like strawberry candies. The problem is after each use, I observed that I my scalp is a little bit itchy and dry. There are times that I didn’t even notice that I’ve been scratching so much. I’ve ceased using the shampoo and been using my old reliable one. A few days later, I have scabs on the top of my scalp. The new brand is so fragrant that it had very strong chemicals that made my scalp so dry. I need to stock more on my usual brand because I observed that it has been getting on and off in the market, I wish they weren’t.

Besides scratching, there are other causes of scabbing on scalps such as shingles, eczema, oily scalp, and psoriasis. Shingles or Herpes Zoster normally occurs with people who have a weak immune system. Symptoms include sudden headache, flu, weakness and dizziness. You may also feel itching, pain and appearance of rashes in certain areas like the scalp, chest, arms and back. It is treated with anti-viral and pain relief medicines. Eczema, on the other hand, is an inflammation of the skin such as atopic dermatitis; Cause of it is idiopathic or unknown. Rashes commonly appear on the face, wrists, head, and feet. There is still no cure for the disease, but it can be managed with understanding the condition and avoiding the triggers causing it like soaps, fabric conditioners, food allergies and dust mites. Studies show that 1 out of 20 adults have one. Oily Scalps are caused by heredity, by brushing too often, stress, overactive hormones, diseases and disorders that affect the pituitary or adrenal gland. It can be countered with shampooing everyday, apple cider vinegar and aloe vera gel treatments, lemon treatments and also with the use of baking soda. And lastly, Psoriasis is caused by excessive smoking, cold weather, heredity, stress, viral infections and heavy alcohol consumption. Even though it still doesn’t have a cure, there are plenty ways to manage such a disease. There include topic treatments with salicylic acid, steroid based creams like corticosteroids, coal and tart shampoos and ointments, Vitamin A prescription retinoids.

My wife has been suffering drying scalp conditions too.   We’ve found dry scalp remedies that have worked wonders for us such as using tea tree oil, lemon juice and honey treatments, coconut oil, olive oil and sesame oil treatments. I’ve also read that beer and avocado treatments work, but we still have to try them. In summary, we must know that scalp health is essential in terms of hair care because it establishes the volume and shine of one’s hair. The secret of a healthy hair is a healthy scalp, make sure it’s not clogged, always keep it clean and properly nourished. This will provide a healthy setting where your hair can grow beautifully.

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21 Dec

The Reason Why

My wife and I have not much to do in the house, so she made me tell stories about myself when I was just a kid. My wife was so surprised when I told her that I used to play sports like basketball when I was younger. She even asked me if I am serious and I told her that I am. I shared that I stopped playing because I suffered frequent pain between my shoulders(www.shoulderaches.net). My mom was worried about me back then and she accompanied me to the doctor right away, even though I did not want myself examined. When I look back, it was funny because she literally dragged me on the way to the car because I did not want to see a doctor. My dad interfered because he was awoken by the commotion and I did not have a choice because he is the disciplinarian and I am afraid of him. My mom was so glad that my dad woke up.

My mom and I went to the hospital. We waited for a while to see her doctor friend. After fifteen minutes, Dr. Martinez came out of her office and she was surprised to see my mom. She thought that my mom was going in for the consult and my mom told the doctor that it was I, who needs a consult because of my bad shoulder. The doctor was quite nice with me. She asked me about my shoulder injury and about what caused it. The doctor told me that I might have suffered a right shoulder subluxation. She added that I needed to get an x-ray to confirm her suspicions. She reminded me that it would just take a few hours of my time and it would not hurt. After a few hours, we got my x-ray result and the doctor read them to my mom and me. She told us that she was right. I was advised to take necessary precautions to prevent my injury to worsen. She advised me to wear a sling to make my right shoulder stable. It took me months before I could play sports again, but then, it became a recurring injury on my part. My mom and I went to the doctor again for a follow up consult and the doctor advised me to cease playing physical sports. He suggested to find myself another hobby and that led me addicted to model plane construction.

My wife laughed at the reason why I became addicted with model planes. She told me that she was so curious about why I am so engrossed about them, but she always failed to ask me about it because she thought that I would get offended about the question. I grinned and I asked her if she thought that I was a nerdy geek and we both laughed loudly. I told her that even sporty ones have been getting addicted to it as we also have customers at the shop who are varsity ballers. I suggested my wife to try it with me sometime and she told me that she would try.

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28 Nov

Postponed Meeting

I volunteer to the local hobby shop three times a week and it is really fun to meet other people with the same passion as mine. Some of the guys are planning to make a competition about building model planes specifically, speed model building. I am excited to know about it and I asked them if anyone could join because it has been a while since I entered a competition like that. They told me that I could join and they added that there would be age groups, so that the competition will be fair to all contestants. I am so thrilled about it and I was told that it would happen in two months. They told me that they would love to know my opinions and suggestions because I have been around many competitions. I told them that it is okay and I suggested that we have a meeting later at my place after work. They thanked and told me that they will continue to make their plans better.

The shop’s phone rang and I thought that it is just an innocent call who would just be asking about stocks and prices for the plane models for sale. My co-worker answered it and he told me that it is for me. I was surprised that it is my neighbor, Jackie. She told me that my wife had an accident when she was gardening in our backyard. I asked her about what kind of accident and she told me she had a foot  sprain and it is swelling a bit. I thanked and I told her that I would be coming home as soon as possible. I told my co-worker and friends that I have to attend to my wife. They asked me if our meeting later would be postponed and I said that I would update them as soon as I know the real condition of my wife.

I rushed to get home to my wife and I saw her smiling while sitting down on our couch. I asked her if she is okay and she said that she feels some pain on the affected area. I asked her where is Jackie and she told me that she is in our kitchen getting her some ice to put over her sprain. I went to the kitchen and thanked Jackie for all that she has done. I added that she could go home already because I can manage caring for my wife. She said that it is okay because she was already done with her chores and errands.

Jackie used to be a nurse at our local hospital and I am glad that she is here to take care of my beloved wife. She told me that my wife could take some over-the-counter pain relievers if she could not bear the pain anymore. She also added that I could have my wife get an x-ray to be sure that she does not have any fractures and sinus tarsi syndrome. My wife do not want to go, but Jackie insisted because she said that it is always better to be safe than sorry.

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01 Nov

Itchy Ears

My son, Brad loves dogs and in fact, he occasionally breeds them for some easy cash. He posts them on forums on the internet and some online selling sites like Craigslist. He has two beautiful, majestic and muscular Rottweilers named Boom and Cookie. He often spends time with them at the park for training and exercise; sometimes, for socializing with dogs around our area. His wife jokes often than he loves his dogs more than himself, which Brad just laughs off as sometimes it may be true. Brad shared with me that he spends hundreds of dollars for their food, leashes, treats, vitamins and dog shampoos.

I remembered last time when his dogs became sick as they had a yeast allergy in their ears. The dogs kept scratching their ears until they bleed, it must be really that itchy. He hadn’t encountered this before, so he was worried about them. I told him that there’s a veterinary clinic few blocks away so he need not to worry so much as I’ve heard many good things about the veterinarian there. The doctor told us that it’s pretty common for dogs to have infection inside their ears. That made my son a bit calmer.

Dog ear problems always have something to do with food allergies or something they inhaled or contacted with their skin. The ear problem may be the symptom of the allergy. Since allergies changes the environment inside their ears, we sometimes see secondary infections with bacteria, yeast or both. If we simply handle the ear infection, we are not going to the source of the problem. Treating the allergy is also a must.

Yeast allergies in the ears of dogs occur when there’s a bacterial infection, a polyp or a tumor, or a punctured eardrum. Typically, dogs have a normal and healthy number of yeast in their bodies like humans, but when their immune system drops down dramatically, it may lead to yeast overgrowth or yeast infection. Signs and symptoms include scratches and wounds on the ear and pungent smells reminiscent of a moldy bread or a cheese flavored popcorn.

The dog’s diet must be drastically changed completely to get rid of the yeast infection. As we all know, yeast feeds on sugar, so let’s avoid feeding the dog carbohydrates for now. Examples of carbohydrates include rice, corn, bread, potatoes, pasta, yams, anything sweet, etc.

An allergy medicine for dogs can be a combination of anti-fungal and anti-biotic cream or ointment which is best recommended for yeast infections as it is directly applied into the infected area, which often has dramatic and positive results. This works through the action of the anti-fungal enzymes that completely break up the waxes and discharges inside the ears. Oral medicines such as antihistamines and steroids may also be used if itch and inflammation doesn’t go away easily. You also have to clean the dog’s ears regularly and make sure there are no ear waxes left inside as it may further aggravate the condition.

Brad was so happy that the condition and the treatment isn’t complicated. He was told to apply the cream two times a day for a week or so, until the pungent odor completely goes away. I hope, Brad’s dogs are now going to be itch free for the coming days ahead.

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07 Oct

Enduring Bunions

My wife’s tailors bunion has been bugging her for months as she needs to carefully fit her shoes when buying. The problem is that she always buys her shoes without fitting in as she already knows her shoe size. She was wondering what can cause the bunions so she can avoid it. I asked her to come down to local hobby shop where I volunteer at lunchtime because there is a near podiatry clinic in there. We tried to book an appointment but the receptionist told us that they were fully booked for the day. We just decided that for the meantime, we just have to search for ourselves on the web to get reliable information about bunions. We learned that there are shoe orthotics designed for people who suffer that same fate as my wife’s but we can only order it online because it was too far as it’s 4 states away from us. She ordered and told me that it will take a week before it can be delivered.

Anyway, my wife and I decided to visit Brad’s home since it’s just 5 blocks away. We explained to him her mom’s foot problem and that is bothering her everyday because it often causes her to have foot pain. It even caused her to have calluses and corns on the other toes. Brad told us that he knows someone who had himself treated by surgery and he hasn’t felt any pain since then.   My wife’s not interested in enduring and going through that but she still wanted a consult with his friend’s podiatrist if it is possible. Brad told me that he can ask tomorrow since it is his co-worker in the office.

As we got home, we received a call from Brad giving us the podiatrist’s number. My wife rushed to the phone to call the doctor but she kept getting busy from the line of the doctor for the first few calls. On the 6th call, she got lucky and was transferred to the receptionist. She said the she can book her a schedule next week. She also apologized because of the calls always keeps getting busy and hard to get through because their phone lines were under maintenance that day.

After a week’s worth of enduring pain by my wife, we finally got into the clinic for our booked schedule. We noticed that were many people waiting outside. This podiatrist must be really good. We waited for about 30 minutes to be called. We spend that time to ask some people waiting like us if he’s really good on what he do. They told us that he had done wonders on them. Not only that he’s a great doctor but he also he makes it a point that the patients can afford his services. We were happy with the great feedback as we entered the patient’s room.

The doctor politely greeted us as we returned the favor. He and my wife talked about her conditions as I listened on. He also laid all the options that my wife can do. We were so happy with the consult and we’re planning to go back next week for the treatment. My wife wanted to exhaust all other possible treatments before undergoing surgery.

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21 Sep

Decisions, decisions…

As you all know, I recently resigned and my wife and I wanted to buy a cat now that I have more free time. We haven’t decided on what breed to buy yet as we’re still researching. We’re currently looking at Siamese cats, American Shorthairs and Persian cats as early favorites because they’re so cute and cuddly.

I’ve never been really a cat person, as I’ve never had a cat, not even my family, although I’m open to new experiences. Lately, I’ve been frequenting this pet shop across the airplane hobby shop that I tend to during my lunch hours. I told the owner that we’ve planned to get a cat for our home. He told me that the best cats that suits us is the American Shorthair as they gentle, easy going, and low maintenance, a perfect breed for old folks like us. Another candidate would be the Scottish Fold cat breeds because, they too, are laid-back, mellow, loyal and their meow sound aren’t that loud.

The owner also educated me about the proper care for cats in general. He explained that cats normally live up to as much as 20 years. Realizing that, getting them as pets would be a real challenge and a great responsibility to keep them healthy for that span of time.   Another decision to make is where would we let the cat stay, outdoors or indoors. My wife and I already decided that we’re keeping the cat inside our home. I also learned that cats don’t need to be bathed as they can clean up after themselves, unlike dogs that has to be bathed frequently.

Cat’s health is also important that’s why choosing the right brand of food and the right amount of water to give the cat. Some people choose to make homemade cat food to know exactly what they’re feeding their beloved pets. Taking the cat to a veterinarian every 3 months or as needed is crucial. Your pet should have updated vaccines and checkups annually. You should also be aware of their whereabouts as roundworms in cats are common because they often lick their feet regardless on where they walked. Try to avoid unnecessary accidents by keeping away things that probably can poison or hurt the cat. Such things include liquid detergents, insecticides, people-food and plants like tulips, azaleas, lilies, and aloes. If ever you suspect that your pet got poisoned, call the nearest veterinarian in your area and take him there. Take note of the substances or chemicals he accidentally ingested. Get a sample of the vomit or feces of the cat to take for the veterinarian to examine. It will save your pet’s life.

The American Shorthairs and Scottish Fold cats are going to be our final options, thanks to the kind owner of the pet shop, who educated me about cat breeds and the diseases to watch out for like roundworms and manges in cats. I’m sure, when I get home, my wife’s going to be stoked as I tell her my researches. I hope we can decide soon on what breed to buy. The factors of course, are low-maintenance, gentle, cuddly, sweet and loyal. I’m also excited to have a new pet around our house.

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01 Sep

Brad’s Surprise

I noticed that my wife is running out of things to do in our home. She already finished planting and tending our new garden and they really look great. Some neighbors are asking about who made them that pretty and I am always proud to say that it is through the hard work of my loving wife. I asked her if she wanted a new dog and she told me that it would be so tiring to care for a very energetic dog who always has the need to be walked around every day. I thought to myself that she should just find a pet for her that suits her needs. I told her about my plan and she asked me not to buy her something big. I asked her if she wanted to come to the pet shop this coming weekend and she told me that our neighbor, Jackie is coming over to watch movies with her. She added that it is also better if I should just surprise her.

I called my son, Brad because I am not that good in finding presents for my wife. He was thrilled that I called because it has been a while since we last talked. He told me that he could find time to accompany me this weekend to the pet shop. He added that he also wanted to give his mom something good. The weekend finally came; Brad and I met at the pet shop at 7 AM. It was funny because we were too early, as we did not know that it opens at 8 AM. He asked me if there is somewhere that we can hang around and eat in the area. I told him that I am not really familiar with the establishments in the vicinity, so we both decided to just drive around and see if there is a nearby café or a diner.

It took us a while to find a good spot. We went to the café and Brad got me a cup of steaming brewed coffee with a bagel, while he got himself some mocha latte and a croissant. While we were waiting for the pet shop to open, we discussed about what to get her mom. He told me that his kids have been nagging him for a while for lionhead bunnies, exactly like the ones he saw online at www.mylittlebunnies.net. I asked him about it because I did not have any bunny facts in my brain. He told me that they are very popular nowadays. He shared that there are two types of lionheads, one has a single mane, while the other one has a double mane. I asked him if it is hard to take care of because her mom does not want something that will take most of her time of the day. My son told me that he does not have an idea and he plans to ask the sales person later at the shop.

We went to the shop and we were both thrilled that they are finally open. We saw the sales clerk and asked him about bunnies. We were told that they are an excellent choice of pet and we were delighted about what he said. My son asked me to let him pay for them because he wants his mom to be happy.

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