I’m in South Florida, but my family was originally from the New York suburbs, around Rockland county. My grandfather was an aviation enthusiast, aircraft builder, and private pilot (not by trade). That is probably where my love came from. In his later years he used to take me to the RC field to see his planes fly. I also had a great uncle that was an aircrew on a B-25 Mitchell during the war. I didnt know him very well, but it was cool seeing his exact plane at an airshow when I was a kid. He was among the lucky few to fly 25 missions and come home early.
Actually I am using the master rod arrangement. The rod with the slot in it is the master. Forgive me as I dont know all of the radial engine terminology yet, but this rod will attach rigidly to what I am calling the “crank plate”, while the others will attach to the same plate, but through a bearing so they can pivot with respect to the plate.