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Blog entry by BigTiny posted 07-08-2010 12:19 PM 1114 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here I am, making my first blog entry…

I guess a good start would be to tell a bit about my latest undertaking in wood, sort of…

I recently got a bargain I couldn’t pass up on a pair of large model aircraft kits. Since they’re balsa wood, I guess they fit here…

The models are both of DeHaviland types, a Turbo Beaver with an 8 foot wingspread and an Otter that’s got a 6 foot span. They are very detailed, having been made from the original company drawings.

These birds have a special meaning to me, as I grew up just off the end of the runway where the originals were made in Toronto. Talk about a coincidence!

While these things list at around $200 + each, I got them BOTH for only $25! They’d been left with a fellow by a neighbour who didn’t have room to build them at home with the intent to build them in his shop. However, the neighbour had to go to Vancouver on buisness and died there of a heart attack. This was all a few years ago. Well, this spring the fellow is straightening up his shop and comes across these model kits that he had totally forgotten about. They’re of no use to him and he’s lost touch with the neighbour’s family, so he put them up for sale on a local buy-and-sell website where I spotted them and jumped at the opportunity.

Now, I haven’t been active in model building/flying since my teens back when Ike was in the White House, so to say I’m a bit rusty is the understatement of the century… (grin) This is going to ne like starting over from scratch for me.

I’ll try to do some pics of the build for this place and then a finished photo for the projects section.

Well, that’s it for now. Hope this isn’t as boring to you guys and gals as it sounds to me.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#1 posted 07-08-2010 01:00 PM

congrat´s with the birds I´m looking forward to see your progress
on them as a R/c builder myself

but if you need advice there is a huge amount of webpages with it on the net

good luck with them


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#2 posted 07-08-2010 01:50 PM

We look forward to more entries, and welcome to LumberJocks!

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#3 posted 07-08-2010 07:11 PM

Very much looking forward to the series. Imagine…using wood to craft a project that flies! I do hope that the word “smithereens” doesn’t gain new meaning in your future world.

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#4 posted 07-09-2010 12:59 AM

Thanks for the comments, guys, and I’ll be looking for advice as I go on this one. It’s been a LONG time since I did any of this, and things have changed. (a LOT)
I hear Gorilla Glue is the way to go now. Any comments?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#5 posted 07-09-2010 10:35 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Tiny.. I’m sure that you will like it here, I have since joining.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 07-10-2010 02:41 PM

Sounds like it could be quite an interesting build. We’ll need to see lots of pictures!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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