Take it easy on me fellas, this is my first blog. This started out because it looked easy. I got the plans from my Wood Magazine stash in the October 2007 issue. The more I got into it, the more I wish I could have found something a little easier. Working with MDF isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. My only dislike is you can’t find or buy MDF in half sheets. Oh well here are some pictures of the project as I go along. I’m to the point I have two more pieces to cut out an...
Years and years ago I drew up plans for a wood built model of an X-29 jet. There were issues back then and it was never successful. Recently I brought this one out of mothballs and started building a new one with needed changes. Yeah, it’s not woodworking as one might think of it, but it is ply and balsa, which is wood. ;) Need to cut and attach the wings, fiberglass the whole thing, cut control surfaces and put in the electronics…
I have been working on this project since March 2009, so I will try to make several brief entries in order to get this Blog up to speed and then I’ll try to update it when major milestones are reached. I am already keeping a build log (required by the FAA), which offers detailed descriptions of the techniques and materials used, so I won’t repeat all of that information here. If anyone is interested in more specific details, you can review my build log at www.mykitlog.com/k5yac....
Here is the link to a new video I shot of my personal Sopwith Camel Whirligig in action! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bFxcTDEegU
I can’t believe the amount of work some people can accomplish. This is an absolutely monumental build of a Sukhoi Su-27, aka “Flanker-B” that mostly uses wood for the mold making, but even that is pretty solid craftsmanship. I think the rest is interesting/impressive to anyone who makes, creates, or builds anything. I thought I was done clicking through pages of pictures at least a dozen times, but there were always more. He did all the wood and aluminum/hand hammered riv...
Hey everyone!I have recently opened up a shop on Etsy.com to sell my wooden airplane whirligigs. I have so much fun making them, and love learning the history behind each model I build. I have recently moved into the business of selling them, as i cannot possibly fit anymore in my yard!!! You’ll find that the prices I have chosen are very low, just enough to keep the cost of supplies from getting my wifes attention! so check them out here:http://www.rickswhirligigs.etsy.comthanks!!!
Here’s what all the fashionable jocks will be wearing the rest of the summer: (especially those with a nice off-kilter sense of humor and/or wordplay like mine…) Not only is it an “Air Plane” but it’s gone one step further and is a remote controlled (model?) air plane!This was a fun one to design, and I can’t wait for mine to show up in the mail! I’ve also reduced my (small) commission on the sale of these and my other shirts at printf...
There’s a quote, something to the effect of “I’m so far behind I’ll never die”... If that’s true, and we need to finish everything we start, I’ve come quite far in my quest for immortality. Why is it that I never seem to get anything done? Could it be the 60+ hour weeks? Trying desperately to cram projects, familytime and relaxation (you know, naps) into every weekend. Could it be jockeying for computertime, attempting to maintain three other blogs...
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