US Navy F/A-18 Vertical Stab Wall Display

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Project by AlBCuttnWud posted 02-11-2011 02:30 AM 3154 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a neat project I did to spice up the passageway where I work. I basically split a sheet of plywood in half, so it’s 4 ft tall and slightly under 4 ft across the bottom. I made both the leading edge and the trailing edges out of standard 2×4s. I did so becuase I wanted to have some shape to each while also providing some structural strength minimize warping of the plywood.

With a $20 sheet of plywood, I didn’t desire the wood grain so I used auto bondo. This was the first time I had used bondo so was a good learning experience as well as a new found appreciation for auto body experts. I added a trailer light and some pin striping. I can’t take credit for the letters and logo, those were made by a local trophy shot. Enjoy and look forward to any comments.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#1 posted 02-11-2011 05:17 AM

Neat idea Al, ought to get lots of mileage from the Hotel Sierra jocks!

My days in support of Navy were as a tech rep for the A7 Corsair II, most fun I ever had in my career.

-- Smitty

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#2 posted 02-11-2011 05:22 AM

Good stuff Al!!!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#3 posted 02-11-2011 02:32 PM


-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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#4 posted 02-11-2011 02:55 PM

Nice work! Best years of my life were spent with hornets at VFA-125 as a plane captain and then in the powerplants shop.

-- Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. ~ John 5:24

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