Lockheed Electra windvane

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Project by hairy posted 749 days ago 1609 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On this date,in 1937, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on their round the world voyage. Purely by coincidence I mounted this in my backyard today. This was fashioned after the Lockheed Electra 10E they were flying.

I’m a big fan of Art Deco and all that 1930’s stuff. They had style. Cars, clothes, trains and planes, they did it right.

Cypress, no finish, it will become grey in time. 16 and 1/2” wingspan. It seemed to work good with a fan, but there has been no breeze since I mounted this. I’m hoping it works. I made 2 jillion mistakes on this. The post is pressure treated 4×4.

Here's where I learned how to make the propeller.

-- brown shoes don't make it...

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#1 posted 749 days ago

Very nice.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#2 posted 749 days ago

That is cool.

-- Doug

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#3 posted 749 days ago

well done super BUD ! I like this one very much

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 749 days ago

Nice bit a history Hairy. Fly on

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 749 days ago

A woman and a propeller, don’t see much of that anymore.
This is a lovely evocative build with a nice coincidence thrown in; what more could we want?
Hope your plane is always flying in the right direction.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#7 posted 748 days ago

Well Done Hairy second all tht has been said above Regards Tamboti

-- Africa is not for sissies

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#8 posted 748 days ago

This is really neat project. Hopefully the squirrels are not plotting their revenge (previous tricky corn cob feeder) and looking to gnaw off a wing or propeller on this newest yard addition.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#9 posted 748 days ago

Nice work!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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