Flight of an Angel

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Project by boxcarmarty posted 679 days ago 973 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my Granddaughter came to me and said ’’Papaw, I need something that is sleek and fast that will outrun Mommy’’. (well that’s what she would have said if she could talk but she’s just turning a year old) But anyway, I knew that for her birthday, I would either have to turn over the keys to the convertible or make a special trip to the wood shop. This was a tough decision to make, but I chose to hang on to the keys for at least another year.

Instead I re-sawed this Bi-plane from a laminated construction header that I had laying around. I used 5 inch, rubber tire, ball bearing wheels mounted on a 1/2 inch steel rod with threaded ends. The rear wheel is a swivel rubber wheel caster.

My original plans was to dye the wood yellow with black stripes as a bee, but after the black dye bled and over took the yellow, I went to plan ‘B’. I primed, filled, sanded, and primed some more before shooting two coats of enamel over it.

Thanks for looking…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#1 posted 679 days ago

Looks good Marty… with all experimental aircraft, I assume you took it for a test flight?

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#2 posted 679 days ago

Awesome job Marty.
Gives me ideas for my own granddaghters christmas present.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#3 posted 679 days ago

Love it!
Snoopy comes to mind.
Great job Marty, the grandyoungun should love it.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 679 days ago

Nice plane. The little one is going to need a “call sign”!

I’m confused, where does the blade & chip breaker go???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 679 days ago

Jeff, It was a little tight in the corners, but it held up well…..

Mike, I have plans if you need them. (not that I followed them) It’s one of those builds that you just look at the pictures and start cutting…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#6 posted 679 days ago

Thanks Dave…..

Randy, It’s in the cargo hold…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#7 posted 679 days ago

Very kool bi-plane bc. She’ll fly high with that.

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

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#8 posted 679 days ago

A nice one plan Marty, funny you should post this as my workshop was originally built for my hobby of Remote Control air planes I had some really nice big ones too 8’ wing span, sadly I had to get rid of them all due to my new passion for wood working and the saw dust I was creating there just wasn’t enough room for both.

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#9 posted 678 days ago

Paint some flames on that sucker!

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#10 posted 678 days ago

Ah, Marty, le plane, le plane. Well with the design changes and the cost overruns, the bird finally takes to the sky.
She is going love it, well done.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#11 posted 678 days ago

Ok, you took it for a test flight, but what was the real pilot’s reaction to the plane? Can she keep up with
mommy, or outrun her? Very nice looking plane, and thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#12 posted 678 days ago

Thanks for the comments guys. I still have 9 days before her birthday. It could have 3 more design changes and a new paint job before then…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#13 posted 678 days ago

Surely, your angel will love this one.

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#14 posted 678 days ago


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#15 posted 678 days ago

If the axle’s 1/2” diameter, the whole thing must be almost 2’ long.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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