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Flight of an Angel

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Project by boxcarmarty posted 09-14-2012 01:14 AM 1369 views 7 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 09-14-2012 01:22 AM

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

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#2 posted 09-14-2012 01:33 AM

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

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#3 posted 09-14-2012 01:37 AM

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

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#4 posted 09-14-2012 01:40 AM

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 procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 09-14-2012 01:40 AM

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 09-14-2012 01:42 AM

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 09-14-2012 03:12 AM

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

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#8 posted 09-14-2012 03:17 AM

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.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#9 posted 09-14-2012 12:26 PM

Paint some flames on that sucker!

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#10 posted 09-14-2012 01:16 PM

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 09-14-2012 01:29 PM

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 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#12 posted 09-14-2012 06:22 PM

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 09-14-2012 08:59 PM

Surely, your angel will love this one.

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#14 posted 09-14-2012 11:59 PM

AWESOME!

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#15 posted 09-15-2012 12:05 AM

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

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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