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Project by maplerock posted 07-06-2013 03:04 AM 1356 views 11 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Twenty plus years ago I made my sons each a wooden P-51 Mustang. I worked a long time getting them just right. I sanded and finished them with care. Aside from a rocking horse they were my first real projects. I gave them to the boys. My six year old made plane sounds as he ran around the room with his plane, spinning the propeller… gently landing it and taking off again. His brother, then four years old, held his plane and admired it for a moment before he hurled it through the air into the wall. The propeller broke off as it crashed to the ground. Egad!

The boys still have those planes and now that I have a young grandson I decided that I needed to make a plane for him. The plane you see here is from a popular plan that can be found in toy plan books. I like it. In fact, now that it is finished, I think I’ll keep it… at least until I can impress upon him the importance of soft landings.

Side note: Sanding and priming and painting oh so carefully… after four coats of rustoleum yellow, I applied several coats of clear coat. During the last coat of clear I picked up the wrong can and sprayed a large part of it with silver metallic! Ugh… I fixed it, but felt rather foolish.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana





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#1 posted 07-06-2013 03:14 AM

Very nice, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#2 posted 07-06-2013 03:19 AM

Very nicely done and looks great.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 07-06-2013 11:14 AM

Well done!

-- irtamos, Belgium

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#4 posted 07-06-2013 11:20 AM

It’s a real nice miniature. Well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 07-06-2013 12:12 PM

Neat build. The only thing missin is a few gattlin guns

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#6 posted 07-06-2013 04:39 PM

Looks good, ive done some planes for my boy, but he is still chewing on them, so im scared of the painting aspect. I like the deep yellow on this one. Also the engine behind the prop, ill put one of thise on the next one for sure.

Are the knobs you mention in your signature Floyds knobs? I’m in Indy.

-- Witty signature line still pending

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maplerock

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#7 posted 07-06-2013 05:48 PM

Thanks everyone! I enjoy making things that kids love.

Naptown… Yes, I am in Floyds Knobs. That black part was tough for me, I had to make a jig to drill the holes. Ruined the first one.

For the paint, first I tried Krylon, then Rustoleum. The Rustoleum covers FAR better for me.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#8 posted 07-06-2013 06:03 PM

Love it, very cool Jerry

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#9 posted 07-06-2013 10:10 PM

looks very good, your grandson should love it

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#10 posted 07-06-2013 11:57 PM

Good story and model! I was baby sitting our three year old granddaugther and she saw a wooden plane model on my workbench. She asked if she could see it, then she asked hold it. I said “OK, but don’t drop it!” She held it for a moment and then proceeded to launch it to the cement floor. Needless to say, I did not survive it’s maiden voyage.

Grandkids, yummy gotta love ‘em!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 07-07-2013 01:05 AM

You did a nice job on that model. It reminds me of my little yellow RC Tiger Moth that I fly.
Thanks for sharing!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#12 posted 07-07-2013 03:12 AM

great looking plane.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 07-07-2013 10:05 AM

Nice plane indeed.

-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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#14 posted 07-09-2013 04:47 AM

Jerry, what a delightful and entertaining posting. I loved reading the story and seeing the plane. What fun. Thanks for sharing it made me laugh several times.

-- Big Al in IN

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#15 posted 07-09-2013 02:42 PM

It’s beautiful, like the colors and the design. I’m sure the kids will like it too.

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