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Biplane Shelf #1: Wood Magazine Project

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Blog entry by thelt posted 03-26-2013 12:13 PM 1744 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Take it easy on me fellas, this is my first blog. This started out because it looked easy. I got the plans from my Wood Magazine stash in the October 2007 issue. The more I got into it, the more I wish I could have found something a little easier. Working with MDF isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. My only dislike is you can’t find or buy MDF in half sheets. Oh well here are some pictures of the project as I go along. I’m to the point I have two more pieces to cut out and then ready for painting.


This is the top wing.


A start to the fuselage, waiting for glue to cure.


Here’s the two wings, the bottom wing is on top of the stack. The two wing struts, the Z shaped pieces, the wing strut braces (in the rear of the picture) and the propeller. I had to cut out a new propeller because the first printing of the pattern was in two pages and I screwed up taping the two sheets together. There was supposed to be a hub in the center of the propeller.


Here’s a partially put together rendition. Everything is just sitting there while I took the photo. A good strong breeze would have knocked everything over.

I’ll update it as I get some more done. This cold weather down here in south Georgia makes it difficult to get out and work in a cold, unheated shop.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."



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ldl

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#1 posted 03-26-2013 02:42 PM

I know what you mean bout the cold weather in a cold shop. Looks like you are getting a handle on this blogging. That’s a pretty good size plane for sure. Be following your progress. Did you say Oops on the propeller. Haaa Haaa.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#2 posted 03-26-2013 07:43 PM

That’s going to look really cool when it’s finished and painted up.

I couldn’t figure out how anybody in Georgia could be complaining about the weather and until a quick check showed that it’s about the same temperature as it is here in Toronto. Big weather system!

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#3 posted 03-27-2013 01:30 AM

Looks good I am interested to see how the final project looks.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#4 posted 03-27-2013 02:10 AM

You got this blogging thing down pat. That is an interesting shelf design (perfect in a boys room)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 03-27-2013 09:47 AM

Oh, I forgot what it’s supposed to look like when it’s done right. Here’s the Magazines picture of the final product:

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#6 posted 03-27-2013 01:11 PM

Haaa Haaa I thought you were building a real airplane model. Didn’t really pay any attention to heading. That will be a neat looking shelf. Different for sure.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#7 posted 04-08-2014 08:12 AM

I finally finished the shelf and my grandson wants it for his room and not HIS son’s room. the pictures below show it in it’s final stages and the last pic is the finished product. These pictures are before I put the landing gear on.

The last pic is the finished shelf. The only thing I had to hold it up was my spline jig. One wing tip against the wall and the wheels in the spline jig cradle.

Thanks for all the very kind words. I’ll not make anything from MDF for a long time. The paint did not want to cover in certain places even after sealing with sizing.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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