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Flight Journal Magazine

Postby Dave Smith » Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:36 pm

Flight Journal Magazine

I just finished reading Flight Journal magazine.
There is a good article on airplane bone yards.
Boy could we have fun in there picking up
stuff for interesting projects.
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Re: Flight Journal Magazine

Postby Fawteen » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:06 am

Oh yeah. I could spend a week at the one in Arizona just crawling around in those birds.

I've been on a minor airplane model building binge this winter. Build an itty-bitty Corsair out of flat metal that is really pretty cool for what it is, I'm in the process of building a Douglas A1 Skyraider out of balsa and have a A10 Warthog in plastic on order. The A10 is a Tamiya model and is supposed to be really well detailed.
What do you mean I can't do that?

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Re: Flight Journal Magazine

Postby Dave Smith » Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:03 pm

Post some photos.
When I was a kid I built hundreds of ( Do you remember them?) Comet stick and tissue models.
They had 10, 25 and 50 cent models.
I used to build them, then sell them in school for $2.50.
During WW2 the school gave us some solid pine models to finish and put together and paint black.
The glue was a powder that was mixed with water, very slow drying.
The Army used them for plane identification, Strange, I have never seen anything about that since.
I built 3 Cleveland 50 cent baby condor gliders. You can still buy their plans , but they are expensive.
They had a wire hook on the bottom and you put a string with a metal ring on the hook.
Then ran to get it up like a kite. I lost every one on its maiden flight. had my name, address and phone
number on them, but still never heard a thing.
I have several stick and tissue models here to be built, but my chemo fingers wont cooperate at
putting them together. One is a F4U Corsair 36 inch for U control.
Then I moved to radio control when they were single channel with rubber band escapments.
I still have a couple of multi channel RC planes here and a bunch of engines.
You can still buy many of these plane kits on Ebay and Amizon
I have found 2 RC planes on the land here that people lost Low battery was the reason they lost them.
One had a 60 inch wing span and when it the high grass the wing popped off and a snake was living in it.
I got both back to their owners.
You and I had and still have similar interests.
Keeps the mind working
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Re: Flight Journal Magazine

Postby Fawteen » Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:41 pm

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This is the Corsair. The "kit" is one flat sheet of polished aluminum with laser-cut parts, all flat. You have to bend, fold and mutilate everything into shape, including the "tires" on the landing gear.

As you can see, it's quite small and I built much of it under a magnifying glass. Quite a challenge for my old eyes and fumble fingers. I bought it because I was intrigued by the concept and it was cheap <$10 on Amazon.

I'm working on the Skyraider now, an inexpensive diecut balsa-and-tissue kit, <$15. And Mister, the materials reflect the price! If the balsa was any thinner, it'd be see-through. Last balsa-and-tissue bird I built was a Corsair (are you seeing a theme here?) in Japan in 1976 and you could snap the pieces out of the sheets very easily. This stuff is so thin you have to trim around the cut lines with a razor or you'll break them getting them out. If I'd run across this when I first started building models as a kit, I'd have set fire to it.

They have a laser-cut model of a Catalina PBY (One of my Top 10 favorite birds) but it's $85 and I wanted to try one of the cheaper kits to get back into it slowly before spending that kind of scratch on a dust-collector.

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Also been working in brass this winter updating an Ertl model of the JD750 tractor I had and building implements for it.
What do you mean I can't do that?

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Re: Flight Journal Magazine

Postby Dave Smith » Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:58 pm

If the kit I just looked at (Guillow's PBY-5A Catalina Model Kit ).
Guillow made a very good kit. I have put lots of their kits together.
A bunch of years ago I used to go to The Wings Of Eagles Museum in Geneseeo NY.
Before they moved to Elmira NY.
Every Wednesday to do volunteer work. One of the guys I rode with was the Crew chief
for the museums PBY-5A Catalina. It is a beautiful aircraft. That is the only
flying airplane the Museum had I didn't get to ride in.
One of the other fellows I rode with was crew chief for the R4D (Navy's version of the C47).
It was a lot of fun to work on these and other plains, and the guys always had some good
story's to tell at lunch time.
Darn, If my fingers would cooperate I would buy that kit to put together.
I see it has some plastic parts that are hard to form from balsa.
Who made the Skyrader kit? My brother Bob was part of the skyrader crew aboard
the carrier Tarawa CV40, He was on the Mediterranean cruse in the 50s.
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Re: Flight Journal Magazine

Postby Fawteen » Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:04 pm

It's a Guillow kit as well. Apparently they have two lines now, the cheaper die-cut stuff and the more expensive laser-cut. I was a little disappointed as Guillow used to be a good name. Perhaps their laser-cut stuff still is, I may try one down the road.
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Sorry

Postby Dave Smith » Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:06 pm

I guess I started this under the wrong heading.
It should have been under Bullshop
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Re: Flight Journal Magazine

Postby Fawteen » Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:17 pm

It's all good. Nice to see a little traffic!
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