Posted by Killionaire |
Aug 30, 2011 @ 10:29 PM | 2,384 Views
I've finished constructing the field box. It took me a month to build it. Now it just needs paint. I made some improvements on it. The original side panels for the power unit were only 1/8" balsa plywood. I thought that was too flimsy, so I made new ones out of 1/4" lite plywood. The black foam padding for the cradles came crushed, so I will buy new padding. I'll install cam locks to lock the drawers closed instead of using the velcro strips that came with the kit. I don't like the plastic fuel container straps that came with the kit, so I'll install better straps of some kind, something that's adjustable and looks nice.
As for the paint, I bought Klass Kote epoxy paint. I bought white primer, primer catalyst, orange, olive drab, catalyst, and thinner. It cost about $110. The primary color for the box will be olive drab with some orange trim. I may paint some decorative designs on the box in orange. I also bought wood filler and oil-modified polyurethane to fill and seal the wood, as per the manual. When I opened the klass kote shipping box, the highly toxic smell was overpowering, and the cans were not even open. So I quickly sealed up the box again. I will definitely paint outdoors with Klass Kote.
This box was a lot of work and expense, but I didn't want to show up at the field with a shabby field box. At least I'm almost done with it. From what I've read, the pre-built master caddy field boxes tend to come with some defects and shoddy craftsmanship. I had to fight to straighten some warped plywood as I built my master caddy. It still has some very slight warps here and there, but it's nearly perfect and it functions great.
Posted by Killionaire |
Aug 01, 2011 @ 10:44 AM | 2,095 Views
I'm working on my field box now. This is my first field box. It's a Master Caddy field box kit. At first when I received this in the mail and opened it up, I thought this is far more work than I bargained for. Plus it will cost much more to build (with good epoxy paint) than a pre-built Master Caddy. I guess this is why the kit form has been discontinued. But now that I've begun building it and have sanded and glued together some parts of it, it is surprisingly a lot of fun. I feel like this is a once in a lifetime experience and I want to do it up right. I'm going to go ahead and buy the Klass Kote epoxy paint, which is very expensive. I think I'll paint it Olive Drab, and then I'll paint yellow and black hazard stripes on it. I like all those science fiction TV shows and movies which have olive drab buildings and vehicles with hazard stripes.
I am finishing up a 60 sized Midwest Aerostar. I first built it in 1998. I finished most of it then. I bought a lot of equipment, materials, parts, tools, and supplies in late 2010 to finish and fly it. I've been working on it occasionally and I don't have much left to do to finish it. When I finally fly it at the field, it's gonna be a whole new era in my life. How exciting. I first started dreaming of flying RC planes when I was in junior high and looked at RC airplane magazines. I didn't have any money then, but I have plenty now, to buy all the many supplies for RC flying.