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Old Jul 22, 2012, 11:26 AM
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P61 Black Widow Plans build and electric conversion

Yet another project for me to work. I'm starting a "plans" build of a P-61 Black Widow night fighter from a set of Ziroli plans my GF bought for me. She is also paying for the wood order I placed through Balsa USA. This is about $200 worth of wood. I bought "seconds" for the sheet stock and saved about $100 on the order. The wood all looks pretty good. There are some color changes, a crack or two on a couple of sheets near the end, a few rough edges, and maybe one sheet with a defect in the middle that could impact strength. However, for the amount it saved by buying seconds, I can easily go buy a piece at the LHS to replace anything I can't use. And since it will be glassed and painted, the discoloration isn't an issue. (Besides, I'm a woodworker and like some character in my wood!)

I don't expect this to be a fast moving project, but hope to chip away at it from time to time and will post updates as I go. I wouldn't be surprised to see this build take over a year to get complete.

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Old Jul 22, 2012, 11:37 AM
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I do like the before photo
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Old Jul 22, 2012, 10:02 PM
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I like the GF. Awesome.

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Old Jul 22, 2012, 10:53 PM
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I like the GF. Awesome.

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Yeah, she's definitely a keeper! She goes to fun flys with me, she buys me airplanes, she doesn't mind me looking at other women (as long as I'm ONLY looking), she takes my sass and gives it right back. Definitely a keeper!

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Old Jul 24, 2012, 10:53 PM
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Okay, it's my birthday, so I can officially start looking at the plans and make some progress. I rolled them out and traced the first two formers onto tracing paper tonight.

Think I'm liable to build me a drafting table before I go too much farther. Leaning over the bed to trace is murder on the back.

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Old Jul 25, 2012, 08:02 AM
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Congratulations on another trip around the sun. You might want to consider having the wing ribs laser cut . ..

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Old Mar 19, 2014, 11:43 PM
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Okay, have decided to do a build out of foam instead of wood. I think I can build faster and easier using foam. Besides, it's something new to try. Here are the latest photos.
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Old Mar 21, 2014, 05:45 PM
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Finished up making the templates for foam cutting the center wing section today. Also received my retracts.
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