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Old Feb 05, 2012, 07:25 AM
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...Balsaloc used at sheet edges though - tightening it with the heat gun I managed to boil it in a couple of places!
I find that using a covering iron is better for balsaloc than a heat gun, particularly at the edges...but you do tend to get it all over the sole of the iron, and then have to get it off with thinners.
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Old Feb 05, 2012, 07:37 AM
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Yes, sorry Mike - I didn't explain the situation well - it was more of an 'aside' really. I would normally use the iron but on this occasion was doing a repair and as usual doing it the 'quick' way when the result was somewhat rumpled.

As my mum was always saying 'it's saving ourselves trouble that wears us out!'
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Old Feb 05, 2012, 08:46 AM
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As my mum was always saying 'it's saving ourselves trouble that wears us out!'
My Dad had a similar if perhaps more judgemental refrain: "the lazy man takes the most pains" he'd say, as I did something lazy...
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Old Feb 05, 2012, 09:40 AM
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My friend has a sign on the wall by his desk:

"If it looks as though I've got nothing to do, that's because I did it right the first time."

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Old Feb 11, 2012, 12:38 AM
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For those of you who are fans of the Albatross like I am, this Sunday, on the travel channel, on a show called "killer rv upgrades" or something close to that, they are supposed to be featuring an Albatross, according to an e-bulletin I got from AOPA.
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Old Feb 19, 2012, 04:47 AM
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I see that **neons** has started building an Ivan's Martin Mars on this waterplanes thread. Whichever way you look at it, the mars is an ambitious build!
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Old Feb 24, 2012, 10:10 PM
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Yep, I've gone and done it now! I ordered my Albatross plans today!
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Old Feb 25, 2012, 12:52 PM
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Yep, I've gone and done it now! I ordered my Albatross plans today!
Hi John,
Nice to see someone else likes this plane. I got the plans late last year, but have no-where to build it at the moment due to house alterations and the Misses taking more and more of 'MY' room to 'store' her stuff in it. Grrrr

I think the Albatross is a lovely plane, the possibilities for paint schemes are pretty wide.

I look forward to seeing your build log, hope you do one,

David
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Old Mar 04, 2012, 12:53 AM
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Yep, I've gone and done it now! I ordered my Albatross plans today!
Like an expectant father (well, sorta) I have been walking to the mailbox everyday since Ivan sent me an email saying the plans were in the mail. They came today, yippie! I of course rushed right into the garage, and started unfolding, and the first thing a noticed, I need a bigger workbench!

Once I get organized, I'll start a build thread, and probably ask many questions.
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Old Mar 04, 2012, 08:01 AM
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[QUOTE=JohnBergt;20930904]Like an expectant father (well, sorta) I have been walking to the mailbox everyday since Ivan sent me an email saying the plans were in the mail. They came today, yippie! I of course rushed right into the garage, and started unfolding, and the first thing a noticed, I need a bigger workbench!

Once I get organized, I'll start a build thread, and probably ask many questions.

How about a few saw horses and 3/4" plywood? Many years ago I helped build a Fischer Flying Products FP 101 ultralight. That's what we used to build on. It was just like building a stick kit. Compare to a very large Sig Senior. Somewhere I've got few pics of the not yet completed plane.
One of these days I'm going to have to make a decision on a set of plans.
Good luck with your build.
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 06:02 PM
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Now that the Comet has flown and is more or less finished, I thought I would take a few group shots of my 'Ivan Fleet'.

Sealand (maiden 2007)
DH Rapide (maiden 2008)
DHC Chipmunk (maiden 2011)
DH Comet (maiden 2012)

My workbench is okay, but I do need a bigger room!

Trevor
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 06:05 PM
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That is a sharp looking fleet indeed!
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 06:09 PM
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Awesome fleet trevor! Ahhh......and to have that kind of time on one's hands. My Sealand is still sitting on the bench. Won't happen for me until I retire.
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 07:55 PM
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Trevor, how well does the Sunderland fly? I suppose it is somewhat different than those single engine seaplanes such as the Ace Sea Master and others like it.
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Old Mar 19, 2012, 03:38 AM
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Inspiring!
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