|Jan 31, 2012, 07:20 PM|
Speaking of shutting down jet engines....
There is a story from the Viet Nam war era of a Phantom pilot flying up along side a B-52, then doing a few barrel rolls and other maneuvers, then challenging the B-52 pilot to do something he couldn't.... The B-52 pilot says.. Okay!!... The fly along for a bit, but nothing seems to happen. and the Phantom pilot asks.... Are you going to do something?? The B-52 Pilot says... I did!! The Phantom pilot asks...WHAT??? The B-52 pilot says... I shut down two engines!!!
|Jan 31, 2012, 08:50 PM|
|Jan 31, 2012, 11:58 PM|
Joined May 2003
|Feb 01, 2012, 09:29 AM|
|Feb 01, 2012, 02:13 PM|
Of course this is just a rumor, unsubstanciated of course, but some conspiricy theorists believe it to be true.
This project will be awesome when finished. Going to be a treat to the the culumination of all this work. What patience Dag has.
|Feb 01, 2012, 11:46 PM|
I believe Dag's balsa stash area is known as "Area Hoosier 2" and mine is known as "Area Hoosier 1" since I bought out a regional hobby shop distributor's supply of balsa sometime back and I think Dag may have done something similar!
The distributor was a friend of mine who lost his life in an ultralight aircraft accident
His widow who was moving out of state wanted all the inventory in his storage building and office ( a 40 by 50 foot building) liquidated the very day myself and a buddy arrived to look at it.
All I will say it was a LOT of wood, engines and kits, plus various other supplies.
The price is still a secret, and some of it was sold off to various friends and some went on Ebay, the rest is not for sale!
But we filled the 8 foot beds of two Ford pickups with caps four times each, or eight loads
She herself owned an insurance company and was independently wealthy and literally gave it all to us for a song.
She didn't want to mess with an auction or a dragged out sale of people coming and going.
The only problem we had was working around the moving van loading her household goods setting in front of the building.
But Area Hoosier 1 exists at an undisclosed location.
Area Hoosier 1 in the 1970's housed high speed fiberglass Vietnam river gunboats in it as they were being built
Built and funded by the US Navy, it was later bought by my Uncle who made the boats.
It sports a concrete floor 40 feet wide, 100 feet long and 54 inches thick!
Rerod is made from discarded steel railroad rails in a grid pattern, with three three layers of rails. The 54 inch concrete floor goes down beyond the frost level, so it draws heat out of the ground in the winter to help heat the building and keeps it cool in the summer.
The roof trusses are made from solid cherry wood on 20 inch spacing!
The wood was left over from another Navy project utilizing several types of special woods
Equipped with an 80 gallon compressor, 71 foot deep well for water, 120 and 220 power,an overhead on an I beam 1/2 ton moveable electric hoist and a 28 foot long by 20 foot wide by 8 foot high professional spray paint booth
It also houses a couple classic cars and an antique full scale airplane nowadays.
The nice part is, our LHS never has any kind of a decent supply of balsa anyway, and never has or probably ever will, so when I need some, I just go to my secret area and get what I need and sometimes cut what I need
Also saves a 20 mile drive each way to the LHS if you can even call it a decent hobby shop anymore.
|Feb 02, 2012, 07:46 AM|
Pics or it didn't happen!
|Feb 02, 2012, 06:48 PM|
Seeing is believing!
Area Hoosier 1 in first picture
See all those boxes on the left against the wall. Just part of our wood stash
Each box has an assortment of wood in it, 1/16 x 3 x48, 1/16x4 x48
3/32, 3/16, 1/4 , 5/8, 3/4, and 1 inch
The other boxes had some engines( mostly Fox 19s to Fox 90's.) some fuel and various hadware( engine mounts), etc in them.
In the back of the building are racks with 4x4 x36 and 4x4 x48, all contest grade wood, most of it came from Midwest, some from Sig
The Ercoupe is one of my airplanes. Also had JN4 Jenny in the shop for awhile, most recent one was a J3 Cub came in for a paint job.
Last picture is of the paint booth as it was being built. Has explosion proof fan with dual large ducts on both front sides, the square hole at the center top is where we mounted te fan, and is ducted out the backside of the shop
Booth is 28 feet long, 20 feet wide, 8 feet high with a rear swinging door that opens to allow large items in the booth
Next project to be built will be a full scale LSA homebuilt
There is a full scale P-26 awaiting a paint job, then my Ercoupe
The front overhead door I replaced with a newer insulated one, I run the furnace ( 2nd picture,, top center of picture) for 30 minutes and shut it off and it will stay warm all day
inside during winter months as the 4 1/2 foot thick concrete floor draws heat out of the ground down below the frost level, the ground stays quite warm.
Hey Dag, if you need some more shop space, get in touch!
|Feb 02, 2012, 08:12 PM|
You might be able to build a couple planes with that
Bet you could build a few planes out of each box. If you wake up one morning and it's all gone except a thank you note from santa don't come looking for me I'll be building a bunch of planes
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