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Posted by lslewis | Nov 20, 2008 @ 04:26 PM | 3,402 Views
The best laid plans of men and mice off times fall astray. Our new house flunked home inspection. The last of our concerns the house was nearly new, 3 years old. Not one problem but several that added up to cause for rejection.
So the balsa wood stays in it's box. the half built wing is still half built. And fiberglassing the HL executive jet stays just a plan.
Posted by lslewis | Nov 17, 2008 @ 03:06 PM | 3,204 Views
Fourteen Days and counting, yes we found a new house. We expect to close Dec 1 and move in the next day. It will take some work to change it into our home. However I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and it is not a train! Looks like there we be just enough room in the garage (Exile Island) for the nasty stuff i.e. fiberglass work etc. as well as a work bench with the drill press, vice, jig saw and foam cutter. I will have to pull the car out for fiberglassing and both cars for painting. As before I will do most of the the easy stuff inside in our office.

Hurricane Larry
Posted by lslewis | Nov 07, 2008 @ 06:27 PM | 3,530 Views
Out of the blue we got an offer on our home. We had advertised it on and off ever since the market took a dive. Our plan is to buy a condo and leave the maintenance to the HOA. Now we are living out of boxes in a friends rental until we find a new permanent home. The garage is full of boxes, I have lost track of all my RC stuff, except for the planes. We put two big boxes together it is over 6 feet tall and filled it with wings, fuse, etc. No question which box that is. I have not lifted an exacto to a piece of balsa since we left Reno in August. I am in severe withdrawal. If anybody knows of a support group please let me know.

I did plan ahead Fanman of RJ-55 kit fame is working on an ERJ-145 design and the preliminaries look fantastic. I have been keeping in touch with his work

Once again Hobby-Lobby got me with another sale and I purchased a second executive Jet. It is a great plane but it is foam. I am not against foam but my dumb fingers, door ways, ceilings keep messing it up. Whenever I get an aircraft assembly area I plan to fiberglass the model. I have not decided if the fiberglass will be a protective surface or a structural element of the plane. I am considering skinning the wing with balsa and the a 3/4 oz layer of glass. All this said it boils down to weight. The question is, can I do all this without ruining a perfectly good model?