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Posted by UpNup | Nov 29, 2017 @ 07:32 AM | 2,546 Views
Building the Ford Flivver requires constantly looking at plans, building directly over the plans, reading an article written in RC Modeler June 1990, and a three view from the Williams Brothers plastic model kit.

My trip to Dearborn to see the original was astounding. Nothing videoed, written, photographed or talked about in a forum compared with the original.

All this reminds me of my faith in Jesus. One of his followers named Paul said we only see now as if thru a darkened glass, but one day face to face. Becoming a follower of Jesus is like these model builds. We try to make them scale, using quality copies as reference, but the original is what we focus upon. Are you looking at imitations or do you pore over the Bible looking for Truth? And yet that personal relationship with Jesus is astounding. Get to know Jesus as I have and youll find that direct connection beyond compare.

Meanwhile, Ill keep building this plane and referencing the best plans and reference material possible.
Posted by UpNup | Nov 28, 2017 @ 10:47 AM | 2,645 Views
Building a plane from plans means that you make mistakes. But those glitches are not a fatal flaw, but an opportunity.

My right wheel was rubbing one of the three landing gear wires. I built the gear just like the left one. And that meant I threw a wire right into the wheel.

Second chances are wonderful. Now the wheel rolls fine. And I painted all three wires black which is more true to the original.

Grace comes at a price. The fix took a night and dragging out the soldering equipment. Life doesnt often have grace. As a Christian I know that my life flaws are forgiven by my faith in Jesus. It cost Him His death on the cross. He lives today so that I can be forgiven, cleaned up, and set rolling along again.
Posted by UpNup | Nov 23, 2017 @ 09:06 AM | 3,438 Views
Things change when you see the original. Seeing the only existing Ford Flivver 268 was a treat. You know you're working hard at a build when you travel several hours to see the original. The Ford Flivver is on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The museum is very well done and worth the $22 ticket plus six dollar parking.

What changed for me was the detail that doesn't exist in the Williams Bros. plastic model and in the RC Modeler June 1990 article and plans. Dereck Woodward built the 1/5 scale plans I'm using off of the plastic model. For instance, the plastic model shows a gas cap in front of the windshield. The plans don't have it. But the real FF has a gas cap and some kind of other port, probably for oil. There were many other details that I noted and placed as captions in the photos.

Anyone building scale should certainly consider viewing the original. You'll have limitations like I did. Couldn't measure anything. Couldn't climb underneath or peer into the cockpit. But there is enough detail to keep me busy on this build....Continue Reading
Posted by UpNup | Nov 18, 2017 @ 05:08 PM | 2,657 Views
Enjoyed spending a couple of hours today at the AMAs National Model Aviation Museum in Muncie, Ind....Continue Reading
Posted by UpNup | Nov 17, 2017 @ 08:21 PM | 2,818 Views
Elevators coming along for my Ford Flivver build.

Had to run to Hobby Lobby for the 3/16” square sticks and 3/16” sheeting that the plans called for. The collection of balsa was there but it was an organizational mess.

The laminations on the curved parts went well, except the left elevator. It was warped about 1/8”. Even though the wood glue had set, I wetted it thoroughly with Windex and pinned it down.

The wings were built using CA, but I went with Gorilla Wood Glue (non-foaming) on all of the elevators.

I’ve got an internal control horn that is to be added later.

If you haven’t noticed, I’m building on the exercise matt my wife uses just siting on top of glass.
Posted by UpNup | Nov 10, 2017 @ 05:17 PM | 2,817 Views
The wing on the 1/5 scale Ford Flivver came together. It was far more technical than anticipated. Cross-grain web shearing had to be cut and fitted between each rib. I was glad for the short kit laser cut ribs, but still had to swing by the store for 1/16 sheeting. I finally tacked a second set of plans to the wall for reference. Im glad that I chose to do the landing gear first as it was important to get the insertion holes drilled correctly into ply before sheeting. There are at least 60 hours of work into completion.