Old time kit and building
If I never build another plane from a die cut kit and build it using wood glue, I'll probably be pretty happy!
One of the older flyers @ the club gave me a NIB 10 year old GP Extra 300 kit to build for him. The only thing he wanted was that I build it with wood glue instead of CA. 5 things have now come back to mind since I started this build;
#1. I still hate die cut kits.
#2. I still hate building with wood glue.
#3. I still hate lousy plans.
#4. I still hate all the sanding.
#5. I still hate using a toothpick to apply the glue. (HINT)
For those of you that have never built a kit from plans or a die cut kit, (much less building with wood glue) you should build at least one in your lifetime just for the experience. Laser cut and CA has made me SO appreciative of todays kits, I'm almost ashamed and embarressed to admit I want everything done and I want it NOW!
I've totally forgotten just what it was like to wait for the darn glue to dry so I could move on to the next part. I've totally forgotten just how many times I had to turn the kit to get all the joints glued. I've totally forgotten just how much sanding I've had to to do to smooth everything out. These new ARF kits have just spoiled me to no ends, not to mention the new laser cutting and the use of of CA & 5 minute epoxy.
I remember just doing some small amounts of building and reviewing the plans/parts/pieces and looking forward to assembling the next few pieces. (Usually darn few) I actually looked forward to getting everything smoothed out and getting the pieces to fit live a glove. Ahh, the days of seeking perfection! Wood glue, sandpaper, a sharp knife, time and sore fingers.
I know those days are pretty much gone, and upon reflection, I can honestly say I don't really miss them. But this build for a friend and old time builder/flyer has sure brought back some memories that I'll cherish forever. I'd write a little more but I think I see some wood glue drying....
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