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    Airplanes for Christmas

    Starting up my own airline this christmas. I've been working on these for a couple months, but between fighting and now surgery for carpal tunnel, selling a house, moving, etc they're just now getting finished.

    10 have landing gear on them, but 5 of them were for 2-3 yr olds so I left the smallest parts off. They're made from cherry and some old hardwood flooring out of a 1904 house. I think it was some type of light weight oak or chestnut.
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    Very cool, Jeb. The portholes add a great touch.
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    Cool. Nice use of old hard wood flooring.

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    Nice job. Thats one of those project were you just can't own enough clamps.

    I love project like this. You get to bring so many smiles to people.

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    Gonna be some happy kids this Christmas
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    Jeb, great planes! Like others have said, some kids this Christmas are going to get a present they will remember long after you are gone.
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    Nice job Jeb they look like the old Metro's I used to work on
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    Awe Jeb I wish you had not shown us those.....now i am gonna have to make some. They are really cool. When i was a young un around 10 thats how i got started with woodworking making my own toys on my Dads combo machine. Except i turned out machine guns made with 1,5x1,5 pine.

    You got plans you would be willing to share? I guess the thing with those planes is you cannot just make one.

    I really like them. very cool Xmas presents and i bet the kids that get them absolutely love em.
    cheers

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    Well, from my experience building:

    Don't dado the body for the wing if you have the backs and fronts swept. It's kind of a pain to get the front/back of the main wing to both have an angle and control the front-back length of the wing to fit int he dado. I ended up having to cut mine short and glue in a spacer because they were off.

    Epoxy or gorilla glue the landing gear and motors. I had trouble with those, ended up going back and breaking every landing gear and motor back off, scraping the glue off, and using gorilla glue.

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