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Post  Cribbs74 on Sat Jan 18, 2014 6:01 pm

I finally got off my dead rump and started building my flight box. I had been using my sons toolbox and he mentioned to Mom that he wasn't happy about it. This resulted in stink eye from my wife so...

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Post  706jim on Sat Jan 18, 2014 7:19 pm

Nice. Now be sure to paint it before you start using it and it will look good years from now.
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Post  Cribbs74 on Sat Jan 18, 2014 7:47 pm

Thanks, It's going to be finished in stain and spar urethane.

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Post  Mark Boesen on Sat Jan 18, 2014 8:35 pm

Nice!

only thought is you might want to reconsider carrying around a gallon of fuel, years ago I moved from a gallon to 1/2 gal. container then finally to 1qt. I know you need to top it off more often, but it is a significant weight savings and I think in the summer the bulk of your fuel stays at constant room temp. in the shop, also if you're adding caster for different engines it's pretty handy.

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Post  Cribbs74 on Sat Jan 18, 2014 8:46 pm

Thanks Mark,

Some days I have been know to burn through a full gallon of fuel. Once I learn how to fly better I will slow down and carry less. As it stands more air time is what I need.

Most times, the car to the field is less than 100yds.

I had some warping issues so I will add the side covers tomorrow when the wood dries.

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Post  roddie on Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:01 pm

Looks good Ron! There's lot's of space there by the looks of it... If you're looking to counter-weight it.. you could cut-in a power-panel.. "high" on the end opposite the fuel can (just below the handle) and build a 12V. battery box inside.. below the panel; on the floor. Drinking-water bottles will offset the weight of that Gal. fuel can as well.

What type of Spar-Varnish are you using? Do you have wood-burning tips for your soldering iron? It would be cool to burn your name in somewhere... and maybe the date you built it?

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p.s. if you install a power-panel... you can power it "on the cheap" by using two 6V. lantern batteries in series; using an 18 ga. jumper-wire. (this is basically the same as x8 "D" size batteries worth of capacity to power the panel) The lantern batteries are inexpensive if you buy the non-alkaline type (3 or 4 dollars ea.) so.. if your Ni-starter dies at the field... you could have a back-up glow-driver... as well as a 12V. power supply for charging your cell phone by connecting a 12V. accessory socket to the panel. Heck... you've got enough space in that box to mount speakers and a car stereo!!! Cool
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Post  Cribbs74 on Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:18 pm

BTW,

I love that Silver Foxx sticker! I would love to have one of those. I wonder if Lew still has any?

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Post  Ken Cook on Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:43 pm

Ron, did you see Lew's truck? The door panels are that logo. It looks pretty cool. Ken
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Post  Cribbs74 on Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:55 pm

Last time I saw Lew was about 4 months ago and he was driving a plain old 90's F150.

I have a Lew Woolard Fox .40 now and it runs like a dream. Instant break when the nose goes up. It's mounted on a Cardinal.

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Post  Mark Boesen on Sat Jan 18, 2014 10:04 pm

yep, those reworked fox .40's are da bomb!!! I almost bought one from him years ago at the nats, but already had two nice .40FP's and a good running .46 la, so I passed...grrr!
I'm sure he got a zillion of those stickers, I got one (nfs) but I can scan it.
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Post  Cribbs74 on Sat Jan 18, 2014 11:00 pm

Thank you good sir!
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Post  Mark Boesen on Sat Jan 18, 2014 11:02 pm

I added contrast and rescanned at 300 dpi?
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Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Jan 19, 2014 7:57 pm

Thanks Mark,

I added some stain, I'll be applying urethane tomorrow. The side lids warped again, apparently I un-clamped them too soon. They have been steamed and clamped again.

I also took a photo of me carrying the tote with a full gallon of fuel. All I have to do is choke up on the handle some to balance it out.

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Post  RknRusty on Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:50 pm

I love it. And I need it. I have 1/2A and stunter support all crammed into one plastic 1/2A box. That'll make a nice project for this Spring, if not sooner. Right now I'm working on a fuselage/wing/stab jig for alignment while gluing the main pieces together. Should be simpler than it sounds.

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Post  ian1954 on Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:25 am

A nice bit of woodwork. I always think that the home made/ custom build is best. You get what you wanted!
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Post  Cribbs74 on Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:02 am

Thanks Ian, I am not a woodworker by any stretch. As long as it entails cutting straight lines or some easy angles I can handle it.

The main reason for me wanting to do a box was to save face when I show up at the field. Most guys I fly with have elaborate home built boxes that have 30 or more years of history behind them. I feel out of place with my black and yellow Stanley toolbox!

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Post  RknRusty on Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:11 am

How do you store/carry your big propellers? I cut a piece of 3" PVC to drop them in but it sticks up too high and falls over. If I build a box I might make a deep vertical compartment to drop them into. And another place with holes for glow Igniters.

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Post  roddie on Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:35 pm

RknRusty wrote:How do you store/carry your big propellers? I cut a piece of 3" PVC to drop them in but it sticks up too high and falls over. If I build a box I might make a deep vertical compartment to drop them into. And another place with holes for glow Igniters.

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A wooden cigar box would make for "easy access".. and add some real character!  Smoking  Glue in some partitions if you want. Some come with latches.

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Post  Cribbs74 on Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:08 pm

Good idea Roddie,

I am thinking now that partitions in the main part of the box would have been a plus. I am done though. I am going to add piano hinges on the lids as it will take care of the bow. Darn things curved on me when I stained them  Mad  The whole reason I did a thread was to show how quick it can be done. 3 days roughly 6 hrs. The rest of the time was waiting for stuff to dry. No more boring pictures I promise.

Well maybe one more. Just because Rusty asked how I will store my props!

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Post  RknRusty on Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:13 pm

It's beautiful. I like pictures. Very Happy 

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Post  roddie on Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:37 pm

Cribbs74 wrote:
And one of my fan club, no those are not my tools. They are my 6 yr old daughters. Just in case any of you guys were planning on being wise...

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I hope you let the "girls" out when you're "rustproofing" the shop with a fog of castor oil! (that vid was entertaining!!!) Popcorn 

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Post  RknRusty on Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:43 pm

I didn't see that second pic before. You got YardBirds in your garage! lol! 

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Post  Cribbs74 on Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:44 pm

lol! 

Yeah, they split and sound the alarm when I fire something up. I give them a handful of cracked corn to settle them down.

I usually only run with the doors closed when test running at night, it keeps the noise down. Neighbors say they can't hear anything.

Those 4 like to hang out with me in the shop. Fine by me as they like spiders. Problem is they leave presents from time to time.
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