Saturday, January 17, 2009

A little more work on the P-51

I still have no idea what I'm going to do with this thing, but it's still nice to have something to work on. I found a bunch of leftover fiberglass from the kayak that I built last year, so I'm kicking around the idea of glassing the P-51. It's not exactly fun work, but doing it would let me paint the plane using my HVLP spray gun and air compressor. That ought to be fun. I could give the plane to a neighbor that flies RC, but I've never been able to get over the Sunday afternoon when he stood behind me drinking a couple of Killian's while I spend a couple of hours fixing his computer for him without offering at least one brew to me. Funny how that stuff sticks with you, and in his case, will cost him an opportunity for what will hopefully be a nice kit. The lesson here for everyone else is pretty obvious, eh?

The P-51 is a good time killer, but I'd really rather be building another boat. I'd still like a small sailing skiff to go with the kayak. Specifically, I'd like to be building a Jimmy Skiff, a kit sold my the same outfit that I bought the kayak kit from:

It's pretty expensive, though. For now, I'll keep going on the P-51 and see if I can stretch it out until the weather breaks in a few months. The type of work isn't all that different. Today was sanding the wingtips and epoxy gluing a few parts in place:

It's nice to get some use out of my boat building clamps, even if it's not for building a boat:

1 comment:

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