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  • Finished flying tiger srap art airplne-large

    Well, its BIG! 68" Wingspan, 62" overall . Wind spins the prop. Sits with 'proper' attitude, and has lifting eyes to hang from tree, rafters, etc., so can be suspended in any dive/bank attitude the owner wishes.

    Loosely modeled after a Curtiss P40 Fighter...the original plane of the AVG (American Volunteer Group) "Flying Tigers" in China. Interestingly, the Sharks Mouth nose art was first used on a German BF110 Messerschmidt Twin engined "Destroyer" Attack Bomber, then adopted by the AVG.

    This is made from a truck muffler, and has a thin plate tail section attached with rebar Framework skinned in both aluminum and galvanized thin sheet from AC ducts. The wings have a simple rebar framework with aluminum skin stretched over (Rolled over-'n-under the rebar to secure it to the frame). Landing gear is from golf bag cart, rear wheel from Wheelchair foot rest. Propeller is a ceiling fan, cut down and re-shaped,, spinner is from a lantern flashlight.

    I painted the markings, and I know they are not authentically correct, but are intended to convey the general theme of the plane. Originally I was going to paint it camo upper, sky blue belly, but the aluminum wings looked so good I abandoned that idea.

    I also include some pics of it before the markings were applied.



















    Last edited by Hotfoot; 07-21-2015, 01:47 PM. Reason: Spellings
    "Good Enough Never Is"

  • #2
    Another superb effort, Foot!!!
    Miller 251, Lincoln PrecisionTig 275, Miller DialArc 250 AC/DC, Hypertherm 900, Bridgeport J-head, Jet 14" lathe, South Bend 9" lathe, Hossfeld bender with a collection of dies driving me to the poorhouse, Logan shaper, Ellis 3000 bandsaw, Royersford drill press and a Victor Journeyman O/A.

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    • #3
      Lots of work in that and it shows...well done!

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      • #4
        I love it! I think this is your best one yet!
        Scott

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        • #5
          Man

          You have grown !!!

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          • #6
            Soon, you will have to have an air-show, with the entire squadron!

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            • #7
              Thanks, guys!

              I put a more correct spinner on the prop, but neglected to take a picture...its over at the shop I usually place them in to get them out of my way here, I'll be over there in a couple days, and will take a picture of that prop spinner then.
              "Good Enough Never Is"

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              • #8
                More correct spinner, like a cone?

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                DialArc 250 (1974), Idealarc 250 (1971), SyncroWave 250 w/Coolmate 3, SP-175+, TA 161STL,
                Lincwelder AC180C (circa 1952), Victor & Smith's O/A, Dayton (Miller) spot welder, 1200 sq.ft. of garage filled with crap and a kid that can actually run the stuff +++

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                • #9
                  Correct! This is it showing off its new nose to some of its tin friends at the shop where I sell.



                  (The spinner was a gooseneck desk lamp)
                  "Good Enough Never Is"

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                  • #10
                    Will we be waiting long for the B17s and B24s, Foot?
                    Miller 251, Lincoln PrecisionTig 275, Miller DialArc 250 AC/DC, Hypertherm 900, Bridgeport J-head, Jet 14" lathe, South Bend 9" lathe, Hossfeld bender with a collection of dies driving me to the poorhouse, Logan shaper, Ellis 3000 bandsaw, Royersford drill press and a Victor Journeyman O/A.

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                    • #11
                      Well done again!!
                      Miller 140 A/S
                      HF Flux Core
                      Dewalt Chop Saw
                      Smith O/A Torch
                      Ryobi Grinder, Craftsman & HF Grinders

                      Harley Electra Glide Classicsigpic

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                      • #12
                        I must have skipped over this project when it came out. Pretty cool.

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                        • #13
                          Wow this guy is awesome! How long were you working on it? Way to go!
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                          • #14
                            (Late Reply) Didn't take all that long

                            I could have done the plane in about two days, but just 'got to it' in spurts over about two weeks as I tended to other things. I do get to a number of places in all my projects that just require more thinking,
                            Also, I never bother trying to get any piece out during July & August, just because it too hot down here in Texas.
                            "Good Enough Never Is"

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                            • #15
                              looks great!!1 Good workmanship too.

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