Jan 21, 2015

Lone Star Flight Museum

After Christmas we had a few friends in town from Oregon.  We went on a mini vacation to Galveston for a few days to explore and relax.  While the women and children went and enjoyed an aquarium, my friend and I ended up over at the Lone Star Flight Museum exploring their aircraft collection.

Several of the planes are flight ready which is very cool.  The collection isn't huge but there are around 40 to 50 planes to admire.  Admission was very reasonable for a flight museum.  While I enjoyed looking at the planes, I found myself fascinated by the artwork displayed in the museums gift shop.  I would love to have one of these to hang up in my office :)

Photos of the originals taken using my iPhone 5...

Jan 12, 2015

Gullows Model - Piper Super Cub 95.

My wife came home from Hobby Lobby with a small balsa model that she'd picked up at the discount rack.  I let it sit in the box for a couple weeks knowing that I didn't have much time to contribute to building the model.  After several weeks I could no longer resist, so I talked our oldest daughter (who is 5) into helping me assemble the model.  She was immediately a big help, dumping the contents of the box on the table and announcing that she would break out all the die cut parts.  :)

I'd never built a Gullow's kit before having been suspicious of the pile of thin balsa inside the box.  This particular kit is a build by number kit... meaning there are numbers printed on one side of the balsa pieces and numbers printed on the plans.  Simply align the pieces on the plan with the pieces of balsa in the kit.

One issue I had was that I did not have a dedicated work-space for this project so when I finished working on the project for the day, I'd stick it up on the shelf.  The entire project was small enough that I'd just find places around the living room to stick parts and pieces for the glue to dry.  After a few weeks we'd completed the plane's skeleton and it was ready for the tissue paper covering.  I gave the plane a quick sanding and we moved onto the covering step.  Not wanting to deal with model dope because its pretty nasty stuff, I decided to use the alternative method of white glue and water.  It's much easier to cover a plane with this method than I had imagined... perhaps easier than using a plastic covering material.  It's a very forgiving method. In areas where I accidentally tore the paper, I'd just rip off another small piece of tissue wet it and stick it in place.

My daughter seemed to enjoy the experience of busting out the balsa wood, handing me the parts and gluing things.  She didn't quite have the patience or strength to pin things to the building board.  While fun to build, I didn't feel the urge to make this a flying model so it is a designated hangar queen.

The translucent film showing the ribs gives the plane a vintage look and makes an interesting nick-knack to stick on the shelf.   Those of you that stick electronics in these kits and fly them have more patience than I do.