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Date:  2-6-2010
Number of Hours:  5.00
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Brief Description:  Teaching Mel & Porter to build ribs

Call me Tom Sawyer!

After a great start last spring, I fell off the wagon last summer and didn't get much building done. Summer is my budy season at work (flight school) so it's not surprising I slipped. Then Osh for a week, then another vacation at the end of August for a week... it's a miracle I got anything done last summer. Then busy during the fall... then two key employees left so Nov, Dec, and Jan were a bucket of fun. Then the perfect antidote came along. A student/friend of mine (Mel) said he would love to help out with the biplane. So after our tailwheel lesson this morning, and the obligatory breakfast out, we went to the shop. And Porter joined us. This was the most fun I've had in the shop in eight months. Here's what we did.

First, organized the place. We had to get rid of the giant scale R/C stuff sitting around and pull out the full size plane parts again. Then, I spent a chunk of time teaching Mel (and Porter) how to build wing ribs. That was fun. It was good practice for me to get back in the groove of building, too. They both caught on quickly and by the end of the afternoon we were each at a separate builidng station making ribs. They both got the benefit of my learning curve from last year so progress was better.

We now have a clear goal - make the two lower wings by Oshkosh. Lots of other builders will probably scoff and say that's not much of a goal, but for us it's plenty. We'll see. More next week.

Zeke
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Porter Building a Rib

Porter Building a Rib

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Mel Building a Rib

Mel Building a Rib

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