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The "she" I speak of is my wife. She doesn't really like the whole models filling the house thing. I just smile and tell her that everyone else that I know likes them.


Some avenues that I've pursued in order to keep married...

- Museums are finicky. Those that are poorly funded LOVE them. Others, however, look down their noses at the "less than museum quality" of the FG birds. I usually reserve a private gesture for those schucks.

- Schools, especially AF JROTC programs LOVE airplanes! Plus, we can use them to grow future greenies. I've also built the space shuttle, lunar lander, Mars rover, and the Ralph Currell Space Ship One for a display case. Nice!

- Retirement Communities. I've personally given about 50 of my birds to the official Air Force retirement home, Air Force Villiage. Do you know how cool it is to give models to the folks who knew these planes and the men who flew them? Chills, man, chills!

- Work. I have planes hanging all over ceilings all over Lackland AFB. In fact, during our 2002 dining out, I first became a Greenie when a CMSgt showed me this site. In two months, my team and I build and hung 88 FG WW2 airplanes from the ceiling of the club. I even got certified on a scissor lift!

- Presents to friends and coworkers. I made a Lt Col choke up when I presented him a pair of Tuskeegee P-51 Mustangs. Thanks to whoever was the repainter. I also presented a Russian linguist one of the Russian Knights, and he managed to say "awesome" in Russian for us!

I'm sure there's more, but that's how I keep the house relatively clear of all the planes I'm building too.

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I work in the education dept at the museum, and we use my planes in the classroom during summer flight camps. We have used one to demonstrate how the control surfaces move the plane. That was an enlarged Cessna that I repainted with the museum colors and logos. My bosses like them a lot and keep them in their offices when flight camp isn't going. It's always nice seeing my work when I go in. Although, I tend to scrutinize every bit of them, and often find a few things that I should have done better.


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I have my WSSAM (World's Smallest Steam Aircraft Museum) hanging over my cublicle at the office. I work for an airline, so it ties nicely my steam themed office in with the rest of the organization.

In May, I will be making a presentation on the Surviving World Steam Project to the 76th General Meeting of the National Board of Boiler & Pressure Vessel Inspectors at the Gaylord Texan Hotel, Grapevine, Texas. (see page 31 on the link.) I was asked to incorporate some "unusual applications" for steam power into my presentation, so I included photographs of my steam models as I discuss the early steam aircraft pioneers in my timeline.

(I have thought of bringing my models, but I don't think I want to go through the trouble of taking them down and rehanging them; in an auditorium setting, they would probably be too small to see anyway. I might make another model of the Mozhaiski monoplane, and bring it.)

Anyway, on my closing slide, I list several sites, including FG:

Surviving World Steam Project
http://www.survivingworldsteam.com
james@survivingworldsteam.com

International Stationary Steam Engine Society (ISSES)
http://www.isses.org

The Ultimate Steam Page
http://www.trainweb.org/tusp

Steam Aircraft Models
http://www.fiddlersgreen.net

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In a previous incarnation (job) in a call center, I used to build models between calls. I'd then give them away to coworkers. We'd all hang them up over our desks. Until management decided it was a fire hazard, the helpdesk level looked like the airspace of a large military base.

One year for employee appreciation week, we were given inflatable airliners with the company logo on them. Of course the decor of the room changed to look like a stream of bombers being strafed by hundreds of fighters. Shortly after that was when we were told to take them down. Hmm.....

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I have a small squadron hanging from my ceiling in my classroom as well. My principal saw them once and saked what they had to do with science. I tried explaining the physics of flight to her and she just said ok. One of the assistant principals saw them and asked where he could get some. I printed off a couple for him and he's now hooked. I'm slowing trying to convert everyone I know .


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Here are some pics of my latest build. I finished it an hour ago (gotta love snow days). It is of the Cessna I repainted for my school. I think I had one picture of the first one I built in my first post. This one is much better.

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k173/ ... G_3070.jpg

This one is my school logo that I photoshoped onto the tail
http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k173/ ... G_3072.jpg

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k173/ ... G_3073.jpg

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k173/ ... G_3074.jpg

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k173/ ... G_3075.jpg


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Thats a great build. Will it fly from the ceiling, or be parked on a shelf?


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I still haven't decided that Tim. Sometimes I like to have them on the desk so I can take it places and show people how neat these things really are.


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nicely and scientifically done!


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Very nice Cessna, willygoat. 8)


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The cessna is great. For some reason, the cessna model I have here is only a two-seater. That version of the cessna wasn't available when I got my discs waaay back when, and now I'm jealous!

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The model I built was the 172. I believe there is a 152 two seater as well.


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Nice and slick willygoat, very, very neat build.

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I was going to post pics of the Slingsby Tutor I built yesterday, but I commited a horrible oversight when building. I lined up the wing on the support piece, but didn't think to look from the top when alligning.
It is about 10 degrees off of straight. I nearly tested its gliding ability right after I noticed it but decided to save it and learn from my mistakes. :roll:


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Here are my 2 latest builds. I went crazy this weekend and did two in a day and a half. With all the talk on the other threads about Brewster Buffalos, I decided I needed to build one. Then I decided I would do Rob's P-80. Both were great builds and a lot of fun.

Buffalo
http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k173/ ... G_3121.jpg
http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k173/ ... G_3122.jpg

P-80
http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k173/ ... G_3114.jpg
http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k173/ ... G_3117.jpg

Hope you like them :o


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