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Starting the Air Frame

The First Pieces

The 1/8" Pieces

So after getting my work station all figured out and my magnets in from Amazon, the time had come to lay out the plans and see what I was going to do first. A few lessons to be learned here...
  • Magnets might not be the answer
  • Don't bend the balsa too far
  • I'm going to need some cork
Despite the problems that I ran into with my initial setup, I was able to get everything laid out for the first cuts on the balsa. The instructions called for me to start with the framing for the fuselage so I went to work measuring and making small cuts with my new hobby knife until I had all of the 1/8" pieces for the first side.

Adding the 1/8"x1/16" Bracers

I started by making all the cuts to build one side of the airplane fuselage frame. It was a light task for the weekend but I took my time with each outline to make sure I made the right slices.

The first problem I had after making the cuts was my attempt to use my magnet "pins" to hold things in place. The first few pieces came together without a hitch, but as I started putting more of the cut pieces together the magnets starting pulling at one another, which made it very difficult to keep things lined up the way I wanted them. Things finally came to a head when I was setting down another magnet piece and it snapped out of my hand and onto one of the other magnets that I had put into place.

So many Magnets!

Ultimately, I got the frame locked down where I wanted it and I probably could have glued the first pieces together without any kind of major issues, but once Amanda took a look at the scenario she expressed the same concerns. How was I going to move the magnets after I glued the frame? What if a magnet shifted or pulled the frame and broke the balsa?

So I carefully moved the magnets and pulled the pieces off the table. It was time to reconsider my strategy. Feeling confident that we could use my unused roll of cork to form a pinning table, I set the project aside to revise my workspace.

Next weekend should yield some more exciting results!

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