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It Begins!

Welcome to the New Year

So 2015 has kicked off and today I celebrated my 29th birthday! On top of that Amanda gifted me something so amazingly cool that I know I'm going to have a great time working away this year.

As you can probably see from the picture to the left, it's a model airplane kit, but not the kind that you see in popular hobby stores these days. This beasty is the "real deal". The kit was super light and filled with nothing more than a paper layout, bunch of balsa sticks, and what appears to be VERY detailed instructions for putting it all together.

I am thrilled. 

Two years ago I decided I wanted to get into R/C airplanes. I determined that I wanted to build my own plane from a kit like this and, for better or worse, attempt to fly it when I was all done. Unfortunately, I visited many a local hobby shops only to discover that they encouraged me to buy the new foam planes that require only a few parts before they're ready to fly. Don't get me wrong, I loved being able to take the planes out and fly them, but I was then limited to having a good window of time, right weather conditions, etc. The whole reason I originally wanted to try the hobby out was the concept of spending months building my OWN plane and then watching it take flight.

So all that being said, I now have those original dreams coming true. The Taylorcraft kit that I received comes with everything needed to get me rolling, minus some glue and whatnot. Of course, as Amanda and I quickly learned after opening the plans, constructing most of these parts requires some kind of working area.

Metal work table to the rescue. I bought a metal table for my garage while I was in Huntsville and couldn't bring myself to cut it loose when I moved to Atlanta. I'm really glad I decided to keep it because all it took was a little dish soap and a wet rag and the table fit into my corner for the perfect little bench.

Of course, with more research, I'm learning that there are things I need to do to improve the work area. For example, some cork board on the metal surface can help things stay put and (thanks to Amanda's dad) I know to place wax paper over the plane plans as I build so as not to ruin my only copy when I start gluing things together. Meanwhile, using a metal table means I have the ability to use magnets instead of pins when it comes time to hold pieces in place. That's a MAJOR plus for me since I can only imagine how many times I might stab myself with a pin. That being said, the magnets are experimental, so I'll have to see how it plays out before I say they're the option I want to go with for the long term.

Basically, I'm in the process of putting a small workshop together before I even attempt to attach any of these wood pieces. Seeing that it's about 12 degrees outside this morning I feel a little warmer knowing that I have something to keep me busy indoors. 

I've got a lot of interesting stories ahead of me!
Coming... Eventually?

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