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Reply #30 - Sep 8th, 2019 at 6:57am

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Kerak wrote on Aug 31st, 2019 at 11:32am:
Looked up to see what Comet had way back in their 1936 catalogue...20 cents a pair, 2 3/4" dia.!  And today...Trexler is still making them (thanks Tom)...2 1/2" dia. for $29!!!!  Ahhhhhh...just a bit of markup on that item.  Let's think about this...back in '36, that 20 cents would get you into the "picture show."  Today...I don't believe the cinema costs $29...does it?

This really piqued my curiosity, so I went to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' inflation calculator. Turns out, $0.20 in July 1936 is equal to $3.69 in July 2019 (the most recent data the BLS had available). So balloon wheels and movie tickets have far outpaced inflation. I daresay that $29 wouldn't even get you and your date movie tickets, popcorn, and soda nowadays!

This is a great-looking build. I would like to try my hand at building one of these smaller models eventually!
 

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Reply #29 - Sep 7th, 2019 at 3:29pm

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Thanks, Mike...can build a lot of little ones out of the materials for just a single big one.  Smiley

Covering...top fuselage decking was done with tissue...sides and bottom...as well as rudder/vertical stab all printed.  Left it up to butyrate dope to do the shrinking...worked!

Neal
 

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Reply #28 - Sep 6th, 2019 at 7:23am

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Neal - You do have a real way of building these small planes but must agree that bigger would be easier to build but still looks very nice. Looking forward to color.
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Reply #27 - Sep 5th, 2019 at 9:40pm

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Thanks, Tom.  Wink  It's growin' on me as well.  Wish I'd have made it larger still...like twice as large as the plan calls for...in the range of 24"ws.  Larger really is easier to construct...just more material...and where do you store it when completed?  Lots of potential in the design...could easily be a 3-channel rc flyer...but that was another lifetime ago.  Grin

Appears that Arthur H. Page was a rising star of Naval/Marine Aviation in his day.  Hard to accept that the engine area was not well ventilated...away from the pilot!  Huh

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Reply #26 - Sep 5th, 2019 at 1:03pm

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Neal...this is really turning out nice!  I'm really liking the lines of this bird!!! Smiley
 

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Reply #25 - Sep 5th, 2019 at 12:34pm

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Captain Page now has a wing...all set to begin covering.

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Reply #24 - Sep 4th, 2019 at 12:31pm

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Thanks, Mike.  Smiley

Have grown an empennage.  This build is interesting in that Comet has supplied the basic configuration...it's up to this modeler to incorporate various approaches that he's comfortable with.  Deviations from the plan: No bamboo outlined surfaces, etc.  Wire in the landing gear.  Comet constructed prop from nearly ten years in the future.  Horizontal tail surfaces sit ON TOP of the fuselage box.  Oh, and no bent straight pin for a tailskid.  There are more...ETC.

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Reply #23 - Sep 4th, 2019 at 7:25am

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Looking good and the wheel pants seem to make the landing gear seem a bit shorter. Good looking prop, hub, all of it. Another nice build.
Mike
 

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Reply #22 - Sep 3rd, 2019 at 6:40pm

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We now have a prop for the Curtiss...motor is courtesy of the newspaper boy/girl/person. Grin

Ready for some wings, etc.

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Reply #21 - Sep 3rd, 2019 at 5:57pm

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That prop looks great!!!  Well done! Smiley
 

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Reply #20 - Sep 3rd, 2019 at 12:19pm

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Got to fiddling around this morning...bit of trial and curse procedure...fabricated a Comet-style propeller...5 1/2" dia.  Blades are hard 1/16" sheet balsa...thus far unsanded.  Hub is cardstock and Balsa.  Need to drill holes front and back for an aluminum bushing...then create a tiny balsa spinner for it all.  Blades are set at 45deg angle...simple cross-joined inside hub with lots of CA.

As I'm certain is obvious by now...I really enjoyed creating those props for the Comet P-38.  Smiley

Too lazy for prop carving, Tom.  Wink Smiley

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Reply #19 - Sep 3rd, 2019 at 10:52am

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Propellers are always a challenge...if your up to carving one they always are special on these birds! Smiley
 

If God is your Co-pilot...switch seats...
Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jn 8:32
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Reply #18 - Sep 3rd, 2019 at 8:12am

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Haven't drilled the noseblock yet, Tom...will do.  Noseblock can be shimmed as well.  Thanks.

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Reply #17 - Sep 2nd, 2019 at 11:46pm

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Looks great...do you have built in down and right thrust in your noseblock.
Tom
 

If God is your Co-pilot...switch seats...
Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jn 8:32
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Reply #16 - Sep 2nd, 2019 at 8:15pm

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Time to consider a propeller...carved...built-up...or plastic?

Fuselage is basically complete and ready for skin.

Neal
 

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