Fairchild 24

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  1. ccheese

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    This is the fuselage of the "Fairchild 24". It's been building for
    about a week, but there have been constant breakages because of how
    small this is, and how clumsy I am. The fingers just don't work like they
    use to.

    I just got the first coat of sanding sealer on the nose-block.

    You'll also note I've been evicted from the kitchen table.....
    I'm on a folding table in the garage.

    Charles
     

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    This one should be nice...
     
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    Hi,
    Another nice project my frind.Is this ruler in inches?
     
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    Wurger:

    Yes..... the fuselage measures just about seven and a half inches.
    The wingspan is only 12 inches. (305 mm).

    Charles
     
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    Really small and light.:D Well done.
     
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    Evicted from the kitchen table. :sad3:
     
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    Matt308: Yea.... she was afraid I'd get glue, paint, etc on the table,
    and she found two (count 'em 2 !) straight pins on the floor. So I have
    been re-located in the garage. :(

    Charles
     
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    He,he... it is always a problem for our ladies.It took me almost 20 years to convince her not to be re-located.Thanks to God I haven't had any garage.:lol:
     
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    I was thinking of cleaning off the big table in our "computer room". This
    is an un-used small bedroom where we have three computers, Cannon
    copier, three printers and all the paper, envelopes..... etc that she uses
    for her job as Secretary for the OES. But, then she'd probably complain
    about the smell, the wood shavings, old sandpaper in her waste-paper-
    basket......blah, blah.. I'm better off in the peace and quiet of the garage.

    Charles
     
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    It's true.I've heard this million times.Therefore I like when my wife is off home.
     
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    A garage is a man's sanctuary. I find much solace in mine. I have a large bench, stool, reading light, stereo, heater, fans, etc. With the exception of a bed, I think I could actually live out there.
     
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    Lovely stuff Charles. Got me interested in building a balsa model!

    As for my model grotto I have my desk where I have positioned a tv and dvd player. Very comfy:)
     
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    Charles, looking forward to viewing your build.....great start!

    Man I've spilled paint and glue on some kitchen table cloths in the past when I've been told BE CAREFUL, boy oh boy, that sends the missus into orbit.
    Now I,m banished to the Rumpus/entertainment room table and no table cloths in sight.
    "When the wife ain't happy....ain't noooobody happy.."
     
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    exchangable term is wife/mother:lol:


    First reaction if somethings gone wrong with the model ie broke a wing....


    " is the carpet alright? ":D

    Such is life:lol:
     
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    Didn't get to work on the Fairchild, last night. I did get to browse the hobby
    shop, and picked out my next two model projects. A bf109 and a FW-190.
    Both are balsa and paper, and rubber powered. I'm off this Thursday and
    Friday, so I will make the garage a bit more habitable.... CD, Stereo, etc.

    Charles
     
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    Now your talkin'. Dress up the sanctuary.
     
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    I did work on the Fairchild, tonight. Got the rudder done and covered, and
    both pieces of the elevator finished... not covered. The hold-up on the
    fuselage is I can't find any sequins. You know the tiny round things that
    ladies pay lots of money for, sewn onto their dresses, blouses, skirts and
    even shoes. I need three of them for the washers on the prop. I can buy
    a bag of 500 at the craft store, but what do I do with the other 497 ?

    I don't want to make the same mistake as I did with the floatplane. I
    covered the whole fuselage except for the bottom. Left that open to
    install the rubber motor. I probably broke six stringers trying to get
    the rubber band in. Not this time !

    And, I'm toying with the idea of making scratchbuilt floats for the Fairchild !!
    The LG arrangement on these plans suck. I doubt that the plane could even
    sit on the gear, let alone land on it. Maybe I can make the wings while
    I look for sequins....

    Charles
     
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    OK, lads.... The Fairchild 24 is all finished, except for painting. Last two
    days I have hit it hard. Don't look too close at the windows and windshield.
    I had such a time with the windshield of the floatplane, I decided to
    experiment with super glue. It appears I need to refine my technique.

    Any how here are the pic's. Oh.... the wheels were a bit crooked when I
    took the pic's, that has been corrected. With the last pic of the Fairchild
    you can see my next two projects. And, I have a Japanese "Rufe" on
    order.

    The very last pic is a real Fairchild 24 (Deluxe model) that has been re-
    stored. Finally there is a bit of info on the Fairchild 24.

    Charles
     

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    1937 Fairchild 24 Model G

    Manufactured by the Fairchild Airplane Manufacturing Corporation in Hagerstown, Md., ninety Model 24G and twenty-five Model 24H were sold right up to the time of the Pearl Harbor attack and for a short time after the war. Production ceased in 1947. The sleek H model was powered by an in-line, 150 hp Ranger; the stubbier G model by a seven-cylinder Warner Scarab radial engine producing 145 hp. In 1937 the buyer had a choice of G models, the Standard or the show stopper Deluxe. The Standard could carry four passengers, the Deluxe only three - all the extras added an excess of 60 pounds to the weight of the aircraft. The aircraft at the Virginia Air Museum is a Deluxe. Built with the wealthy sportsman-pilot in mind, this handsome airplane was no stranger to praise. Among some of the extras were plush upholstery, roll down windows (utilizing window cranks and door handles from a 1935 Plymouth), wing flaps, extra instruments, electric fuel gauges and a hand-rubbed finish. If the Stinson Reliant was the Rolls Royce of private planes, then the Fairchild 24 qualified as the Cadillac. The aircraft at the Virginia Air Museum was donated by Lyall O. Steger of Grottoes, Va., and restored in Virginia Beach, Va., by Al Jenkins. This plane is Serial #2983 and was the seventy-fourth Model 24G built by Fairchild.

    Back in the 1930's the Model 24G was occasionally featured in the Sunday funnies in the Smilin' Jack strip. The largest single customer of the Model 24G was the US government's Bureau of Air Commerce which ordered twenty-three. Twelve were of the standard model with complete radio sending and receiving equipment, and eleven were of the standard model fitted with extra fuel tanks for a cruising range of six hours. The twelve radio equipped planes were sold for a total cost of $66,528 while the eleven long range planes were sold without engines for a total cost of $38,489. The Deluxe model could be bought in 1937 for $5,890 complete. During World War II the Model 24G saw service with the Army Air Force as the UC-61 Forwarder and with the Royal Air Force as the Argus.

    This from Wiki....

    Charles
     
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