Welcome to the world of paper aircraft

Discussion in 'Aircraft & Aviation' started by Ashrunner, Feb 5, 2004.

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  1. Ashrunner

    Ashrunner Member

    Well, if you are reading this, you probably share a common interest with me...aircraft. Please note in the subject line I said paper aircraft...not paper planes 8v) My nephew continues to call my models paper planes while I continue to correct him. Today, he asked me the difference. Paper aircraft are for display, paper planes are for flying. But that is my opinion, and yes, I know what they say about opinions.

    Anyway, I love aircraft...actually, anything which flies...planes, helos, birds, insects...if it flies, I admire it. But I really enjoy the early aircraft, from the pioneering days, to the 30's racing planes. Aircraft which fall into the history timeline from pre-1940 back tickle my cutting knife the most. My aviation interest began as a four year old child several centuries ago. It is the earliest memory I have, and the clearest of any early memory in my head. My father had taken me to Midway Airport on the south side of Chicago to pick up a friend of his who had flown in. It was the first time I had seen aircraft up close, and the first time I had watched any take off. Prior to that, they were moving spots of something in the sky. I was amazed. Years later as a teen, I went to an air show at Chanute AFB in central Illinois and saw military aircraft up close and personal for the first time. Several years after that, I got a letter which started out "Greetings" and rather than submit to the military draft in the late 1960s, I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and got a job as fuels specialist. I was in heaven. I was working around aircraft, and that was perfect for me. I spent 22 years total in the Air Force, but only four of those years pumping gas. The rest was spent as a Public Affairs Specialist and although I wasn't working around aircraft anymore, I had more access to anything aircraft related in the second job than I did as a fuels specialist. I have now been retired from military service for 12 years, but I still adore aviation in all forms.

    I got interested in paper models when I spent several hours traveling around the area I live looking for the few and far between hobby shops. I wanted World War I aircraft. But only one hobby shop had a model from WWI and though I was tempted to get that 1:72nd scale Camel, it wasn't a plane I was really interested in, and it seemed a bit high priced, even for a plastic model. So when I returned home, I conducted a search on the internet. One of the first places I came across was Fiddlers Green's website. I downloaded one of the free models, built it, and bought the Mega CDs. It has been paper aircraft and other paper models ever since.

    I do enjoy the electronic format, as I am very prone to mistakes and have had to reprint several models a number of times to get them right. But it is all still fun. I have done a few designs of my own, though not aircraft. They are the World Famous Flintstone Car Series. And if you haven't heard of them, fear not...not many have. But I am still working on several designs of my own, and on several models I have (none of the booklet models I have purchased yet...I still make too many mistakes).

    So folks, this is the Aircraft Models Forum of the cardmodels.net site. If its aviation related, its welcome here. One of the things you will see a lot of from me, is requests for identification of aircraft in photos I have. I have many photos and acquire more and more everyday. Some I know what they are, some I don't. All I want to know more about...be it the real thing or a model of it. And, if you are wondering what my favorite aircraft is, well, its a jet, a modern jet. It is the only fighter to have never suffered a defeat to another aircraft (I am not talking about the dual-role model here). It is the McDonnell Douglas (Boeing only bought the company, not the name of the plane) F-15 Eagle air superiority fighter.

    Now, its time to kick the tires and light the fires a
    nd turn this forum into the best cardmodel forum on the internet. Free feel to drop a line, ask a question, search for help, or whatever. There are hundreds of very knowledgable people dropping who can provide answers, encouragement or just a moment to say hi. And the old Sarge in me will be here to keep things on an even track.

  2. nebeltex

    nebeltex Member

    clear plexi bubble...

    i was looking through a box while doing some spring cleaning today and i found what at first glance looked like a clear plastic part to an old B 29. perfectly round, it looked as if it could go in the center at the bombadier's position or the observation bubbles on either side of the waist area. could have been a navigator's dome. i finally realized it was a dried up contact lens. the things are disposable these days so there is a good chance someone you know has some you can use when they are done. anyone ever tried this before?
  3. rickstef

    rickstef Guest

    one word
  4. nebeltex

    nebeltex Member

    the word i was looking for was isopropyl. sterilizes and speeds the drying process. it's not like i'm advocating ship's rivets from boogers....
  5. Gil

    Gil Active Member

    Off to a flying start I see..., any pun is well intended.

    What type was the lens? Most softlens aren't recognizable as a lens when dry. A hard lens keeps its shape. Good find though!

    Best regards, Gil
  6. nebeltex

    nebeltex Member

    they were johnson & johnson accuvue. i save the disposables so i can lose them while surfing. i'm rather near sighted and i do not like waves sneaking up on me.
  7. wunwinglow

    wunwinglow Active Member

    The late Bob Monkhouse (Brit comedian, passed away recently) told a brilliant tale of going to the Docs with a strange blister. Upon examination, it turned out to be a contact lens. I won't say where it was; you can work that out for your selves. But no wonder poor Bob was worried......

  8. JRSeese

    JRSeese Member

    We could probably post an entire thread on clever uses for used biological devices and castoff bodily materials... Toenail clippings are very sturdy.

    Ever hear George Carlin's bit on things you find on your body, ha ha

  9. wunwinglow

    wunwinglow Active Member

    Airplanes, Aeroplanes, Aircraft....


    Ash, I love aircraft too.

    Sorry, your thread got a bit distracted there, didn't it!

  10. Darwin

    Darwin Member

    And, for those without ready access to deceased contact lenses, just pick up a pack of google-eyes at the local craft store and cut the lenses off them...presto, instant observation bubbles.
  11. nebeltex

    nebeltex Member

    i found this site a while ago. there are some good photos from the "nostalgic" age of aviation. WARNING, you can spend a lot of time at this site. it chronicles over 1000 abandoned or obscure bases and fields in the u.s.
    enjoy, c.b.
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