Monday, December 29, 2008

Out in Arizona.

I'm out in Arizona and Las Vegas until January 4th. I did't want you to think I'd given up on the Cub, was too lazy to post or was squirrelled away watching football. Until then, you'll just have to make do with these scenics from Arizona.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

12-23-08 Cub Progress-Painting the Parts.

For the most part, we are finished cleaning parts. I thought we would never get through. After lunch Glenn ran us over to the Wood Shop and we picked up some hardwood plywood for the floorboards and the lid to the baggage cover. Then we went to the Auto Supply store to get some paint for all those parts we cleaned and blasted. Glenn gave Skyler a little dual on the finer points of "rattle-canning" then let him have a shot at it. I'll go in tomorrow (the paint should be dry by then...) to flip the parts over and paint the other side.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

12-20-08 Cub Progress-Sandblasting

We spent today sandblasting the little pieces that will later get painted. Sky enjoyed this much more than solvent cleaning-he didn't break out! We took turns on the small cabinet sand blaster and while it was my turn, he went and had a lesson on covering a wing from Glenn who was starting the process on two of the Museum's Sopwith Pup wings

Over to Wicks

Glenn and I drove over to Wicks in Highland, IL yesteday to get assorted nuts, bolts, washer and screws. I was afraid it was going to be icy, but that wasn't the case, it was just windy. A quick stop at Aero in pick up the fabric and then downtown St Louis to get some leather for Glenn.

Glenn has a rotary sandblaster to use on small parts that works wonderfully. I call it the rock tumbler. Eight minutes in that and the pieces come out bright and shiny!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Catching Up

Ok, back at it. We brought the steel structures home from the blaster/primer the morning I left for 8 days to go to work. I got back into town on Monday and stayed home Tuesday with my little ones. Spent today planning with Glenn, more cleaning of parts, ordering nuts and bolts from Wicks and fabric from Aero in Granite City. Tomorrow we go to pick it up and then a quick stop in downtown St Louis to pick up some leather for the Sopwith Pup's cockpit combing. We're planning on putting the fuselage on Glenn's rotissarie Saturday. Then I have to get new plywood for the floorboards next Monday and we'll start putting parts back in Monday or Tuesday.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

On the Road-Up to Old Rhinebeck

My friend Andy Kisela and I are out in Teterboro for the weekend. We went driving on Saturday, up to Old Rhinebeck, which we knew was closed. They had a lot of limbs down from the freezing rain storm that went through late last week. The place really looked deserted, kinda sad.
Then we went down to West Point and took the bus tour. It was an interesting place, though we only saw four Cadets. The rest must have been inside studying.