Ok Walt. A very heavy box of scrap tubing. All shapes and sizes. Should arrive Tuesday she said, I have a tracking number if you’d like.
All of us here want to see you in that Skybolt. All of us here are gonna hold you accountable. I made sure there’s enough tubing in this box to get you enough practice to get a Skybolt on it’s gear.
Start a thread on just your practice if you want? No pressure you don’t have to. But we are all here to motivate you and help you. Good luck! You can do this! Let’s get that Skybolt going!!!!
View attachment 97009 In case no one else asks, what candy/nuts will you have in the glass moneymaker?
Yes X100At Oshkosh I walk past the perfect planes. I think they are beautiful. Of course they put in the same amount of money and time to build three planes. Makes most of them untouchable if not unusable. I don’t want one. I like the regular planes. Some will naturally be smooth like a Falco, but people going for trophies are after something else.
I like the people who struggled and found success. Show plane builders are not struggling to finish. That’s not their issue.
There’s people far less qualified than you doing amazing things. We don’t think about it but if you look at history most of the truly great people we look up to were doing these great things in life when they were in their 20’s, you are definitely qualified to do this and more.Man Scrapper you are the best. I mean really, taking all the time you have over the years to make these videos for a tiny (relatively) group of homebuilders, that is awesome! It really does a lot for motivation to see it done and hear it explained in a way that makes sense. I spend way too much time watching videos rather than building so I think I can judge them. Most make me feel like it's out of reach like watching Mike Arnold sculpt the AR-5 and 6. When I watch your videos I actually learn how to do something...and often I go try it. Bests of all it works.
So I'm going to start a build thread for the Skybolt and maybe I'll just incorporate the practice welding to go along with it. I can not promise quick progress but I'll stick with it till it looks like an airplane.
Like Pops said your a great teacher so I'll hold up my end and practice. Hope you don't get tired of dumb questions though.
Thanks for the kind words Scraper. Have you been listening in while I am coaxing beginners with a torch and a puddle?Billski on here does the OW clinics at Oshkosh Airventure. He’s really the one that should do videos. I certainly can but I’m very out of practice the last few years. TIG is just quick and clean so I seem to gravitate towards it.
The best advice I can give is literally the same advice in my videos. A flame is adjustable, it can be off a little, you’ll be fine. I personally found, and this is just me personally, nobody makes a tip size I like so I drilled my own. This comes with experience. The more you weld the more you’ll want to fine tune your heat management.
The same practice drawing I made for TIG is applicable to gas. Get through the first 12 and you’ll really learn.
Billski,Best videos I have ever seen for attitude to take in gas welding is the video done by Tin Man Tech and Earl Luce. 4130 Chromemoly Airframe Construction DVD Earl has helped a bunch of folks finish steel tube airplanes and did the plans for Steve Wittman's Buttercup. Tin Man Tech is mostly in sheet metal forming and the like, but he is also the source for that marvelous Meco Midget torch. Love using mine.
Be careful bouncing around with methods. You can do what you want of course but time is valuable and in order to learn a skill you need to repeat the same thing over and over. Focus is critical.Billski,
I have those videos...on VHS I'm not sure I have a player that can still play them. I also bought the Meco Midget torch, maybe we should say size challenged?
And gas welding doesn't get a cool MTAW or GTAW it's just gas or O/A seems unfair. Learned a lot from those tapes I need to go through them again.
I was practicing the GTAW and noticed that my Meco torch was gathering dust so I tried a little gas welding with it yesterday. No kidding the best gas weld I have ever done. The skills and views are similar enough that my TIG practice has helped my gas welding...or I got lucky.
You must be referring to Dr. Dean Hall's N52DH.BTW, if any of you were at Oshkosh back in '74-'75 there was a Skybolt that won a Reserve G.C. I think it was. Painted White with Orange & Brown in Stits 'Wet Look' colors Boy did it shine. It was owned by a Doctor (natch), from Fullerton, CA. or near there. I was at his place one time. I know I have a tendency to ramble on. But, what I'm getting at is that I was one of the people that worked on it. I got a flight in it once. Light sliding canopy, 200 Lyc, smoke system and the first digital tach. that I ever did see. Anyway, it was inside a Sport Aviation about Sept. or Oct. issue. Dr. started it at home and brought it to Fla-Bob in Rubidoux, Riverside, CA. Sorry to bend your ear like this.
I’m just not sophisticated enough to know what to do with that question. I’m not interested in money or selling anything but I’d be happy to try and help you if we can figure this out. Make a recording on a disk? I’d need to ask my kids because I’ve never done that before.hey Scrapper, is there a way to buy your content? Playback is brutal where I am.