Traditional balsa model airplane kits are still widely available but sales of them have taken a knock in recent years, thanks to the influx and wide availability of good quality pre-built rc planes. The plane has been finished in the colors and marking of the 487th Squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force that, flying their Mosquitos, took part in the daring Allied raid dubbed Operation Jericho ” where Allied bombers attacked the Amiens prison in German-occupied France, causing extensive damage to the facility and enabling over a hundred Resistance prisoners, who were scheduled for execution, to escape.
During much of the war the Mosquito was the fastest aircraft in the sky on either side. I dont think you can discount the weather and over stressing the plane even with everything good. June 13, I’m taking a Wood working class in Philidelphia, Dove-tails, they recommend Lee-Nielsen, Tite Mark, Two cheerys and so on. With warplanes and dog fights it’s very much survival of the fittest — if your plane is too slow you’re dead!
There really isn’t too much that can go wrong with these planes other than the fact that they usually look like what you’d expect a plane to look like after leaving it on your local Interstate or railroad tracks and letting it suffer the ravages of heavy traffic flow. Some of the specialised wood veneer used in the construction of the Mosquito was made by Roddis Manufacturing in Marshfield, Wisconsin in the United States.
At least one out of every three Allied fighter planes built during 1918 was made with at least some Oregon spruce — spruce that just months before had been growing in the hills of Lincoln County, probably close by Yaquina Bay. A new, larger, Merlin-powered Mosquito Series 2 airframe had been planned but never built, and the conceptualized Super Mosquito” suffered the same fate. P-51 Mustang was the #1 fighter plane for the American forces in the European theater.
So if we assume the wage was around 10.00 a month and we saw inflation over the past 100 years at 3% that 10.00 hand plane in 1909 would cost about $200 in 2009. I like to use a sole of a hard, tropical wood like pau ferro (sometimes called Bolivian rosewood or morado), honduras rosewood or cocobolo. If a wooden plane has more than three owner’s initials scratched into it, it likely dates before 1800. The prototype made its first flight in late 1940 and was put through RAF testing in February of 1941. Showing invasion stripes, it was clearly made after the D-Day invasions at Normandy. Properties of different woods and the anisotropic nature of wood offer a number of options.
The technology of the time simply made it too difficult for those fighting against us to mount serious action against our homeland. Six times larger than any aircraft of its time, the Spruce Goose, also known as the Flying Boat, is made entirely of wood. Not only was it stronger than straight frozen water- with as little as 4% of wood pulp added it made it as strong as concrete, pound for pound- it was also much slower to melt and more buoyant. I take more time and use a Stanley Plane which will satisfy both my need for a good result (quality) versus my need for value. But before they could finish, the Germans surprised everyone by abruptly losing the war.