Friday, June 15, 2012

The Great Wall - Keeping the mice out of the Cessna


Over the last couple weeks I have been working on a way to keep the mice from making my Cessna their new condo.  It seems that every couple years I was disposing of another nest built by the pesky rodents.  Enough is enough!  Time to build some protection for my ship!

Having seen other sheet metal covers for airplane gear legs I thought I would try a similar covering.  The main wheels and gear legs don't offer a way into the Cessna 170 so the tail is where the protection was needed.  A trip to the local hardware store produced the sheet metal from a type of metal ducting.  Each edge has a groove bent into it for attaching back to itself.  I purchased six pieces and set about making The Great Wall.  Using tin snips I cut off the ends of the ducting that were crimped and flattened out all the pieces.  Once clipped together I added some duct tape to keep the top edge from scratching the underside of the airplane.  The unit now slides easily under the horizontal and is held closed with some vice grips and a bungee cord.  Easy on, easy off.  Will it work to keep the mice at bay?  Time will tell.




Sunday, June 10, 2012

Airshow Reports - Chino, La Ferte Alais, World War Two Weekend

There have been a couple airshows over the last month that are worthy of your time to take a look at the photos.

The Chino Warbird show was back in May and Mike Shreeve has an outstanding report over on The Global Aviation Resource web site.  Mike compliments his article with some stand out photography. Be sure to click on the photos in the article to see them in the large format.  Especially the P-40C that is highly polished in early U.S. Army Air Corps markings!  Great article Mike!

http://www.globalaviationresource.com/reports/2012/airshows-usa-chino-2012-review/index.php

More photos from Eric Van Gilder on his site here...

http://www.vg-photo.com/airshow/chino2012/chino2012.html

Over in France the La Ferte Alais show looked to have nice sunny weather and a unique showing of European Warbirds and classic aircraft.  Below are two links to photos from the show.

http://www.warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=45795

http://www.zap16.com/2012/06/la-ferte-alais-airshow-2012/

Then back in the U.S. up in Pennsylvania at the Mid Atlantic Air Museum for their World War Two Weekend we got to a forum post for a great series of photos.

http://www.warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=45856

These shows all looked to be highlights from the start of the summer airshow season.  I will post more links as I find them!  Hope you enjoy the photos.