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  • Gleber
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    Thanks again for the kind comments and compliments.

    Tom

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  • Arthur C.
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    Looks like a fun toy, Tom, and what a cute test pilot! Newer versions may be enhanced, but the Original #1 will be a collectors item in the family!

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  • woodburner807
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    Nice piece there, Tom. The test pilot sure looks happy and she will put a few miles on it, I'm sure.

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  • Tinwood
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    Nice work Tom, looks like she flies!

    Tinwood

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  • Gleber
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    I think I'm ready to call this one done. I even had a test pilot take the first flight before the final paint job. I am off to make the next one, and will be making some design improvements (who says we have to treat all the grand-kids equally? Isn't there something to be said for No 1 of a series?)

    This one has eccentric webbed feet (wheels) so it waddles and the wings flap. Next challenge: I need to make the beak open and quack.

    Tom

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  • Gleber
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    Thanks Arthur, I'll look into that.

    Tom

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  • Arthur C.
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    Originally posted by Gleber View Post
    Thanks for the kind words guys. Is there any place here with more kinetic works? It was really fun figuring out how to make the wings flap. Next step, at Arthur's urging, is to add a bellows and duck call.

    Tom
    Tom, if you check out Shawn Cipa's stuff, he has a flying Santa that goes around and up and down, maybe others. It's in one of his books (can't remember which one); also an article on it in a back issue of WCI...you turn a crank to make it work. Could be easily changed from a Santa to a plane, duck, or what have you.

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  • Gleber
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    Thanks for the kind words guys. Is there any place here with more kinetic works? It was really fun figuring out how to make the wings flap. Next step, at Arthur's urging, is to add a bellows and duck call.

    Tom

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  • Bob K.
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    Congratulations on your two new grandchildren!

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  • Arthur C.
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    Nice job, Tom, and congrats, Grandpa! Now be sure to put a noisemaker on them, sure to delight the grands but drive the parents crazy!

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  • NoDNA
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    Ya gotta love a Duck, when I was a kid,,,,,,,,,,,,whoa, any way my younger bro got one that hand a handle on it, and the darn thing quacked. Boy that Quacker didn't last long with our big sister ,,. But it was a hoot, or should I say Quack. Great thing for kids, Granddads that do things... Thanks for sharing Gleber

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  • Tinwood
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    Nicely done Gleber!

    Tinwood

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  • joepaulbutler
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    "Aw Grandpa you shouldn't have, but man I'm glad you did" Years later I can almost hear them saying. Nifty idea, pull off very good.

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  • Claude
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    Nice work on the duck!

    Claude

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  • woodburner807
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    Nifty idea and I'm sure the kids will love them. I know my Dad made similar toys for our kids and they loved them...still talk about it 35 years later.

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