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Parachutes - bigbumble
February 6th, 2010
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Parachutes
Over the last few days I have been on a parachute making binge. I use 1/4 mil aluminized polyester film (Shiny!) and braided fishing line to make them. I made two 12" diameter, seven 24" diameter and six 36" diameter parachutes. It is quite the fiddly business and takes a clear table over many days.

One more thing ready for rocket season.

Current Mood: pleasedpleased

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From:catsittingstill
Date:February 7th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
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I know what you mean. I built an overhead rack to hold my canoe planks. I have nearly 80 planks 3/4 inch by 1/4 inch by 14-16 feet. As you can imagine, with those dimensions they are floppy and fragile, but they still add up to a fair amount of weight.

Building the rack took me about 4 days, most of it taken up with working out the design as I went. I think it will work, despite being a bit crooked. At least, all the planks are on it, and it hasn't fallen down yet :-)

It's fiddly work that doesn't seem like building a canoe but nevertheless is necessary before I can start.
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From:bigbumble
Date:February 9th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the canoe update. I guess the classic example is "spade work" in gardening. Turning the earth, one shovel at a time, before even the seeds are planted. Yet it is critical to the process.
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