Beechcraft Bonanza display model

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Project by FrankThomas posted 01-08-2010 05:43 AM 1802 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just did this project in the last few days. My dad’s birthday is coming up. He flew airplanes since I was about 5 years old (that’d be 48 yrs ago) and managed to own a couple Bonanzas. He absolutely loves the airplane.

The fuselage is white pine I believe. Just some scraps laying around the shop. The wings and empennage are made from 1/4” and 1/8” beech ply respectively. The stand is walnut. Finish is 6 coats of Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel. I love this stuff when you want a hard shiny finish. Like for wooden toys. It dries super fast. You can handle the object after 5-15 minutes. I did a light sanding with 220 grit after the 2nd coat. It gives a glasslike finish with decent depth.

Now I gotta ship this thing from Michigan to Florida. I hope it survives the trip.

-- Frank Thomas, Grand Rapids, MI

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#1 posted 01-08-2010 02:38 PM

I’m a bit of a Bonanza fan myself. You hit the outline right on the head. Looks very nice on the stand. Your Dad will be tickled pink !

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#2 posted 01-08-2010 03:37 PM

Thanks Brian. Pretty amazing aircraft isn’t it.

-- Frank Thomas, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 01-08-2010 07:21 PM

Looks wonderful, I have to admit I have a thing for airplanes.

-- Ray

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#4 posted 01-09-2010 04:52 AM

Can I throw it?

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#5 posted 02-14-2010 06:05 PM

Great work. I know your dad is proud of it-and you should be too.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#6 posted 02-14-2010 06:53 PM

A super looking plane

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#7 posted 02-15-2010 03:20 AM

@Steven – No! :)
@Skylark – Thanks. Is your handle a reference to the Cessna of the same name?
@a1Jim – Thanks Jim. It was a labor of love.
@DaveR – I assume you know why it’s called a forktailed doctor killler? An expensive high perfomance airplane that a lot of wealthy low time docs purchased. High performance + little experience = an unfortunate nickname.

This plane is special because my dad owned a couple Bonanzas though he was not a doc and fortunately was an experienced pilot by the time he got his first Bonanza. He and i spent a lot of hours flying together and I became a pilot at a young age though I am inactive right now. This plane was this years birthday present for him on his 76th birthday. I’ve not done any other planes but I have had requests from people to build one for them.

Thanks again for the positive comments.

-- Frank Thomas, Grand Rapids, MI

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#8 posted 02-15-2010 04:06 AM

You fly a J-3? Way cool. T-bag? Taylor Craft? I love the old taildraggers. Uhh like a Beech Staggerwing?? <s>

-- Frank Thomas, Grand Rapids, MI

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