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Solid Wood " B-18 BOLO"...

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    December 2005
Solid Wood " B-18 BOLO"...
Posted by solid on Thursday, May 31, 2007 10:26 AM

After many years of search for good plans of the B-18 "Bolo" in early 2006 I wrote the National Aviation and Space Museum in Washington D.C....Told the people there what I wanted to do and my long search for plans. After about 3 hours I received and E-mail saying that offhand they could not provide me of any. BUT...that they were going to make a search in some other facilities of the Museum. About 3 weeks later I received an envelope from the Museum...and inside the best Bolo Plans I have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just for the asking.....Great people. Later today I am writing those guys another note and hope to send them the model, not for exhibition!!! but for their desk.....quite a bunch of Aviation lovers there!!!!!..........

Well I searched for the right block of wood and cut and sanded the basic shapes..........

For the rest of 2006 until last night I just worked on it......

and now its finished..........................

 Why make the Bolo????.........I was very lucky to see one, a long long time ago, taking off so slow I could not beleive it would grab the clouds...it did, very slowly roaring and eventually it dissapeared in a bunch of cumulus nimbus.......I never forgot the sight....and its history is that of a Fine Lady, not pretty, just loyal and honorable...from 1936 to 1940 it was the mainstay in bomber command of the USAAF...many of them were destroyed on December 7.........Just a great old Lady.....

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: West Virginia, USA
Posted by mfsob on Thursday, May 31, 2007 10:32 AM
I too have a fondness for the older, less glamorous airplanes that didn't get in the limelight much (if at all). Unlike you, however, I have to wait for someone to take pity and make a kit. Looks like you've nailed the, well, ungainly look of the Bolo, especially that kind of "squashed" look of the front fuselage. Nice work!
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    February 2016
Posted by alumni72 on Thursday, May 31, 2007 7:08 PM

Wow, solid - that's excellent work right there.  Like so many others, I envy you your woodworking skills.  Mine only go as far as a Pinewood Derby kit.  I agree with mfsob - the lesser-known aircraft (or lesser-represented) always tend to grab my interest - especially planes that are no longer inexistence, and someone's imagination is the only way to see them take wing again.

Do you have another project lined up yet?

  • Member since
    September 2011
Posted by fightnjoe on Thursday, May 31, 2007 8:29 PM

that is awesome.  note to self to write them.  i have been waiting for the bolo to come out in injection plastic.  i have been teased by companies and scamed by a company in my quest.  yours looks awesome.  well done.  you do the fine bird justice.

 

 

 

 

joe 

Veterans,

Thank You For Your Sacrifices,

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  • Member since
    December 2005
Posted by solid on Friday, June 1, 2007 3:00 PM

Hi Guys......Happy you liked the "Bolo" I really enjoyed making it since it has been one of my "most liked"Chef [C=:-)]

It should have been made into a plastic kit a long time ago, I hope someone do soon...

What´s next?................a very interesting plane, totally unknown but was paramount in the development of the Italian four engine bomber Piaggio 108...the twin engine:

Piaggio 32..................... 

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