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New Englander last won the day on October 15 2019

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    The way I see it, you can either work for a living or you can fly airplanes. Me, I’d rather fly

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  1. You're spot on! Inflation is creeping in. At least the red states, maybe all by now, have stopped paying people to stay home but I still see help wanted signs everywhere.
  2. B23 was faster due R2600 engines v R1830s or R1820 but much smaller fuselage. Wing span about the same as the wing was very much like the DC3, just held, I think 1600 gallons and had some flush riveting and likely somewhat stronger. Landing gear looks just like a C47 gear, tail wheel offset for access to the tail gunner's position. Tail gun was first in US; the gunner had to be slim as I couldn't fit down there when I was 160lb, a number I haven't seen for decades.
  3. Marine switches are way better than the Cole Hersee switches for sure.
  4. Excellent! For what it's worth you can put a one wire regulator in any 10si or 12si. Great for tractor use, just need to rev once into self energizing RPM and good to go. Buy them brand new 105 amp on Ebay for $70, free shipping. Change pulley if needed , use impact wrench to get nut off.
  5. Maybe, but K&N is no upgrade. As referenced above the MAF sensor needs to be spotless to work and no way will a K&N keep the dirt off it. I've noticed my PUs and wife's Yukons have a clog indicator and running on the street they never show needing service.
  6. Too cool and a great piece of memorabilia.
  7. Made by Douglas. They built 39 of them as a possible replacement for the B18 but the Air Corps was not impressed enough to buy any more. I worked for Jenney Flight engineering and we operated one. Most of the B23s were converted to corporate planes like the IHC plane. The one we operated had been Rexall Drug company's plane then was converted to a flight test plane for LFE Laboratory for Electronics. Jenney bought the operation from LFE. Hanscom Field was a hotbed of military avionics development and Raytheon, MIT, and others were developing all sorts of stuff that needed to fly. The B23 had most of the seats removed and replaced with radio racks and the engines had 400 amp generators to run the huge motor/generator inverters to supply 400 hz and 60 hz AC. The field was alive with A26s, T33s, F94s and the like in the '50s and '60s into the '70s. MIT is the only one left but still going strong running a 707 and a couple of Falcon 20s, one being an HU25 Coast Guard plane, and a bunch of piston planes. All hush hush. I found our old B23 at the Castle Air Museum. The Air Force was in the process of turning it back to original when the base closed so it's partially restored and resting in the sun.
  8. Better than finding a 50 in an an old jacket pocket! Unless it's been leaking that stuff is likely good!
  9. Might be short lived. Workers in the world's biggest copper mine in Chile just voted to strike, so if they don't come to agreement it will pull 5% of the copper supply off the market. Demand is so high that will drive prices back up.
  10. Too much work for a barn but good for interior trim. I've just been more selective for the house trim work but most of that is store bought molding anyway.
  11. Dairy farmer next door keeps an old tennis racket and enjoys swatting them with it😁. You're right on. If it's not painted the damned things will bore right in then the woodpeckers will make a mess digging the larvae out. Powder post beetles are a scourge of pine as well so I've been treating bare wood on the inside of the barn with TimBore or some other boron product.
  12. I oil prime both sides then topcoat with Sherwin Williams Duration, the best performing paint that I've found. I use that combination for all the clapboards that I've installed and trim as well. Claps sealed and painted that way have been up for 15 years and still look new. I use a satin finish rather than gloss. I've found though, that even after painting that way knots will bleed through and topcoating a year later they still bleed through!
  13. I mill my own finish out of rough that I buy for .50/board foot. The chances of finding a completely clear 12' are rare so I will have the odd knot or 6. I've had no success with oil prime, kilz, shellac, etc. No matter what the knots will bleed through. My thought is that brushing some epoxy over the knots may have a better chance of sealing them in. Has anyone ever tried it? Of course that's assuming I can even get any epoxy. The last time I tried at the local commercial marine store they had none due Texas freeze, Mexican shut down, etc. I'm presently trimming a barn; for any I replace on the house it's plastic, one and done.
  14. Yes fact check for sure. Are the mentioned trusted medical organizations,the ones where all of us would likely go with a serious medical issue, lying about Covid-19?
  15. Yay! Exactly! How many though are ready to believe it? Everyone should fact check anything from a Facebook post even if it supports your position.
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