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Old 04-24-2015, 12:27 PM   #15
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Aluminuminum, How delightful reading your childhood experiences. I had some similar experiences. I was a flying model plane builder. I still have my McCoy .19, Fox .35 and my OS Max .60. I grew up during the introduction of "go karts". I rebuilt an old Briggs "washing machine" engine and mounted it on an old push kart. If it made noise and smelled bad I liked it. (No, not my little brother!) And I made a Tesla coil for one of my science projects. Shocking, but no awards.

I have the interest, but I don't have the skills like you have. I can't cut a 2x4 square.

Working in factories during my career, we often spoke about the difficulty in finding young folks that can work with tools. Not very many young folks aspire to be diesel mechanics, welders, or plumbers. Good paying jobs all of them.

Air Forums is fun as there are many like minded people who enjoy the adventure of traveling like gypsies, and the mechanics of trailer maintenance and even rebuilds.

It's fun learning our childhood experiences were similar.


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Old 04-24-2015, 01:11 PM   #16
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I did my backsplash with a sheet of aluminum as well, I think before this season starts I'll try and put some sort of protective finish on it to ward off the stuff from the stove and sink.

I do appreciate your story as well. I think lots of us older folks grew up having to make do or fix things ourselves snce there was no other way. I started with models as a kid, plastic ones, then the balsa airplanes. Mine never flew anywhere but in my room, but they were finished up nicely, I wish I had them now. Ive done woodworking, auto and home repair, electrical and machinery rebuilding so getting into these old trailers is just another extension of all that.

And when I think I'm doing pretty good, I see work like yours and know I've got qute a ways to go. Thats from one hillbilly to another.


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