13324Re: [bolger] Re: Aircraft Carrier
- Aug 6, 2001Ah Rats
I had posted my 20 min response, and was happily following the thread
but without any involvement. Then last night my eldest son stumbled
across the thread and thought it was really neat. This started a
conversation which involved quite a bit of teaching and thought on my
part about carrier ops.
Everything I build has been built numerous time in my head already, and
this building is usually done at night, as I fall asleep, when I awake
in the middle of the night with a really hot idea, or as I wake up in
the morning. Last night I fell asleep with no thought in my mind but how
comfy my wife felt next to me, this morning my mind awakened and there,
unasked for, was The CIVILIAN AIRCRAFTCARRIER PROJECT. AAAH!
I have been working on a modified Tennessee idea, same hull, but with a
cabin more suitable to our climate. It is apparent that one of Bolger's
concerns about these narrow power sharpies is metacentric height. As you
increase the cabin size and height, the CG moves up making for an
unstable hull. Putting an Aircraft Carrier deck on one is defiantly
going to bring the CG up unless you do some really light weight
The walls on the house I have just finished building are foam panels
with OSB faces, with an occasional 2x6 to carry vertical loads. For the
Tennessee, I had thought to combine this technique along with some other
ideas from composite homebuilt aircraft methods. I hear from Fritz Funk,
that Seth Macinko had been talking to Bolger, and he and Susan had
already been thinking/experimenting with this technique using veneers
bonded to construction foam.
My thought is a really open frame of wood, the wood being where you need
to frame in openings, and where needed for fastening and in the case of
cabin sides, to carry vertical loads. The spaces would be filled with
foam, the same thickness of the wood. I would then bond veener/thin
plywood both sides and face with fiberglass where needed for abrasion or
weather proofing. For the carrier deck you would have to go with a
little more solid construction on the touch down area as this method is
not that puncture proof.
I have some veeneers on order to use for experimentation for my
Tennessee project, I will report back.
Next, CAP Hull Materials, Pop up steering stations, Pilot safety gear,
and whatever else comes up in those fertile morning hours of thought.
> I can't stop the insanity.
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