Scratch-Build DVD Released

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“For the fella that has a young family, struggling to make it, don’t put it off. Do it now. You can always go quickbuild later on if your circumstances improve. What’s a 4 by 8 sheet of aluminum these days? 80 bucks or so. You can build the rudder for your airplane from that one sheet. And then you’ll have a finished part ready to go!” So says Mark Townsend of Can-Zac Aviation, the Canadian distributors of Zenith Aircraft. Mark was waxing enthusiastic as he proudly described the recently released 3.5-hour DVD, which takes the novice builder by the hand and gently leads him into the construction of a complete Zenith rudder and wingribs.

Townsend freely admits that production values may fall a bit short of the Hollywood blockbuster category, but this is more than made up for by the addition of a few humorous elements. “There is a sock puppet,” Townsend says, “who steals lunch.”

Targeted at the budget minded builder who can’t justify the extra expense of the quickbuild option, “Scratch Building Basics for Metal Aircraft” is a two-DVD set that sells for a modest $39. It can be ordered online at www.homebuilthelp.com. If you’re considering the realities of scratch-building, or are just unsure of what’s required of a builder, this series is a good place to start with minimal investment.

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Rick Lindstrom has been fascinated with motorized devices since the disassembly of his mom’s Kirby vacuum when he was 3, predictably followed by record player motors and lawnmower engines. After he learned to fly, it was only natural that he gravitated to the world of alternative aircraft engines. He currently pilots a Corvair-powered Zenith and is undecided about what will power his GlaStar.

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