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    Legend Cub build

    We’re wrapping up the first two week session down in Sulphur Springs. The girls did a lot of hands on, learning new skills and techniques. Our 16 y/o did lots of sheet metal work, rib forming, riveting, MIG, and covering. Darin and his crew have been outstanding. They have many years of experience in those three large hangar shops that comprise their “factory.”

    Some pics of Maggie and Maureen at work.

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    Very cool. I look forward to following this thread.


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    Additional pics. Don’t know why some are sidewise. Best I can do for now.
    Long days for the youngster, but she loved it. Almost finished her tailwheel endorsement as well while here. 60 landings in a J3.

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    Tacked frame out of the jig and ready to go to primary TIG station.
    Legend TIG’s all their frames, including float fittings, pod tabs, etc. My farmer dad would have approved!

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    Better soak up everything those old guys are willing to teach. I sent my boy to the A&P program and they no longer teach wood or fabric. They barely teach anything anymore unless it involves towing commercial jets.
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    The two weeks have flown by. All of the different tasks blended into one big busy period at the end of the summer for the girls, yet everyone enjoyed themselves. One more day tomorrow, then back to Maine until the frame is finished and we can go to pre-assembly.

    Darin Hart (Legend owner) thought Maggie may be the first customer to form their own wing ribs. She’s talking about coming back next summer to work. We’ll see how she feels about that when it’s time to head out for spring exploring and fishing in Katmai.

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    Tail feathers

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    There is no better man than Gene Crist to teach someone wing building. Great guy and a Vietnam vet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CubCruiser View Post
    There is no better man than Gene Crist to teach someone wing building. Great guy and a Vietnam vet.
    Yep. For sure.
    Gene and I shared some reflections on our military service.
    He and Maggie really became buddies.
    Superb gentleman.
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    Happy for you that your kids are involved with your hobby!! So refreshing to see younger people actually doing something with their hands then manipulating the buttons on their phone!! Looks like a great father-daughter time was had! Kudos!!
    Don't take life too seriously ... no one gets out alive!
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    Seating goal - finished example of 3-seat model

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    People who know how to cover and rib stitch are so rare, it’s best to raise your own!

    Is Pat Bowers still working with them? I guess if he’s still around he’d be close to 90. Great guy, great craftsman and funny as all heck.

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    Pat is still there, although I’d put him at around 80. He and Gene have a witty rapport where they both accuse the other of knuckleheadedness. All in good fun. Maggie benefited so much from their mentorship.

    EDIT: You can see Pat in the background of sheet metal brake pic #4 in Post #3 above.
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    It was 17 years ago when I picked up my AL3 from the factory. I was 59. Now I’m 76. I guess that makes sense. Sorry to accuse Pat of being an old guy.

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    edit: Yes, I see him now. Thanks.
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    Johnny, what paint colors/scheme are you going with?

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    Classic Cub Yellow with late 70’s or early 80’s theme. Simple 2-tone.
    Either the below or the final scheme of simple lightning stripe on side.
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    Right on, keep it simple.

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