Dressing up a stained glass airplane with spoked wood wheels

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Project by DaleMaley posted 01-12-2018 10:15 PM 1276 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the 2nd stained glass biplane with a built-in kaleidoscope. On the first plane, I cracked the glass in the lower wing in 3 places….....right where the brass struts were soldered onto the copper foil on the glass. I remember having trouble soldering the brass struts… I must have gotten too much heat on the glass. I have done about 20 stained glass projects, and never cracked any glass from soldering.

I decided to build a 2nd plane and avoid any cracks in the glass wings. I decided to flux and tin the brass struts with solder before I assembled them to the plane. When I assembled the struts to the plane, it just took one touch of the electric soldering gun and they soldered right up. I had zero cracks in the glass on this 2nd plane :)

I also decided to dress up the 2nd plane, and replace the plain wood wheels with spoked wood wheels. I also painted the outside of the spoked wheels black, like a real tire.

There are 2 propellers on the front of the plane….....each one has different colors of stained glass. When you rotate the propellers, the kaleidoscope view changes. The 3 mirrors lay horizontally in the plane fuselage, and the viewing lens is in back of the plane. The grandkids should have fun with this one!!!!!

I made a short Youtube video, showing the kaleidoscope in action…....

You can read about my Trials & Tribulations on this project at my woodworking web site.


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 01-12-2018 10:41 PM

So cool , I have not ever seen anything like that. Keep up the great work.

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#2 posted 01-12-2018 11:12 PM

So cool , I have not ever seen anything like that. Keep up the great work.

- Orvile Baker

++++ W O W !

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#3 posted 01-13-2018 03:24 PM

This is a nice accent for somebody’s desk. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 01-13-2018 03:52 PM

Very nice and unique piece of work! Good Stuff Dale!

-- A Chip On The Shoulder Usually Indicates Wood Higher Up. (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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