Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Space Shuttle Progress

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The Eldest and I worked on his space shuttle project again last night.  It's really starting to look like a shuttle, albeit a rough recycled one.  He was such a trooper about it.  He felt horrible yesterday, but was perfectly willing to get down on the floor with tape, newspaper and cardboard and get to working.  He was pretty funny about measuring the project to make sure it kept it's 1/40th scale.  He's very technically oriented and needs a creative nudge now and then, but he's doing very well on this project.

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There are a couple of things that we're worried about.  The cargo bay is long and narrow and has the tendency to warp out of shape.  We used tons of cardboard and tape to reinforce it out of worry that the wet newspaper that will be applied would make it go all wonky on us.  We also had a little difficulty making the back wing stabilize, but finally came up with a solution that worked.

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His father and I are really glad this thing is going to be paper mache-d and painted.   I don't think it would look to great for the kid to bring in a project made from beer boxes, do you?
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