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    Default The Bally Bomber

    For those of you who might have trepidations about starting what might be a long term project, I offer this as inspiration.

    http://theballybomber.com/index.html

    I found the spinning lathe interesting, manufactured from an auto rear end, powered by a John Deere Model B. It shows the innovation that has gone into this project. It appears to be first class work.
    Jim H.

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    Good Golly Miss Molly, that is a project of mammoth proportions. I am guessing that he didn't build it all by himself.

    Brian
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    The home page states it has been one man's undertaking for over a decade. Few of the photos show anybody present, those that do appear to be the same man. While I don't doubt that he had the occasional help of friends and family when heavy lifting was involved (there are a couple of photos of carrying the assembled fuselage out that include Mom & Dad lending a hand), I would still assume that the preponderance of the work is that of Mr. Bally.

    I do see what looks to be about a 12" or so conehead lathe in a couple of photos, but haven't seen a milling machine.
    Jim H.

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    incredible shows true grit and determination wonderful outcome. Alistair
    Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alistair Hosie View Post
    incredible shows true grit and determination wonderful outcome. Alistair
    and a whole bunch of Clecos!,
    Analog man trapped in a digital world.
    Slowly re-inventing the wheel one spoke at a time.
    It's only paranoia if they aren't really after you.

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    Very Focused guy!! Incredible project, thanks for posting this Jim.

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    I've got a lot of clecos but he's got a LOT of clecos.

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    Bump to the front page for the weekend group.
    Jim H.

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    Thanks for the link, my favorite (I know I'm not alone) bomber.

    So much dedication and hard work.

    John

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    It appears that he's planning on actually flying this thing....??? That's something I'd sure like to see!

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