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fit-b o tto m e d
c r u is in g
k u y a k
h a s
a n
o v e r -a ll
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K A Y A K th at's h a rd to tip certain ly
i s n 't
c o m m o n p la c e .
N o rth w in d ,

w ith h e r fla t b o tto m , h a s p ro v e d h e rs e lf o n th e w in d y la k e s a n d s w ift riv e rs of t h e Y u k o n ; s h e 's a s s t a b l ea s a n y y o u 'll

fin d .
A partfrom that,buoyancy cham -
b e r sm a k eh e r v ir tu a lly u n s in k a b le .D e-
s ig n e d
fo r p ly w o o d

c o n s tru c tio n , s h e 's e a s y to b u ild , lig h ti nw e ig h t a n d s tro n g . F in e

fo r
lo n g
cruises, she
has
a n
e x -
--
C A R G O
SPA C E
aft
of
c o c k p it
is
fu lly
en-
c lo s e d
a fte r
deck
and
h c r tc h
i a
in s ta lle d .
0
M e c h a n ix
I llu s tr a te d
. "
lin e r. T h is lin e r is n o th in g m o r e th a n a
le n g th
of
th in -w a ll tu b in g
w ith
a
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brass flange soldered in place as show n
in th e a c c o m p a n y in g d ia g ra m .
S m e a r th e o u tsid e of th e tu b in g w ith
liq u id
p itc h
b e fo re
fo rc in g
it th ro u g h .
th e
f i l l e r
p lu g .
P o u r
som e

a d d itio n a l pitch over the flange to seal th e assem - b ly , b e in g c a r e f u l n o t to d r ip a n y in s id e th e

tu b in g . W h e n
th e
p itc h
s o l i d i f i e s ,
b ru sh
the plug a few
tim e s w ith
c le a r
d o p e to e lim in a te p o ro s ity
i r i the balsa;
then sand sm ooth.
W hen
th e
filler has
d rie d , te s t
th e
p lu g
b y
subm erging
i ti n
w ater.I f
a

g o o d s e a lin g jo b h a s b e e n d o n e a i r b u b - b le s w ill n o t a p p e a r. If th e y d o , re s e a l w ith p itc h .

T h e n e c k o f th e b a llo o n c a n n o wb e
s tre tc h e d
o v e r
th e
f i l l e r
lu g ;
a p p ly
som e talcum pow der to th e plug to ease
th is o p e ra tio n .
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W ith th e filler plug in place th e bal- loon is ready to take shape. U sing the e x h a u s t

fro m
a
ta n k -ty p e
v a c u u m
c le a n e r a n d a le n g th of 4 /!-in c h r u b b e r
tu b in g

( t oc a r r yth e a irt o th e p lu g ), in - flate th e b allo o n to th e flaccid d iam eter recom m ended

i n
th e
in s tru c tio n s
a c -
c o m p a n y in g th e b a llo o n .
T h is
e a rly
in fla tio n
i s
n e c e s s a r y
t o
a llo w
th e
b a llo o n 's
fabric to
a d ju s t to
size p rio r to th e first ascent.
F in a lly , s e a l th e b a llo o n w ith a p la s tic
p lu g a s sh o w n in th e d ia g ra m .
T he
b a ls a
g o n d o la
c a n
b e
o f
e ith e r
m e d iu m
o r so ft-g ra d e
stock. H ow ever,
the soft grade is preferable
since it is
lig h te r.

T h e g o n d o la 's f o u r s id e s a n d flo o r a r e a ll o f% -in c h s h e e t b a ls a . C o m p le te t h e sides.according to the diagram . A ssem - b le th e4 3 / 4 - i n c h s i d e s t o t h e b ~ t t o m f i r s t , th e n

c e m e n t th e 5 -in c h s id e s in p la c e . W hen dry, sand the sides sm ooth. Then a p p ly a f e w c o a ts o f c le a r d o p e a n d s a n d a g a in .

[ C o n t i n u e do n
p a g e
1 7 0 1
F U L L -S C A L EP L A N S
w ill g re a tly s im p lify c o n s tru c tio n -
S e n d
5 0
c e n tst o
M e c h a n ixIllu s -
tra te d
P la n s
S e rv ic e ,
F aw ce tt
B ld g .,
G re e n w ic h ,C onn.
P le a s e
specify Plan N um berM -2 4 6 , M I'S
B a b y B a llo o n , w h e n w r itin g .
M IN IA T U R E
SANDBAGS
of
b a ls a
w ood
lo o k r e a lis tica n d r e p r e s e n t b a llo o n 's b a lla s t

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