December 2016 Flight Expo Newsletter

Build A Plane - Luscombe

Build A Plane - Luscombe Update

Working on Luscombe


Last Saturday (December 3, 2016) we moved our Luscombe fuselage into the workshop and did what most people would do, we stared at it. As many restorers know, sometimes the hardest part of a restoration is determining where to start. Once we got over that part the kids were eager to get started.

We decided that rebuilding the landing gear would be as good a place as any to start and the kids got to work sanding and priming parts.


Our parts list is now shorter with several new donations within the last week. A gentleman from the west coast, who is involved with several Build A Plane programs out there, is willing to help us out with an engine. Also, Jim Jackson from Brainerd, MN who also restores aircraft, is willing to allow us to use his jigs for the Luscombe wings. The wings suffer from corrosion and need to be re-skinned.

Luscombe Parts List:


We are looking for volunteers to help even if it is only part-time and don’t worry if you don’t possess the necessary skills, we can find something for you to do and it would help us out a lot.

Also we are always accepting more aircraft projects and parts. One of the ways we pay for the program and can afford to restore the airplanes is by selling parts off of wrecked or salvaged aircraft.


Tools is another area we could use your help. As we obtain more students every year, we find that our tools are spreading thin and kids are waiting around for others to finish using a drill or a wrench etc. and we’re wasting valuable time that could be spent building. I have yet to find a shop that has too many tools, so if you have tools that you want to get rid of and don’t think we could use them, think again.

​If you are interested in participating or want to make a contribution the program please e-mail us at,, or call 763-370-5429/763-568-3360.


We meet every Tuesday from 5:30-8:30 pm and every other Saturday from 9:00 am to noon.


29563 144th St, Princeton, MN 55371

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