Bantam Biplane

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Bantam Biplane

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Onx8XOkMnM This is off the beaten path for me, but from time to time I am asked to evaluate various forms of equipment and devices. One such device is the DK-8-KZ "Mini Engraving Machine" provided to me by Gearbest (Gearbest.com). To be honest, I'd never seen nor heard of a laser engraving machine, much less a "mini" one. So when it was delivered, I was astounded at how small this device really is. And then there's the engraving part; I'm not into engraving. I used the machine to engrave some giraffe photographs (it easily converts photographs for engraving) for my wife (she's addicted to giraffes, they're everywhere throughout our house), to engrave a photo of her with a giraffe, and to engrave more photos and sketches of giraffes and, well, it does engrave extremely well and with great ease. But, when I was young I was notorious for doing somewhat foolish things like using a flat bladed screwdriver as a chisel (no, you really shouldn't do that), without safety glasses (and no, you really shouldn't that either), and even running with scissors (no, no, no!), etc. So in keeping with my youthful foolishness I decided to purchased a box of .3mm thick brown card stock, download some "pixel pushing" software, design a model to cut and assemble, and use this engraving machine as a laser cutter. This quite diminutive Bantam Biplane is the result. If you have this engraver, or plan to purchase one, then follow the instructions that come with the engraver to unpack, setup, load drivers and software, and use the machine before proceeding. Also, you will need .3mm card stock, thick (gap filling) cyanoacrylate glue, a small straight pin to apply the glue, tweezers and perhaps eye glasses to assemble Bantam Biplane. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQXobXTG_O4 Update: The cover photo now shows two biplanes; the original .3mm card stock on the left, and a new .4mm baltic birch on the right.
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