If you will follow all of the directions I
have posted on the web. You can build the .46 Gondola without
However, the 120" parachute is a little more detailed in that
everything has to be right or it will not fly right.
The 120" parachute also has to be rigged properly and with 48
rigging lines, that can take a lot of time to get right.
I would suggest you
build the Gondola and let me build and rig
It is the best way to get in the air and know what
you built will fly.
In fact if you build a .46 Gondola
and follow the step by step instructions and
order a Sea Breeze RTF parachute.
When you have completed your model
and test fly it, you find it don't or won't fly right for you. If you
will send it to
me I will either fix yours so it does fly
right or I will build you one at no charge to you. I am that confident
in the Sea Breeze design. I have been flying this parachute design since
1989 and I know it works. I won't offer one that don't.
This is another reason I test fly every
parachute that goes out. I need to know that it works and works as it
was designed to.
That is not a easy question to answer. I would say it really
depends on ones building skills.
I can put one together and have it painted in
about 7 hrs. Let the paint cure over night and have it ready to hook a
parachute to and fly in another 3 hours. The Gondola plans and
instructions will take you through the building process step by step.
You can review the plans and instructions listed here to see
what all is involved in building a .46 Gondola.
Having both the plans and construction pictures will
speed up your building efforts I am sure.
#1 The .46 Gondola is pretty simple to
build. And to be honest, there is no way I could keep up with the demand
for them if I were not offering the plans so
people could build their own main frame. I do build complete ready to fly models
for people that do not want to build. But, in an effort to lower the
total cost of the completed model. A person can use aircraft related items
they may already have to save on the total cost of the model. These
items would include 3) 2 3/4'' wheels, .46 engine mount, .46
engine, 10 oz fuel tank, 1/8'' and 3/16'' plywood, 1/16'', 3/32'' and
5/32'' piano wire , wheel collars etc. I have spent countless hours
(as you may have already seen) putting together a detailed set of plans posted
on a web site that also includes step by step instructions to
help everyone build a great flying model.
#2 The second reason is that there was a
fellow modeler in Australia that wanted to order one of the RTF .46 Sea Breeze
models until we found out shipping of the RTF model was going to
cost almost $350.00 and after some checking I found out that a RTF
parachute could be sent for only $16.00. So the idea was born to help
modelers all over the world enjoy flying a Sea Breeze model using a Gondola they
In a second effort to show the Sea
Breeze parachutes are not converted kites you may design the color layout
for your parachute. The parachute has 18 bays and I recommend that one color be
used for a minimum of 2 bays.
This way the color will stand out better. The
most common colors used are red, blue, light blue, green, yellow, black, white