SFRCF and LNRCFC
Build a Parade Float
On June 4, 2011, the Sanderson Field RC Flyers(SFRCF) and the Lake Nawhatzel RC Float Club(LNRCFC) participated in the Mason County Forest Festival's Paul Bunyan Grand Parade at Shelton, Washington. The clubs have participated together in the parade in previous years. This year, the clubs decided to rebuild the float.
The float was built on a trailer donated by a member of both clubs, Burt Daggett. The trailer is 12X16 feet after two-foot hinged extensions were added to each side.
After several discussions during club meetings and with "detailed engineering," construction began on May 16.
Detailed Float Engineering
Construction began by bolting pressure treated 2X6 boards to the trailer frame and screwing a 3/4 inch plywood floor to the boards. The plywood floor was then covered with a wood preservative. At this time, 2X4 extension supports were built into the floor to support the hinged extensions. From the beginning, the clubs decided to "do the job right" so as not to have to rebuild the float again next year.
After giving the preservative a week to dry, the central pyramid was constructed, adding additional mounting surface for RC aircraft. The trailer extensions were then hinged to the trailer sides and received a coat of wood preservative.
Bob Treinen(L) and Bob Beatty(R) Construct the Pyramid
Dick Robb(T) and Bob Treinen(B) Hinge the Extensions
Chuck Kentfield Rolls On the Wood Preservative
After allowing time for the newly applied wood preservative to dry, a work party assembled to cover the float with outdoor carpet. At the same time, visible parts of the trailer frame received a coat of green paint.
The trailer was now ready for selection and positioning of the RC aircraft.
Burt Daggett(L), Dick Robb(C), and Bob Beatty(R) Staple the Carpet
Dick Robb Applies the First Coat of Paint
A week before the parade, club members brought their aircraft to the float. This year, the selected aircraft included war birds, float planes, and helicopters. Once the aircraft for the parade were selected, the club members determined positioning for them on the horizontal and vertical mounting areas.
Burt Daggett(L), Bob Treinen(C), and Chuck Kentfield(R) Position the Aircraft
For many of the aircraft mounted on the horizontal surface, supports were cut, epoxied, and painted to raise the tails so that parade spectators would be able to see the whole aircraft better.
Dick Robb Cuts the Tail Supports
1-Hole 'D' Ring Hangers were screwed into the plywood base for aircraft mounting. Small bungee cords and tie wraps were used to hold the aircraft to the hangers. After positioning and trial mounting, the aircraft were removed--but the "D" rings were left in place for parade day. For reference later, pictures were taken of the float before removing the aircraft. The float was ready for final preparation on the day of the parade.
1-Hole 'D' Ring Hangers
On parade day, club members assembled early in the morning to complete the float. The aircraft were positioned and mounted securely and a green skirting was attached to the sides of the float. Members could then stand back and admire the completed float.
Darcy Niebeling(L), Bob Beatty(C), and Bob Treinen(R) Secure the Aircraft
Mary Daggett Attaches the Float Skirt
Shortly after 11AM, the float entered the parade route for its trip down Railroad Ave., Shelton, WA. A beautiful hand-made quilt by Burt and Mary Daggett graced the rear of the float and spectators could buy a chance to win the quilt. Money from the raffle will be given to SFRCF.
In the Paul Bunyan Grand Parade
Special thanks to Chuck Kentfield, Bob Beatty, Burt and Mary Daggett, Gordon Osberg, Dick Robb, Jay Lowe, Bob Treinen, and Darcy Niebeling for their help with the float. Thanks to all who may not be on the list above and who gave their advice and support to the float project.
From Left to Right: Jay Lowe, Bob Beatty, Darcy Niebeling, Gordon Osberg, Richard Robb, Bob Treinen, Mary Daggett, and Burt Daggett
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