Clifton man Ray Baines at the start of his six-year project to build a plane from scratch.
Clifton man Ray Baines at the start of his six-year project to build a plane from scratch. Contributed

Sky is the limit for Ray

HOW many of us would take to the air in a plane we had built entirely from scratch?

Clifton adventurer Ray Baines certainly has enough faith in his craftsmanship.

He is the proud owner and pilot of a two-seater J6 Karatoo, built using a traditional design from the era of the Tiger Moth.

It features wooden wings covered in ceconite nylon - the same material used on ship sails.

"It's been faultless since day one, so I'm very happy with it," Mr Baines said.

"Building planes is a bit like the vintage car club.

"A lot of people in the district are doing it."

The plane took six years of part-time work to build and Mr Baines said he acquired skills of every nature along the way.

He has also built an airstrip to allow friends to fly in for social events.

"The other weekend we had a barbecue where about 15 planes flew in," Mr Baines said.

"It's a wonderful way to get socially involved."



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