A pile of spruce wood — some effort and a lot of persistence is what Marv Reese of Shell Knob, Missouri had when he took the modular plane he had constructed and decided to turn it into a plane he could fly.
“I built it, designed it and painted it — every little stinking piece. I’m one persistent SOB,” Reese said. His airplane, which he has named Daisy Mae took him 3,500 hours to build, over a five year period working on it four to five hours a day.
Reese, who says he’s far from an Aerodynamicist, has been building model airplanes since his was just eight years old. Growing up as youngster in the era of WW II, he witnessed fighter planes in ‘dog fights’ on news reel of the day. His Father, who retired from Boeing also encouraged him and help nurture his growing passion for planes.
As an adult his obsession with planes as he called it never died. He continued building models for 30 years, and in all those years he would constantly joke with his wife Shirley, that he wanted one-day to build a real one.
Less than what many spend on an automobile is about what Reese spent on his Daisy May – around $18,000. Reese said the only bad part, “I bet I spent $2,000 in freight, easy. I remember ordering a part that cost $14 dollars to ship a part that cost $13 dollars.”
Reese said, “The only thing additional that I might say is that if you don’t mind a slightly rowdy comment or two then you should thoroughly enjoy this book. If you are looking for simple answers on how to design your own airplane, then I truly believe this is the only one on the market and I think some of the above testimonials give credence to that statement. You will not have to dig out your worn Calculus or Trigonometry book to work the formulas. If you on the other hand are an aerodynamic purist you will probably go nuts about my simple explanations.