Saturday, June 21, 2014

Time flies when you're having fun....

I see it's some time since my last post, so we must have been having fun!  And so it has been: we have now completed all the wings plus taped wherever it's needed (and a bit where it isn't!) which just leaves them to be painted.

I'd have liked to be able to show a photo of all four wings together but when you are sharing a hangar with a rather large Focke Wulf 190 , a younger Yak 3 plus bits of Fokker E.V there isn't much room for such a display.  We have to fit our bits in where we can!

Painting won't occur now until the temperature warms up and the humidity goes down, so that will be in abeyance until springtime. Meanwhile there are still jobs to be down in the fuselage: lockwiring of turnbuckles, testing that the brakes actually work(!), quite a few split pins to be inserted here there and everywhere, and the bungie cords to be attached to the undercarriage.

And then we need to get our engine back and re-installed for some test runs to make sure all is 'tickety-boo'.

At some stage the paper work will have to be tackled but I might leave that for just a little while yet.....

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Stitch in time........

No photos (because, let's face it, one green wing looks much like another!) but there has been progress.  But a case of two steps forward and one step back: I lost (excuse the pun) the thread of the correct knot to use.  So it's been a case of undoing a couple of ribs and starting again after good advice from Dave -and also getting him to demonstrate it and my taking photos as he went along. That was much more helpful than trying to copy diagrams out of a book.

So what we have so far is:

One lower wing complete;
Other lower wing awaiting tape for the leading and trailing edges;
One top wing with stitched ribs;
Other top wing being covered.

It's starting to look good for the future!  Although there are still a number of things to be finished off, like lock wiring certain turnbuckles, bungying the undercarriage, covering the wheels, re-installing the engine, etc. But we are getting there!!

Friday, March 14, 2014

And the beat goes on.......

Not much talking, just some photos:



No, the wings are NOT being linked by the tape:

Brian hard at work:

Sunday, February 23, 2014


The blog may have been quiet but we certainly haven't been!  The lower wings are now covered:
the rib and transverse tapes were applied today.This just leaves the end plate and then the leading and trailing edge tape to be applied and we're done!

Meanwhile Rex has started covering the first of the top wings:

before he heads off for a welcome break!  We're hoping that he'll have finished the covering before he goes away so that we can enjoy rib stitching again.  Which gives an altogether different take on the expression "I've got a stitch in my ribs"!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The loneliness of the lower wing-rib-stitcher

(with sincere apologies to Alan Sillitoe!)

Actually with three of us plus an overseer, it wasn't all that lonely -but it's going to be!
Brian is being shown the secrets by stitcher extraordinaire Dave while being watched by artist Chris who is about to ply the needle next time round. A bit slow going at first as you would expect but with practice (and a lot of patience) things start to move.

We now await Rex's return so that we can demount the upper wings and start to cover them.  Watch this space!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Things are moving!

The weather is right and 'volunteers' appear out of the woodwork!  With the help of Dave and John, the lower wings have been covered, 'rand-o-proofed' and taped ready for stitching this coming Sunday, when yet more volunteers are expected.
Looks like we might just have it completed (if not airworthy) by August in time for the commemoration of the start of that beastly war that was supposed to be the end of all wars. 
Guess humankind being what it is that will never happen.
But at least we can try to educate some of mankind into what it might just have been like for those young men who took to the skies in an attempt to bring that about.  And yes, we will enjoy seeing this take to the skies as well!
At a recent fly-in we had a Nieuport 24 drop in on us -which none of us knew about!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

2014 starts with a ?

Actually it has started pretty well on both fronts:  the pantry is almost finished which means we can then move onto the linen cupboards which then means we can get the lounge re-wallpapered. Great!

And now for the more important bit: Rex has figured out the aileron pushrod clearance problem and we are about to enter the wing covering phase.  As you can see, the pitot tubing is in place and the ribs have been taped in preparation.  Actually that's only the lower wings as the upper wings are still in situ awaiting Rex's return from hols but, hey, it's a start, isn't it?