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?

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The beginning of the end is in sight -hopefully!

The title applies on two fronts, I've just realised: the rebuild of the pantry and the preparation for the wing covering.  The pantry rebuild just needs another lick of paint on the ceiling, the installation of the architraves and doors, and the power connected and we'll be ready to shift all the pantry stuff to its new home.  A long wait but we're getting there.  That then just leaves the installation of the doors on the new linen cupboards and a couple of shelves and that will be ready. But there is still the lounge to be redecorated to cover up the gap left by the old fireplace.  But the main thing is that we are getting there.

The best news, of course, is that Rex has just about got the aileron pushrods sorted out and we'll very shortly be able to start covering the wings.  Yee-hah!!  (After a bit of house-cleaning, I have to say -any resident spiders, etc. are going to have to be evicted together with their dust trails.  And after Jay has inspected the wings with tapes top and bottom on the ribs.)  So all is looking for a busy start to the New Year, with Brian getting on board and no doubt a couple of other willing helpers to remind us of the correct way to do things!!  It is some time since I did the tail feathers and the memory is starting to get those blank moments - a bit like walking into another room and wondering why on earth you went into that particular room:  sometimes it comes straight away and others you have to retrace your steps in order to jog those grey cells back into place.  Ah, the joys of ageing!

Well, to all my readers (all 3 of you?), here's to a Merry Xmas and a Happy, Healthy, (Wealthy?) and definitely a shake-free New Year!