Thursday, June 16, 2011

Another milestone!

Yes, we now have performed our first 'bagging' operation -'bagging' being a local(?) term for fabric covering.  The item concerned is the tailplane which was a pretty logical choice since it consists of mainly straight edges. Needless to say we operated under the eagle eye of our local expert, Jay McIntyre.

This Sunday we hope to get a bit more adventurous and start on the elevators and/or rudder -both of which have plenty of curves. And probably without supervision.

These modern fabrics are quite incredible as to their tolerance of tyro's activities. And with a quick runover with a warm iron the fabric becomes pretty taut.  Of course, there's still a long way to go before they'll be ready for flying order, but at least it's a start.

Rex, meanwhile is making great strides with the lower wings, with the spars now finished, the ribs in place and just the leading trailing and end edges to go.  Things are looking up!! (Especially as I notice I have a new follower -welcome to my world.)

In addition I was pleased to be able to show a delightful American Aviation Writer, Christine Negroni, around the AHC who, after a being entertained to a lunch, also had a good look at all our restoration work being done at Omaka.  Nice write-up about the AHC!

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