Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Location: Peachtree City, Georgia, United States

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Elevators & coppering

Yesterday the 1st coat of varnish was applied to the elevators. Today, they were scuff sanded with 220 and given the second coat.

While they were drying, I decided to finish the copper pieces on the stabilizer.

I bought some 10 oz copper from at a reasonable price and they shipped it quickly. It cuts easily with a tin snips or even a sharp scissors.

Once cut to length, the copper bends easily by hand. Here's the place where the stabilizer to fin fitting will go.

When drilling the copper, the slower the speed the better. (I found out this the hard way!) My Drill Press has a 450RPM speed and it worked well.

Here's a hinge after nailing. Eventually, all the nails will be sealed with solder.

Here's the outer hinge.

And don't forget the back side of the hinge.

Have a good Labor Day Weekend. Till next time.



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