Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Location: Peachtree City, Georgia, United States

Thursday, April 26, 2007

fuselage beginning

First thing today, I finished bolting the spider plate to the plywood. I made sure the entire thing was true and vertical. The plate height was calculated from the upper longeron plan. By a little higher math, I calculated that the height should be 8 1/16 in.

The 2 X 4 pieces held the plywood rigid.

Now, the longerons were set in place. I drilled the 5/16 in. holes where the ash met the spider plate and put some temporary AN-5 bolts in place. The cross braces held everything in place.

Also derrived from the Curtiss drawings - at 18 21/32nds from the firewall, the longeron should curve above the table 1 15/16 in. The triangular block was cut to that height.

Then, pull the clamps tight. It worked pretty well! I was pleased.

Next step is to taper the end of the longeron to 1 1/2in and cut for the splice. Till then...



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