Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Station 4

I made Station 4 Verticals today. They are slightly different than Station 5, (different angles and lengths) but if you follow the Curtiss drawings, they are easy to make. I started with 3 in. blocks and cut the taper to 2 in. The insides need to be routed yet. Next shop day.

I also made Station 4 Upper Horizontal. Same as the others - 24 in. wide and tapered. The ears on the black colored fittings need to be bent yet. They hold the horizontal wooden piece in place.

Time to break out the torch.

The fitting on the lower part of Station 3 is two pieces - an inner and an outer. With the project, I got 4 inner pieces. Since they are very similar, I decided to convert two of the inner pieces into outer pieces.

First, I heated the metal with a torch and bent the flange the other way. Then I cut off the unneeded ears on the side. The front landing gear attaches here.

Here's another view of the fittings. If you notice, the inner fitting has three holes in the flange. The outer fitting only needs two holes, so I ground the extra one off.

Here they are with the Station 3 cross brace.

Here's where we stand. Pretty neat. It's starting to look like a fuselage!




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