Curtiss Jenny Restoration

Welcome! We hope you enjoy following the restoration process of a 1918 Curtiss JN4D Jenny. Once completed, the aeroplane will be flown and displayed at the Candler Field Museum in Williamson GA (30 miles south of Atlanta). You can contact me below by clicking on "VIEW MY PROFILE"

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Location: Peachtree City, Georgia, United States

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Rudder Bar Pedestal

John Gaertner finished machining the rudder bar pedestal today. If you remember, this was a raw casting when John started and now it's ready to mount on the floorboards.

Here's the original rudder bar in place. Pretty exciting.

What's even more exciting is the entire casting process. When you think about it, we started with nothing but a faded Curtiss factory drawing, turned it into CAD, made a resin model, took the model and made a sandy mold, poured hot aluminium into the sand mold and out came a cast rudder pedestal. But the fun was not over. The rough casting needed to be machined, drilled and filed until it looks like the piece in the picture. All this...for one casting!
Thanks again to John Gaertner at Blue Swallow Aircraft. His workmanship is first class.

I had to put this neat photo of a Jenny and a Model T Ford on the blog. I stole the picture from the Western Antique Aviation and Automobile Museum in Hood River, Oregon. They have a great looking Jenny on display and if you're ever in the area, it's worth the trip. If you're not in the area, check out
Back to building the turtledeck soon. Kids basketball games take up a lot of the weekend and the wife wanted to go Christmas tree shopping today.


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