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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Sunday, May 02, 2010

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It was a really busy week (work) but I was able to set up the paint rack and spray some black urethane.



Here are the parts. I still have another rack to paint, but they are expecting rain tomorrow and it might have to wait until later in the week.



Meanwhile, I gave the original rudder bars their final coat of varnish. Here you can see the aluminum leading edge after painting.



Also, Paul Dougherty had the original Curtiss factory stickers remade and two were put on the rudder bars just like they were back in 1917.



Back to the rudder bars - the leading edge was attached with brass wood screws.



Here's the rudder bar in place.



The throttle castings were drilled and installed on the upper left longeron. Here you can see the underside of the casting.



This is a photo of the completed throttle in place.



While I was away flying, Glen Marsh finished making the front instrument panel.



Here is a picture of the reinforcing strips on the back side - screwed into the front panel with brass wood screws.



Danny Mintari sent me pictures of their Jenny in Kerrville, TX. They dropped the OX-5 engine in the fuselage for good and started hooking up systems.












Here is a picture of their wings.



Also, John Gaertner has decided to make a DVD and share some of his expert wood working tips. I can attest to John's the beauty of John's work and I'm sure you will learn a lot from this video.



Topics in the DVD include: Hand Tools, Table/Band Saws, Power Planes, Hand Planes, Lumber Selection, Jigs, Fixtures, Steamer construction and Steaming Wood, Bending Wood, Routing/Splicing Spars and Parts and much more.

There are 3+ hours of material and many great hints and suggestions for the aircraft builder. Available for $49.95 plus $5.00 Shipping with delivery confirmation.

To order go to www.BlueSwallowAircraft.com

More soon. Enjoy

Brian

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