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

Friday, November 12, 2010

Furring strips, struts and wings

The copper was installed on the cabane struts this week. This is 10 oz. copper easily cut with some tin snips.

Then the nails were installed.

Here are all four cabane struts. One coat of varnish has already been applied, so after some wet sanding, they will get their final coat.

Here's a close up of the ends.

The struts were trial fit in their sockets.

The furring strips were given their final coat of varnish Wednesday, so the next day they were installed. Each strip was held in place by some slotted brass #8 screws. Glen Marsh gave me a hand putting the top furring strip in place.

The wire fabric attach hoops were then permanently mounted.

Here is a picture of Brian Eberle installing the furring strips on the left side.

The moment of truth! Since the wing pins arrived from the plating company, the right lower wing was given a trial fit.

Looks pretty neat!

The holes lined up pretty well, but a little "tweaking' will be necessary to get a smooth fit.

Kodak moment above.

John Gaertner is nearly finished with the fuel gauge. The lower base was originally a casting (like the bullet) but we decided to make this out of two pieces of aluminum welded together. the fillet at the base will be ground smooth.

My good friend Joe Vasile stopped by the hangar to see the Jenny. I've known Joe for a long time since we share a passion for Bucker biplanes. Joe has two Bucker Jungmanns and a Jungmeister project so we're always swapping parts or stories. Joe recently retired from the Air Force where he flew U-2's and now lives in Virginia. It was good to see him.

More next week.



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