Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Rib stitching has begun

Hey! The first rib stitch has occurred!

Ron likes the modified seine knot right out of the Ploy Fiber Manual. First, you make the island...

...then the bikini....

...over and under... make the "W".....

...pull it tight.

Only a hundred and nineteen to go on this wing!

John Kuck and I finished burnishing the front cockpit cowl. This piece was almost six hours of burnishing. You can see why we are happy.

Next step - burnishing the next piece.

More soon. Enjoy



Blogger Kurt Wheaton said...

Do they still teach this at A&P school? I remember one of our instructors at Northrop had an old Stinson, and we'd help do rib stitching on it after school from time to time.

Move your project out to Bend, Oregon - I'll come by in the evenings and stitch! :)

5:34 PM  
Blogger ben said...

This is the fun part of fabric work. I learned how to do this on an F-24 and then on a Stinson L-5. The L-5 had to all be done from the top which wasn't nearly as fun. Enjoy!

10:33 AM  
Blogger FlyBoyJon said...

Hey Brian, she is looking amazing. I am in A&P school now and fortuitously we are going through nonmetallic structures and specifically fabric. Unfortunately we are not doing much more than lacture. On the shrinking and stitching when there is a negative lower camber, how does that work?

10:34 AM  
Blogger Brian Karli said...

Funny you should ask that question! We thought long and hard about the fabric bridging the camber. First we shrunk the fabric to the first setting - 250 degrees. They we poly-tacked the fabric to the cambered rib (bottom side of the wing), gave a coat of poly-brush and started stitching. Once the stitching is done, we can shrink the fabric to the second stage (350 degrees) and continue with the standard covering procedure.

Have fun in school! I have a strong feeling there will be a large need for A&P's in the industry soon.



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