Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Sheet metal

We had a productive evening the other night. John Kuck met Brian, Ron and me at the hangar. In a twist of fate, Russel Sanford called me that morning and volunteered his services too.

The first order of business was to finish burnishing the side cowl !!

Since the side cowl has a few fragile points near the big access door cutout, Russell and John held it steady during the burnishing process.

Above: the last burnish !

L to R - Russell Sanford, Brian Eberle, Brian Karli, John Kuck, Ron Alexander

I should count how many burnishes are there. Nah...I don't want to know.

While we were burnishing, Ron and Brian put down a layer of poly-brush and the rib stitching reinforcing tapes. Because of the wing camber, the fabric has to be stitched before final shrinking.

John Kuck made a bunch of 1 1/2 inch lines on the right side cowl - guide lines for future burnishing!

Meanwhile, Russell and I started burnishing the front upper cowl.

That's about an hour's worth of work right there.

Don Barnes sent me more neat old Jenny pictures from the San Diego collection. I'll be sprinkling them throughout the next few blog entries. Hey, I can only take so many boring burnishing pictures, right?

Anyway, the one picture which immediately became of interest is this photo of T. Clayde Ryan in a Jenny. See anything unusual?

Absolutely no windshield! Guess they didn't need it. Also notice the big cockpit cutout.

Just think about this...Claude Ryan's company built Lindbergh's New York to Paris Spirit of St. Louis...with a burnished cowl !!

Lastly, check out this paint scheme. Gotta love the rear cockpit machine gun.

More soon. Enjoy



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