John Kuck met me at the hangar and we started the beading process. John came up with a great modification to the guide which I will document in another post.
The beading machine at work.
Gary Shell was busy rib stitching the wings but I stole him for a minute to hold the cowl for the picture. Notice the beading. The lower beads have to be made next.
One thing we debated was the fit between the side cowl and the front cockpit cowl. Old pictures showed the cockpit cowl overlapping the side cowl. This just seemed backwards because you will remove the side cowl more often than the cockpit cowl. So, we looked to the original cowl for clues.
By the discoloration and the fretting, you can see where the cockpit cowl rubbed on the outside of the side cowl! There was our answer.
Progress as of today:
Gary was finishing up rib stitching the second wing. Two down. Two to go.
Busy at work the next few days. Expect another blog entry sometime around the middle of next week.