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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Friday, March 09, 2012

Progress

Not a lot to report this week - wife was away in NJ taking care of an elderly aunt so I had full time kid duty all week. Needless to say, with four kids, I didn't spend my usual time at the shop. Plus Ron has been busy all week getting all the myriad of details together for the museum's benefit dance: www.peachstate.com

But, some progress had been made. The first wing is now completely stitched!



Normally, the surface would receive the first coat of Poly Brush prior to rib lacing, but because of the under camber of the wing we were worried about the fabric "bridging" or pulling away from the ribs. So, we decided to do things a little differently.

First, we shrunk the fabric to 200 degrees. Then strips of Poly Brush (about two inches wide) were painted down each rib. Reinforcing strips were run and the ribs stitched.

It worked! When we shrunk the fabric to the required 350 degrees, the fabric stayed tight to the ribs.

I wanted to share more Jenny stuff with you. Remember I mentioned a website about Ivan Wheaton? Well, Kurt Wheaton has been doing a marvelous job publishing Ivan's scrapbook pictures. Even better - he researches the history of each picture too.

Check this out: www.http://ivanpwheaton.blogspot.com

I especially liked this picture. You can clearly can see the early Deperdussin style control wheel in this early Curtiss.



This poor Jenny didn't fair so well.



Hope to publish more later next week.

Cheers

Brian

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