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.