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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Location: Peachtree City, Georgia, United States

Sunday, June 24, 2012


 Originally, the top cowling on the OX-5 Jennies had a simple cut edge which seemed to me to be rather flimsy.  But, since our cowl fits the Hisso engine, I decided to make a wire edge around the cylinder banks.  This added strength in this area.


Also, lots of time was spent getting everything lined up for final drilling. 

 First, small pilot holes were drilled into the wood.

Then, larger holes were drilled into the sheet metal and a #6 brass screw was put in place.  During the final assembly, small brass washers will be put under the head of each screw.

All the holes were drilled for the lower, side, upper and cockpit cowls.  Here is where we stand today:

The fuselage is just about ready to cover.  We have a few more odds and ends yet - riveting the windshields and adding the leather straps around the top cowl - but we are getting close.




Blogger Al said...

I am amazed at how good the Jenny looks with the machined cowlings. Combined with the varnished wood, it seems to look better than the original assembly line models produced so many years ago.

Really inspiring work, Brian. Wish I could be thee to see it in person.


6:42 AM  
Blogger Brian Karli said...

Thanks, Al. I kinda like the machined look too. We will keep pressing on!


7:01 AM  

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