Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Turtledeck covered

I thought I had the fuselage ready to cover, but I gave it one more look and found a few missing cotter keys, etc.  Now that those items are complete, the fuselage is truly ready for cover....

So, fabric was draped over the turtledeck and here we go!  Since the turtledeck is kind of flimsy on its own, I wanted to cover it in place.  

The front and back edges were glued in place with some Poly Tack and the iron (set to 250 degrees) shrunk the fabric around the curve.  The excess fabric was trimmed and glued to the front of the baggage compartment. Then the sides were glued in place.

 Then the entire turtledeck was shrunk to 250 degrees.  This took out any visible waviness.

 Perimeter glued in place - first shrink complete. 

Then the turtledeck was removed.  Using the iron, the excess was shrunk around the edges. 

Then the fabric was Poly Tack'ed to the bottom.

 And trimmed with a blade.

To ensure everything fit perfectly, I put the turtledeck back on the fuselage and made the final shrink at 350 degrees.

Looks great!  

 Here is the front side.

Side view.

Yesterday, David Harwell (owner of Barnstormers Workshop) found a Johnson Airspeed Indicator for me!  This will attach to one of the wing struts.  It is nice to have nice friends.  Thanks, Dave!

Paint scheme - still dreaming about it.  But I did find this picture from Microsoft Flight Simulator - looks familiar!  How did they know we were going to paint the Jenny this way?

Also found this picture.  Those FlightSim guys are all right.

More soon




Blogger recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Hey Brian, I've been following along for not a year but many months now and don't think I ever commented. I just wanted to say your blog and photography and the Jenny project is one of the coolest things on the web.

Thanks for taking the extra time to document in such detail for all of us readers.

Best of luck and regards,

7:15 PM  
Blogger Brian Karli said...

Thanks Mike! Glad you like it. Hope to post more soon.


1:51 PM  

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