Monday, March 19, 2012
March 18 Gil Bourrier, Rick Riewe Paul Dyck and Jill checked each rib, spar, fitting...on the lower left wing one last time to confirm all repairs have now been completed before beginning the varnishing process. By late last night two coats of two-part epoxy varnish (donated by Rick and Jill) had been applied, waiting 8 hours between coats.
We are now looking for about 32' (four 8' lengths) of steel cable for the aileron control system, if you or someone you know has some aircraft grade cable left over from another project you'd like to donate, let us know.
We are also planning to replace the pitot tubing on the lower right wing and are looking for flexible tubing and aluminum tubing.
Friday, March 16, 2012
The Winnpeg area RAA, Brandon RAA, Brandon CATP Museum, and Springfield Flying Club hosted a fabric covering workshop March 15th at the RAA Workshop Final Assembly Building, Lyncrest Airport.with Gil Bourrier and Henry Riege (from Oak Hammock Airport). Avid builders, designers, and pilots shared fabric covering tips and practised their rib stitching in preparation for covering the Tiger Moth ailerons and wings. March 15, 2012
Steve, Gil, Steve, Bob, George, John, Jim, Harry, Ben, Jill, Don (left to right) are a few of the 15 people attending the workshop.
Henry Riege demonstrating how not to use bias tape - if you pull the tape it will stretch and deform so just lay it on the curved edge, clamp it in position, without pulling or stretching it. Jack Sauerbrei, Henry Riege, Peter Moodie and Jim Oke helping.
Congratulations Gil!! RAA President, Jim Oke awarded Gil Bourrier the ARRO Award during the business meeting at the end of the fabric covering workshop, acknowledging the many years of volunteer service Gil has provided to the RAA.
The lower left aileron needed the trailing edge straightened, cap strips re-glued and fabric wraps removed to avoid trapping moisture. It is now finished with three coats of varnish and is curing for at least 7 days before covering with fabric. The part numbers, identification plate, and original hand written drawing number were documented in preparation for covering. Thought you might enjoy seeing what these 70+ year-old markings looked like...once its re-covered, these markings will be hidden again for who knows how many more decades.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Checking over the lower left wing's unique characteristics.
Coiled steel sleeves used on drag and anti-drag wires
Cutting rib stitching while removing fabric.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Cap strip repairs on the lower left wing have slowly been fitted, steamed, dried to curved silhouette, glued and clamped into position.
Volunteers include builders and neighbours who drop in when they have a couple of hours to help, let the Restoration Team know if you'd like to volunteer too.