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levier last won the day on October 17 2016

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  1. Micha... pure artistry!
  2. This is turning out to be PE bonanza! Really nice work there Danny.
  3. yep... some heavy mojo apparent here. Beautiful!
  4. I was confident you could do it with effective subtle method... ausgezeichnet!
  5. Probably right
  6. It's crazed really badly. Get some 600 grit on it. I sat in it and closed it. The windscreen is better, yellowed w delamination evident. You cannot go by the pics on it.
  7. Nice work Jeroen!
  8. you read my mind... nice! I did a bit of research in some documents I received from the curatorial staff. During the initial repair work on the tail in 1992, it was discovered that the Wright Field engineering had made some structural "enhancements" to the wooden tail unit. Apparently they believed the structure was compromised, and they attempted to bolster it with steel plates internally, (which resulted in moving the horizontal stab several inches forward.) The steel plates were removed and the tail restored to its original configuration during the restoration/ repair by NASM. This would explain why you see the patch work of lighter paint on the fuselage around the stab.
  9. Good news on that image! I don't think most of the people who work at NASM restoration shop have ever seen the top of those wings. Some who are long retired... maybe. What that image does show is the preservative oil leaking through the skin panel joints.
  10. Ausgeseichnet! (Hope I spelled that right)
  11. Jeroen, I would have to agree... the stab and elevator would be a major undertaking, as can see in the following pics. You never know though, you could get motivated someday. You have the technique to replicate the wood (seen it!) just lots of scratch work involved. As an aside, one of the things you and Jim have done here with the site upgrade (I think) that is a big improvement is image storage. Not having to find a third party to upload to and link really helps, and provides long term image stability on site. Forget about the colors here... these were shot under green shop lighting, with daylight film, and a strobe with a gold insert... crazy mix. The structures and repair is of interest. I think the red stuff is used in original construction and by shop foreman Rich Horigan in the repair work. It is likely a high build primer. Also of note, the stab leading edge is a composite of pressed cellulose products, the elevator torque tube is a laminate of wood, with a riveted aluminum flange. These were taken in June 1992 on my first visit at Garber, trying to establish some credibility with them for a book I eventually published on the topic. The airframe pics were about ten years later! Sorry, I have nothing of the wings. they were in storage, and inaccessible at the time I was there. Cheers!
  12. Jeroen, It just occured to me I have pics of the partially restored stab and elev. Will post shortly
  13. Really excellent rendition of the subject. Great work on the tail, and the interim repair work.
  14. Looking very nice Cees...