Work has begun on the jig table but in the mean time, no restoration can be started without pouring over drawings. Luckily, I was able to obtain a bunch of them from World War I Aero and a rather rare set of drawings from Mark Zilinski in Chicago.
The front of the fuselage structure was crushed so a new spider plate has to be made. This is the drawing we used for a reference.
Let me introduce my neighbor, Alex Hansen. He is one of those "computer types" who mentioned he would gladly convert that drawing into an AutoCad file. I wasted no time utilizing his talents.
Here is the piece we will be making, the picture taken from a Nieuport parts catalog.
Alex finished the AutoCad drawing and I ordered a piece of 3ft x 4 ft piece of 4130 steel in .125 in thickness. Once it arrives, I will take it to the local water jet cutter.
On a side note, the airplane is finished in the colors of one of the founders of the famed Lafayette Escadrille. Victor Chapman was an interesting character from a wealthy family in New York who died in combat.
His father published a book about his life which I have started reading.
You can actually read it for free here:
More soon. Enjoy.