Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lower Spider plate

Since Brian Eberle was not out looking for forest fires from the air today (his job), he offered to help work on the Nieuport.  We welded the lower spider plate reinforcement plate.

Also, I stumbled across a video of this Nieuport flying at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in 1994.

Here is the link :

It looks like a different paint scheme than the Chapman colors.  Perhaps ORA can shed some light on this.

More I keep welding.



Thursday, July 14, 2016

Out of the jig !!!

I must say, Wicks sure impressed me.  I ordered the 7/8 in square tubing online Sunday and a long box arrived here on Wednesday.  Not bad...

Anyway, the new tubing was quickly tack welded in place and the fuselage was ready to come out of the jig !

For fun, we added the turtledeck and tail feathers.  Who could not resist a chance to sit in the cockpit.

Now it is time to finish weld all the new clusters.  From there, the cabane struts need to be fabricated as well as the landing gear.

Another update soon.  It was a pretty exciting night.



Sunday, July 10, 2016

station 2

Made a lot of progress today.  The four tubes that make up Station 2 were fitted and tack welded into place.

This station will hold the rear mount for the LeRhone engine.

Also, the Station 2 cross member was fitted into place.  I would have kept going, but I underestimated the amount of 7/8 in square tubing I needed and I ran out !  Gotta call Wicks tomorrow.

It's beginning to look like an aeroplane!

More soon as the tubing arrives.