This month was a good opportunity to install some of the goodies we had overhauled and to get started on the fabric covering.
1. We have completed the fabrication of the rudder cable support tube that mounts in the rear fuselage and guides the cables to the rudder. The tube has been fabricated from the original pattern and installed in the rear fuselage.
2. The long range fuel tank vent pipes have been removed from the remains of bulkhead 3 and 4, repaired and repainted.
3. We have refurbished the navigators cold air ducting, valve and punka louver. Valve and punka louver disassembled, paint stripped, felt seals replaced, reassembled and repainted. Ducting cut at the original weld locations as required to allow access for pushing out dents etc. The ducting welded back together and painted. New retaining clips have been made and the assembly installed in the cockpit. Pilots cold air duct mounting ferrules located and drilled out on left hand side cockpit wall..
4. We have installed the instrument panel centre pedestal in the cockpit with its relevant bracketry. The body of the main hydraulic selector has been mounted in the pedestal to aid with the hydraulic plumbing layout.
5. The aileron trim cable and main control cable pulley brackets along with the elevator layshaft bearing blocks have been installed in the cockpit.
6. We have completed refurbishment of 8 fuselage interior lights. We have fabricated 3 circular Perspex panels for the downward ident lights in the rear fuslege. The angle brackets and the cannon/bomb door hinge brackets have been permanently fitted to the L/H fuselage side panels.
7. A number of hydraulic components have been completed this month thanks to the return of the steel parts from the platers and these have been installed in the fuselage to aid plumbing. New steel balls fitted in the flow and relief valves. Ten sets of pipe clamp blocks and attach plates refurbished.
8. Replacement kick plates cut from phenolic sheet made to fit below the rudder pedals in the cockpit.
9. We have begun fabric covering the fuselage components and have completed the cannon doors and the L/H bomb door and these are now ready for the silver dope.
The horizontal components are now all completed and these parts are being assembled together and onto the spars. The horizontal consists of a front and rear spar, nose rib and leading edge section and a rear section that fairs in the elevators. The elevators have been mounted to the rear spar assy and the fairing support ribs have been located so as provide the correct gap between the skin and elevator.
The mains spars have been mounted in the jig and the mounting and elevator attachment holes have been drilled.
The laminations for the wing have all be cut in the specail multiblade slitting saw and these are now ready to be scraferd and laminated on the recently completed lamination jigs.
The tooling for the wing ribs is also complete, so work has progressed on the fabrication of the wing ribs and a num,ber of the smaller less complex ribs have been basically formed.
By the end of this month we should see the horizontal ready for skinning and perhaps one skin fitted, and most of the wing ribs well underway with some completed.