Work on the engine cowling is moving ahead and looking good. Many more rivets to be laid out, drilled, dimpled and squeezed. To attach the cowling, a cable and turnbuckle system was used on the original aircraft. Reproducing this arrangement has been interesting. Making a “bead and groove” in the aft edge of the cowl panel and its support ring went well. Aligning them with each other took some forethought and a little builder’s luck. Lastly came fabricating the securing cable with a turnbuckle for tightening.
There were a few anxious moments when we put all of the pieces, panels and fairings made over the past year together for a trial fit. (see photos)
On father’s day weekend for the last 13 years or so, WWI replica aircraft builders and enthusiasts gather in Gardner KS for a fun fly-in with people coming from all over the country.
Last year when our Morane made its début, the fuselage had fabric installed and was up to a silver finish coat for UV protection. (photos) This will be our 2nd visit to the Gardner event. The team’s aim has been to make progress that would be easily seen by last year attendees. The attatched photos will give an idea of how easy it is to see progress.
Colorful camo schemes were the standard in WWI. Unfortunately color photography didn’t exist and detailed drawings of color schemes are rare. Working from black & white photos and an occiasional drawing with colors written in, here’s what we think these aircraft really looked like.
Don’t let appearance fool you, we’ve still got a lot of work left to do before engine runs and taxiing!