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Old 09-13-2017, 06:19 AM
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Wing.
After the LE was secure, the 1/4" thick rib where the wires connect had to be re-glued. The broken 1/4"X1/2" balsa that spanned this rib was replaced with some basswood. That area was re-sheared and new sheeting added to the top and bottom of the wing.
With the structural repairs done, assembly is needed to insure alignment of all parts.

If the shop wasn't such a mess, I could assemble the plane in the shop but I'll have to wait until it stops raining for an outdoor assembly!
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Old 09-15-2017, 08:55 AM
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'Hard part' is done!

While re-assembling the parts, I found the upper struts cross wires were bent with one broken. Some soldering and hand bending fixed those.

Next: cover and paint.
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Old 09-15-2017, 11:38 AM
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Its always great to see a WW1 bird being repaired, and not thrown out ! I have a 1/4 N28 to rebuild this winter, so seeing a 1/3 N28 on the repair is inspirational
I didn't make it to Owatonna this year ... but some of my friends did, and they had a great time as always. Sounds like it was WW1 heaven !

I think the reason for squared edges on trailing edges is it makes the air shear of the edge instead of rolling/wrapping around the curved trailing edge surface. Sort of like if you were jumping a bike of a ramp with a squared off top versus a rounded pile of dirt...I hope that makes sense !
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Old 09-15-2017, 12:44 PM
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Hey Sam,
Looks like you will be ready for next weekend, eh?
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Sam,
Good job on the rebuild. She'll be as good as new and flying again.
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Covering (solartex).

I was surprised that, not only did the new solartex stick to the existing painted covering, but the the heating iron also removed all the wrinkles in the old covering. This made the repair a lot easier, not having to remove all the existing solartex.
If I would have know this, I would have been a little more careful on how much material was cut back on the repairs.
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Solartex is good stuff! Next time you see my N-11, check it out a little closer. It has acquired several patches over the years.
See you at the GCRCC Dawn Patrol/Warbird event this weekend.
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Painting:
What's the chance of a fairly large, dead limb falling down and hitting your wing: about 100% in my case. Fortunately, no damage, it hit the ground, first, and then fell on the wing.

With little over spray, only minimal masking was done for the bottom tan color.
Thick HD Behr 100% exterior acrylic paint was used, thinned down 50% with blue window washer using a 12 dollar harbor freight touch up gun.
After gun cleanup, I realized the top of the stab also needed painting.
And after another gun cleanup, I figured I might as well paint the entire bottom of the the one wing to give it a more uniform look!
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Old 09-21-2017, 10:21 AM
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When it's 87 degrees outside in Ohio, one needs only wait 3 hours before masking off the previous paint application!
Applied the light green, dark green and brown.
Painting done.
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