BROOKS B-17 DECEMBER 2016

 

The following is an outline of the completed and planned work for the B-17 project.

November 2016

  • Co-Pilot Seat Frame/Track
    The fabricated steel parts for the seat track assembly were zinc plated in house allowing us to complete the final assembly of the seat track and frame.

    • Waiting for parts and materials required to fabricate new shock cords for both seats.
  • Outer Wing Repair The restoration and repair of the outer wing has begun.
    • Waiting on parts and material required to restore outer wing.
    • Repaired flush mount latch
  • Leading Edge, Outer Wing Repair was started on the leading edge.
    • Damaged skin and ribs were removed and the process to fabricate new ribs has begun.
    • Fabricated new skin for outer wing.
  • Bulkhead Hat Channel
    Began the process of completing the hat channel cut/drill fiberglass jigs.
  • Ball Turret Hatch
    Restored the steel ball turret hatch from Liberty Belle and plated necessary hardware.
  • Portable Band Saw
    Refurbished the portable band saw. Its use will eliminate wasted material caused by using the stationary band saw.  The saw will be used to cut the bulkhead hat channels when necessary.

December 2016

  • Outer Wing Repair
    Continue working on repairing the outer wing.
  • Leading Edge, Outer Wing
    Continue the work on the outer wing leading edge.
  • Ailerons
    Repair/fabricate ailerons
  • Bulkhead Hat Channel Jigs
    Finish preparing the hat channel jigs for use.
Newly plated seat track hardware.  The majority of the seat track components were fabricated.

Newly plated seat track hardware. The majority of the seat track components were fabricated.

In-house plating of seat hardware

In-house plating of seat hardware

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Repair of damaged outer wing has begun.

Repair of damaged outer wing has begun.

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New skin

New skin

Aileron actuator and access panel

Aileron actuator and access panel

Restoration of damaged latch

Restoration of damaged latch

 

Repair of the outer wing leading edge has begun

Repair of the outer wing leading edge has begun

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Contour drawing of rib to be fabricated

Contour drawing of rib to be fabricated

Fiberglass cut/drill hat channel jigs

Fiberglass cut/drill hat channel jigs

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Restoration of steel ball turret hatch

Restoration of steel ball turret hatch

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Restoration of old portable band saw

Restoration of old portable band saw

 

 

BROOKS B-17 NOVEMBER 2016

The following is an outline of the completed and planned work for the B-17 project.

  • Reverse Pilot Seat Frame
    We have disassembled and reversed one of the additional pilot seat frames converting it to a co-pilot seat frame. The frame was repaired where required and the missing pieces fabricated per drawings. We are still waiting of the plating kit from Eastwood Company so we can plate the new steel pieces that were fabricated.
  • Armor Plate
    The Pilot and co-pilot armor plates were reproduced from suitable aluminum plate. These “armor” plates were made per drawings and resemble the originals.
  • Light Switch Mount
    The Bulkhead 5 light switch mount was fabricated per the drawings, including appropriate decals, and mounted to the bulkhead 5 section that we have previously constructed.
  • Throttle Quadrant
    Work has begun on restoring the best of the throttle quadrants. New parts are being made as required, original parts that can be restored are being returned to airworthy condition.
  • Hollywood Plane
    The fiberglass cheek window was trimmed and fitted, then painted and riveted to the plane. Also the nose was attached in preparation of the plane’s departure.
  • Carburetor Air Stand
    Continued machining of the inner tracks from bar stock and fabrication of new parts.
  • B17 Fixture
    Rust mitigation was performed on the fixture and accessible sections of the fixture were painted with paint suggest by Ray Moore.
  • Pallet Racks
    Pallet racks were erected allowing us to begin tackling the much needed task of organizing the original B17 parts and clearing floor space for the upcoming work on the wings.
  • Cleaning and Organization
    The disassembled Dyke Lake plane parts have been put on pallets and placed on the rack. Parts that have already been replicated have been kept separate from those parts which await reproduction.
  • P-38 Vertical
    We attached the rudder to the vertical, reproduced missing panels and constructed a stand for the P-38 vertical.

November 2016

  • Co-Pilot Seat Frame/Track
    Once the plating kit arrives we will be able to plate the newly made steel parts and continue with the assembly of the seat track and frame.
  • Wing Repair
    It is our intent to move an outer wing panel to our hanger and begin its restoration.

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Reproduction armor plate

Reproduction armor plate

Carb Air track

Carb Air track

Machined carb air track

Machined carb air track

fixture

fixture

Open floor space for wing

Open floor space for wing

P38 Vertical

P38 Vertical

P38 Panel

P38 Panel

P38 Panel

P38 Panel

Racks

Racks

Seat track

Seat track

Restored Seat

Restored Seat

Seat frame

Seat frame

Seat frame

Seat frame

Machined seat frame parts

Machined seat frame parts

Seat track mock-up

Seat track mock-up

Seat track mock-up

Seat track mock-up

Seat track mock-up internals

Seat track mock-up internals

Seat track mock-up

Seat track mock-up

Seat track components

Seat track components

Machined Seat track components

Machined Seat track components

Hammer formed steel seat track part

Hammer formed steel seat track part

Machined seat track components

Machined seat track components

Machined seat track components

Machined seat track components

Formed spring

Formed spring