B-17 LIBERTY BELLE SEPTEMBER 2017

Sept 2017

  • Continued work on throttle quadrant
  • All pulley assemblies removed from throttle quadrant
  • Each pulley inspected and serviced where required
  • All pulleys cleaned and repainted
  • Steel pulley shafts cleaned, inspected and polished
  • Phenolic and aluminum spacers and friction discs cleaned and inspected
  • Steel parts zinc plated where needed
  • Stripped throttle quadrant repaired where needed, blasted, and repainted

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Brook’s B-17 SEPTEMBER 2017

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

Aug 2017

  • Continued any work needed on bulkheads 4 & 5.
  • Fabricated bulkhead 4 & 5 stiffeners, gussets and longeron plates.
  • Repainted Stars on C-47.
  • Painted invasion stripes on C-47.
  • Began fabricating control columns for Warner Robins.

Sept 2017

  • Continue work on fabricating control columns for Warner Robins.
  • Continue work on bulkhead 4 & 5 parts.

WARNER-3 WARNER-4WARNER-1 WARNER-2brackets-1 brackets-2 brackets-3 brackets-4 brackets-5 brackets-6 brackets-7 brackets-8 brackets-9 brackets-10 brackets-11C47-4C47-3C47-2C47-1 C47-5 C47-6 C47-7

Brook’s B-17 JULY 2017

June 2017

  • Continued work on bulkheads 4 & 5 hat channels, have 2 plane’s worth cut and ready.
  • Removed usable parts from turret, boxing them to send to Harlan.
  • Removed throttle quadrant parts for Warner Robins.

July 2017

  • Continue any work needed on bulkheads 4 & 5.
  • Fabricate bulkhead 4 & 5 stiffeners, gussets and longeron plates.
  • Fabricate radio support assy for bulkhead 5 (waiting on materials)

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Brook’s B-17 JUNE 2017

May 2017

  • Continue work on bulkheads 4 & 5 hat channels.
  • Removed #6 AD rivets and replaced with #6 DD where required. Waiting on steel to complete.
  • Bulk head hat channel spacers fabricated and heat treated.
  • Began fabrication of bulkhead 4 & 5 pulley brackets.
  • Completed control lock installation.
  • Installed rudder trim indicator.
  • Installed rudder cable at pedal.

June 2017

  • Continue work on bulkheads 4 & 5 hat channels.

BK4-5-1 BK4-5-2 BK4-5-3 BK4-5-4 BK4-5-5 BK4-5-6 BK4-5-7 BK4-5-8 BK4-5-9 BK4-5-10 TRIM-1 TRIM-2

 

Brook’s B-17 MAY 2017

April 2017

  • Outer Wing Repair
    • Unable to now contact Ron Maddox from Ugly Blasters in order to schedule the blasting of the wing section. I have inquiries out to two more companies, awaiting their reply.
  • Bulkhead Channels
    • Bulkhead pieces are still being cut and drilled, with the finished pieces being etched and Alodined.
  • C-47
    • Continued work on installation of newly recovered cockpit panels.
    • Completed repair of inner and outer door.
    • Battery elevators reconditioned including corrosion mitigation.
    • New wooden battery trays constructed.
    • Repair stuck rudder trim tab
  • Bonanza
    • Assisted Bob with replacement of defective nozzle.
    • Fabricated special tool for removal and installation of nozzle. (copy of borrowed tool)

 BULKHEAD-1 BULKHEAD-2C47-1 C47-2 C47-3 C47-4 C47-5 C47-6 C47-7

BONANZA-1 BONANZA-2 BONANZA-3

 

 

Brook’s B-17 APRIL 2017

  • Outer Wing Repair
    • Work continued on repairing the outer wing.
    • I received on quote (out of 4 inquires made) for Dustless Blasting to remove soot and paint. Ron Maddox from Ugly Blasters http://www.uglyblaster.com/contact.html    replied by saying “I believe we could do this but will not know for certain until we blast.   My hourly rates is $150 with a 3 hour minimum.  If you told me to stop after an hour I would still need $450” I explained what we wanted done and sent him pictures of the wing section.  If we want him to come out, we just need to call him a set a date.
  • Work on Throttle Quadrant
    • Work on throttle quadrant is continuing.
  • Bulkhead Channels
    • Bulkhead pieces are being cut and drilled, with great care being taken on the stringer cutouts.

CHANNEL-1 CHANNEL-2 CHANNEL-3 CHANNEL-4 COWL FLAP SELECTOR DOOR-1 DOOR-2 DOOR-3 DOOR-4 DOOR-5 DOOR-6 DOOR-7 DOOR-8 DOOR-9 DOOR-10   DOOR-13 STRIKER-1 STRIKER-2

DOOR-11

DOOR-12

Brook’s B-17 MARCH 2017

February 2017

  • Outer Wing Repair
    • Work continued on repairing the outer wing.
    • Researching the use of Dustless Blasting to remove soot and paint. Waiting for quotes and more information.
  • Work on Throttle Quadrant
    • Work on throttle quadrant has resumed.
    • New panels fabricated, original panels and parts reconditioned where possible.
  • Bulkhead Channels
    • Bulkhead pieces sorted and wrapped. Each bundle represents one bulkhead.  Sets stored on shelves.
    • Began the cutting and drilling process using the fiberglass templates.
  • C-47
    • New cockpit panels fabricated where needed.
    • Modified gear handle latch per Bob.
  • White Tug
    • Rebuilt master cylinder, brakes are operational now.
    • Replaced transmission lines, radiator hoses and belt.
    • Wired alternator and sorted previous wiring problems.
    • Tug is now in service.
  • Bonanza
    • Installed HSI.
    • Installed glare shield.
    • Replaced broken warning horn in glare shield.
    • All work done under supervision by Bob Harless.

March 2017

  • Continue work on the outer wing.
  • Continue work on bulkheads.
  • Continue work on throttle quadrant.
  • Continue assistance where needed on the C-47.
Throttle quadrant under repair/restoration

Throttle quadrant under repair/restoration

THROTTLE-1 THROTTLE-2 THROTTLE-3 THROTTLE-4 THROTTLE-5 THROTTLE-6 THROTTLE-7 THROTTLE-9 THROTTLE-10 THROTTLE-11

C-47 Landing Gear Latch Modification

C-47 Landing Gear Latch Modification

C-47 New Cockpit Panel

C-47 New Cockpit Panel

C-47 New Cockpit Panel

C-47 New Cockpit Panel

Bulkhead blank ready for drilling

Bulkhead blank ready for drilling

Sorted bulkhead sets

Sorted bulkhead sets

Brook’s B-17 FEBRUARY 2017

February 2017

  • Outer Wing Repair
    Work continued on repairing the outer wing.
    We received the hardness tester last week and have begun evaluating the wing’s structure for air-worthiness.
  • Landing Gear Retract Step and Bomb bay lower skin ribs. Completed the starboard side ribs and landing gear retract step. The port side (Lake plane) will be sent to Ray Moore as he has access to a suitable sheer and brake to fabricate the skins.
  • Assisted Bob Harless. Assisted Bob removing ski parts from the C-47

 

February 2017

  • Continue work on the outer wing.
  • Resume work on throttle quadrant.
  • Continue assistance where needed on the C-47.
Outer Wing

Outer Wing

Outer wing bottom skin removal

Outer wing bottom skin removal

Bomb bay-10 Bomb bay-9Original bomb bay lower skin ribs

Original bomb bay lower skin ribs

Bomb bay lower skin rib

bomb bay lower skin ribs

Bomb bay lower skin ribs

Bomb bay lower skin rib. All ribs made from T-3

Bomb bay lower skin rib. All ribs made from T-3

Bomb bay lower skin rib

Bomb bay lower skin rib

Bomb bay lower skin rib

Bomb bay lower skin rib

Bomb bay lower skin rib

Bomb bay lower skin rib

Bomb bay-12Bomb bay lower skin ribs and landing gear retract step

Bomb bay lower skin ribs and landing gear retract step

Bomb bay-7

All ribs completed

 

BROOKS B-17 JANUARY 2017

December 2016

  • Outer Wing Repair
    Work continued on repairing the outer wing.
    We attempted to remove the soot from the wing structure by pressure washing, without much success. We are waiting for the hardness tester to determine if the structure was negatively affected by the fire.
  • Leading Edge, Outer Wing
    Work continues on the outer wing leading edge.
  • Ailerons
    Repairs have been made and new parts fabricated for the ailerons, specifically the trim tab.
  • Bulkhead Hat Channel Jigs
    The fiberglass bulkhead hat channel jigs have been prepared and are ready for use.
  • Pilot/Co-Pilot Seat Shock Cords
    Fabrication of new shock cords for both seats have begun.
  • Landing Gear Retract Steps
    Fabrication of new landing gear retract steps have begun, with one step being completed.
Outer Wing old repair to be repaired correctly

Outer Wing old repair to be repaired correctly

Outer Wing old repair to be repaired correctly

Outer Wing old repair to be repaired correctly

Aileron to be repaired

Aileron to be repaired

Trim Tab Needing Repair

Trim Tab Needing Repair

Trim Tab Needing Repair

Trim Tab Needing Repair

Trim Tab Under Repair

Trim Tab Under Repair

Trim Tab Under Repair

Trim Tab Under Repair

Trim Tab Under Repair

Trim Tab Under Repair

Trim Tab New Gussets

Trim Tab New Gussets

Trim Tab New Rib

Trim Tab New Rib

Trim Tab New Trailing Edge

Trim Tab New Trailing Edge

Trim Tab New Trailing Edge

Trim Tab New Trailing Edge

Seat Shock Cord

Seat Shock Cord

Seat Shock Cord

Seat Shock Cord

Seat Shock Cord Installation

Seat Shock Cord Installation

Landing Gear Retract Step

Landing Gear Retract Step

Landing Gear Retract Step

Landing Gear Retract Step

Landing Gear Retract Step

Landing Gear Retract Step

Landing Gear Retract Step

Landing Gear Retract Step

Landing Gear Retract Step

Landing Gear Retract Step

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

seat-2 seat-3

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

leading-edge-2 leading-edge-3

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

hat-channel-2 hat-channel-3 hat-channel-4

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