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.

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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

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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 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