B-17 LIBERTY BELLE NOVEMBER 2017

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

 

Nov 2017

  • Continued on restoration of second throttle quadrant
  • Installed missing pulley assemblies on second throttle quadrant
  • Throttle quadrant decals reproduced and applied on second throttle quadrant
  • Decals reproduced and installed on second mag panel
  • Decals reproduced and installed on second control panel
  • Cut longerons to length

THROTTLE-PULLEY-1 THROTTLE-PULLEY-2 THROTTLE-PULLEY-3THROTTLE-REFURB-2

COVER-FIX-1 KNOB-1 KNOB-2 KNOB-3 PHENOLIC1 PHENOLIC2 THROTTLE-REFURB-1

THROTTLE-REFURB-3 THROTTLE-REFURB-4 THROTTLE-REFURB-5PANEL-1LONGERON-1

 

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 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 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