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 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

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.

outter-wing-1outter-wing-3

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