Charlie helped me do a little hammer work today, it’s a good start, it actually is in a bit better shape than the photo looks.
I have ordered some 1/8” 5052 Aluminum, forming the patch out of that heavy of sheeting is going to take some effort.
I will wait to work out the little imperfections in the sheeting until I have the patch in place.
“There’s always more than you know”.
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No I can't believe it's been that long. I can believe the F-35 landed gear up. That and the junk F-22 that has been cancelled after 25 yrs in development,, A huge waste of money and lives.. The 35 continues to kill pilots because the mal engineered O2 generation system is allowing gas path contaminates to enter the 02 system. The F-22 was a victim of trying to keep pace with software development..Buy the time it caught up and required major airframe modifications to help stabilize the aircraft it was too late. So the Eagle has been upgraded to a new modernized version. Still dominating the skies 50 yrs later. A proven weapon system at 103-0 kill ratio.
Can you believe it has been eight years since I was bugging you with questions about the Flyer?
I had sort of planned on the same approach you sketched out, that row of rivets between the 4 & 5 arrow is the edge of a sheet on the inside that spans the middle seam all the way to the transom, this one is not a single sheet like all the other Feather Crafts I have worked on, that narrow sheet on the outside bottom also spans the center seam all the way to the transom.
By the way, did you see where a F35 was landed wheels up?
With the bow unzipped the damage doesn't look too bad. I don't see much stretching at all. Not really creased either. Stringers look fine. The key is at that one depression. Pull up a stool and stare at that one awhile. Rubber and rawhide first. If I can convince Teonia to visit her parents in Burlington,,I could bring JR's flyer give it a tow down,,,Grab my Moanin chair and help ya massage it for a few days. Maybe start at 1,2 and 3 to get a good reference point for deck height ? Working 4 should raise that stringer to help relieve 5 ? That is a pretty darn good photo to work off of. Just a thought. Are those #6 brazier heads on the seam ? Bring out the 4x...
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Yes be careful Ray, dartboard, beer fridge and cot, I believe Liza will be handing you adoption papers in no time, and dont forget Charlie can eat up his weight in groceries, there goes any profits, if there was even any to begin with, lol