Work has continued through the winter in spite of the cold, the workshop has been barely above freezing at times, (the Conservation volunteers are a hardy bunch). We are looking forward to the completion of 16m at the end of this year to be able to work in dry, relatively warm conditions. The aircraft will eventually be able to be assembled as a complete aircraft with the extra space.
Here is the new instrument panel in place (unpainted).
We are progressively trimming the new moulded Perspex glazings, the white paper covering is to prevent the new glazings from scratches.
In the previous report (located below this report) we mentioned that we had a missing Tail-plane wingtip, but were able to make a replacement by copying the one we had. Below you can see both wingtips fitted one is complete the other wooden leading edge manufacture is underway.
The task of making the parts for the major structure at the rear of the fin is underway. This structural beam when assembled will then support the hanging of the rudder.
You can see below some of the many parts required to be made from scratch prior to assembly.
You may remember the picture of the elevators from the last newsletter, see below.
And now you can see below this elevator is now resembling an aircraft flying control, almost ready for painting and covering with fabric.
With work progressing on the current aircraft parts we have in the workshop it was time to fetch the centre wing from one of the outbuildings next to the Brabazon hangar. This centre wing is the heart of the aircraft as all major parts are bolted to it. See the picture below of the move.
And now horizontal in16R. There is a huge amount of work required to complete the structure of the centre wing. When it is complete we will be able to bolt the cockpit on to the front and the tail fuselage and tail-plane on the back. Then fit the landing gear and eventually the engines and outer wings.
The unrestored side of the Tram was showing signs of deterioration so a survey was carried out by a specialist conservator. Following the recommendations and obtaining donations from The Idlewild Trust and The Aurelius Charitable Trust we commissioned the conservation works.
Several areas needed attention: The roof, the rear stairs (missing) top step, the windows were slipping and the side panel was bowed and crumbling in areas.
A roof plank was replaced as was the step. See below the step that was replaced.
The structure under the side panel was in remarkably good condition considering it is more than 100 years old.
Formers were made to support he bowed side panel and the original panel was replaced. The replaced or repaired areas are deliberately obvious so there is no doubt what is original.