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Archive for January, 2009
Posted by CaseySP | Jan 01, 2009 @ 06:57 AM | 6,974 Views
Well, as I said in part 1, there was a twist to the tale. The P47 hit the dust again, this time it was my fault from a dud hand launch, leading to a torque roll into the ground. The nose was broken (but not as bad as last time), firewall destroyed, the cowel broken and flattened, the port (left) wing broke off and the port (left) tailplane was cracked at the fuselage and the top and bottom had separated at the trailing edge (perversely this proved to be a bonus).

I put it aside for a number of months while I flew my Alfa Corsair and MiG15, and worked on the GWS FW190 making it look more like an Alfa and less like a GWS.

Repairs were carried out much as before. The wing spar was doubled with a cut down ice-block stick, the wing skins doubled with 3mm depron along the breaks and the push rod straightened and re-fitted.

The tailplane was fixed by inserting a carbon rod through the opened up trailing edge to act as a spar, the elevator re-glued to the spruce joiner, and finally the trailing edge was resealed.

The cowel was fixed by taping up the inside, CA, and light weight filler. The outside was then covered in a layer of silkspan and WBPU. The fuselage was patched with depron, cracks filled with lightweight filler and given a good sand.

Finally, a new balsa battery tray was made up to replace the original ply one which was damaged after the crash. The new one is a copy of the one fitted to the Alfa MiG15. And of course a bungee hook is now fitted so this...Continue Reading