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Zeus-cat
11-27-2009, 09:43 AM
For the last few weeks we have been trying to install the seat bead to strengthen the seat. By stretching and shrinking the bead we made we can bend it open or closed to fit it around the curves of the seat. Once in place we clamped it and let it sit for a week.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/01SeatBack.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/02SeatSide.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/03SeatFront.jpg

The bend around the front corner was the most difficult. Not only did it turn 90 degrees very quickly, but we also had to twist the bead inwards about 20 degrees as the front of the seat slopes downward.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/04SeatBead1.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/05SeatBead2.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/06SeatBead3.jpg

Here are a few photos of the throttle quadrant a different team has been rebuilding.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/01ThrottleQuadrant.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/02ThrottleQuadrant.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/03ThrottleQuadrant.jpg

I moved the throttles around so you can get a better idea of how the pilots can control each of the engines seperately, or just the engines on the left or right side, or all four at once.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/04ThrottleQuadrant.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/05ThrottleQuadrant.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/06ThrottleQuadrant.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/07ThrottleQuadrant.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/08ThrottleQuadrant.jpg

And Frank has been working on the nose art for the Champaign Lady. Urbana is in Champaign County in Ohio, hence the name.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/NoseArt.jpg

Zeus-cat
11-27-2009, 09:43 AM
For the last few weeks we have been trying to install the seat bead to strengthen the seat. By stretching and shrinking the bead we made we can bend it open or closed to fit it around the curves of the seat. Once in place we clamped it and let it sit for a week.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/01SeatBack.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/02SeatSide.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/03SeatFront.jpg

The bend around the front corner was the most difficult. Not only did it turn 90 degrees very quickly, but we also had to twist the bead inwards about 20 degrees as the front of the seat slopes downward.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/04SeatBead1.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/05SeatBead2.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/06SeatBead3.jpg

Here are a few photos of the throttle quadrant a different team has been rebuilding.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/01ThrottleQuadrant.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/02ThrottleQuadrant.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/03ThrottleQuadrant.jpg

I moved the throttles around so you can get a better idea of how the pilots can control each of the engines seperately, or just the engines on the left or right side, or all four at once.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/04ThrottleQuadrant.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/05ThrottleQuadrant.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/06ThrottleQuadrant.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/07ThrottleQuadrant.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/08ThrottleQuadrant.jpg

And Frank has been working on the nose art for the Champaign Lady. Urbana is in Champaign County in Ohio, hence the name.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/NoseArt.jpg

Treetop64
11-27-2009, 10:45 AM
Where is this restoration taking place?

Zeus-cat
11-27-2009, 10:49 AM
The restoration is being done in Urbana, Ohio. Take a good look at the nose art. That is a map of Ohio and Urbana is the only city shown on the map.

jarink
11-27-2009, 12:38 PM
Great stuff, Zeus-cat! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Love the attention to details like that, even though 99.9999% of the people that will see the finished product wouldn't know the difference.

Why can't anyone restore a B-17 somewhere that's close enough for me to drive? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

RaceguyOSU
11-27-2009, 02:31 PM
Hey Zeus-cat.

The work looks great! I live in Centerville and have thought of stopping in for a look. Are visitors welcome and if so when would be a good time?

Ed

Zeus-cat
11-27-2009, 05:12 PM
Visitors are welcome any time the hangar is open. I believe they work on the plane every weekday and Saturday except on holidays. I don't go there then, so I can't give you a schedule. I work on the plane Thursday nights from about 5:30 to 8:00; although sometimes we have to cancel or reschedule.

If you are interested in coming up on a Thursday night I can give you my home or work email and you can ask if we will be there on a particular night. The last 2 weeks we did Tuesdays becuase Frank had a meeting Thursday 2 weeks ago and this week was Thanksgiving. We should be back to Thursdays for a while. We can always use help.

DrHerb
11-27-2009, 05:35 PM
Awesome work! And tothink these things were mass produced in the thousands!

ElAurens
11-27-2009, 11:51 PM
I live in Bowling Green, I should really drive down there...


Keep up the good work!