Here is the current status of our C119 recovering effort;
The two inboard ailerons are finished and ready to be painted.
Both rudders and their trim tabs are completely repaired and ready to go.
In fact, all the trim tabs are done.
These are the two outboard ailerons. We have just started to repair them. The two narrow frames to the immediate right of the ailerons are the trim pieces for the elevator and they are also being fixed.
The biggest piece in our collection, the horizontal elevator, has been completely stripped and is getting some sheet metal repairs made.
Paul is grinding away at one of the numerous access plates that are being repaired or replaced.
He and Ollie had to remove some of the old corroded plates before recovering can be done.
Almost a dozen new metal plates and covers had to be created to seal up many of the openings, some of which we will leave off until the elevator is reinstalled on the aircraft. Then we will securely seal everything.
This is the stubborn bracket and it's old brown bearing that was so corroded and frozen that we had to leave it attached to the elevator until it was lowered to the ground where we could work on it easier. The green piece to the left is Ollie's custom made replacement for the old bearing.
Ollie made this bearing using a thick piece of nylon material which he cut with a hole saw to the approximate size he needed.
After drilling a center hole, he carefully shaved and cut the piece to the exact size needed to fit the bracket.
The new "bearing" was then pressed into place.
With the placement of a retaining ring, the bracket is now ready for use.
The repairing and recovering of all these pieces will continue through the winter so we can apply aluminum paint in the Spring. Along with this work, we are planning for this years outdoor projects. We intend to get the control surfaces reinstalled and the red-orange paint done this year, maybe even before the airshow. This will be a major improvement to the exterior appearance of the airplane. Several other projects are also in work, for both the inside and outside of the aircraft, but more on that later.