Ollie and his grandson Brandon reinforced the staircase and it's railings to make it sturdier and safer.
Then it was repainted.
Steve Martz (left) made another trip up from Pennsylvania to work on the overhead light fixtures for the boxcar. Here he explains the process to Jim McGurn and Kevin.
This is the original non-working rheostat from the plane.
It was Steve's idea to add a modern dimmer switch to the back of the rheostat so it will look and work like the original.
These are several of the new ceiling light fixtures destined to be installed in the aircraft.
Steve's friend and next door neighbor Austin helped assemble the light units.
In spite of the cold weather, Steve went out to the plane and started installing the lights.
Altogether he hooked up ten of the fourteen overhead lights. He'll install the other four another day. The eight floor lights will be added later in the year as other projects have a higher priority.
The lights were amazingly bright, even in broad daylight. Can't wait to see how they look at night!
Meanwhile, Kevin and Paul continued working on the recovering. Paul is finishing up one of the outboard ailerons while Kevin in the background makes progress on the escalator....... er, I mean elevator, or whatever that long thing is called.
As of this writing, one side of the elevator is completely finished.
One urgent need was to cover the openings in the backs of the wings before the birds return this Spring. On a very bright but cold windy day, Paul and I started placing aluminum covers over the openings.
The following week Paul's son Mike (Tan coat) from Grand Rapids Michigan came to visit and was put to work. No such thing as "Just Visiting" around here.
Paul, on the left, had help from Greg, another new volunteer.
Mike finishes up the pop riveting. Both wings are now sealed up.
- We are making plans for the painting of the red color on the boxcar. With the help of Canadian HAG member Bill Reid and volunteers from the Jet Aircraft Museum in London Ontario, we now have the exact color specifications that will match the original paint.
The good folks at JAM are also supplying us with information and drawings for the lettering "ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE" and "AIR TRANSPORT COMMAND" that are missing from the sides of the boxcar.
We are learning quite a bit about our Canadian plane's heritage and proper protocol for displays and this includes music. It is our desire to have a sound system installed in the boxcar someday, and we just might be playing some Canadian music that was popular during the war years. More on this later.