It was time to finish up the ramps. Paul rolled out the top covering material while Kevin and George discuss the work approach.
Paul carefully measured out the pieces needed for both ramps.
George and Kevin prepared the base boards and carefully placed the cut pieces on top.
Then Inside the hangar, Paul, Bob C. and I temporarily placed the edging on the assemblies to keep everything in place.
There is an adhesive on the bottom side of the covering so they were brought outside into the sun to warm them up and smooth the top surface.
Next they were clamped together and left to set for a while.
Paul and Ray worked on the clamping.
The tops were then secured to the bottom frames with stainless hardware.
The ramps are now finished! You will see them in use at this year's air show.
While all this was going on, I and others were hard at work masking the plane for painting. The red paint goes on next. On the port side, someone had removed all the markings years ago, so I had to measure and redraw them first.
Richard Curtis and a new volunteer, Zack, helped mask the "Flash" on the boxcar's sides.
Kevin also helped with the masking on the starboard side.
That's Richard under the plane. He is sealing up openings with sheet metal to keep out all the bugs and critters.
Kevin's cousin Tom Stroh has added more electronics to the radioman's station on the flight deck. It's really beginning to look good!
All of us on the C119 Crew have other museum duties besides the boxcar. Bob C. and Ollie have been updating the JLG lift. It just got an oil change and lube job. A solenoid was repaired and the alternator was rebuilt. This machine's health is critical to us as it enables us to reach the higher areas of the boxcar.
Now we are watching the weather. On dry days we will continue cleaning and masking the areas getting the red paint. Our next report will cover that.