Tools used in restoration of G-BREY

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Fuselage front rotating jig

front rotate jig1.jpg (34137 bytes) front rotate jig5.jpg (29016 bytes) The jig bolts on to the engine mounting bolts. 
front rotate jig2.jpg (36774 bytes)
front rotate jig3.jpg (27553 bytes) front rotate jig4.jpg (22558 bytes) Because the fuselage needs to tilt as well as rotate, a swivel is incorporated.  A bolt is used to lock the fuselage in the position required.

Fuselage aft rotating jig

aft-rotate-jig5.jpg (39659 bytes) aft-rotate-jig4.jpg (50420 bytes) The upstand design is similar to the front rotating jig.

Aileron spar drilling jig

aileron_drilling_jig2.jpg (6908 bytes) aileron_drilling_jig.jpg (8244 bytes) New aileron spars are required, so I designed a drilling jig to get all the holes in the right place.  Sample piece of wood shows correct alignment.

Beadblasting equipment

beadblasting8.jpg (81721 bytes) Bead blasting those smaller components using a bench-mounted cabinet... beadblasting2.jpg (52086 bytes) ...and doing the fuselage outside with a portable system. (the horizontal ladder supports black plastic sheeting to limit overspray)

Stabiliser alignment jig

stab-jig1.jpg (41257 bytes) stab-jig2.jpg (42749 bytes) Made from one long piece of random box section, and one long piece (84") of 5/16 bar welded as one, which is then sawn at the appropriate positions to fit into the stabiliser hinges.  This ensures the 5/16 stubs are in line, good and true.
stab-fit6.jpg (34024 bytes) The view of the stabiliser jig end-on, being used in anger for the drilling of the stabiliser attach holes.

Fin alignment jig

fus-fabric16.jpg (43027 bytes) I  made a fin alignment jig, to ensure that the fin remains vertical when taughtening the fabric.

Dummy aft trim pulley

fairlead-aft-trim1.jpg (50741 bytes) View showing dummy rig for aft trim pulley, so as to set up the correct operating system of the trim.

Barium Chromate paste

Duralac.jpg (52207 bytes) I am using Pigeon Poo (my colloquial term for "Duralac" barium chromate paste) for sealing rivets, screws, and any other application where dissimilar metal corrosion may occur, and also between wood and metal components.  I will be using it to protect all my steel bolts through wood spars, aluminium, etc.  Available from Aeronautical or Nautical suppliers.  Excellent stuff.

Linseed oil injection using syringe

linseed2.jpg (31675 bytes) Injecting linseed oil into the sternpost, using a vetinerary syringe, with the wickedly sharp point removed.

Fabric work:

Calibrated iron

fus-fabric4.jpg (53740 bytes) Calibration of the iron, using heat-sink compound to ensure good contact between the iron plate & thermometer.


fus-fabric21.jpg (71381 bytes) Those little T-Pins, available from covering suppliers, are virtually useless I bent mine (with padded pliers) to get them through the fabric.  They leave quite a large hole, so only insert them where a covering tape will later go.

Edge marker

pencil-lines2.jpg (81370 bytes) pencil-lines3.jpg (24487 bytes) I made a little tool to help me mark the finishing tape pencil lines.

Old credit card

fus-fabric43.jpg (30442 bytes) Applying the tapes is a lot easier using an old credit card to squeegee the pink goo through and provide a smooth finish.


fus-fabric62.jpg (57212 bytes) I keep my little 1/2" glue brushes in a tall thin sealed glass jar (in my case a soy-sauce bottle) with a little MEK in the bottom, this keeps the brush from drying out.
Photo also shows the ubiquitous Sharpie pen, invaluable for marking out aluminium.   But NEVER fabric.
SlipRolls1.jpg (30316 bytes) I decide to remake the slip rolls I acquired, by making longer rolls. 
fus-fabric63.jpg (34911 bytes) I use wordworking bits to cut large diameter (up to 32mm) holes in aluminium, I relieve the flat cutting face so as to cut a circular disc from the material. fus-fabric53.jpg (28042 bytes) Result
scotchbrite1.jpg (54834 bytes) All my aluminium work is finished using a Scotchbrite wheel attached to my bench grinder.  This finishes off edges very well, smoothing and deburring,  Available from good suppliers, or ask your local RV builder where he gets his. Gloster Air Parts if you are in England.
extractor1.jpg (52309 bytes) extractor2.jpg (58781 bytes) extractor3.jpg (45936 bytes) I have borrowed an extractor fan from friends at the Club...and modified it to fit inside a box, with 12" diameter inlet and exhaust hoses which connect to circular flanges made on my new set of slip rolls.

fus-fabric70.jpg (43583 bytes) Here's a nice little stirrer that Aircraft Spruce do for mixing, and for stirring up the mud from the bottom of the gets right underneath the rim (as the bishop said to the actress)...
fus-fabric71.jpg (52934 bytes) ...and the pouring lids are very useful too.

skarsten.jpg (56657 bytes) Skarsten scraper...for removing old varnish from spars.


SlipRolls1.jpg (30316 bytes) Slip rolls with longer rolls.



spraying-parts.jpg (101953 bytes) Remember that mesh?  Spraying small parts over a mesh stops them blowing away. Home