This is a bit of a change from the usual Homebuilt Projects that I've been doing in the past. I'm now an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, and this seems like a good project to tackle.
I found this project right on the Wetaskiwin airport, so transfer home was very easy, just pushed/carried it across the taxiway
Stearman project as found
Above photo is what she looked like when spraying
This is what (I hope) she will look like when finished. Same engine and paint scheme.
Photos below are most recent at the top
Tail in first colour. Just figuring out stripes.
Left top wing finished
Left top wing taping
Left top wing rib stitching
Left top wing, preparing for rib stitching
Aileron final colour
Aileron sprayed in Poly Brush
Wing final colour, just the isignia left to spray
Wing initial colour. Due to the final colour being yellow, a coat of white must be applied or it will require many more coats of yellow.
Poly Spray after 3 cross coats
First spray coat (Poly Brush)
Wing tapes completed, now heat smoothing. Spend more time with an iron on airplanes than I do on clothes
Rib Stitching every two inches
Wing during repair, lots of wood work, new trailing and leading edges
Throttle Quadrant Before
Throttle Quadrant After
Primer before restoration
The vertical stabilizer is in good shape, just clean the dust off
Horizontal Stabilizer getting new leading edge skins.
All controls after rebuild
The left aileron required a complete rebuild.
The left aileron parts
Fuel tank and tail parts.