1938 BOEING STEARMAN Project

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

 

Fabric work

 

Throttle Quadrant Before

 

Throttle Quadrant After

 

Primer before restoration

 

Primer after

 

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.

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