Friday, August 27, 2010

Day Two

Sealing up the aircraft for the trip across the ocean.

This is a $50 dollar piece of 1 1/2 inch thick plywood purchased locally. We'll be using it for framing in the nose gear and bolting it all down to the floor.

"Michel", our oxy-acetylene welder, did a great job for us. Here's his slightly-used tanks.

The wheel base of the airplane won't fit into the width of the container. So, since the right gear (at least) is going to be replaced, we're cutting it off close to the fuselage and welding on a new "leg" and skid. The bar welded closer to the end of the gear leg was a practice piece.

Here's Michel and his assistant working on grinding parts of the support leg.

Tomorrow, with the use of a come-along, the airplane will be placed in the container.


  1. Sounds like Michel is a very competent welder. He was so serious with his job, he didn’t even bother to look at the camera when you snapped a pic of him working. Well, working with a plane needs utter seriousness since the safety of plane and passengers relies on the kind of job the workers had done. :)