HERE I WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT WHAT PROJECTS I WILL BE WORKING ON TO COMPLETE THIS SITE 

 

I HAVE BEGUN THE DESIGN AND BUILDING OF THE CENTER SWITCH PANEL AND RIGHT SIDE FIRE CONTROL PANEL, TO GO ALONG WITH THE MAIN PANEL. SOME TIME IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE I WILL BE OFFERING DETAILED PLANS FOR THESE TWO PANELS. PLS SEE THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS FOR DETAILS. HAVE A FAIR BIT TO DO HERE BUT 3D MODELS ARE WELL ON THE WAY FOR THE SWITCH PANEL AND I HAVE ALSO BEGUN THE FIRE CONTROL PANEL, TIME ALLOWING.

MY NEWLY COMPLETED SWICH PANEL SITS ON A TEMPORARY PLYWOOD BOX.  NEW ALUMINUM BOX SHOULD BE HERE WITHIN A COUPLE OF WEEKS AND I WILL ADD IT THEN.

NEWLY MACHINED TOGGLE BAR ASSEMBLY IS BOLTED TO THE TWO MAG SWITCHES. IT STILL NEEDS TO BE PAINTED RED AND ENGRAVED.

3D REPRESENTATION OF THE B-17 G FIRE CONTROL PANEL THAT I AM CURRENTLY DESIGNING AND BUILDING. I HOPE TO HAVE THESE UNITS AVAILABLE BY THE FIRST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER. THEY ARE A PERFECT MATCH FOR THE ORIGINAL B-17 FIRE CONTROL PANEL.

THIS IS THE REBUILT FIRE CONTROL PANEL FROM A B-17 THAT IS CURRENTLY BEING REBUILT FROM SCRATCH

THIS IS WHAT THE COWL FLAP PANEL LOOKED LIKE WHEN I GOT IT.

THE SECRET HERE IS TO DISMANTLE EVERYTHING AND CLEAN ALL THE PARTS WELL, PAYING ATTENTION TO FILING ANY BURRS OR NICKED EDGES. THEN TAKE SOME #400 GREEN EMERY PAPER AND LIGHTLY ROUGHEN THE SURFACE OF THE PLATE. GIVE IT A COUPLE OF COATS OF MEDIUM GLOSS BLACK ENAMEL AND LET IT DRY WELL. THEN SPREAD A FULL SHEET OF THAT 400 PAPER OUT ON THE FLATTEST SURFACE YOU CAN FIND, GLASS BEING THE BEST. RUB THE PAINTED SURFACE OF THE PLATE CAREFULLY BACK AND FORTH, CHECKING EVERY FEW STROKES AS THE LETTERING REAPPEARS AS IF BY MAGIC......I LOVED THIS TRICK, WISH YOU COULD DO THAT TO A 57 CHEVY THAT EASY :-))


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