Spent the afternoon with Miss D and this smart guy she grabbed from the Aleutians - we went to get tools then he showed us all kinds of neat tricks to put the wings of her Taylorcraft back together.. I do believe that thing will fly yet.
It's a neat look back at history, actually. The thing was put together before WWII - she showed me once the gap in the logbook after 12/7/41 - nation-wide groundings didn't start on 9/11/01. The wing ribs look for all the world like a '40's truss bridge in miniature. Our gracious instructor was describing the intricacies of the engine - how this part was from a contemporary car, that part from a tractor. Even the bracing and various bits and bobs filling the bins around the room were still for the most part hand-welded from raw stock, rather than pulled out as whole custom castings. Simpler times indeed.
The whole creation feels so much more ... raw... than the glistening UAA Katanas or the polished Cessnas purring around the field. Not how I expected to spend the day, but it was sure an education - and fun, to boot!
Now to get those ribs done so we get 'em mounted - then the real fun starts putting the wings together. And one of these days, we'll actually get her bird in the air.
One piece at a time.