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Chris Durand
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#1 Posted: 9/1/2010 21:36:25

Hey everyone!

I really need some help with this one. My grandfather was the designer and builder of the Durand Mk V. He recently passed away and I have purchased the plane.

I need to take the wings of to transport it. The plane is a biplane I have included a photo. My questions are..

1. Can I take the wing struts out and expect the wings to support themselves without struts?

2. Should I support the wings before taking the struts out?

3. what do you suggest the best way to do this is?

My grandfather was a long time member of EAA and spoke at Oshgosh a few times. I guess its fault that I am an avaiation fanantic!

Here is a link about the plane... Durand MkV Biplane 

Thanks, Chris Durand


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Ron Wanttaja
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#2 Posted: 9/2/2010 09:07:45

Your problem is somewhat similar to folding the wings on a Fly Baby... how do you hold things together as the structural integrity is removed?

I think your first step would be to insert temporary supports below the lower wings, about where the interplane struts attach, along the forward spar.  There should be some sort of "hard point" there... might be the tiedown ring itself.  If you find one, a jack stand will probably work to support the wing.  If nothing else, cut a piece of plywood to match the curvature of the lower wing, pad it (the foam pipe insulation would probably work, attach it to a sawhorse, and slide it under the wing.  Chock the wheels, of course, so it doesn't move.

At that point, you should be able to disconnect the struts from one upper wing panel (assuming it's not a one-piece wing), remove it, then repeat for the other side.

 




Ron Wanttaja
Chris Durand
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#3 Posted: 9/2/2010 09:26:10

Ron,

Thanks for your input. After reading your post, I see it in my head now. I think that is a great idea and should work.

Chris



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Doug Snead
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#4 Posted: 9/2/2010 23:59:24

Chris,

What city are you in? 

Doug

 

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Ron Wanttaja
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#5 Posted: 9/3/2010 01:16:28 Modified: 9/3/2010 01:22:36

 

Doug Snead wrote:

 

Chris,

What city are you in? 

 

 

 

Looks like he's in Minneapolis, Flying Cloud Airport, according to his blog:

http://westonkarcflyers.com/wordpress/ 

Funny thing, I was contacted a couple of months back by the grandson of ANOTHER early homebuilder.  He was looking for the plane his grandfather had built in the mid '50s.  I aimed him at the present owner, who did have it for sale.  Don't know if he bought it...

BTW, Chris, on your blog you say, "Since I don’t fall under the FAA’s 51% rule, there will be a few thousand dollars worth of upgrades and repair work that will need to be done. "  If the airplane is licensed as Experimental Amateur-Built, *anyone* can perform maintenance or restoration.  You don't need to hire someone to do the work.  However, you will need a licensed A&P to sign off a condition inspection, which means you'll have to do the work to their standards.

Your local chapter should be able to give you some help on restoration, and maybe point you to an A&P.



Ron Wanttaja
Chris Durand
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#6 Posted: 9/12/2010 00:15:43

Hey Doug,

I live just outside of Minneapolis. The Plane is in Omaha, NE and I am getting ready to bring it to MN.

-Chris



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Chris Durand
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#7 Posted: 9/12/2010 00:21:57

Ron, Thanks for the info. I am starting to understand that rule a little better now.

This is great website and hope to spend some time here, as my experience level rises I hope I can offer up some good advice as well.

FYI - The link to my blog has changed to http://www.durandskyranch.com 

-Chris



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