DeHavilland Restauration Project – fabric application to the fuselage

During an annual inspection on a Technam, the tailplane spar tube was found to be corroded.  

The customer was advised that it had to be replaced and since he kept the aircraft parked in the open at Bournemouth Airport he was advised to have a set of covers made to protect it.   Sarah was asked if she could manufacture a set of covers that she duly carried out very successfully.

This first set of covers lead to the start of Sarah forming Sky 4 Covers which she has developed over the years to a very successful business providing a number of products that complement the covers.

One product was the manufacture of fabric bags made from Irish Linen and also Ceconite.   These bags made the covering of airframes easier to apply and also making the finish more professional.   A number of different aircraft used these bags such as Tiger Moths and Piper Cubs to name a couple.   One very interesting airframe was the DeHavilland Rapide Registration 

 

 

 

G-AHAG.   Being an 8 seater twin-engined machine the work was quite involved especially for the fabric application to the fuselage.  

The fuselage had to have a stitched seam along the length in line with a central stringer and having been applied it needed to be taut enough to ensure the shrinking process would be satisfactory.  

In brief following the fitting of the bags, the Irish Linen was sprayed with de-ionised water followed by at least 6 coats of cellulose tautening dope.   G-AHAG in its completed form can be viewed on Youtube flying at Woburn Abbey.

Many different types of airframes have had the benefit of Sarah’s expertise at Sky 4 Covers.