Southern Cross Restoration Update


The original wing ribs and the laminated timber semi-circular wing tip, which were salvaged from the damaged wing, have now been renovated.  The ribs were progressively glued into position on the wing spars whilst at the same time electrical bonding strips, conduits to carry electrical and aileron cables, control cable pulleys, antenna and pitot static provision were fitted.

The wing tip was then fitted together with the aileron false spar to which the aileron attaches.  The replacement for the badly damaged metal and fabric aileron will be manufactured by Historical Aircraft Restorations Pty Ltd.

Essentially, the skeleton of the wing is complete.  Work on the wing will now move to skinning the lower surface and the leading edges.  At a later stage the wing will be turned over, then stringers and ply skinning will be fitted to the upper surface of the wing.

Diaphragms within the forward spar

Diaphragms within the forward spar

Aft spar now boxed in with plywood side webs

Aft spar now boxed in with plywood side webs

Early wing rib installation

Early wing rib installation

Wing leading edge awaiting moulded ply covering

Wing leading edge awaiting moulded ply covering