We have been busy working on the Stinson lately and much of the recent work has focused on the cabin. Even though much of the wood was in bad condition on the airplane, most of it has been in good enough shape to use as templates for the new material.
The doors have been particularly tricky as it is always challenging to make the door match the old door, but also match the door frame. You end up needing to take small steps to ensure everything fits, while constantly comparing new door to old door, new frame to old door, old frame to new door, new door to new frame, old frame to new frame—let’s just say there is a fair amount of going back and forth.
A look from the top of the Stinson into the baggage compartment.
The baggage door and rear passenger window are slowly starting to look like they should. It’s been a challenge making everything fit into the 70+ year old airframe. But the end result will be a magnificent looking airplane.
Excited to let passengers look at the North Cascades out this window—
Much of the work on the right side of the cabin is progressing nicely, while you can still see much of the original wood is still in place on the left side.
We’ve also been distracted lately by a new project that has been pulled down from the rafters and should be going full speed ahead in the coming months. Not ready to unveil it yet, but let’s just say full speed ahead was the motto when the plane was flying back in the 1930s as well. Yale alumni will be proud.
Keep checking in for more restoration pictures on the Stinson and pictures from this newest project soon.