A place where restoration project-type threads can go to avoid falling off the main page in the WIX hangar. Feel free to start threads on Restoration projects and/or warbird maintenance here. Named in memoriam for Gary Austin, a good friend of the site and known as RetroAviation here. He will be sorely missed.
Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:42 am
We have numberous aircraft that use hydraulic or pneumatic brake bladders -- Spitfire, Hurri, Cornell, Fairchild 24, Lysander etc.
It is very difficult to get replacements, and they can be very expensive -- up to $2500, for what is basically an inner-tube.
That just doesn't seem right. People have been using inner tubes for a long time.
Does anyone know of a place to have these made? Ideally I would like to send them specs, and have the tubes show up in reasonable time, at a reasonable price, of good quality.
Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:36 am
Try these guys Dave.
I have no idea if they can help but it appears they do that kind of work.http://www.permatyperubber.com/index.html
If you have the drawings and material specs it should be pretty easy for them. Let us know how you get on.
Thu Dec 18, 2014 12:27 pm
Spitfire brake bags are being produced in the UK by Supermarine.
But will be pricey but meet the Aerospace specs as deemed by the UK CAA,http://supermarine.nethttp://supermarine.net/images/pdfs/WEBSTOCK.pdf
Sat Dec 20, 2014 5:09 pm
I'm not sure about a suitable new manufacturer, however we have a few NOS brake bags and shoes for the 12 inch Spitfire main wheel. If you need any let me know.
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