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.
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:40 am
Our Stampe, a Belgian SV4B, #16 when it was in service, is moving along very well in its repair/recovering.
One thing we could use is a nose chin-cowl, or chin-bowl. Ours is repairable, but if anyone knows of one in good condition, we'd be interested.
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:53 am
Can't help with the chin cowl, but I remember when there were one or a few floating around Chino after the film High Road to China was released. How does it fly? Like a Tiger Moth?
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:34 am
Should not be a problem if you don't mind searching in Belgium.
Contact the Stampe museum http://www.stampe.be/UK/IndexUK.html
or Raymond Aircraft restorations http://www.rar.be/pages/home.html
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:51 am
Thanks, but the reason we need a chin cowl is the reason everyone else has needed a chin cowl, and there aren't any.
A previous owner of ours found out that in a Stampe, the brakes are used as a taxying aid, not for slowing down after landing.
Rollasons made a few in fiberglass. Others are making them in exopy/glass.
I've had no luck with those sources, so we'll repair ours.
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:13 pm
These guys do custom cowls. Top quality work, for which I'm sure they charge accordingly.http://www.unique-df.co.uk/cowls/
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:41 am
Thanks, Andy. For some reason I didn't see your post until now.
My general and rather extensive experience with restorations has led me to avoid the UK, and build local, whenever possible.
I think we'll repair the one we have, but I will contact that outfit for a quote.
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