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Derek Fritschle

USA
16 Posts

Posted - 10/10/2011 :  19:12:51  Show Profile  Reply
Here are some pictures of my T-18 rebuild/refurbish project. I acquired the project in early January 2011 after the previous owner had a landing mishap and banged up the wings and bent the gear. Since the plane had its first flight nearly 25 years ago I am taking the oppurtunity to not only repair the damage but also make some updates/upgrades.

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Fuselage before

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My First Assembly Ready to Rivet

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All Riveted up

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Roll Trim Tab Installation

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Center Section Re-Skin Nearing Completion

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Back on Straight Legs

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The Most Complete the A/C has looked so far. (Looks can be very deceiving.)

Derek Fritschle
618-839-1522
OLY

Rich Brazell

USA
911 Posts

Posted - 10/10/2011 :  19:37:19  Show Profile  Reply
Looks like you are doing a fantastic job ! Having never been on the repair end of a project my hat is off to you !

RB

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leewwalton

USA
1041 Posts

Posted - 10/10/2011 :  20:08:46  Show Profile  Send leewwalton a Yahoo! Message  Reply
Looking great Derek! Looks like KY dam 2012 is within reach!

Lee Walton
Houston, TX
N589LW,N51863
KDWH

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bfinney

USA
87 Posts

Posted - 10/11/2011 :  12:25:35  Show Profile  Visit bfinney's Homepage  Reply
So, how many Thorps are there in Olney, IL?
Inquiring minds want to know.

Bruce Finney
N18JF T-18C #262
Auburn, WA USA

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Derek Fritschle

USA
16 Posts

Posted - 10/11/2011 :  12:51:21  Show Profile  Reply
Current count (projects included):4 in Olney, plus one 25 mi. away in Vincennes, IN. It won't be long and an entire squadron of RVs won't stand a chance around these parts.

Derek Fritschle
618-839-1522
OLY

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