Lauantai 14.10.2017 - Member of Tuesday Club
A common problem in aviation museums is that the planes on display are covered with dust. The Finnish Aviation Museum makes no exception. The planes hanging from the ceiling as well as the ones on floor level were in need of cleaning. One of the reasons for this is that the museum doesn’t have the staff to keep the plane surfaces clean.
The Tuesday Club members of the Aviation Museum Society decided to lend a helping hand and arranged two events in the halls I and II in the Finnish Aviation Museum to clean the planes standing on floor level. The work had to be limited to what could be done without a man lift and without building any scaffolding.
The surfaces of the planes were vacuumed, wiped using a damp cloth and dried. The wiping cloths were rinsed in plain water. Cleaning chemicals were not used to avoid possible harmful effects. A half-tall A-ladder was needed to reach the surfaces that were higher up, such as the upper surfaces of fuselages and wings. Tall A-ladders could not be used for safety reasons.
The plane surfaces where partly covered with a thick layer of dust and the cleaning rags had to be frequently rinsed in water. The water in the bucket soon turned nearly black and had to be changed. Also the cleaning rags became quickly too dirty to use and had to be thrown away and replaced by clean ones. Judging by the amount of water and rags used, the majority of the dust and dirt was definitely wiped off and rinsed into the Vantaa city sewer system.
After the work of several hours nearly thirty planes had been cleaned and are now tidy and clean for the museum visitors to see. Unfortunately this doesn’t apply to all of the planes in the museum, including the Convair Metropolitan, the DC-3 or the Lockheed Lodestar – not to mention all the planes hanging from the ceiling of the museum halls. A man lift or large-scale scaffolding would be needed to clean the surfaces so high up in the display area. Using a man lift would be the most appropriate arrangement but the museum doesn’t have one.
Although man lifts are not cheap to purchase or to rent, we hope that the Aviation Museum could invest in one so that all the large planes and the hanging ones could be kept clean and tidy – as the old planes deserve. Or maybe a supporter of the Aviation Museum could donate a new or a second-hand man lift to the museum?
Sunnuntai 1.10.2017 - Member of Tuesday Club
So far the main emphasis in the refurbishment of I.V.L.K.1 Kurki has been in repairing the fuselage and in building the missing wing struts. As this work is now nearly finished, the repair and conservation of the right side wing has been started. In early autumn the wing, which has up to now been waiting in the mid hall of the Finnish Aviation museum, was brought into the conservation room in the museum basement where the Tuesday club members started working on it. Some preliminary work had already been done in spring when some of the rotten wing covering was dismantled.
The main phase in the restoration of the wing is to renew the plywood board covering and the rotten parts in the inner structure of the wing and to patch the holes in the covering. The rotten covering plywood had to be dismantled between the backmost spar and the trailing edge, covering almost the whole length of the wing. Also in the mid-wing section dismantling was necessary from the trailing edge up to the foremost spar.
Rotted and damaged ribs and their plywood sides were revealed when the covering was peeled away. All the plywood sides of the ribs between the backmost spar and the trailing edge were badly damaged and needed to be replaced. The shape of the rib was drawn on a piece of new plywood and this piece was glued onto the side of the rib. The rib sides between the backmost and foremost spar, made lighter with holes, needed to be only partly renewed. In addition the frayed upper edges of the ribs were repaired with glue.
At the same time also the holes in the upper surface covering of the wing were patched either by using pieces of new plywood or by using intact pieces dismantled from the old covering.
When the plywood on the upper surface of the wing had been taken away, damaged and partly rotten plywood on the inside of the lower surface of the wing could be seen. Especially in the area between the backmost spar and the trailing edge the veneer of the plywood board had come apart. The top veneer was also cracked and frayed. The whole plywood board was soft and buckled. In unfavorable storage conditions humidity had taken its toll.
The first idea was to dismantle the damaged covering of the lower surface of the wing. However, the Tuesday club team decided to try and save the covering by using repairing conservation, which meant by trying to fix the plywood board with glue.
The team debated whether to use epoxy glue or to experiment with Casco Outdoor glue diluted with water. The fixing of the plywood was started in the area between the first two ribs of the trailing edge. The area was cleaned and the cracks in the topmost layer / veneer of the plywood were lifted by using the tip of a screwdriver, in order to make space for the glue under the top veneer. Then the diluted wood glue was spread on the plywood, making sure that it went also under the separated material layers.
When the glue had been applied, a layer of bakery paper was placed on top of the glued area in order to prevent the compression plate from sticking onto the glued plywood surface. A supporting plate and a layer of bakery paper were placed also on the other side of the plywood. The glued area was then pressed tightly between the plates by using several clamps.
After a couple of days the clamps were removed. The former soft and frayed plywood had adhered into hard and intact plywood surface. This method will be used to fix all the rotten and decayed covering plywood areas between the backmost spar and the trailing edge.
When the damaged plywood covers of the lower surface of the wing and the rotten ribs have been repaired, it is time to begin with the new covering on the upper surface where the old plywood has been dismantled.
Tiistai 8.8.2017 - Reino Myllymäki
You can check the success of the restoration work of old aicraft by looking the screws. If you will find some Torx or Phillips screws, something has went wrong.
The Phillips (PH) screw was invented by John P. Thompson who sold his invention to the Phillips Screw Company in 1935. Although 85 % of U.S. screw manufacturers have sold the licence in 1940, the State Aircraft Factory did not use Phillips screws in VL Myrsky.
The Pozidriv (Pz) is derived from the Phillips screw and it is therefore an younger invention. Phillips and Pozidriv screws are almost past now, since the 1967 invented Torx (Tx) is a common solution now.
So, VL Myrsky has no PH, Pz or Tx screws. Only slot head screws and hexagonal head bolts.
The slot head screws of the State Aircraft Factory in connection with a Parkesine abrasion shelter and the alarm buzzer. Photos: Finnish Airforce Museum.
Do not ignore plastics! You can find selluloide "windows" in the aircraft of the 1920s. VL Myrsky has maybe none selluloide parts but Parkesine has been used in VL Myrsky as buttons and abrasion shelters. The Parkesine was invented in 1856 and the selluloide in 1870. Selluloide has been used as film material until asetate substituted it in 1950s.
The propeller controllers button has made from Parkesine and the instruction panel from Paxolin. Photo: Finnish Airforce Museum.
You can find a lot of Bakelite or phenol formaldehyde resin from the VL Myrsky. Some buttons are made from casted Bakelite. Paxolin is a composite material of Bakelite and paper. Paxolin has used for example in the instruction panel of the propeller controller.
The most important use of Bakelite is plywood. Theodor Goldschmidt invented Tego-film in late 1920s. Tego-film is Bakelite extracted in a silk paper. German manufacturers did not succeed in plywood manufacturing by Tego-film. But the Finns succeed accidentially in 1929. Before WWII Finland was the second greatest plywood manufacturer in the World. The number one was Soviet Union.
It was possible to produce weatherproof birch plywood and laminated veneer lumber by Tego-film. Veneer lumber was used in propeller blades, antenna mast, spars and tail strucure. Birch plywood was used in spars, ribs, tail structures and in the cover of the wing and the fuselage. The diagonal plywood was used, too. The grain direction has turned 45 degrees in the diagonal plywood.
The cabin aft glazing and canopy have been made from Plexiglas. Photo: Finnis Aviation Museum.
The third - or is it fourth? - plastics used in VL Myrsky is acrylic (PMMA). It was invented in 1928 and commercialised as Plexiglas in 1933. The canopy and the cabin aft glazing have been made from acryl. It is possible to made curved shapes from acryl. However, it is not very durable material. Nowadays the polycarbonate (PC) is more durable but also more expensive material. The polycarbonate was invented in 1898 but commercialised after WWII.
Torstai 27.7.2017 - Reino Myllymäki
VL Myrsky has two aluminium bulkheads. The front bulkhead is vertical and it is located just after the engine stand. The rear bulkhead - the cockpit bulkead - is inclined and is located in front of the cockpit. The engine with accessories is located in front of the front bulkhead. There is between bulkheads a space for the fuel tank, the oil tank, cartridge boxes and the box for spent cartridge cases - and the veapons.
After WWII the aluminum plate was expensive and therefore the middle parts of the cockpit bulkheads of the MY-5, MY-9 and MY-14 have exploited and only the borders are left. These parts have lot of through holes with Parkesine abrasion shelters.
The restoration of the cockpit bulkhead started from drawings. The shape of the bulkhead transferred to a cardboard. The existing parts of the bulkheads set against the drawing. The shape of the bulkhead was correct but some of the through holes were in different places. Some holes were coated by riveted aluminium discs and now holes were made in new places. All of them was modelled to the new bulkhead.
The new bulkhead was made from 0,4 mm duraluminum plate by using the cardboard as a model. The needed thorough holes were made and the abrasion shelters were made from the original Parkesine. Some of the thorough holes had rubber barrels and they were renewed by using partially original spare parts. The original aluminium coating discs were exploited except one which destroyed during the dismounting.
The restoration work of the cockpit bulkhead is incomplete.
Torstai 20.7.2017 - Reino Myllymäki
Not long ago I found a design principle of VL Myrsky: They tried to use mechanic and electric systems and avoid pneumatic and hydraulic systems. Only landing gear wheel brakes are hydraulic and the fuel transfer from drop tanks to the main fuel tank is based on compressed air.
All other systems are either mechanic or electric. There are three electric motors: starter, gill adjustment motor and the motor of landing gear and flaps.
According to the guidelines of the steering committee of the VL Myrsky II restoration project the mechanism of the landing gear system will not be complete. The landing gear will be moved in and out but not electrically. The reason for that is that almost all parts of the system are missing and the aircraft will stay over landin gear in the show. The complete system would be very expensive.
When the aircraft has a electric motor, it has switches and switch box, too. The switch box of landing gear's electric motor is situated near the motor and the battery in the rear part of the cockpit.
The switch box of the MY-14 is still alive ... at least almost. The box is twisted and in poor condition. Instead of it, a useless original switchbox has been taken to be the basis of the restoration work. One Siemens LMS 1-2 solenoid switch has been found in the Finnish Air Force Museum and another in the Hallinportti Aviation Museum. The covers and the main switch were found in the storages of the Finnish Air Force Museum. The switch panel has taken from the switch box of the MY-14.
The switch panel was disassembled, cleaned by phosphoric acid and LPS oil and the locked up screws were opened. The Bakelite marking strip was cleaned and the new markings were painted on white. The parts of the main switch were blasted by glass balls and the rebound cable was renewed.
The main switch was cleaned by soda blasting and equipped by the base plate of the original switch. The solenoid switches got base plates of the original switch box, too. The base plates had to be straightened and cleaned by soda blasting.
The mounting brackets were straightened, blasted by glass balss and painted first by strippin lacquer and then by the paint finish. The box was cleaned by washing agent and Miraclean. The result was protected by Renaissance vax. The fixing screws were straightened.
Finally, the switch box was fixed to the fuselage.
Tiistai 18.7.2017 - Reino Myllymäki
The aerial mast is on the right side of the front fuselage. The aerial cable is drawn between the mast and the vertical tail. The aerial lead-in is in the rear part of the canopy aft glazing.
It is hard to imagine that the material of the aerial mast is wood. Exactly, the material is the laminated veneer lumber made from birch veneer and Bakelite.
The aerial mast of the MY-14 has survived. OK, without painting and now almost splitted. The mount for cable was corroded as well as the root bracket.
The restoration of the aerial mast was started by straightening the joint surface between halves by planing. The wooden filling block of the top of the mast was renewed according to the drawing and the original part.
The cross section of the mast is like a drop. The mast has been lightened by making two cavities to both halves. There is none wirings and therefore the only one reason for cavities is lighten the weight. The cavities were cleaned and lacquered by Isotrol.
The mast halves were glued together by an epoxy resin. The outside of the mast was cleaned and lacquered. The cable mount was renewed according to drawings and the original part. The original root bracket was blasted by glass balls and lacquered. After that, the mast was fixed to the bracket by a slot-headed screw look like the original.
According to the remaininig paintings, the aerial mast has been painted first completely gray and after that the wooden part has been painted to black. The restoration work followed that observation. The result looks like the aerial mast in old photos.
In addition to propeller blades and the frame of the boardin step, the aerial mast is the fifth original wooden part of the MY-14.
Historical photo: via Kalevi Keskinen, others: The Finnish Air Force Museum.
Lauantai 15.7.2017 - Reino Myllymäki
VL Myrsky II has a 0,75 mm thick domed steel plate between the engine and the engine stand. It directs air stream and protects fuel tank, cartridges and cockpit against fire. There is no remaining pot plates of VL Myrsky II. Therefore it has to be made.
Antero Flander from Flanco Oy in Rautalampi started the work. He made the potplate according to the drawing E61328. Some finishings were lacking but all parts and markings concerning needed cuttings included to the delivery.
There is one blog about pot plate: 13.3.2016.
The pot plate was finished at the Finnish Air Force Museum workshop to correspond to the report for amendment number C302 and drawing E61328-I. According to the repair description dated October 30th 1944 the top of the pot plate of the MY-14 has converted to detachable.
The pot plate has been cut in two places and a hole was cut for the carburettor air intake. Needed holes for screws were drilled and the seams were strenghtened by strips. The flanged nuts were riveted. The edges of the hole for the carburettor air intake were strenghtened by strips and equipped with a leather border.
The engine stand was otherwise usable but the vibration observers were too poor and the bolts were disappeared. The barrels of the observers could be restored.
The vibration observer rubber of the VL Myrsky II is equal to one used in the Fokker D.XXI with Twin Wasp Junior engine. However, the hole for bolt is bigger. By using an original part as a model, a drawing has benn made and Korja-Kumi Oy in Tampere manufactured new rubbers according to the drawing.
The barrels were restored but needed bolts, nuts and washers were bought from a hardware store. A STW C3 engine has been installed to the stand. The STW C3 is a Swedish-built copy of the original Pratt & Whitney R-1830 SC3-G engine. The weight of the engine was 653 kg and a truck was needed in the installation work.
Firstly, the project tried to acquire a pure SC3-G engine for the MY-14. Although at least 127 engines were bought to Finland, none was survived! An alternative S1C3-G engine has been in Douglas DC-3 passenger plane and stored years at the Finnish Aviation Museum. During the fall 2016, a second alternative has been found: STW C3 of the Saab B 17A target tug aircraft.
STW C3 engine in the workshop of the Finnish Air Force Museum.
"I thought during last winter, that STW C3 is the most authentic engine for MY-14 in Finland", said conservator Harri Huopainen from the Finnish Air Force Museum. But the engine was not complete and needed a lot of work.
The engine of MY-14: a S1C3-G engine from the show of the Finnish Air Force Museum.
Due to that, the former DC-3 engine type S1C3-G from the show of the Finnish Air Force Museum has been chosen for the MY-14. The only difference between SC3-G and S1C3-G is the rated altitude of maximum boost. According to FAA´s flyer A-699, the SC3-G can be converted to S1C3-G by changing the fuel and by adjusting the ignition timing.
So, the fixed engine needs to be removed...
First photo: Antero Flander, others: Reino Myllymäki.
Torstai 13.7.2017 - Reino Myllymäki
If you look at the old photos of the VL Myrsky II, you can find a thermos bottle in the middle of the studs, wires and pipes. What is the function of that Airam thermos bottle?
The Airam thermos bottle is a balance bottle of the variometer. The variometer get the static pressure from the pitot tube as the speed and altitude meters.
When the aircratft is climbing, the air pressure lowers and there is a growing pressure difference in the variometer. The variometer does not meter the pressure difference directly since the comparison pressure comes from the balance bottle. The pressure of the bottle is changing slowly and therefore the difference is different than theoretically it should be.
The balancing bottle is a standard Airam thermos bottle. The capacity is 0,44 litres including the 0,5-1,0 meter long capillary pipe.
The variometer has has 8 to 10 second delay. If the climbing changes rapidly to the lowering, the variometer can indicate still climb during the start of the sinking. Otherwise the variometer indicates the climbing and the lowering and their speed.
The original Airam balancing bottle has been donated to the project by the Airam. The bottle's place is above the map box in the left side of the cockpit. So, it easy to understand if somebody presume it pilot´s hot chocolate bottle!
Historical photo: The Finnish Aviation Museum. Other photos: The Finnish Air Force Museum.
Maanantai 10.7.2017 - Member of Tuesday Club
The February blog covered the preparatory work for making the four missing wing-struts for the I.V.L. K.1 “Kurki”. The total number of wing-struts for the high-wing “Kurki” is six, three for each wing. Two original ones had survived at the Päijänne-Tavastia Aviation Museum at Vesivehmaa and they were brought to the Tuesday –Club for conservation, but the four missing ones we had to make.
Work on the wooden parts of the wing-struts begun in February and by the end of June the wooden parts, including the struts plywood cover are in place ready for painting. But the metal fittings at the ends of the struts still have to be made.
The struts main loadbearing part is a steel tube of 51.5 mm outer diameter. A wooden leading edge, formed from a 50x50 mm piece of wood is attached to the tube. The trailing part is made up of wooden ribs glued to a triangular wooden trailing edge. Profiled wooden end-caps were then attached to the top and bottom ends of the struts.
A close look at the damaged original wing-struts showed that they were covered with 1.2 mm thick plywood so plywood of similar thickness was used when covering the struts. As the total circumference of the strut is 37 cm, 39 cm wide strips, giving us a 2 cm working-allowance, were cut out of 140X140 cm plywood boards.
Before the covering-strips could be fitted to the struts, they had to be formed to the correct curvature to give a good fit. The forming was done by wetting the strips in water for some days, after which they were clamped to a wooden beam-mould that had bene worked to the same profile as the wing-strut. When the strips had dried they were released from the mould and found to have the correct curvature. As the length of the struts are 262 cm and 273 cm two butt-joined strips per strut were needed.
The covering of the first strut was begun by gluing the formed plywood-strips to the wooden leading-edge using Erikeeper-Plus adhesive and firmly clamping the strip using a strong lath of wood kept in place by three screws fastened through the lath and the strips into the wooden leading edge. Later the small holes in the leading edge made by the screws were plugged using wooden plugs.
When the strips were firmly glued to the leading-edge the work of gluing them to trailing-edge ribs was begun, piece by piece. Before spreading the adhesive the positions of the ribs end the trailing edge were drawn on the inside of the strips. This done the rest of the inside was varnished using Le Tonkinos varnish. Before applying the adhesive we drilled small holes for the nails through the strips into the ribs and the trailing edge-lath to prevent any splitting when nailing the strips in place during the gluing. The sheets on the original wing-struts had also been nailed like this.
Now the adhesive was applied to the ribs and the trailing edge and the first strip pressed firmly against the ribs while simultaneously nailing it to the ribs and the trailing edge using 10 mm long nails. The heads of the nails were sunk into the plywood using nail punches.
First we tried to glue the strip to the trailing edge by pressing it into place between two wooden lathes. The result was not what we wanted as the strip did not set in place evenly, but left some “grinning” waves along the edge.
To ensure that the strip would make a good fit to the trailing edge a wooden lath the length of the strip was fitted under the trailing-edge and then the strip was nailed to the trailing edge and this under-laying lath with nails at 1.5 cm intervals, 1 cm from the trailing edge. Of course this also meant that the trailing edge lath was firmly nailed to the supporting lath.
When the adhesive had set properly the supporting lath was removed with care, leaving the nail-tips sticking out. These were cut and sanded even with the surface of the trailing edge.
Midway on the strut the two plywood strips were joined using a butt-joint. To make the joint the small gap present was filled using a filler made of sawdust and glue. When it had dried the joint was sanded down until smooth and was now practically invisible.
To finish off the work on the strut any excess plywood at the edges was planed off and the trailing edge of the strut was sanded to form a sharp edge. After this the cut ends of the nails securing the strips were filed down to the plywood surface and now the wood-work of the strut was done.
The other three new wing-struts of the ”Kurki” were made in the same way using the same ”manufacturing” materials and methods. When the metal fittings for the end of the struts have been made and fitted, it will be time to paint the wing-struts. This will be done using silver-bronze varnish in the autumn.
Torstai 6.7.2017 - Reino Myllymäki
The original control column of the MY-14 is not preserved. Only the rocker, balusters, the root and the wiring were left in the steel framework of the MY-14. All parts in the frame were corroded. Luckily, the surfaces of the sliding bearings were in good condition.
A control column of the VL Myrsky in the show in the Jämijärvi airshow in July 2015. Photo: Reino Myllymäki.
The Finnish Air Force Museum had two incomplete control columns of the VL Myrsky. Another of them was restored wrongly. By using parts of both control columns, the MY-14 could get it.
The Bakelite cover has been taken from the wrongly restored column. The firing button was found in the storages. The root block of the column was in better condition than the one in the MY-14´s frame and it was accepted to restoration. Otherwise MY-14´s original parts were accepted.
The MY-14 cockpit on June 20th 2017. The crank starter and the switch of the alarm buzzer on the left top. The propeller control lever and the throttle levers below them. The tail wheel lever, the trim control box and the map box at the bottom. The meaning of the brackets above the map box will be found from the next blog. Photo: The Finnish Air Force Museum.
The parts of the mechanism were blasted by glass balls and painted separately. The stick of the control column was left unpainted and lacquered by Isotrol Klarlack only. The red help texts were repainted. The wiring renewing would demand the dissassembly of the riveting and therefore only the visible part was renewed.
Torstai 29.6.2017 - Reino Myllymäki
VL Myrsky II fighter has a VLS 8002 constant-speed propeller. According to name, the propeller keep the rotational speed by changin the blade pitch.
The object on the gear box is the constant-speed unit. Notice the quality of the leading edge of the NACA ring. Photo: The Finnish Aviation Museum.
VLS 8002 in a propeller construction of the State Aircraft Factory. It has three wooden blades with Hamilton Standard 3 E 50 hub. The hub is not made by Hamilton: it is finished in Finland by using Swedish preform.
The constant-speed unit is designed by Hamilton and it can change the blade pitch between 27 and 47 degrees.
The blade pitch can be adjusted by a control lever in the cockpit. In front the blade pitch is decreasing and the rotational speed is increasing. In back vice versa. The lower pitch is used in the climbing and the higher pitch in the cruising.
The propeller control lever of MY-14 was very corroded. The friction plates and knob were disappeared and the parts of the control levers of the MY-5 and the MY-5 had to be utilised.
The steel parts were glass ball blasted and painted by Isotrol primer and paint. The duralumium parts were cleaned by oxalic acid.
The new friction plates were lathed by using original Parkesin as a material. The Parkesin is trade mark of nitrocellulose called to "lusto" in Finland. In addition, the knob was lathed from black Parkesin and fixed by aluminum rivets.
The original instruction plate of the control lever has preseved but in three parts. The material of the plate was Paxolin plate. Paxolin is fenol laminated paper. The paint was removed machanically and repainted by Miranol paint. The parts were glued together by epoxy resin and the result was fixed by aluminium rivets.
The casing pipe of the Teleflex wire of the propeller control system was cleaned by steel wool and some spacers' nuts were substituted by original parts. The steel casing pipes were so corroded that they had to be renewed.
Since the engine is not yet installed, the Teleflex wire was not installed. In addition to that, the front part of the casing pipe system is still lacking.
The throttle lever system consists of two levers. One controls the mixture and another is the essential throttle lever. There is a push-to-talk switch in the knob of the lever. In all, the throttle lever system is not a simple system since there are adjustable restrictors and a bar to enable the whole control range at the high altitude.
All three throttle lever systems of the MY-5, the MY-9 and the MY-14 were in so poor condition that using an original spare part was a good idea. Unfortunately it was not complete.
The throttle lever system was disassembled. The plywood friction plates were grinded until the system ran correctly. The steel parts were painted and a new knob were made. The push-to-talk switch was substituted by an original spare part. The wiring was renewed but the fastenind bands were original spares.
Finally, the levers were fixed. The result is excellent, isn't it?
Histotical photo: The Finnish Aviation Museum. Other photos: The Finnish Air Force Museum.
Sunnuntai 25.6.2017 - Member of Tuesday Club
The I.V.L. K.1 Kurki has already been under restoration for about a year in the Tuesday Club. It’s almost luxurious passenger-cabin has stood the test of time remarkably well. The upper parts of the passenger-cabin walls are upholstered in leather, while the lower parts have a textile covering (with a wall-to-wall carpet like material). The passenger-seat resembles a soft leather arm-chair. Or more precisely, has resembled, as its padding has gone AWOL during the long storage. Also missing is the ribboning that once framed the cabin-windows
It seems that marketing reasons have been a driver when the Aviation Forces Aircraft Factory (since 1927 the State Aircraft Factory), operational on the Suomenlinna Islands in the 1920ies and -30ies, when designing the passenger-cabin. Originally the Kurki was designed with civilian use in mind, and later offered as a liaison-plane to the FAF. In the end it failed to convince neither civilian nor military customers and remained a single prototype.
The already 90 years old original leather- and fabric wall-upholstery does not need any major conservation work. But the seat does need new padding. But what type of padding would be correct? Original drawings are not available so there we cannot find an answer. But luckily the photo-collection of the Finnish Aviation Museum has a photograph that helps us in the decision-making.
The photograph is of the Kurki with the door to the passenger-cabin open, giving a partial view of its interior. It shows enough of the seat-bottom and backrest to give us the confidence to proceed with the upholstering of the seat according to what shows in the picture. But who should do the work- though the Tuesday Club members master many a trade, upholstering is not one of them.
The solution to the challenge was found at the Tavastia Vocational College’s upholstery program. Since last spring, the fuselage and wings of the Valmet Tuuli III trainer, under restoration in the Tuesday Club, have been undergoing surface treatment and painting at Tavastia. Through our contacts at the college we got connected to its upholstery program, which joyfully accepted the challenge to let the students do this part of the project as a part of their studies. And so a number of Tavastia upholstery program students, led by their teacher Virve Juola came to the Finnish Aviation Museum to familiarize themselves with the Kurki and to do the necessary measurements of the passenger seat for the making of its new seat cushions.
In late spring Tavastia informed us that the cushions made by the students was ready for installation and that they were coming to the museum to install it. At the Tavastia Vocational College the cushions had been made using 1920 type materials and work-methods. The top-side of the cushions were made of leather and the bottom side of linen-fabric. The seams in the seat-back cushions had been made using crossing seams as in the original one and using leather-covered buttons at the cross-points. At the top-side of the cushion a leather border for fastening the seat-back cushion to the seatbacks leather-covered top using press-fasteners had been sewn, just as on the original cushion.
At Tavastia horse-hair had been chosen to fill the cushions. Horse-hair is an old, traditional cushioning material that can stand moisture well and it does not mildew. The horse-hair cushioning was put into purpose-made linen bags that were sawn into the seat- and backrest cushions.
The old photograph also showed a hanging braided leather handle fastened to the inside of the cabin door, intended to enable the passengers to pull the door close when seated in the cabin. This had also gone amiss. The photo also showed that the free end of the braided handle was larger than the main part thereof, most probably there was a wooden ball inside the braid at its end. The new braided leather handle was made at Tavastia, with a wooden ball in its free end.
On Tuesday, June 6. was the big Kurki-day, when the upholstery students of the Tavastia Vocational College together with their teacher arrived at the Finnish Aviation Museum to install the seat cushions and the door handle into the Kurki passenger compartment. They fit like a glove! A bit of a surprise was the perfect fit of the press-fasteners into the existing original receiving parts from 1927 – what a measure of standardisation.
When the seat-cushions and the door-handle had been installed, it was time to test-sit the cushions and take “cold-types” of the “new original” Kurki passenger-cabin.
Our sincerest thanks to the students of the Tavastia Vocational College’s upholstery program and their teacher Virve Juola for their excellent contribution to the restoration of the I.V.L K1. Kurki passenger cabin.
Historical photo: The Finnish Aviation Museum. Other photos: Lassi Karivalo.
Torstai 22.6.2017 - Reino Myllymäki
According to the modification announcement dated late July 1944 at the State Aircraft Factory, the alarm buzzer of the landing gear should be substituted by the pilot light in VL Myrsky II. The maintenance instructions do not tell anything about the alarm buzzer.
That is a warning system in order to warn when the engine runs idle and the landing gear is up. It was intented to avoid belly landings. The buzzer could be turned off by a switch.
The alarm buzzer has disappeared but the bracket remained. According to that, the MY-14 had an alarm buzzer. It had not been changed to the pilot light during the repairs.
There were several alarm buzzers including brackets in the storages of the Finnish Air Force Museum. The best one has been restored for the MY-14. The orginial bracket was accepted but the mounting plate was renewed. The Siemens switch is an original spare part but the lacking press button was manufactured in the workshop.
The alarm buzzer is located in the rear part of the cabin, front of the radio.
Photos: The Finnish Air Force Museum.
Tiistai 20.6.2017 - Member of Tuesday Club
The cockpit of the Valmet Vihuri II (VH-25) under restoration by the Aviation Museum Society (Finland) is one step closer to completion when the flare pistol firing-tube going through the cockpit floor in the area between the pilots legs, was installed. Also an original flare pistol cartridge holder was fitted. Pilots who flew the Vihuri have told us that not every Vihuri was equipped with this tube, but at least our VH-25 now has one.
The flare pistol firing-tube was made according to original drawings. Its main part consists of a metal tube, with a piece of larger-diameter tube welded to its topside. Then slits were ground into this piece and a tensioning lever mechanism fitted. Tightening this tensioning mechanism decreases the tube diameter and thus ensures that the flare pistol stays in place in the tube when firing the pistol.
In addition to this, the tube is fitted with a small aluminium rack against which the flare pistol is placed into firing-position. Finally a leather padding was glued to the top-side of the tube and to the pistol rack. The unpadded metal parts were painted grey.
A hole for the tube was made in the floor of the front cockpit and the needed fastening to the fuselage frame was prepared. Before its final installation the firing tube was cut to its proper length. As a finishing touch some empty flare-cartridges were put in the cartridge holder on the right cockpit wall.
A “cold-test” of the finished firing –tube was done using a flare pistol from the Finnish Aviation Museum’s collection. However, this flare pistol will not be on show in the fuselage section of the Vihuri (VH-25) when it is exhibited in the museum. Instead, it will be replaced by a wooden “look-alike”.
Tiistai 6.6.2017 - Member of Tuesday Club
Though the test-wing under construction for the VL Myrsky (MY-14) by the Aviation Museum Society’s Tuesday Club is not yet ready for the installation of the main landing-gear parts of the landing-gear assembly have already been made and are ready to be installed.
Unfortunately, only some original parts, such as wheels including brake mechanisms and parts for fastening the landing-gear assembly to the wing-spars, have been found. Thus, we need to have a number of the parts for the complicated landing-gear assembly manufactured.
Luckily, we have most of the drawings needed for the manufacturing of the landing-gear parts available. Also, the landing-gear of the 1:4 scale Myrsky model made by our Myrsky-project manager Matti Patteri is proving most helpful.
Patria Oy has taken the responsibility for manufacturing the oleo-struts. The Tuesday-Club’s Myrsky-project team has taken the responsibility for all other parts of the landing-gear. Thus, in addition to having the main responsibility for the wooden parts, the project team will also work on some metal-parts for the Myrsky.
The topmost object is the landing gear of 1:4 model of Myrsky manufactured by Mr. Matti Patteri.
This far, we have already finished the lower and upper forks of the scissor-joint that is a part of landing-gear retraction mechanism at the lower end of the oleo-strut as well as the axle beam components attached to the wheel-hub. Also the lug-tube that will go on to the middle of the oleo-strut and to which the forks of the landing-gear retraction mechanism as well as the rear landing-gear support strut will be attached. The upper fastening fork that goes onto the top end of the oleo strut has already been made.
Matti Patteri has been responsible for the design and guidance for the manufacturing of the metal parts including the laser-cutting as well as for the making of the jigs needed for the welding-work. Welding-work has also been performed at the Vantaa Vocational College Varia. The machining of some of the small metal parts has been done by Elmer Oy.
Torstai 1.6.2017 - Reino Myllymäki
The VL Myrsky II restoration project has three steel-tube fuselage framework (MY-5, MY-9 & MY-14). They have lain on the ground below an open sky at least 20 years. Therefore wooden parts have decayed and steel parts have corroded. The project has got ready for substitute all wooden parts by reproduction ones.
There is boarding step located below the rear side of the canopy in the left side of the fuselage. The boarding step has a small hatch in order to keep the fuselage streamlined when the step is not in use.
The boarding steps of MY-5, MY-9 and MY-14 were all very corroded and the hinges of hatches were stuck. Luckily, one unused original spare part has been found in the storages of the Finnish Air Force Museum. One supporting tube was broken and there is a hole in an aluminium box.
The steel structure, the hatch with hinges and the plywood frame have been taken from the unused spare. The lacking tube was taken from the step of MY-14. It was welded to the steel structure.
The aluminum box was taken from the step of the MY-5. The metallic parts were blasted by glass balls and painted. The dented aluminium parts of the box and the hatch were corrected. The original screws of the plywood frame and box were substituted by equivalent new screws.
It seems that MY-14 will have at least one original wooden part: the plywood frame of the boarding step.
Historical photo: The Finnish Aviation Museum. MY-9 photo: Reino Myllymäki. Other photos: The Finnish Air Force Museum.
Keskiviikko 24.5.2017 - Reino Myllymäki
There is a metallic map box on the left hand side of the cockipit of the VL Myrsky II. Luckily we have an original part. The proper box is in a good condition but a little crooked and the leather strap was in poor condition.
The map box was blasted by glass balls, straightened, primed by Isotrol lacquer and painted to colour tone Ral 7045 (gray). The leather strap was renewed but the popper is original. The strap was riveted to the box. The box was fixed by renews bolts and screws to the cockpit.
There is a fresh air lever on the right side of the cockpit. The original was in a very poor condition. Luckily a quite complete original part was found from the storages of the Finnish Air Force Museum. Only the another fastening band was lacking.
The fresh air lever was blasted and painted. The help texts were renewed, too. The lacking fastening band was substituted by a repaired original part. The wire of the lever will be installed later.
Maanantai 22.5.2017 - Member of Tuesday Club
When the fuselage of the I.V.L. K.1 Kurki was brought from the Päijät-Tavastia Avaition Museum to the Aviation Museum Society (Finland) Tuesday-Club for renovation it was a rather sorry sight. The tail was broken, the covering of the fuselage had holes and other damage, only bits and pieces of the windscreens remained, the metal parts were badly corroded and the engine mounting lacked both cover- and endplates.
During the year this fuselage has been worked on in the restauration workshop at the Finnish Aviation Museum and this work will soon be finished. In the Tuesday-Club the last months have been spent making the missing parts of the engine-mounting. The first part to be finished was the engine mounting plate, the work on which has already bene covered in an earlier blog-entry. Now we have finished the upper cover-plate and work on the side-plates is ongoing.
The work on making the top cover-plate started with making a cardboard model of it. Then a piece of 1.4 mm aluminium plate was cut to measure according to the cardboard model, after which the fitting of the aluminium plate to the engine-mountings top framework was begun. Working the aluminium plate proved to be a bit of a challenge as it was rather stiff and bending it into the required form took some doing. But we did it anyway, and did not try to do the work using a thinner plate.
When the plate had been formed into its nearly finished shape work was continued by fastening the front- and rear parts of the plate to the cover framework using Cleco-pins.
Thus the plate was held in place so that we could determine where and to what extent the plate still needed bending. It took a number of fastenings, removals and bending of the plate before it had been given its final shape.
This done, the cover-plate was fastened to the engine-mounting framework using Cleco-pins. The forward edge was fastened to the top of the engine-mounting front-plate and the rear edge to the plywood cover at the joint of the engine-mounting and fuselage. Ca. 15 mm of the edge of the cover-plate was bent downwards/inwards to fit tightly to the plywood.
Before installing the top cover-plate, its surface was given a perlée finish using about 50% overlap.
The final fastening of the finished cover-plate was done using slot-drive brass screws in the holes drilled for the Cleco-pins. As such screws were not readily available at the hardware stores, but such screws were obtained by special order from a specialist screw supplier and thus the top cover-plate could be secured in place in a proper manner. Using modern cross-drive or torx screws is not an option in a 1920ies aeroplane.
Beneath the top cover-plate there is space for the oil-tank of the Kurki´s Siemens-Halske Sh 10 engine. This means that there has been a hole in the top cover-plate for the oil filler-tube and cap. As the original oil-tank has disappeared and we have no drawings for it we were not able to determine the original location of the filler-tube. Thus we did not make any hole for the oil filler-tube. If we could find the original oil-tank, then we would fit it and make the needed hole in the top cover-plate.
Torstai 18.5.2017 - Reino Myllymäki
The Twin Wasp engine of the VL Myrsky II is started by an inertial starter. Normally, the starter is powered by an electric motor. When the starter has enough revs, the pilot pull the starter on and the engine will - hopefully - start.
But the revs can be made by a crank starter, too. The extension rod of the crank starter is located to right side of the aircraft near the leading edge of the wing.
The location of the joint of the extension rod and the crank starter handle is not easy to find in the photos. Most of the photos present the left side of the aircraft. And the camouflage painting is dark just there.
Left photo: Finnish Air Force Museum, right: Finnish Aviation Museum.
When the aircraft has not coverings, the location is easier to find. The joint is supported by three tubes from three direction. The crank starter handle is located in the cockpit. It has place on the left side at the back of the tail wheel switch.
The crank starter handle of the MY-14 has disappeared as well as MY-5´s and MY-9´s. The brackets have been spared. Luckily, an original crank starter handle of the VL Myrsky has been found from the storages of the Finnish Air Force Museum. Only cleaning was needed.
MY-14 got brackets from the MY-5 since they were in better condition. They were disassembled, blasted, painted and fixed. After that, the crank starter handle found an appropriate place.
Maanantai 15.5.2017 - Reino Myllymäki
VL Myrsky has the emergency equipment consist of a pairs of skiis, an axe, a K-ration pack and a toolkit. They are located after the cockpit and the oxygen bottles below the the canopy aft glazing. They were attached to the plywood plate by leather straps. The access to the emergency equipment bay was arranged by the glazing hatch.
The brackets of the plywood plate were existing in the all frames (MY-5, -9 and -14). Although the axe did not belong to the emergency equipment anymore, it had still the leather straps. Now the straps were disappeared except small parts between the plywood plate and mounting plates. All emergency equipments were disappeared.
The new plywood plate has been made according to the drawings. The brackets were blasted and painted. The screws were renewed.
The mounting plates of the leather straps were renewed. The leather straps were made according to the drawings and the preserved parts of the Fokker D.XXI (FR-137).
The leather straps were fixed to the plywood plate according to the drawings.
The pairs of skiis were restored and tared earlier. They were fixed to the plate. The axe was fixed tentatively since the axe and the toolkit did not belong to the emergency equipments during the wartime. The K-ration pack belonged but it has disappeared. The drawings of the K-ration pack were disappeared, too.
The historical photo: The photo archive of the Finnish Aviation Museum. Other photos: The Finnish Air Force Museum.