News 3 September 2019

 Also, the lower R/H wing is nearly ready for fabric cowering. Like the first wing, this is assembled mainly by repaired original parts made at Kjeller. We even had a complete aileron. The biggest challenge was to reproduce the trailing edge near the fuselage. The trailing edge curves slightly upwards on Tiger Moths made by DeHavilland while it is straight at Tiger Moths made at Kjeller. The third wing, the lower L/H wing is also nearly finished. For the fourth wing we only have a couple of ribs left, so we might have to make several new ones for this.


The nearly finished lower R/H wing standing next to the fuselage while the first ribs are being slide onto the spars on the lower L/H wing.


Only a few parts from the original Tiger Moth no. 145 can be used, but this bracket has survived 50 years outside in the forest.

Erling Eckhoff has signed the aileron 10 September 1934.


A rib being repaired.

 

 News 13 April 2019

 The upper L/H wing is now complete and ready for fabric cowering. We started out with two bad wing spars, a heap of broken ribs and a number of worn-out metal fittings. It turned out that all except two ribs was originally made at Kjeller. It was evident as most of them was marked Kontrollert (controlled) in addition to a date and a signature. Even the nails and screws are recovered from original Kjeller parts. We think this became an exceptionally good documentation of a Kjeller built wing.
Next in line is the lower R/H wing.


The upper L/H wing ready for fabric cowering.

 

This rib was Kontrollert the year after Tiger Moth 145 was finished. It came originally from Tiger Moth 189.

 

Crash pads and windshields installed.

 

 

News 2 January 2019

In December 2018 all available parts were trail installed on the fuselage frame. This included seats, flight controls, the extra fuel tank and the wind shields. Finally it looks like a Tiger Moth. Following a nearly complete disassemble, we started final painting and installation of parts. In order to finish installation of the upper wooden construction, the tail and forward fuselage sections were bolted together properly for the first time. We have also installed the fabric on the underside of the floor boards. At present the stick and rudder pedals are fully operational. Next is final installation of seats. Making four new wings is also on the to-do list.     


Trail installation of fuselage parts.


Cockpit details. With the forward seat removed the 45 liter extra fuel tank is visible.

 
News 15 September 2018

 Nearly all details completed this summer are made from scratch. It is sometimes tricky to find out exactly how our Tiger Moth was back in 1940. We have a few drawings but we are also dependent on making measurements at the Tiger Moths based at Kjeller. The problem is that they all have become a bit different during the years, and that there was a significant difference between British models and the models licence built at Kjeller.


The upper wooden structures on the airframe about to be glued.


The first trail installation of the tail surfaces. 


Nothing is thrown away. You might find something useful.

 

News 25 April 2018

The Storch is flying and the Tiger Moth is alone in the workshop. The cockpit area was missing almost everything and it is a huge task to get all completed. We have acquired a few original Tiger Moth parts, but a large number has to be made from scratch based on drawings or pictures.

 
The front rudder bar and pedals made from scratch.

 Almost nothing remained from the tail section. Everything seen on this picture is made from scratch.

  
The front cockpit throttle quadrant ready for painting

 
The elevator trim mechanism at an early stage of reproduction.

News 26 April 2017

The Tiger Moth has been on the back burner for several years. The Storch has got most attention, but Eivind Svenningsen has done some Tiger Moth work in-between. Notably, most of the flight controls in the cockpit nears completion. Lots of parts has been finished and made ready for final installation. The last component that has received attention is the oil tank. It was badly crunched in an accident, but Eivind has managed to make it oil tight and look right. The Storch is a few months from being completed. Then the Tiger Moth will get full attention from the whole team.


The painted fuselage frame ready for installation of parts.


Eivind Svenningsen re-shapes the oil tank.


Flight control details

News 28 January 2012

The fuselage frame is ready painted and the floor board is in place.
Some parts of the seat support structure and flight controls are also about to find its right place. The original front cowling is in airworthy condition.
As one of few Norwegian Tiger Moths no. 145 had an extra fuselage fuel tank which has been found and installed. More details is on its way.


The fuselage frame with a few details attached.


Two attachment brackets lend for copy and one being manufactured from scratch
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News 24 October 2010

More working hours has been spent on the workshop this summer than on restoring airplanes. 90 m² of a previously “cold” section of the building has got the same treatment as the rest of the workshop. A part of this area has become the carpenter’s workshop and the Tiger Moth airframe has already moved inn. It is about time to get started with the cockpit area. The Gipsy III engine has also got some attention. During disassembly it was found to be in excellent condition with no wear. The plan is to find missing parts and run the engine.  


The carpenter’s workshop with the Tiger Moth fuselage frame in place.
The walls are decorated with Tiger Moth parts still carrying the original fabric from the pre-war period.

 


The Gipsy III during disassembly.



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