This blog has been about the journey cataloging my passion for historical aviation design and construction. Its about the geometry; the ordinates and plans, about the designs and construction; from wood and canvass to full metal and alloy and the inspirations for the designs. The sheet metal work, the manufacturing, the mechanics, materials, electrics and hydraulics.
Its been an interesting time studying the different aircraft construction techniques and design methods. The different approaches to how different designers organise and develop the designs on the drawing board, sometimes accumulating 100o’s of drawings for a single aircraft…an admin challenge that even today would be quite daunting.
Not all my work has been published here, only a few examples that I think may be of particular interest. The evolution of the FW-190 to Ta-152, the various marks of the Spitfire, the early design characteristics for the Tiger Moth, the Mustang P-51 conic research and mathematical analysis culminating in a broad spectrum of research material that lays the foundation for the next chapter in my work.
I have learned a lot from this work which has been both challenging and frustrating. Its tested the limitations of my knowledge and the CAD systems we have come to rely on so much in our designs today.
Not many of the archive drawings sets I have are representative of a complete aircraft, often missing key information or simply illegible; though the latter sometimes can be overcome by studying other aspects of the design. I am often asked if I would consider creating an entire aircraft design in CAD that could actually be manufactured and whilst the answer is of course yes I would be reluctant to spend the considerable time required for any aircraft for which we have many flying examples.
Having said that Operation Ark was setup to undertake such a task for an extinct or rare aircraft depending on availability of sufficient design data. This work is still in progress and will take a while to resource, evaluate and fund such a project.
In the interim I have received a new set of archive material for an aircraft that was used extensively by Russia on the Eastern front which will be featured here in a few months time.
For now there wont be many updates but please do drop me a line as its always good to hear from the many readers of this blog about their own experiences in the exciting world of historical aviation.