Re: Nie. 28 Info Request

Bob Pickwoad (
Sun, 27 Aug 1995 08:44:13 -0700

At 02:09 PM 8/26/95 EDT, wrote:
>On Sat, 26 Aug 1995, (Bob Pickwoad) wrote:
>> 1. Colors of the serpent painted on the cowl/fueselage?
>> 2. Rib stitching...proper spacing and placement, i.e., was there
>>stitching to the false ribs and did the position/spacing of stitching vary
>>front to aft/inboard to outboard?
>> These are some questions that I have, after over a year of research into
>>these aircraft, not been able to find any definitive answers to and would
>>appreciate any help anyone may be able to provide. Thanks so much for any
>>forthcoming help and advice.
>Hi... Picked a tough one huh? I have some photos of the 28 you're modelling
>, but never saw any specific references as to the colors. Appears to be white,
>or some light color, and possibly two (or one) other color for the markings on
>the snake.
>After looking at the snake, it appears to be VERY similar to several or the
>old Massachusetts "Don't Tread on me Designs" . Maybe something to that!?!
>All main ribs were stiched. False ribs were not stiched. Every photo I have
>seen of that period clear enough to show the knot patterns appears to be
>uniform throughout.
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>Thanks for the info, it really helps. If I can't get any further info on
the snake colors I'll go with the Mass. design colors. As far as the cowl
goes, I have documentation that describes the "star" that centers on the
cowl as white.

Any idea on the actual spacing of the stiching? I'm sort of guessing that
it was ~4".