N17 - Metal Panels?

Douglas R. Jones (djones@iex.com)
Tue, 01 Aug 1995 11:17:13 -0500

All this talk of Camel metal panels got me to thinking about the N17 I am
about to cover and detail. The turtledeck in front of the pilot
specifically. Is this an aluminum panel? The docs I have don't say
specifically. The photos I have of the 17 replica in the Canadian Museum (I
think...it's Bishop's plane) look like the panel is aluminum. There is then
a piece of fabric riveted (?) to the bottom and held to the sides using a
light cord. The sides are fabric covered as the tapes on the seams are
apparent. Can anyone confirm this for me?

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