Re: N17 - Metal Panels?

Guy Fawcett (
Tue, 01 Aug 1995 10:47:14 -0600 (MDT)

>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?

I believe that the panel is a fabric covered plywood sheet but I will confrim
this tonight ( if I remember).

>The docs I have don't say specifically. The photos I have of the 17 replica in
the Canadian Museum (I's Bishop's plane) look like the panel is

Your right, the plane in the Ottawa museum is representing Bishop's It has just
recently been restored after a crash at Abbotsford several years ago and now
displays more blue areas and the aircraft code C5. They still haven't made up
a spinner for it though.

>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?

I'll take a closer look at the pictures I took of the N17 but I think the
lacing strip is glued to the removable panel. I know that the bottom edge
where the lacing studs are located is a right angle metal part attached to the
upper longeron.

Tally Ho

Guy Fawcett