Monday, December 6, 2010

Wings & ankles

Over two years ago, I started pulling parts out of twelve totes and two bundles, and sorting them out into what I roughly knew went where on a wing.

This isn't the beginning - the ribs here are mostly cleaned of corrosion, repaired, and some are already primed. But it's close enough.



Turns out that the shop with the wings has great customer service on everything except their deadlines, and came in under budget while making my wings look as beautiful on the outside as they are inside.


I still need to put the gas tanks back in and get them on, but the end is in sight.

On the other hand, yesterday I only made it successfully down five out of six stairs to the laundry, and my left ankle was stressed past specs. Unlike the plane, I won't have to put a lot of effort and research into figuring out how to repair it - rest, ice, compression, and elevation are pretty straightforward, if annoying and providing very few external indications of healing progress.

I hope I can get back to the plane soon - I'd far rather be twisted in some uncomfortable position while scrapes on my arms weep blood and itch around splinters, muttering words my father wouldn't approve of me saying while trying to hold a flashlight, a mirror, and use a tool than be tucked on this comfy couch with tea, sandwiches, internet, and comfy blankets.

3 comments:

Jenny said...

If only airplanes were as good as bodies on that little "self-repair" thing. :)

Old NFO said...

Hang in there Wing... fix the body FIRST, then the airplane :-)

J.R.Shirley said...

Can't wait to see the finished product.

I feel your pain. In my right knee, actually. :-( Get better.