Just pulled the Wright Flyer from my stack. Can anyone give me some tips on
painting the wings so that they look like canvas? Come to think of it were
the wings covered with canvas or some other material?
I caught a Discovery Wings show last month on the building of the replica flyer
that is to
attempt a repeat of the 12/17/1903 flight on... 12/17/2003. I think they're
project the Wright Experience. A living Wright descendant had some of remnant
on the original flyer that she made available to the replica builders. The
apparently hand this down from generation to generation.
Anyway, they used the remnant to manufacture a new set of skins for the replica
original material was said to be a form of muslin.
Hell's Bells, I just checked and they have a website up. Enjoy!
To reply, get the HECK out of there
The Wright flyer was less OFF white than others, especially European
planes that used a darker, cream color. Also, hard to really compare,
but it seems to me that Curtisses I have seen in museums were darker
fabric than Flyer in ASM. So, go careful in adding cream or whatever.
One of the replicas being built went far to assure authenticity of
fabric, documented in their recent TV program.
The Wrights used a material called "Pride Of The West" muslin. It was
manufactured for ladies underwear. I spoke to a guy at the Wings Over
Houston airshow...he had built a full-sized replica of one of the Wright
gliders. Very cool! I would suggest a trip to your favorite fabric
store...look for lightweight muslin for an idea of the color and texture of