Association members are active in assisting the RAAF Museum together with other volunteers in the restoration of Mosquito PR XVI A52-600 at the Point Cook Victoria.

A52-600 Restoration

RESTORATION COORDINATOR’S REPORT AUGUST 2018

By Ron Gillis

Work has continued de-skinning the outer layers of timber ply, spruce and balsa to remove the old failed glue on the Mossie fuselage upper surface by the Wednesday team.  New outer ply has been successfully re-installed to the fuselage both sides forward from bulkhead #4, around the dingy hatch up to the rear of the cockpit opening.  Work has started on the lower outer sections of the starboard and port sides of the fuselage.  Temporary Internal stiffening has been installed so that the fuselage strength can cope with the strapping.

                                       

 

                                                  

 

A beautiful mounting case has been provided by the RAAF Museum to display the fuselage / tail / tail wheel structure of possibly an ex RAF ‘Highball’ mosquito in ‘AS FOUND’ condition.  This is a MAAA initiative generously supported by the RAAF Museum.

 

                                                                   

 

Similarly, repairs are continuing reconstructing the missing 1/3 lower end of the trailing antenna, which had also been cut off to allow access to a hard point to support the fuselage.   As the material that the original antenna is made of is no longer available, the missing lower half of the antenna is being constructed out of two pieces of ash timber cut to the required length as shown on the drawings and carefully shaped and sanded to the correct profile.

 

                                                   

 

A replacement has been found amongst the museum collection of aircraft parts for the missing antenna wire drum and long length of antenna wire.  Great job by the Museum’s collections staff finding the components!

 

Restoration of the pilot’s seat is continuing.  A small area of corroded metal has been removed from the seat box and replaced with new metal to be re-riveted in place.  A new arm rest support tube has been fabricated to replace the damaged original one.  Terry Burke and museum staff are progressing the work.

 

                                                                   

 

Work by Peter Lewis and Eddie Wassenaar finding, cataloguing and assessing restoration of both main undercarriage assembly’s components is continuing.

 

Restoration of tank straps that support the fuel tanks in the bomb bay area have been completed by Pat Dulhunty, Ron Gretton and Bob Tomlin.  Pat and David Devenish have been searching for associated components for cataloguing and restoration.

 

                                                   

 

 

Work continues on the ‘in-house’ restoration of the tail wheel mud guard, it’s support structure and

the port and starboard elevators and their control components by Ron, Bob, Pat and David.

 

                                                   

 

 

                                                   

 

 

                                                   

 

Ongoing cataloguing of the contents of the Mosquito storage racking by David Devenish and the MAAA team and clean up / reconfiguring / scanning of many items by Bob Stevens of our major computer parts data inventory.