The Mosquito Aircraft Association of Australia Incorporated

ABN - 68 831  327  047

A52-600 Restoration


By Ron Gillis

Text Box: 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 on the lower outer sections of the starboard side forward of the new tail segment and around the rear access hatch up to bulkhead #4.  The 600 long x 400 deep piece of fuselage that had broken away between bulkheads #3 and #4 on the port side of the fuselage has been repaired.  New balsa and structural spruce stiffening has been glued in place between bulkheads #4 and #3 in readiness for the outer ply sheets to be glued on. (See pic below)

Similarly, repairs are continuing reconstructing the missing 1/3 lower end of the trailing antenna, which had been cut off to allow access to a hard point to support the fuselage.  For details refer previous reports.

Restoration of the pilot’s seat is continuing.  Some missing components and safety webbing is required to complete the seat.  (See pic Below)

Peter Lewis and Eddie Wassenaar are cataloguing the restoration of both main undercarriage assembly components.  

Work continues on the restoration of the tail wheel mud guard and its support structure by Ron Gretton.  (See pic below)

Great progress has been achieved with the restoration of the tail elevators and trim tabs by Ron Gretton, John McCrystal and Bob Tomlin and other volunteers. This work has paused whilst some necessary components are sourced. (See pic below)

Work continues on the restoration of the wing ailerons by Ron Gretton, John McCrystal and other volunteers.  The aileron trim tabs appear to be missing, so a decision needs to be made as to either try and find a pair or build new ones from scratch.  (See pic below)

Restoration of the wooden wing flaps and torque tube control mechanisms is progressing at a great pace by Ron Gretton. (See pic below)

Flap Torque Tube under repair. 

Minor repairs have started to the trailing edge of the Rudder frame and repairs to the corroded top aluminium cover that surrounds the rudder mass balance.  (See pic below)

Both upper sections of the engine firewalls have been dismantled, repaired and or had corroded components rebuilt.  At the time of press, one upper unit has been painted and re-assembled.  The other unit was in the paint shop, from where it will be re-assembled.  Both units will require installation of fire proofing materials for completion.  This is great work by Lindsay McKee and John McCrystal.  (See pic below)

Drawings have been located to begin the restoration of the Navigator’s armour plate and the search goes on for details of the Navigator’s seat.

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

“Safe Working”, and thanks for your continued effort.