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 lower & underside surface by the Wednesday team.  
Old outer ply & balsa wood has been removed from the fuselage on the lower outer sections of the starboard & port side forward of the new tail segment and around the rear access hatch up to bulkhead #4.  New balsa wood and structural spruce stiffening will be glued in place between bulkheads #6 and #4 in readiness for the outer ply sheets to be glued on. New reinforcing timber banding strip has been glued in place at the location of bulkhead #5. (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 and Eddie are cataloguing the restoration of both main undercarriage assembly components.  
Work continues with the restoration of the tail wheel mud guard and its support structure by Ron Gretton.  (See pic below)

Progress continues with the restoration of the tail elevators and trim tabs by Ron Gretton, John McCrystal and Bob Tomlin and other volunteers.  One elevator has been re-assembled with new rivets and sent to the paint shop for undercoating.  (See pic below)

Restoration continues with the wing ailerons by Ron Gretton, John McCrystal and other volunteers.  The missing aileron trim tabs will be built from scratch as the appropriate drawings have been found.  (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)

New nosing ribs being developed for each flap unit.  (See pic below).

Minor repairs are completed on the trailing edge of the Rudder frame and 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, and now are painted and re-assembled.  A misalignment of a pipe flange fitting on both bulkheads was discovered and has now been dis-assembled and correctly re-installed.  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, including identifying surplus Mossie parts suitable for trading for missing parts if required.

A valuable find by David of 3 complete port and starboard wing tips along with the aircraft’s original badly damaged wing tips.  These will be put into storage until needed. (See pic below.)

Clean up / reconfiguring by Bob of our major computer parts data inventory continues.

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