The Mosquito Aircraft Association of Australia Incorporated

ABN - 68 831  327  047

A52-600 Restoration


By Ron Gillis

Text Box: Here we are half way through the 2016 restoration year.

Work is continuing on the Mossie fuselage by the Wednesday team with progress at the upper area straddling bulkhead 4 and on to bulkhead 3, of new balsa infill glued on, in preparation for some more upper outer ply skin to be glued on top.  Our w/e team has been involved with searching for fuselage components such as rear access hatch hinges, bulkhead skin bolts and upper fuselage antenna mast, as part of their support.

The work that Simon started on restoration of the pilot’s seat with initial bead blasting to remove surface rust and corrosion, has stalled, but as team members become available it will recommence.

It has been agreed with the Technical Curators that the tail wheel assembly, including the tail section as mentioned in the last report, become the MAAA next major restoration focus.  

Work has continued on finding, cataloguing and assessing restoration of the main undercarriage assembly bolts.  This project is nearing completion and we hope to hand over the results to the Tech. Cur. in the near future.

Some external repair work was completed on the RHS and LHS U/C door closing frames; however investigation showed there needs to be more restoration work done on them.  When and who is to do this work is yet to be confirmed.

Cataloguing the contents of the Mosquito storage racking in the restoration hangar, has stalled whilst team members have been tasked on other higher priority duties, but will recommence as team members become available.

Don Taylor and Bob Stevens have been steadily grinding away at the cleanup and reconfiguring of our major computer Parts Data Base.  This is also nearing completion.

Fabrication of a drawing cabinet base frame and picture hanging is part of the further consolidation of the MAAA occupation of our newly renovated accommodation in P170.

Health and Safety reminder regarding cleaning the work area of the effects of Bird Droppings:
Use appropriate PPE (dust mask, gloves and specs),
Carefully fold and bin contaminated plastic sheeting,

Use only the vacuum cleaner (no brooms, create no dust).

“Safe Working” and Thanks to all for your continued effort,