WW2 Vehicle & Aircraft Restorations.

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by von Poop, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Anymore updates Richard?
     
  2. spider

    spider Very Senior Member

  3. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Spider,

    The restoration work looks excellent.

    Thanks for the link.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  5. Richard Harrison

    Richard Harrison Senior Member

    Anymore updates Richard?

    yes matey the hull has been blasted and primed, the front armor has been cut and i have a shed load of 3/8th rivets, just got to find a form to peen them over with.

    side armor and center bulkhead are being cut to be collected soon, i have made new front and rear fenders and also new sand guards, got a NOS dash pannel and some NOS guages and switches which i opened from theyre sealled boxes for the first time since 1942 what an amazing feeling to know i am the first person to stare into the face of the speedometer since it was packed up at the ford factory !

    here is a quick picture a few weeks back.

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    and for a laugh here is a mok up of my proposed camo scheme psml
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    western desert into scicily 1943 light stone base with scc2 brown disruptive (avoid vertical lines) had a email convo with Mike Starmer to find a half decent accurate scheme
     
  6. Hello Lads & Lasses

    I need help with parts to restore the latest addition to the collection

    a 90 cm (30") ww2 search light

    with the 70th anniversary of the belfast blitz on the horizon I would like to have it restored

    see restoration page on War Years Remembered; Bringing History Alive for all Generations

    any help would be appreciated on locating parts

    I have just completed restoration of the 1944 Polsten Gun
    and the only non original piece is a tempoary handle made for one of the jack legs just to let any one looking parts I have loads of spares including a complete trailer

    would be willing to do a good swop for a jack leg handle

    yours as always in your debt

    Davey war years
     
  7. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  8. Richard Harrison

    Richard Harrison Senior Member

    my next project is going to be a stuart for sure.....know of a lovely early spec M3....just need to scrape up 75k and i am laughing !
     
  9. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Looking at the Stallwood/RR services site last night, I see a Vickers VI listed under recent restorations.
    Military Vehicles from RR Services

    Anyone know whose Mk.VI?
    I'm assuming one of the museums, but my interest is piqued.
     
  10. spider

    spider Very Senior Member

  11. spider

    spider Very Senior Member

    This old girl was in even worse condition the last time I saw her (2006).

    You had to struggle to find her.
     

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  12. singeager

    singeager Senior Member

    Must be mad. ive bought another one.....

    dingo restoration

    details of its restoration will be posted as it happens

    singe
     
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  13. Richard Harrison

    Richard Harrison Senior Member

    Looking at the Stallwood/RR services site last night, I see a Vickers VI listed under recent restorations.
    Military Vehicles from RR Services

    Anyone know whose Mk.VI?
    I'm assuming one of the museums, but my interest is piqued.


    Von. nope but they are as rare as hens teeth ! your best bet is australia if you want one. i know of one but it has been chopped down to a tub like my carrier was.
     
  14. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Must be mad. ive bought another one.....

    dingo restoration

    details of its restoration will be posted as it happens

    singe

    Cor, how could you resist...
    Can't be that common to find a real 'garaged' one in pretty much untouched condition.
    Will it be tarted up to it's former Victory Parade appearance?
    Good luck with the restoration - looking forward to seeing it in the flesh at Beltring.


    Rich, I still haven't seen any more on that MK.VI, assumption is currently very much that they're doing some work for a museum, but who knows?
     
  15. Richard Harrison

    Richard Harrison Senior Member

    it has featured in the war paint gallery on the milweb site. war paint is a firm who sells correct pigments for ww2 paints.....
     
  16. von Poop

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  17. KevinC

    KevinC Slightly wierd

    found this today
    Catalog-1

    The pilot survived ditching his fighter in the sea off Bergen in Norway on
    15 December 1943. It was recovered on November 2nd 2006!
     
  18. spider

    spider Very Senior Member

  19. von Poop

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  20. jeffbubble

    jeffbubble Senior Member

    A rare World War Two aircraft will form the exciting centrepiece of Carlisle’s revamped £1.68 million military museum.
    The 1941 cargo and assault glider will be the star attraction in Cumbria’s Military Museum when the collection moves from the cramped Queen Mary’s Tower to the nearby Alma Block.
    Assistant curator TonyGoddard, who is helping to restore the aircraft, said the museum would become an “international attraction” and would add to the already considerable draw of the castle.
    Under the ambitious plans, the Grade II listed regency style building will be transformed into a modern visitor attraction complete with education centre, cafe and restored regimental bar.
    The city’s MP John Stevenson described it as “fantastic” for Carlisle, adding that the new site had “masses of potential”.
    He said: “It will enhance what we have on offer for tourists in terms of our heritage at the castle, Tullie House and the cathedral.”
    The museum refurbishment would not be possible without a £1.43 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Alma Block, which served originally as the Regiment’s Institute and canteen, is almost three times the size of the existing museum.
    The size of the present museum means that only half of the collection can go on show at any one time but the new site will allow 80 per cent of it to be seen.
    Stuart Eastwood, curator of the museum, said: “This will enable us to make our collections accessible to a far wider audience with the space and facilities expected in a modern museum.”
    The aircraft, which will enjoy pride of place in the Alma Block, is one of just four such aircraft in the UK and 14 in the world.
    Found in farmland at Kirkby Lonsdale, it was donated to the museum about 18 months ago and is now in the process of being restored by a four-man team.
    When rebuilt, it will be exhibited on the ground floor with a jeep emerging from the front, illustrating its use of a cargo glider.
    The original metal frame would have been covered only in cotton fabric, making it lighter in the air but making it vulnerable to enemy attack.
    Mr Goddard said the cloth was so flimsy that a soldier could easily have poked his finger right through the cloth.
    Catching sight of the glider for the first time, Carlisle veteran Ron Graydon said: “My goodness, did I really go to Sicily in one of those?”
    It is understood that this particular glider never saw active military service.
    However, it would have been identical to the aircraft that would have flown soldiers to Sicily and Arnham.
    The Waco CG-4A was named Hadrian by the British.
    It was originally used to carry 13 troops or six litters for the evacuation of the wounded. It could also be used to carry artillery including a 37mm AT gun and a 75mm howitzer.
    The gliders could also carry trucks, mobile laboratories, weather stations, radar equipment and even field kitchens.
    Curators hope to have the museum open next summer, with work on the glider taking three months.
    Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
     

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