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Hanglands
04-10-2007, 11:36 AM
Hi,

At a recent visit to Duxford I took shed loads of photos, in one of them that I took in the restoration hangar I spotted this :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/a6m.jpg

So I Googled Duxfords A6M, and there are a few photo sets of the wreck here, (http://www.j-aircraft.com/walk/peter_fearis/a6mzerodux.htm) here, (http://www.j-aircraft.com/walk/other/pauloduxford.htm) and here, (http://www.j-aircraft.com/walk/other/newduxa6m.htm) but not a lot of information.

Just wondered if anybody new anything about the history of this particular machine or if a restoration time frame has been set for it?

Regards.

trekvana
04-10-2007, 12:54 PM
judging by those pictures mate, is the thing even restorable?

Platypus_1.JaVA
04-10-2007, 01:02 PM
I've seen aircraft in worse condition being restored. But with all of these restorations, I always wonder what parts are really original from that specific aircraft type and what is 'reconstructed'?

Hanglands
04-10-2007, 02:39 PM
Originally posted by trekvana:
judging by those pictures mate, is the thing even restorable?

Well, my guess would be yes, for static display. Its in the Restoration Hangar for a reason I reckon.

WB_Outlaw
04-13-2007, 07:17 AM
A restored Zero will most like have practically no original parts. The aluminum alloy they used does not last long. I read one account on the find of a downed zero where the aluminum could be scraped away with a fingernail it was so degraded. Note that this aircraft had spent the last 40-50 years sitting in the jungle so a protected original might not suffer so badly but I'm not sure.

My old boss' 190A8 only has a handful of original parts. Everything else has been fabricated new.

--Outlaw

cafflier
04-16-2007, 12:08 PM
Hi,
I'd respectfully disagree with Outlaw here. At CAF we had two Zeros. One was a Model 21 and the other a Model 22. The '21 is now in a museum in Hawaii. It is, except for the skin, almost entirely origional. Our Model 22 was restored in Russia and has a fair number of origional components though nowhere near as many as the 21 had. People who've been out to the old Japanese airfields say that the odd thing is you'll see wreck after wreck literally rotted away but then there are others parked right next to them that are in amazingly good shape. it all depends. VERY interested in your former employers A-8. What's the story there?

WB_Outlaw
04-22-2007, 08:50 AM
Originally posted by cafflier:
Hi,
I'd respectfully disagree with Outlaw here. At CAF we had two Zeros. One was a Model 21 and the other a Model 22. The '21 is now in a museum in Hawaii. It is, except for the skin, almost entirely origional. Our Model 22 was restored in Russia and has a fair number of origional components though nowhere near as many as the 21 had. People who've been out to the old Japanese airfields say that the odd thing is you'll see wreck after wreck literally rotted away but then there are others parked right next to them that are in amazingly good shape. it all depends. VERY interested in your former employers A-8. What's the story there?

That's interseting caff. I have only heard/read of disintegrating wrecks that were exposed to the elements for long periods.

My old boss bought his 190 from a museum (not sure where) after hearing about the German company (Flugwerks I believe) that was producing new components. The engine is a Russion 82N, which is very inexpensive to own/operate (a firewall forward rebuild of his Bonanza costs much more than a new 82N). The only thing it lacks is some finishing touches on the engine, cockpit assembly, and assembly of the wings to the fuselage. All control surfaces, flaps, landing gear, elevator trim, etc. are operational and complete.

He only kept those 8 or 9 components that showed no sign of corrosion or wear & tear. Everything else he fabricated or bought new. I'm not sure of his timetable but IIRC he wants to fly it before the end of this year.

--Outlaw.

KG26_Oranje
04-28-2007, 02:29 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v735/KG26Oranje/Luftwaffe-Axis/DSCN0434.jpg

Pic from a a SQD memeber , he visit it a cople years ago , the just moved the A6M around a ges lol.

S! I/KG26_Oranje

Hanglands
04-28-2007, 04:08 PM
It looks a bit better from that angle, KG26_Oranje.

Good photo, thanks for posting. Does your friend have any info on it?

I wish I could go around the restoration hangars at will.

Regards.

KG26_Oranje
05-01-2007, 01:06 PM
S! bro,

As far as i know he dont have any new info on it.
Buht if u see him ask him , its I/KG26_Alpha and online on Hyper lobby.

S! I/KG26_Oranje

A ahter baby the workt on.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v735/KG26Oranje/RAF%20USAAF%20Allied%201930%201950/bbe91c81.jpg
P-51C

ketoujin
05-06-2007, 06:15 PM
Nice pics. I was at Duxford last November and didn't see it - just the F105 "Thud" nose section and other aircraft they're restoring. About the aluminum skin - I've seen the Model 21 fuselage that Evergreen Air Museum has in Oregon. The skin is amazingly thin.

Best,
Gunnar