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#1 Martin Bull

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 04:30 PM

Thought a day at the Mosquito Museum would be a fun tryout for my new digi-toy.....

Work continues on FBVI, TA122 : -

TA122

Especially in the cockpit area ; note the fighter-type 'stick' column with firing buttons : -

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I got my hands dirty and did some work for a change, doping the tailfin. Here it is before : -

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...and after ( doping is better than sniffing glue ! :eek: ) :-

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And best of all, we had a total surprise visit from Michael Gill who actually flew TA122 post-war with 4 Squadron at Volkel - very rare to be able to reunite a veteran pilot with a historic airframe. here he is, with his charming wife ; -

TA122 Pilot

Great fun this digital business - be even better when I learn how to use it properly ! :rolleyes: redface.gif
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Posted 09 October 2005 - 07:35 PM

Those are really fine pictures you took Martin. graemlins/salute.gif Keep posting more of them. The Comet looks interesting, how much of it is there ?
The museum looks like they do quality work!
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Posted 10 October 2005 - 02:16 AM

Martin, those really are good quality pictures. Thanks for posting them. I look forward to seeing more pictures.
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Posted 10 October 2005 - 06:16 AM

Well - it must be the camera, not me redface.gif

Ta, that's all there is of the Comet ! It's a nose section which is open to the public. However, at the back of the museum we have a complete fuselage from a very early production example which has the original square windows ; the area which failed causing the Comet crashes.
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Posted 10 October 2005 - 08:32 AM

Well, as people liked the other photos, here's just one more - of Mosquito B35 TA634.

It's a little hemmed in at the moment, maybe I'll get a nicer shot during the winter when we move the aircraft around. BTW, the man standing on the right is Ray Cooper, a very unassuming man who will only tell you - when pushed - that he was RAF groundcrew in WWII, working among other things on Blenheims during the Battle of Britain.

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 08:51 AM

Great pics, Martin!

Soon you´ll wonder how you´d get along without one!

Just think that some 10 years ago no personal computer, no cellular phone...

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 02:51 PM

...no WWII Forums ! :eek: How did we survive....? ;)
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Posted 10 October 2005 - 07:12 PM

Anouther great picture. I wish I had some money to donate to the museum as I am impressed by the quality work they do. I have been to the Confederate Air Force museum in Harlingen in the 70's and 80's and the difference is night and day in the level of workmenship.
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Posted 10 October 2005 - 07:59 PM

more please ............. :D

Martin just how many Mossies are in the holdings of the museum ?

noticed that Osprey pubs are releasing their night fighter aces book on the Mossie today: # 69.

hopeful some beneficial information is included not published elsewhere. probably take a onth before it reaches us here in the States

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Posted 11 October 2005 - 04:56 AM

I have been researching new angles for you to take pictures Martin. Notice this one toward the bottom of the Adrenalin group Mosquito, VR 796. All you have to do is find an 18 foot ladder, climb on top and get a good picture for the forum members. ( they still have free medical service in the UK don't they ? )

http://www.fleetaira...ft/Mosquito.htm
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Posted 11 October 2005 - 06:26 AM

Erich, the Museum has the complete prototype W4050, B35 TA634 and complete-in-parts FBVI TA122, plus substantial pieces of B35 TJ118 which is being used as a donor for the restoration of TA122.

W4050 is doubly historic as being the only surviving WWII combat aircraft prototype.

I shall look for the Osprey nightfighter title with interest ; but as usual, it won't list sources... :rolleyes:
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Posted 17 October 2005 - 09:04 AM

I saw the new 'Mosquito Aces' Osprey title at the Duxford Show yesterday and I'm sorry to say that I was not impressed.

Admittedly, I only had a 'flick-through' but really, to me it seemed like a one-volume rehash of their previous Mossie titles. Nothing surprising among the photos, no sources, nothing whatsoever to tempt me out of £12.99. graemlins/no.gif

Believe me, there is a much better Mosquito book in the pipeline.... ;)
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Posted 17 October 2005 - 05:13 PM

bummer friend !

but on the other hand I have about 3 books on the subject matter ` aircraft. may I ask a bit more about the new surprise on the wooden wonder ? ......... ah, Martin as co-author eh ??

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Posted 17 October 2005 - 05:32 PM

Sadly not ! redface.gif redface.gif

The new Mossie book is under wraps - but I absolutely guarantee that it is full of photos ( many from private collections ) which have never been published before and have been collected together by a recognized authority on the Mosquito.

As soon as firmer info is forthcoming, I'll let everyone know.....
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Posted 17 October 2005 - 05:48 PM

Where are the Duxford pictures at ?? You did'nt go to the show and forget your camera did you ? :eek:
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Posted 04 March 2007 - 05:38 PM

The Mosquito Museum opened its doors to the public again today after the winter lay-off.

Mosquito FBVI TA122 has now had its fuselage painted in the colours it originally wore during WWII and looks good alongside B.35 TA634....

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Work continues apace on TA122's wing : restoration is now coming along very well and - who knows / - fuselage and wing may finally be mated on Europe's only surviving Mossie Fighter/Bomber next Winter. Here's the Museums' Richard Benham and Colin Ewer cutting yet another sheet of plywood to fit....

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It would be nice to hear this song again someday.....

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 08:17 PM

Great pictures Martin ! Post more if you have them please. :dazed:
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Posted 04 March 2007 - 10:41 PM

more great pics Martin ! hey you may just hear the sound yet and sooner than you think. do they ever bring out the complete Mossie for public inspection and under high security ? :D

I'd luv to be there taking snaps and absorbing the smells and stories
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Posted 05 March 2007 - 09:31 AM

Thank you for sharing these great pictures. it's fantastic to realise how the right camouflages are used and the sight of the cockpit really made my day. I wish I had time to visit. The quality is impressive. It's a true heritage that deserves to be preserved.

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 09:48 AM

Great pics Martin, set me thinking (a rare event and no mistake). I'm looking at moving back to London in the next little while and was wondering how one might go about volunteering at the mossie museum? I have been a couple of times and as a youngster was invited to sit in the cockpit of the prototype which (alongside helping push a spitfire back into the hanger and so earning a seat in the cockpit) is one of my most treasured memories.
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Posted 05 March 2007 - 05:16 PM

Believe me, Stefan - all are welcome !:) Much of the work is non-technical - it's a bit like working on old cars ie stripping, cleaning, rubbing down, polishing, painting, etc etc. The Museum is run entirely by volunteers and all help is needed, even if, like me at the moment, you have limited time to spare.

You also get to have a few laughs.....if you want to have a go, let me know and I'd be happy to introduce you.

Here's a couple of shots of the quality of work which is being put into the FBVI, TA122....

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Balsa inlay/plywood skinning on top of the wing behind the radiator fairing.


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Needless to say, the cockpit !
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Posted 05 March 2007 - 05:53 PM

Great stuff Martin, when I head home I'll look into it. Won't be untill summer unfortunatly, got a degree to finish and a job to find.
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Posted 05 March 2007 - 06:26 PM

No worries, Stefan - just drop me a pm whenever you feel like going along....:)
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Posted 06 March 2007 - 08:03 PM

That control stick or yoke is seriously strange... I wonder what DeHavilland was thinking of when it was designed ? I wonder what the pilots thought of it ?

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 11:59 PM

I thought that but eventually realised it's quite sensible, having it off centre puts it nearer the natural rest position of your arms. Sit in the car sometime and see where your hands rest. If you look at the control column of the Spit and Hurri both are offset too.
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