Sunday at the Mossie Museum
Posted 09 October 2005 - 04:30 PM
Work continues on FBVI, TA122 : -
Especially in the cockpit area ; note the fighter-type 'stick' column with firing buttons : -
I got my hands dirty and did some work for a change, doping the tailfin. Here it is before : -
...and after ( doping is better than sniffing glue ! ) :-
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 ; -
Great fun this digital business - be even better when I learn how to use it properly ! redface.gif
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Posted 09 October 2005 - 07:35 PM
The museum looks like they do quality work!
Posted 10 October 2005 - 02:16 AM
Posted 10 October 2005 - 06:16 AM
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.
Posted 10 October 2005 - 08:32 AM
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.
Posted 10 October 2005 - 08:51 AM
Soon you´ll wonder how you´d get along without one!
Just think that some 10 years ago no personal computer, no cellular phone...
Posted 10 October 2005 - 02:51 PM
Posted 10 October 2005 - 07:12 PM
I hope Santa comes thru and delivers your video camera. You will like that too.
Posted 10 October 2005 - 07:59 PM
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
Posted 11 October 2005 - 04:56 AM
Posted 11 October 2005 - 06:26 AM
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...
Posted 17 October 2005 - 09:04 AM
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....
Posted 17 October 2005 - 05:13 PM
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 ??
Posted 17 October 2005 - 05:32 PM
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.....
Posted 17 October 2005 - 05:48 PM
Posted 04 March 2007 - 05:38 PM
Mosquito FBVI TA122 has now had its fuselage painted in the colours it originally wore during WWII and looks good alongside B.35 TA634....
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....
It would be nice to hear this song again someday.....
Posted 04 March 2007 - 08:17 PM
Posted 04 March 2007 - 10:41 PM
I'd luv to be there taking snaps and absorbing the smells and stories
Posted 05 March 2007 - 09:31 AM
Posted 05 March 2007 - 09:48 AM
Posted 05 March 2007 - 05:16 PM
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....
Balsa inlay/plywood skinning on top of the wing behind the radiator fairing.
Needless to say, the cockpit !
Posted 05 March 2007 - 05:53 PM
Posted 05 March 2007 - 06:26 PM
Posted 06 March 2007 - 08:03 PM
Thanks for all the new pictures.
Posted 06 March 2007 - 11:59 PM
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