Some very real negotiation has been playing out between the museum and the vendor over past months. There was a genuine interest in the museum acquiring this project and a funding application was being prepared for a Lotteries grant. Unfortunately the time lines were always going to be lengthy for a NZ offer and in the end, cash offered by a third party has spoken. Not for want of a good attempt. Thank you to the Museum Director, Executive and Board for following up my initial approach to them. We tried.
Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 17, 2015 17:45:36 GMT 12
Thanks to you too Peter for all your efforts, I know you were working hard to make this work. it's just a shame someone else has beaten the kiwis to their only opportunity to have an RNZAF Corsair in a national museum.
Two month's have gone by now. Has anyone heard who the buyer was ?. Most of the shops in the USA with the jigs and capability to do a floor up rebuild to fly are fully committed at the moment. Ezell Aviation has Brewster F3A-1 well underway and Sanders Aeronautics are occupied with the wind machine FG-1D. Chuck Wahl from Vultures Row Aviation has just announced that work has started on rare birdcage F4U-1 Bu 02449. He has acquired this project from Bob Jarrett of SA who recvered these remains from Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu.
How's the kit build going Zac ? Did your local hobby shop have a full sized Corsair kit out the back too ? Maybe not, but I reckon a life size model could make an attractive memorial. Seeing what Classic Jets Fighter Museum has achieved with their F4U-1 and on a limited budget makes me think a scratchbuilt replica might be a feasible and affordable option here. Let's get started, all we need is a sponsor, plans and a longterm display venue.
Over summer I've been reading up about Corsair construction and restoration but no news yet about the owner of F4U-1A project or any new registration. Okay my bright idea earler hasn't inspired a lot of interest and I'm not going to make a whole Corsair all by myself. I'm now thinking of making just a part assembly for starters. I've gathered enough photos, detail and drawings of the outer 4ft section of main centre beam and surrounding structure where the undercarriage is attached. The intention would be make that section of wing and to activate the wheel retraction process if enough components can be obtained. But I'll have to put a proposal to my local museum to fund and display the finished assembly first. I don't have any original parts at this stage. I'm not expecting much is left in NZ now but if anyone knows the whereabouts of a non-airworthy wheel and tyre that would be a beginning. Also the link assembly, part no. VS-10882 this is the 2 piece frame that joins the strut to the main beam and hinges in the middle when the wheel retracts.