Post by harvard1041 on Dec 18, 2017 5:47:19 GMT 12
Yes - that's the one - designed & built by Cliff Andrews in the late 1950s - using a combination of his own ideas ( early Ag aircraft ) plus surplus parts - Auster, Tiger, Harvard ...and flown regularly - flew it the other day, it is a lot of fun ... not high powered but turns & rolls well.
Send us a PM if you're interested, one share coming up for Sale.
Post by harvard1041 on Oct 21, 2017 3:22:48 GMT 12
I'd guess 'whatever is cheapest' will be the combined policy ... along with deferring any big dollar items (P-3 replacement ?) - recall what happened to the F-16s & A-4s after a similar Govt change a few years back ? ... sure hope I'm wrong with the above.
Post by harvard1041 on Jun 14, 2017 1:52:02 GMT 12
Gotta say - all this speculation on transport replacement is kinda - well - pointless ... the team at MOD are a pretty sharp bunch, our politicians less so ... and all the rest of us, currently serving RNZAF people included, are just bystanders ... it will be what it will be
My 2c - keep the 757s (they work well and are fairly modern) and order some C130Js for 8+ year away delivery (mind you they should have been ordered 15 years back, but there you go). C130Js aren't a great step forward, just same old same old... and avionics wise argueably no step up from the 'new' L3 modified ones.
For the maritime folks, keep the P-3s going... P-8s are too darn expensive with an emphasis on anti-sub which has never been an RNZAF / MOD priority.
... I predict the above because it will be the most 'short term cost efficient'
Post by harvard1041 on Jun 13, 2017 18:52:00 GMT 12
Thanks for the comments - but any rebuild needs the help of lots of people ..and in this case, two of the best are Pioneer at Ardmore and specifically Will Lowen ... and CAMS at Omaka and Tony Wytenburg.
Post by harvard1041 on May 30, 2017 0:38:07 GMT 12
Always liked the SE5a - both the scaled ones, and more recently the full sized ones... I guess they all are - to greater or lesser extent - 'homebuilts' but luckily both the original RAE drawings and Jim Kiger's (Replicraft) drawings are pretty good if you want to build one - which I have been doing slowly over a number of years. Luckily there are some pretty helpful people who have done lots to advance the project along the way.
Started out with some original woodwork, a Hisso, and the above drawings - a few photos below of the current state of progress. It will be finished on 'Wednesday'
Post by harvard1041 on Feb 17, 2017 19:37:18 GMT 12
Found these three neat shots on the fb 'Old Marlborough' site - thanks Scott ... looks like 1033 & 1038 on Railway Wagons heading to Woodbourne ... also 1098 outside ARS - 1958 apparently ...gotta like the steam train in the first one...
Post by harvard1041 on Jan 11, 2017 2:16:43 GMT 12
Yes indeed - some were built with wooden rear fuselages - as it was thought that perhaps ally might become a shortage ...but it never did - so back to ally rears ... and I think many of the RNZAF IIAs were delivered with wooden rears. I gather no difference in performance and they were changed out post war ...never actually seen one however.
Post by harvard1041 on Jan 11, 2017 1:32:17 GMT 12
Interesting post - actually all Harvard ones are
Yes - I'm sure David is correct - here's the page out of the -3 Manual ... although I'm pretty sure the glareshield was green rather than black, and in the case of my Harvard, NZ1041 - had a red cowl as part of its No 4(F) OTU marks.
Post by harvard1041 on Nov 19, 2016 12:37:45 GMT 12
Sadly this aircraft crashed very recently - killing Ron Alexander ( one of the owners ) and a passenger ... condolences to their families .... and thoughts out to Brian & John and all the people involved at Williamson, GA.
Post by harvard1041 on Nov 13, 2016 3:19:15 GMT 12
Here is a photo of one of the P-40Es up in the Islands...it's NZ3094 which was Col Pays original machine....obviously a staged photo but very cool all the same.
adf Serials says :
NZ3094 P-40E-1 19620 41-25109 ET433 Taken over from the 68th PG, USAAF by No.15 Squadron at Fuamotu, Tonga on 27 October 1942. Sold to J. Larsen from Rukuhia on 02 March 1948. One of the last 4 Kittyhawks scheduled to be melted down, this aircraft was still extant at Rukuhia in March 1967. Remains to John Chambers and Mike Subritzky. Sold to C. Pay, Scone, New South Wales in 1994 and since restored First post restoration flight at Scone Airport, Australia on 06 December 2005.
Post by harvard1041 on Sept 19, 2016 1:35:33 GMT 12
Spent a few days with Paul Redlich at the TriState Warbird Museum - and the P-40M is just stunning - and well deserving of the Grand Warbird Oshksoh prizes ... a couple of photos below. They are now working on their FW-190 - R2800 & Ham-Std Prop - good idea - then a Corsair.
Post by harvard1041 on Jul 28, 2016 21:21:30 GMT 12
Yes - she stunning for sure - and a real credit to Paul Redlich and his team at Tri-State Warbird Museum in Batavia, Ohio....great stuff Paul.
Here is the man himself using the wing for a bit of shade.
...and a few photos early on in its initial rebuild in Auckland - back in 1999.
And more recently, during it's current rebuild in Ohio
PS - I think the connection with GB Fisken was probably taken from this photo - but of course us anoraks know that is the SU number, and it's actually NZ3072 in the photo. NZ3119 spent its time on No 2(F) OTU as far as I can gather.
Post by harvard1041 on Jul 24, 2016 20:32:20 GMT 12
One of the worlds great collections for sure - and one lots of us have been to. First went there as a kid, 40 years ago, but still enjoy it. Made it thru last weekend - same weekend as Farnborough so not too many people there...wind was up a bit so they didn't fly the Edwardian stuff...but still great