Just recently I completed a deal to secure a farily original panel for my C47 cockpit project. I was lucky enough to obtain this one from Wisconsin USA, following a much-appreciated tip off from forumite jaybee after he spied it advertised on Barnstormers. The guy had acquired it several decades ago and after it lying around in his garage all that time, he decided to liberate it to a new home. He did a great job, packing it for me, even building a special box for it. Lots of foam, plastic bubbles, and everything screwed securely in place with little blocks. I have found the Americans exemplary to deal with, always going the extra mile.
This what it looks like, basically as-arrived, but with my auto pilot units perched in it for a quick pic.
And some closer detail views. I am on the lookout for everything to fill the holes.
Quite happy with the bones of this. Will disaasemble and clean everything up, careful to retain all the original placarding of course. Not planning a bright and shiney resto, but an authentic/used/tidy look.
Will end up in here, NZ3503, the oldest large chunk of a surviving RNZAF C47.
I'm glad to hear that - I'm not too familiar with the noseart - but I do love the camo'd RNZAF Daks. It's a great little project, I'm tempted to do the same with the Fletcher (temporarily) so I can take it around the place to shows.
Peter Anderson, (Ando) has kindly and enthusiastically sent me some great pics of a C47 cockpit project rescued from near oblivion, in Oz. They've arrived in a format I'm having difficulty uploading to photobucket, but when I can, I will crank up an Australian and Foreign cockpits thread under the foreign board.
There was actually a recent 'Cockpit Fest' meeting here in Victoria, hosted by a collector with his Jag GR-1 and Sukhoi cockpits, and we had several others on show, including panels and a Canberra nose; I can send you the details as reported in Flightpath if you drop me a PM.
Zac I think you feel similar about it to me. I would quite like it to be more generic of the era, but with supporting display material alongside depicting that nose art and associated story behind it. But I'll still be interested to hear what people think. I just want a cool looking period C47 nose in olive drab, without a bloody great graphic all over it. But I'm prepared to reconsider. Based on popular thought.