OMG can you believe the amazing condition that NZ3220 is in. I have dreamed of this all coming to pass. Fabulous stuff. Thank you so much to John Smith and his Family for the preservation of these relics.
How complete is 3320? Wings and cowl etc, or just the fuselage? Nice Navajo that one too ;-)
Hi Dazz On one of my many visits to see John he showed me he had Gloria's original wings as well and pointed out repair patches on them...very cool. I don't think he had the nose cowl, but could be wrong...
He let me take samples of paint flakes of Foliage Green and that bluish sky colour underneath the wings for analyzing for modelling etc. Pete Mossing has them now as I thought it best he match the colours. I think he has put something on his website with the closest matches etc. It sure didn't stick very well that's for sure, but there was nice renditions of the colours on the surfaces that had been adhered to the OD/NG
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Really cool to see this. Having been tucked away in a shed for most of it's life (NZ3220) I think it must look much as at did on it's last day at Asplin's garage. I assume that's were John Smith found her. The white marks either side of the roundels interests me as much as anything else at the moment. Not sure what they were. They don't appear to be the remains of the code letters ?
Post by markrogers on Jan 30, 2020 19:38:42 GMT 12
Awesome to see this P-40 see the light of day! I've also been to visit John and his collection years ago. What a collection...he permitted me to sit inside the cockpits of NZ3043 (still had its seat) and the Mosquito. I also saw NZ3220 and it's wings were stacked outside. The white colors on each side of NZ3220's fuselage roundels are the remains of the bars I think
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Yes - lots of inaccurate 'train-spotting' nonsense being put up on facebook - please, sensible 'Wings Over New Zealand' people, ignore it.
The family ( and Curtiss & I ) are under no obligation to have any social media presence or detail any part of the process if we don't want to but, having said that, some accurate info will be updated here semi-regularly and I'm sure, in due course, a nice balanced article will appear in 'Classic Wings'.
There is no plan to sell anything overseas, or do anything other than preserve the aircraft in a better state than currently stored.
We all owe John Smith a debt for his far-sighted and hard work. He didn't suffer fools gladly, and we've no intention of changing that
Yep, well said! This is my go to place for sensible accurate information
I have utmost respect for JS after nearly 40 years of visiting him and the way he took an interest in young Cameron and his interest in vintage aviation as well. We built a friendship on trust which I never took for granted.
The right people are managing his collection for which I personally am thankful. Anything we get from those in the know and family here is much appreciated!
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Thank you Hvd1041, as I mentioned previously I feel extremely grateful to both Curtiss and yourself for sharing anything you are able to. I would much rather have the right people sharing the right info than random stuff popping up out of nowhere.
Post by johnnyfalcon on Feb 4, 2020 12:00:27 GMT 12
Speaking as an avid aviation enthusiast and participant whom has never had the honour of viewing these precious artifacts in the flesh, despite an earnest desire to do so, any officially sanctioned news and images is gratefully and wholeheartedly appreciated. Thank you all.