Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 12, 2020 16:18:45 GMT 12
In this final talk given at the 2019 Wings Over New Zealand Forum Meet at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Wigram, Christchurch, the museum's resident Safety And Surface Technician Nathan "Barf" Bosher talks about applying paint to the collection's aeroplanes.
Barf's fascinating talk goes into the whys and wherefores, the methodology, the chemical principles, and the decision making and planning involved in a historical Air Force paint scheme, whether it's for a static museum aircraft or a flying warbird.
I listened the day it showed up in my Apple Podcasts app, a great glimpse into a vital - yet (to me at least) little-understood - part of aircraft preservation. I loved the story of preserving the original scheme down to misaligned stencils!
A great presentation and illustration on how easy it is to assume that "all paint schemes are the same" The key to presenting an aircraft in an accurate colour scheme can literally come down to a photograph or series of photographs of that aircraft on a particular day. As demonstrated by "Barf" and from my own observations over the decades, colour schemes can change rapidly, some obvious, others requiring a close examination of each aircraft