Post by Dave Homewood on Aug 21, 2020 17:42:23 GMT 12
Now a part of Brendon Deere's collection, the Mustang formerly with the late John Smith's collection arrived at Ohakea today. Brendon has kindly sent through some exclusive photos of NZ2423's arrival for WONZ that have not been published elsewhere, to kick off this new thread.
Brendon has today posted some cockpit photos on Facebook (link) - steel yourself, Ando!
A look at the time capsule nature of the cockpit of NZ2423. We wound and set the time on the clock at the top of the instrument panel yesterday and its still keeping good time today. First chance also to open the container doors and pleased to find everything had travelled well. Inside the container are the belly scoop assembly ("dogbox"), propeller, outer wings, tail fin, rudder, tailpane and elevators, ailerons and flaps and a multitude of everything else.
So good to see, I confess to knowing nothing about rebuilding something like this so my question is purely out of interest.
Is the Mustangs wing built in one piece like a Kittyhawk or is it like a Spitfire two wings which are attached?
Well they are two wings but instead of being joined with a separate central spar pickup like on a Spitfire, or a centre section like on a Harvard or Hurricane, both the Mustang and the Kittyhawk/Warhawk join together in the centre of the fuselage. So if you lift the fuselage off, the wings are still joined together. I would say new spars for sure but they may be able to use some of the ribs if they are servicable and new skins, leading edges.
I am amazed of the completeness of the instrumentation in the P51. Do we know if that was as it was sold, or did John recover and refit instruments at a later date. The radio gear has obviously been removed, but hopefully some originals can be found and refitted (even if unservicable to make the aircraft look authentic to its era
Post by Richard Wesley on Aug 23, 2020 21:46:42 GMT 12
Thanks to everyone posting photos of NZ2423. She certainly is a wonderful time capsule reference aircraft.
I'm interested in the cockpit photos. It's certainly more of the basic military fit-out as I would have expected for these aircraft. The RNZAF Museum example (being ex Indonesian) is a step up again, and I believe that ZK-TAF is really another leap again with more of a civilian cockpit fit-out, though I'm going by memory from a long time ago?
Brendon has posted a bit more on the Biggin Hill Historic Aircraft Centre Facebook page, this time focusing on the engine (emphasis is mine):
Opportunity today to look under the hood at the engine unit on NZ2423. Still with its factory fitted engine. Still research to do but its total airframe/engine hours are around 400 or so. A pleasant surprise was that the engine had been blanked off all those years ago with plugs in place of the spark plugs and the exhaust outlets blanked off behind the exhaust stubs.