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    Beaufort A9-13 Restoration Updates

    Hi everyone

    Thought it was time for an update (no photos yet - they are coming!)

    The Sternframe has been removed from the fuse and has been sent to the factory this week. The rear u/c leg will be removed first, which will allow careful mapping and notetaking of work that is required inside the frame. While it may look ok, there is a certainty that corrosion lurks beneath the surface. Once this stage is complete, we will start the cleaning process and also start the major work of replacing parts that need to be replaced while preserving the rest of the section.

    One thing we had toyed with was maybe trying our hand at a newer form of fundraising that moves away from the traditional model - and so the result is a small campaign below.

    Please Note :
    Some of you had already made donations from our original announcement - and so as a thankyou we will also issue you with the relevant reward that is listed in the campaign - we know you are and thank you again for your generosity

    More updates to follow - and photos of course, we have been flat out getting all this ready !

    The Beaufort A9-13Restoration/Preservation Project now has a Kickstarter campaign !

    You can pledge as little as $5 to help the Museum achieve it's goal of restoring and preserving the oldest WW2 Beaufort Bomber in the world. There are a number of packages available, some are very limited and some pretty cool items up for grabs too.

    The maths are pretty simple - if every one who likes us on our Facebook page chipped in $5 we would be well over 85% of our target Not much input for a world class output !

    **PLEASE SHARE WITH OTHER AVIATION FANS** - Let's all get onto this and make it happen and preserve a rare aircraft for the future.


    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...tion?ref=email
    Ewan McArthur

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    Awesome work guys...cant wait to see pics of the progress
    "If the C.O. ask's you to be Tail End Charlie...just shoot him!!!....A Piece of Cake.
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    Cash pledged :-) All the best and I can't wait to follow progress!
    "those who know keep quiet, and those who don't are frowned upon for asking." - snafu

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    Thanks so much for the support - in the first two days we have raised 20% of our target Remember to spread the word and let anyone know who may be interested in supporting our project !

    Now as promised some pictures from the early stages

    The sternframe has been removed and sent to United Aerostructures for preparation. This involves a whole lot of processes such as measurement, identification of parts (including missing ones) and assessment of parts that require replacement.

    Once in Brad had to get in to do some de rivetting - and as you can see he is well pleased at the tight fit
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    Prior to Brad doing this, the rear undercarriage leg was removed :
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    Upon inspection of the leg, a crack was discovered in the casting (can't really see it here) And it also needs a big clean !
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    Other parts have scrubbed up pretty well - heres one with one half before, the other half after
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    Removal of internal parts continues to assess and clean. In the meantime, the Museum is lucky enough that it has the remains of no less than FIVE other Beauforts. In this pic this is the spare sternframe from A9-574. So some parts are going to be utilised from this either as patterns or replacements, it depends on each parts' situation within the project.
    Thats it for now - more to come hopefully soon (if we get to our target - hint hint ! )

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    Ewan McArthur

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    Well done

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    Another small update as we move along.

    After one week the Kickstarter campaign is already at 43% of the $5K target. That's awesome stuff. Now we have to really try hard and make sure the momentum is not lost. This is a real chance to help a volunteer Museum achieve a remarkable goal - please help if you can, or share to others who may be able to.

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...tion?ref=email

    Picture time
    Removed a bulkhead from the tailcone and sent off for a trial soda blast. Not bad, got a lot of corrosion out, required some more detail work, but now sitting in its alodine tank being prepped for priming
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    Detail on surface
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    As you can see here, corrosion is rife. new skin will have to be made in this area as the three sternframes the Museum have all have major issues at this same area. So a decision has to be made to manufacture rather than preserve, something that is never done lightly in a project such as this, but essential to ensure the aircraft's long term future.

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    Thats all for now, remember, please help us if you can

    Cheers
    Ewan McArthur

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    Excellent work guys...Preserve what you can.We use a phosphoric acid dip after blasting to make sure of corrosion removal before alodine wish I was rich and can help you guys out...
    "If the C.O. ask's you to be Tail End Charlie...just shoot him!!!....A Piece of Cake.
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    Fundraising goal is approaching but need to maintain the momentum. Every little bit helps and is very much appreciated.

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    Pledge made - well done to you all, and I'm proud to be a supporter.
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    Best of luck, guys!

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    It's thanks to generous and willing supporters like people here on Key that we have reached the target with 14 days to spare - a big thank you and we are deeply humbled by such support!

    You can still keep pledging to the project anyway and I encourage anyone who hasn't to consider doing so, even $5AUD base pledge which is around 2.78GBP (!!!) - any excess from this target will be used at once to commence works on a turret and if there is enough left over even the centre.

    While I am here, I spent an entertaining morning in one of the four shipping containers full of Beaufort parts. There is a centre fuse, three firewalls, at least four prop blades, and five seriously big military boxes up the back which contain lots of little bits ! As luck had it I managed to get my way up to the rear of the container only to have the phone go dead on me - oh well, here is a slightly blurry shot from inside the container - I have to count and audit all of this too !

    Cheers and thank you again for all your support

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    Remember my earlier post of the bulkhead having been test blasted?

    Here it is today, all primed up and ready for painting. Looks awesome !

    Remember to keep on pledging and sharing the project with as many people as you can. Just 13 days to go.You have made a tremendous impact on us all at the Museum, and in a day and age where the corporate dollar is so much harder to get a hold of, this process fills a huge gap and allows many people to be a part of the project

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...tion?ref=email

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    Cheers
    Ewan McArthur

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    Here is something special today. We have reached -- and gone right over the target for funding on Kickstarter Thank you everyone ! It's an incredible result and only because of your generosity and willingness to get involved. The thing is that we can actually keep going and keep on pledging anyway - so with 10 days to go if you haven't already done so please consider pledging to the restoration project - any excess over the target will go straight to restoring the rare MK I turret for A9-13 and any left after that will be used on the centre frame - so every dollar gets allocated to a part of the aircraft !

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...tion?ref=email

    Even more special - the sternframe has returned from blasting ! Quite funny travelling along inner Melbourne highways with this upright in a trailer as it had not been washed down and so had bicarb dust flying out of the top making it look like a travelling chimney !!!

    Here is a pic of the frame resting at the restoration factory. Enjoy - and from all of at the Museum, THANK YOU !

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    Great project and great progres!

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    Shows just what can be done, with a clear goal, and an awareness of precisely where people's generous donations are going. Worth supporting for sure.

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    Great job, team! It's wonderful to see such a big hunk of the machine progressing so well.
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    Thanks to Ashley Briggs for the photos here - some more detail shots of the sternframe post blasting. Next stage is working on the parts that are missing.

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    Ash reported that he took the forward lower skin off today, it was all distorted as well as the rib underneath it. It's not original and has lots of surface corrosion. So lots of work ahead, but we are up for the task.

    Cheers for now
    Ewan McArthur

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    It's Monday but instead of the normal update, thought I'd share this with you in case you have not seen it before. I know I hadn't

    This arrived on or FB page this morning via Stephen Gallenberger - If its the wrong credit let me know, just relying on info I have

    Nonetheless a great photo of the Beauforts in the air along the UK coast.

    Cheers

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    Condition of the structure is amazing.. That one frame that was worked on looks brand new!
    Cheers,Peter
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    Looks can be deceiving - there is a lot of pitted corrosion in there. But we are onto it !

    The fundraising phase ends on Friday - I'm sure you'll be relieved at me not banging on about pledging to the restoration - but while I have you here - please do !

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...tion?ref=email

    Nice shot today of before and after of part of the trim tab (it's the black knobbly thing on the right in the first pic). It was recovered from A9-574 and amazingly after a clean up it all works


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    Thats it for now, more updates to follow - remember two days to go, any amount helps !
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    The fundraising campaign for the Sternframe section has concluded on Kickstarter.

    Our target was $5,000, and the end result was beyond our biggest expectations at $6,873 or 137% of the target !

    Thanks to everyone for their support, this has been incredible and well worth the effort. We all look forward to displaying the results too, I'll keep the thread updated with pics and info as we move along the process.

    Regards
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    Unfortunately I got an email saying my pledge didn't go through due to my card, but please rest easy team - my commitment will come through Thursday at latest!

    Congrats on the outstanding result!
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    Couple of picture updates for you as we start to push the project forward :

    Work continues on the sternframe
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    After !
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    The tailwheel is a sorry mess Still, the tyre has been the easiest part, I owned some new old stock ones so happily chipped in. But no words are needed for the tailwheel itself !

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    More to come as always - stay tuned
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    Slight diversion for a minute - here is a great little doco on YT - and at 9:25 our beloved A9-13 makes an appearance in flight !

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBfp...ature=youtu.be
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    Hi All,
    What a lovely job you blokes are doing keep it up you'll get what you deserve in the end Another slight diversion any news on the Aussie's other Beaufort A9-141, no current news on their hompage although near enough finished ??

    Geoff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1batfastard View Post
    Another slight diversion any news on the Aussie's other Beaufort A9-141, no current news on their hompage although near enough finished ??

    Geoff.
    You can find out about A9-141 here http://www.warbirdsonline.com.au

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    Not everything that happens on Friday 13th is bad

    The sternframe was finally sprayed in primer after a number of days scrubbing (yes hand scrubbing) the deeper points of corrosion out.

    It's looking awesome ! Enjoy your weekend !

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    Ewan, that is top notch ! brilliant work and thank you so much for the updates.

    TA out

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    More than welcome. I have put an addition up on the Facebook page tonight for those that use it.(its hefty - 25 images worth) and could be a good reference point for future projects. They were done by Bradley Briggs who has knocked himself out scrubbing the deep corrosion this week. The shots are basically of corrosion points but also serve as a good set of detail shots of the interior of the sternframe

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...8852065&type=1

    If some of you don't use FB I may look at doing a special upload at some point. We make no bones about this project - we are more than happy to share all the detail shots etc if it's of worth to others for research / projects etc

    Cheers
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    What a brilliant attitude to restoration, and some amazing work to boot. Thanks for the updates Ewan, and I really relish seeing this progress!
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