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  • Stepwilk
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Sep 2010
    • 664

    How many turret restorers are there?

    For an article I'm writing for Aviation History magazine, does anybody have any idea how many aircraft gun-turret restorers there are in England? (I mean "serious" restorers, not just somebody who picked up a mangled old turret somewhere and has it sitting in the back of the garage.) I'm writing about a man named Fred Bieser, in Atlanta, who has restored to working condition probably a dozen WWII gun turrets. You can see some of his work on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad0dsgy32jc
  • spark plug
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    • Nov 2014
    • 165

    #2
    Good question , difficult to say unless there is a turreter's club or meet? The only thing we could do is get members to note individual's they know who restore.
    I can think of one and that was the Frazer Nash done by the Stirling project.

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    • ErrolC
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Dec 2011
      • 766

      #3
      Not England, but The Vintage Aviator either did or organised the restoration of Kermit Week's Lancaster front turret as part of a deal to use it for the Dambusters movie.

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      • Jabba
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        • Feb 2011
        • 123

        #4
        I have 2 but live in Norway....jabbadabbaduuu!

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        • TonyT
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          • Oct 2006
          • 9044

          #5
          Isn't that a disease? Turrets syndrome...

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          • Stepwilk
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Sep 2010
            • 664

            #6
            Sort of what I expected. Bieser told me he knew of two turret restorers in England, a couple in Canada, and himself in the U. S. We'll add the Norskis.

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