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k5054nz

Spitfire LF.XVIe TB252 restoration at Avspecs, NZ

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Hi all,
Former gate guardian* Spitfire TB252 came to New Zealand some years ago for Avspecs to restore to airworthy for Tony Banta, as per these scans from Classic Wings issues 38 and 43 respectively:
49522429466_8f48da8f27_c.jpgtb252-import-to-avspecs-clasic-wings-issue-38_49214164898_o by Zac Yates, on Flickr
49522646552_2b768aea68_c.jpgtb252-progress-classic-wings-issue-43_49214189843_o by Zac Yates, on Flickr

 

My wife and I went to the Bay of Islands (north of Auckland) for a wedding on Saturday and, as it happened, I needed to go to Avspecs on Friday to drop off something for a UK-based project. After dropping off the part with Warren Denholm's son Jaiden one of the engineers, Dylan Stace, kindly took me on a guided tour of the facilities. He explained that TB252's new American owner wants the aircraft at Oshkosh this year so the Spitfire is front-and-centre at Avspecs. 

 

49503508877_fd96a0d207_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
49503291776_f508ca72d0_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
49502782858_0c1e72ff58_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
49503508772_0bfd0280ec_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
49502782283_40f8781fa9_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
49502782633_715b85fed0_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
49502782068_92634fe663_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
49503508982_5fc91f2388_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
49503508612_f649c60b00_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
49502782188_10cc8b047b_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
49503323126_6510f4f97f_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
49503539882_65c6138fca_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
49502815098_75f2f9b6f3_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
49503539857_645f7be512_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr

 

My helpful (and patient) guide explained the new owner wants the gun and cannon bays fitted out, so it should make for a sharp, detailed machine when complete. He said to make Oshkosh this year she needs to be on the water in May - exciting times!


* Goodall says she served in this role at Odiham, Acklington, Boulmer, Leuchars and finally Bentley Priory before being taken down as part of Tim Routsis' deal.

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Thanks!  I love to see these sort of photos showing the construction details - even if my modelling standard won't ever need such refinement of info for building...

Cheers

Will

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Very interesting insight. Is that a Short Zealand behind it?

 

Keith

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3 hours ago, Britman said:

Very interesting insight. Is that a Short Zealand behind it?

Grumman Goose, they had a one outside ex SeaBeeAir when I was there a couple of years ago

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16 hours ago, Dave Swindell said:

Grumman Goose, they had a one outside ex SeaBeeAir when I was there a couple of years ago

@Britman it's Grumman Widgeon ZK-AVM.

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7 hours ago, k5054nz said:

it's Grumman Widgeon ZK-AVM.

My apologies, Zak is correct. ZK-AVM was inside when I visited, ex SeaBeeAir and is being restored to fly. Another Widgeon ZK-CHG is outside in bits. I flew on one of SeaBeeAir's Geese from Mechanics Bay back in 1987, quite a memorable experience so always associate the 2 together.

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Great photos!

When I popped in last, it was sitting off to the side of the hangar, due to the mossie being disassembled for shipping. The spit didn't seem to be an urgent job, just a spare-time sideline.

Their quality of workmanship is astounding, but meeting that deadline is certainly challenging indeed!

 

Edit: Looks like the left side of the cockpit wall is getting the "hidden avionics" treatment like they did on the previous spitfire. 

Edited by hairystick

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23 hours ago, Dave Swindell said:

My apologies, Zak is correct. ZK-AVM was inside when I visited, ex SeaBeeAir and is being restored to fly. Another Widgeon ZK-CHG is outside in bits. I flew on one of SeaBeeAir's Geese from Mechanics Bay back in 1987, quite a memorable experience so always associate the 2 together.

N144SL is also in the hangar being worked on. Frustratingly I seem to have deleted my photo of her fuselage but it is visible behind its recently-completed control surfaces:

49503273666_105a1e1205_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr

 

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We dropped in on Avspecs back in April and it was looking good then. I was surprised the engine is the same as was fitted at the factory!

 

Fantastic work but we managed to miss the Mossie by about two weeks. 

 

For some one reason I’ve always had a soft spot for that Spitfire

 

 

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