New Zealand Mossie Build [update Mar 12]

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New Zealand Mossie Build [update Mar 12]

Postby Mayfly » Thu Dec 24, 2009 5:58 am

Last week DT & I were lucky enough to look around the work shop of a Mosquito build. New Zealand has not one but two Mosquito builds happening a present.
All the ‘wood’ work is done by a guy called Glyn Powell who started to build the moulds 18+ years ago simply because he could. He has help from one full time employee & a couple of part time workers.
He said he had no formal training but has learnt as he has gone along. All the materials used are as the original apart from the glue which is apoxy resin. The wood used is pine 3ply which is especially made to order and the moulds were made from original blue print drawings.
In total to build the ‘shell’ takes approximately 3 -4 years, another one he built went to a company in NZ called Av Specs. This is the one which hopefully will be ready to fly in about 2 years time.

Fuselage Mould - 5 years to build
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Fuaelage in 2 halves
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Old Canopy whiich be used for a mould to make a new one
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Lots of moulds for bulk heads etc
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More moulds
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Original Drawings
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[Pics edited for reasons I will explain later] ;)

I have more to add at a later date but need to scoot for now ...... :)
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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby Xplumberlives » Thu Dec 24, 2009 7:46 am

Wonderful Pics M.F. keep up the good work! :ymapplause:
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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby RLN » Thu Dec 24, 2009 10:06 am

Thanks Mayfly.
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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby 320psi » Thu Dec 24, 2009 10:36 am

'Wonder' full love it ;)

Hope you enjoyed your trip :)
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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby Dan4th » Thu Dec 24, 2009 11:03 am

Well! There's MY Christmas Present!

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Thank you Pam!

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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby Jigsaw » Thu Dec 24, 2009 11:46 am

More please :D . I'm going to enjoy this thread :)
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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby Saracenman » Thu Dec 24, 2009 7:28 pm

blimey - that bloke certainly has learnt a LOT if he started from nothing! :-o

absolutely superb! thanks Mayfly - next batch please :D

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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby Gully » Fri Jan 01, 2010 12:20 pm

:ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause:

More please, Mrs. Roving Reporter!! ;)

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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby Pujgnie » Fri Jan 01, 2010 12:46 pm

There's an awful lot of wood in there !!!

I guess that is a definate NO SMOKING area - and his fire insurance is up to date.
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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby Saracenman » Fri Jan 01, 2010 12:51 pm

Pujgnie wrote:There's an awful lot of wood in there !!!


yeah, i get very excited about Mosquitoes too :ymblushing:

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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby Xplumberlives » Fri Jan 01, 2010 12:53 pm

=)) =)) =)) =)) =))
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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby Pujgnie » Fri Jan 01, 2010 1:03 pm

Saracenman wrote:
Pujgnie wrote:There's an awful lot of wood in there !!!


yeah, i get very excited about Mosquitoes too :ymblushing:

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=)) =)) =)) SM is on form already I see.
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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby Mayfly » Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:18 am

UPDATE:


On the last day we back to Avspec the company completing the mossie - I withdrew 2 pics from the first post because although we had permission to view the build & take pics I hadn't asked permission from the company to post them in the internet so thought it best to delete them. However when we went back I was granted permission so here you go...


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Sorry D4th they are going to use RR engines - they said Packards are too scarce - so if you know of any I'm sure they will be interested.
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Are they also building one in Canada Gully? because this one is going to be in Candaian colours but I can't remember which a/c. it is hoped they will be ready for first public flight around Easter next year.
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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby Jigsaw » Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:18 am

:ymapplause: :ymapplause:
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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby Thumper » Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:47 am

MASSIVELY COOL! \:D/ :D
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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby Dan4th » Sun Jan 17, 2010 12:10 pm

Sorry D4th they are going to use RR engines - they said Packards are too scarce - so if you know of any I'm sure they will be interested.


I think there are still two major stashes of
Packard Merlins, one in Canada and the other
in Nevada or California. Both are closely guarded
by their owners and meted-out, mostly for P-51s
and Racers.....

The ones for Mosquitos were unique, I believe,
and counter-rotated, so a different engine on
each wing.

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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby Saracenman » Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:38 pm

absolutely astonishing! :-o

i was expecting to see a couple of lumps of plywood and little else - he's very nearly there isn't he? :ymapplause:

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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby Mayfly » Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:48 pm

To clarify, the pics in the first post are of a second fuselage, Glyn is building this one for himself & is hoping to fly it to Hobart.

The last few pics are his first build which now belongs to an American guy & the 'metal work' is being completed by an aviation company called Av spec they are also building a Rapide & a ermmm I can't remember, but its an updated Kitty Hawk I think - [apologies for crap memory]
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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby RLN » Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:52 pm

Mayfly wrote:To clarify, the pics in the first post are of a second fuselage, Glyn is building this one for himself & is hoping to fly it to Hobart.

The last few pics are his first build which now belongs to an American guy & the 'metal work' is being completed by an aviation company called Av spec they are also building a Rapide & a ermmm I can't remember, but its an updated Kitty Hawk I think - [apologies for crap memory]


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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby Saracenman » Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:00 pm

you REALLY want any of us to answer that? =))
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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby RLN » Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:15 pm

Saracenman wrote:you REALLY want any of us to answer that? =))


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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby Mayfly » Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:19 pm

=)) subtle
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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby Gully » Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:01 pm

The Canadian Mossie re-build is taking place at Victoria Air Maintenance, North Saanich, British Columbia. It's serial is CF-HML. Wings and fuselage are together and systems fit out is underway. Have a look here: http://vicair.net/projects/mosquito/nov-2009

Can't wait - we might have a swarm of Mossies in a few years! :D :D

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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby Mayfly » Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:09 am

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Somewhere else to drag DT off too.
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Re: New Zealand Mossie Build

Postby Xplumberlives » Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:07 am

Just makes me really want one of the Airfix 1/24th scale ones even more!
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