Here you will find details of our current project.
Its been a long while since we have written an update - in fact four whole years! well in that time we have been involved with quite a number of fantastic projects, from the Mosquito operated by Military Aviation Museum in Va, USA to a P-40 Kittyhawk closer to home in Essex, UK
We have recently been working with the wonderful Hawker Restorations Ltd on some colour schemes for their various Hurricane Mk.1 projects and the results look very impressive.
Our next proeject will be a Seafire III and we are particularly proud to have been invited to be involved with this aircraft as it is the fourth Seafire project we have assisted with after VP441 (F.R.47), SX336 (Mk.17) and PR503 (Mk.VX).
Preparations are now underway for our next project with Meier Motors at Bremagarten, Germany - Yak-3 D-FLAK will be put in to 1945 'Normany Niemen' colours. Watch this space for further developments! At North Weald, Spitfire PR.XI PL965 is ready for paint and the weather has finally warmed up so we look forward to progressing the external scheme for this project shortly. In the meantime many internal panels and details have been stripped and re-painted ready for re-installation.
Good news from Bremgarten - the FW-190 has succesfully completed its initial engine runs! Our pristine paintwork now has some very authentic exhaust staining added to it. Congratulations to Jurgen, Achim and Elmar and the entire team at Meier Motors and we look forward to the first flight in early summer.
Steve Atkin travelled to Bremgarten in Germany to work with our friends at Meier Motors/Max Alpha Aviation to complete the scheme application on Jerry Yagen's FW-190. The aircraft is now very close to completion so our job was to add the finishing touch of an authentic set of WWII period stencils and ancilary markings such as fuel information triangles and gust-lock locations. To ensure the stencils were made to the highest possible standards of authenticity Steve re-created each individual letter from original RLM/DIN setting out instructions and assembled the set of stencils from a number of contermporary sources and modern reference material. The final touch being the application of the white bar 'kill' markings to the port side of the rudder.
Work on Hangar 11 Collection's Spitfire PR.XI continues at North Weald. The old paint is now 90% removed and the new 16 Squadron (spring 1945) scheme is researched and ready to go on as soon as the weather warms up. We left the hangar at 7.30 last night and the temperature was -3 degrees!
We were delighted to be involved in Bob Baker's latest magnificent P-51 Mustang restoration 'Little Rascal', supplying a complete set of water-slide decals for internal access doors and filling points and undercarriage legs. We even got the chance to apply the latter to the aircraft for Bob at Oshkosh. This fantastic restoration was awarded the EAA Warbirds of America 'Best Mustang' award.
Although the airshow season has drawn to a close, activity in the warbird world never ceases, in fact the winter months herald a period of intense activity as aircraft are refurbished and undertake annual maintenance. Our long term involevement with several aircraft continues and this month saw good progress on two of them. Hawker Hurricane IIB, in the final stages of re-build with Suffolk based Hawker Restorations Ltd (HRL) received an application of authentic RAF colours to represent BE505 of 174 Squadron, based at manston in early 1942. Our role was to supply detailed scheme specifications on behalf of the owner and to work with HRL to develop highly authentic stencils based on the original manufacturers drawings. This extended to reproducing the exact appearance of the Hawker applied W/T earth bonding logo for that period. Our final job on this project will be the application of the distinctive Kangeroo nose artwork and 'Pegs' name. See www.hangar11.co.uk for the latest photos of this superb project.
At North Weald, P-51D 'Jumpin-Jacques' is receiving some paint attention inside her engine bay. Perhaps not the most often seen or glamorous aspect of the job but beauty has to go further than just skin deep! We will post up some photos shortly.
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We are delighted to announce a new collaboration with noted historian Erik Pilawskii. Erik is the author of the definitive work on VVS fighter schemes of the Great Patriotic War (WWII) 'Soviet Air Force Fighter Colours 1941-1945'.
The first product of our collaboration is now complete in Bremgarten Germany, Yak-3 D-FJAK. Finished as 'White 100' of the 402 IAP, as it appeared in late 1944. We believe this to be the first application of completely authentic VVS colours to represent a Soviet scheme of this vintage and in addition we have used fully matt paint. The new scheme was applied in conjunction with Meier Motors, thanks to Elmar Meier for all his hard work!
Thanks also to Erik Pilawskii for permission to use his excellent artwork.