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Work on the AMC Museum "Turf and Sports Special" continues. Now that we have the troop seats installed, we are now working on installing the gun ports in the troop windows. It was pretty harrowing drilling the 2.5" hole in 3/8" plexiglass without causing injury to person or plane. With the exception of one window, it was an outstanding success. Here are shots of the holes I drilled and the rubber gaskets we plan on using. They aren't 100% correct, but they are as close as we can get.

 

 

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Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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Once we get all of the gaskets in, we are going to use the disks we cut out as the plugs. Another project we are working on is the glider tow gear which is missing from the aircraft. Phantomfixer on this board is going to fabricate a mounting ring that incorporates 4 lugs that attach to struts. This is going to be really fun.... not. Trying to do measurements in the tailcone of the aircraft is going to be a challenge to say the least. The cool thing is that we have an original bite cylinder on hand.

 

 

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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It looks like this on the plane.

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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Another volunteer already installed the snap fittings you see in the photo. They look awesome. The real fun starts when we build up the 4 struts that hold the cylinder in place. More to follow on that. I mentioned that the AMC Museum C-47 is a true combat vet and is painted as it was during WWII. Here is an original shot of it being worked on. We are trying to locate a source for the Rebecca antennas on the sides of the aircraft and the transmitter antenna on the lower nose. If anybody knows where we can get these, it would be greatly appreciated!

 

-Ski

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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As you can see, we are missing the antennas from the plane. Thanks for looking!

 

-Ski

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Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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doinworkinvans

Such good work - I wish i be could privaleged enough to work on a project like this.

Actively collecting:

13th USAAF uniforms and groups/medal groups!

307th BG, 5th BG, 11th BG, 42nd BG

Also looking for:

WWII Far East Air Force uniforms/groups!

Any Pacific Army Air Force Groups to 5th, 7th, 10th, 14th, 20th AAF

Collecting CBI and ATC Pacific Army Air Force groups

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Well done lads!

Crapgame: Then make a DEAL!

Big Joe: What kind of deal?
Crapgame: A DEAL, deal! Maybe the guy's a Republican. "Business is business," right?

 

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Johnny Signor

There's a couple of C-47 Facebook pages , try posting about the work on there it may generate some leads on the parts etc ..................

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Great work... the C47 has always been my favorite plane of the era...

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Very nice. Congrats on your accomplishments so far. It looks great,

 

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AAF Collector...........
**Always Buying WW2 Aviation Related Items: Especially Operation Tidal Wave items (1st Ploesti Raid) ..... WW2 Fighter Ace Related Items.....Higher End A-2 Flight Jacket Groups....AAF Related Valor Medal Groups**

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  • 4 weeks later...

Ha! Today we installed the glider tow rope release mechanism in the C-47. Phantomfixer on this board fabricated the spider bracket that attached the mechanism to the struts that hold it in place. I am pretty chuffed with how it turned out! This plane is quickly becoming fully equipped once again.

 

-Ski

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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phantomfixer

looks good Eric...Rods too :rolleyes:...now we just need to spin her around and attach her to the CG-4

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Great job guys. I must get the RAF to send me back out to Dover AFB on another C-17 course so I can visit the museum again.

All Airborne Troop Carrier items wanted especially uniform groupings and unit history books. Anything considered!!

 

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phantomfixer

Jonsey if you do get the chance give Ski or I a call...we will give you the grand tour ....

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We scratch built and installed a pair of APN-2/AN-148 Rebecca antennas on the C-47 this weekend. We couldn't find originals, so we had to make them ourselves. They turned out really well. The plane is definitely looking more and more like it did 70+ years ago.

 

-Ski

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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The restoration crew installed the last pair of bomb racks for the paracrates. We were fortunate to find them as they are rare as hen's teeth! The C-47 is reaching it's final configuration. phantomfixer from this forum is finishing up the radio compartment rack installation and then we will be getting the "coat closet" behind the cockpit completed as well. So much work done and yet, more to be done.

 

Note that we had to fabricate the two antennas you see in the photo from stratch; The HF trailing antenna and the VHF radio mast. Luckily, we were able to salvage the aerial antennas from the old post-war configuration.

 

-Ski

 

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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doinworkinvans

SKI - making good progress! Love the updates

Actively collecting:

13th USAAF uniforms and groups/medal groups!

307th BG, 5th BG, 11th BG, 42nd BG

Also looking for:

WWII Far East Air Force uniforms/groups!

Any Pacific Army Air Force Groups to 5th, 7th, 10th, 14th, 20th AAF

Collecting CBI and ATC Pacific Army Air Force groups

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Very nice work there. I never saw those bomb racks before!

Hoping to come down and visit this summer, it's not too far from me and I've been meaning to for a while now. It's a nice collection of aircraft there, and that was many years ago the last time I was there.

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Interested in all items relating to the 7th AAF, especially those of the VLR P-51 Pilots of the 15th, 21st, and 506th Fighter Groups.

 

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Wow!!....great work on the ol gal......mike

Always looking for and buying 50's era 11th Airborne/ 187th ARCT/ 82nd Airborne tac mark painted jump helmets!

 

 

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here is a period pic from a training manual grabbed online...the parapack racks had a standard USAAF bomb rack installed in the pararack....I forget which model it is...is about 14 inches long..and the paracrate or parapack is released from a control panel near the cargo door, either electrically or with a manual release cable....the racks really make the underside POP....

 

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