NZ2308 at Auckland, New Zealand

Glyn Powell is undertaking the challenging task of rebuilding NZ2308. As what remains of the original wooden structure was more or less useless, Glyn started by constructing jigs over which new fuselage halves could be built.

The first fuselage 'off the production line' is a non-flying example and will go to the Windsor Mosquito Bomber Group for incorporation into their rebuild.

The fuselage is due to come off the jigs on February 9th 2002. Glyn is hoping to have TV coverage of the event along with plenty of people with cameras.

Since then much progress has been made - the photos below from December 2003 show evidence of a significant amount of activity!

 

December 2003

Progress as at 22nd December 2003. Fuselage completed and together, view from front port quarter Progress as at 22nd December 2003. Fuselage halves completed and together, view from the front port quarter. Image courtesy of Glyn Powell. To view a larger (2160x1440, 763kb) version of this image, click here.
Completed fuselage interior showing bomb bay looking aft Completed fuselage interior showing bomb bay looking aft. Image courtesy of Glyn Powell. To view a larger (2160x1440, 537kb) version of this image, click here.
Progress as at 4th December 2003. Fuselage completed and together, view from front port quarter Progress as at 4th December 2003. Fuselage halves completed and together, view from the front port quarter. Note crew access hatch and bomb bay doors. Image courtesy of Glyn Powell (via Chris Hinch). To view a larger (2160x1440, 224kb) version of this image, click here.
Fuselage completed and together, view from front starboard quarter Fuselage halves completed and together, view from the front starboard quarter. Image courtesy of Glyn Powell (via Chris Hinch). To view a larger (1440x2160, 198kb) version of this image, click here.
Fuselage completed and together, view from rear startboard quarter Fuselage halves completed and together, view from the rear starboard quarter. Image courtesy of Glyn Powell (via Chris Hinch). To view a larger (1440x2160, 189kb) version of this image, click here.
 

January 2002

Progress as at January 2002 Progress as at January 2002. Image courtesy of Glyn Powell. To view a large (2160x1440, 465kb) version of this image, click here.
Progress as at January 2002 Progress as at January 2002. Image courtesy of Glyn Powell. To view a large (2160x1440, 432kb) version of this image, click here.
 

July 2001

Progress as at July 2001 Progress as at July 2001. Image courtesy of Glyn Powell.
Progress as at July 2001. Progress as at July 2001. Image courtesy of Glyn Powell.
Progress as at July 2001. Progress as at July 2001. Image courtesy of Glyn Powell.
 

Jan 2001

Components in storage, canopies and tailwheel, January 2001 Components in storage, canopies and tailwheel, January 2001. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere.
Tailwheel, January 2001 Tailwheel. January 2001. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere.
Fuselage progress, January 2001 Fuselage progress, January 2001. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere.
Components in storage, January 2001 Components in storage, January 2001. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere.
Fuselage progress, January 2001 Fuselage progress, January 2001. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere.
Fuselage progress, January 2001 Fuselage progress, January 2001. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere.
Rear bulkhead Rear bulkhead, January 2001. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere.
 
Fuselage jig with the steel clamping bands on it Fuselage jig with the steel clamping bands on it. Image and image description courtesy of Glyn Powell.

Patterns used for marking out the position of internal members after the first skin is put on (because they all disappear from sight and you have to screw very accurately into the internal members).

These patterns took the best part of a year to make. The ply has to be moulded around the jig in double curvature at 1.5 or 2.0 mm out from the surface of the jig, and every little slot has to be patiently filed out to the precise position of the member. Image and image description courtesy of Glyn Powell.

Some of the patterns on the jig. Image and image description courtesy of Glyn Powell.
Jig with the parts made up for the interskin structure, months of work. Image and image description courtesy of Glyn Powell.