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Sheet Metal Volunteers
WANTED
We are urgently seeking volunteers who are experienced in sheet metal to help with a static warbird restoration.
 
 
 
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Member of the British Aviation Preservation Council

WINGS MUSEUM
REGISTERED CHARITY
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Bell P-63c King Cobra Restoration 2011/12
 
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P-63 Cockpit on show at Cockpitfest 2011. The wooden stand is a reconstruction of the ones used at the Bell factory.

 
Below are a few photos of work in progress:
 
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Making the new frame for the pilots roll-over was by far the most complex frame I have ever made! with curves in 3 dimensions working "on the bench" was very difficult. Here can be seen the formers with the corroded frame seen at the top.
 
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Cockpit roll over frame before restoration, the rear frame was restored & used again, the front frame had to be remade (see below)
 
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The completed frame fitted, the next stage will be to fit the various brackets for the canopy tubes.
 
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Where possible every original detail is reused, here the "Emergency Door Release" plate has been renovated See left and right.
 
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The all important Bell Aircraft Factory Data Tag
 
Cockpit roll over cage, trial fitting of repaired original side skin.
An original pilots seat was sourced from the US, here a set of new seat brackets have been remade.
 
CAN YOU HELP?
The Wings Museum is keen to hear from any individuals with experience in Sheet Metal . If you would like to be involved in this worth while project then please contact Daniel Hunt via e-mail on info@wingsmuseum.co.uk please include a brief background on yourself. .
 
 
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