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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2024 8:27 am 
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Avspecs conduct first engine runs of Mosquito NZ2308 in New Zealand :supz:

https://youtu.be/-4YcO3kvt4w?si=EJ4kP_dXFaPwjzv6


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2024 8:29 am 
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Looking forward to seeing this one in the air.

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More amazing work from Avspecs.
Someday soon, we may all need Mosquito repellent :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2024 11:39 am 
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I doubt it's the first engine run (no smoke), but congrats on getting another one ready :)


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NZ is the place for Mossie new/rebuilds. Great work! Perhaps the engines were run before hanging on the aircraft?

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Fantastic! I'm glad that there are people such as Rod Lewis who have the resources to bring rare aircraft back to flying condition so we can all enjoy them.

That paint scheme - the all silver - was that used in W.W.II on the Mossie, or is it a post-war paint scheme?


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This is a correct RNZAF post-war scheme on TV959 (since repainted in the USA).

ImageDH Mosquito TV959 lands on 4th test flight by Errol Cavit, on Flickr


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ErrolC wrote:
This is a correct RNZAF post-war scheme on TV959 (since repainted in the USA).

ImageDH Mosquito TV959 lands on 4th test flight by Errol Cavit, on Flickr


Was silver exclusive to post-war paint schemes on the Mossie?


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2024 6:13 pm 
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I assume NZ2308 will be repainted in due course, don't get hung up on how it currently is.


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ErrolC wrote:
I assume NZ2308 will be repainted in due course, don't get hung up on how it currently is.

I'm not. For historical purposes, I would just like to know if the silver paint was ever used during W.W.II. That's all.


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Some Australian Mossies were silver painted in 1945, but whether that was before or after VJ day I wouldn't know.


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quemerford wrote:
I doubt it's the first engine run (no smoke), but congrats on getting another one ready :)


Correct. These are run up at Vintage V12's test stand first. This is the first run on the airplane.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2024 11:06 pm 
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Paul Stroud wrote:
Some Australian Mossies were silver painted in 1945, but whether that was before or after VJ day I wouldn't know.

Thanks for the info, can anyone else add any more additional info to this?


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The silver paint on fabric is actually aluminum paste added to the dope for UV protection. It works fine as an exterior color if you don't want to overpaint in another color, so they all have that silver underneath.


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What is the service life of the fuselage and wings? Probably better glues, but how long can one rely on the structure
of a wooden airplane these days?

Are they built the same was as the originals? Or are there substantial modifications to the build technique that
give a longer service life to the structure?


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