A26 Special K wrote:
Ray, one of our metal wizards, has produced some replacement parts for the structure supporting the area between the bomb bay and the nose wheel well. These are just some he has been duplicating. This area once held the bomb bay spoilers that were hydraulically actuated. They had been removed and the area covered over. Guess Denny and Rob did not plan to drop any bombs out of it so wouldn't be missed! They were only necessary if going greater than 240 mph so that the bombs would drop cleanly out instead of being forced back upwards by the airstream. That could ruin your whole day!
Okay, dumb question time. Why can the original part not be reused? Aside from the the section that broke off nearest the camera, the part looks to be in relatively good condition. Obviously, it would need a sandblasting and repainting. I would think that any of the other damages could be repaired: the bent parts formed back into shape, the dents pounded out and the cracks welded back together. Even the missing section seems to me like it could be replaced with a new piece of metal.
Please note: I am not a mechanic, metalworker, or otherwise.
Not-so-dumb question #2: What do you guys do with the original parts - like the one above - that you end up not using?
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