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Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:42 am
Spitty wrote:Its documentation and drawings that are keeping the Db series of engines low as most likely the Jumo.Parts can only be copied off originals if no drawings are out there.Parts like the ancillary Gearbox and reduction gearbox are extremely rare to find in any condition.
There's a guy - Mickael Rabilloud - on FB who's heavily involved in reverse engineering and reproducing as many of these engine parts as possible (and airframe parts as well). He's just started on the acilliary gearbox.https://www.facebook.com/groups/1263558420455460/
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:52 pm
Is there a company or two in Europe (Germany/Austria?) that are re-manufacturing some of the DB components? It has been great to see the efforts by Mickael Rabilloud to re-manufacture new parts for the DB engines - taking rare, broken parts and reverse-engineering them in CAD that then can either be machined or 3D-printed to form moulds. Mike Nixon's Vintage V-12's shop has of course done the bulk of DB 601 and DB 605 rebuilds/overhauls, but in Germany there is Sigi Knoll and Karl Vogt, known for DB 605 and now DB 601 rebuilds as well, and Mike Rinner/"Me109 Hangar" in Austria. The DB 605 that was installed on the "Bf-109G-12" conversion (previously with Hangar10), overhauled by Mike Nixon's Vintage V-12's, is actually a license-built example made by Volvo in Sweden - I believe that engine is the one that is now installed on the Hangar10 "Bf-109G-14".