MoTAT updates

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MoTAT updates

Postby flyernzl » Sat May 08, 2010 9:03 pm

Last week I called in at the Auckland Museum of Transport and Technology Meola Road site to check progress on their development.

The rear wall of the aircraft display hangar has been removed and the ex-TEAL Solent 4 ZK-AMO has been extracted. This space has now been filled with several smaller aircraft and a temporary rear wall erected to keep the weather out.
The new hangar extension is now being built at the rear of the existing hangar and will double the under-cover display area when completed.
The Solent has been removed down to the rear of the site and parked along with the ex-RNZAF Sunderland NZ4115, DC-3C ZK-BQK, Lodestar ZK-BVE and Ventura NZ4600.

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This group of aircraft is freely available for exterior inspection.

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While the Solent is outside, work is being carried out on the airframe. This includes some repair work to the skins of the lower hull

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The paintwork is also scheduled for some work. A varnish previously applied over the white paint to protect the coating has gone a patchy yellow, and will be removed

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This is obviously not going to be minor job, given the sheer size of the aircraft

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The accompanying Sunderland has spent all of its life at MoTAT outside, and this shows

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Work is also proceeding on this airframe, and when the hangar extension is completed both flying boats will be housed inside it and will then be able to be maintained to an exhibition standard.
A major project, but the work seems to be moving along at a good pace.

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Re: MoTAT updates

Postby Kiwithrottlejockey » Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:06 am

Short S.25 Sunderland GR Mk.5 | SZ584/NZ4115 — MOTAT, Auckland, NZ on Saturday, 4th December 2010....


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Re: MoTAT updates

Postby Kiwithrottlejockey » Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:13 am

Short S.45A Solent Mk.4 | SH.1559/ZK-AMO “Aranui” — MOTAT, Auckland, NZ on Saturday, 4th December 2010....


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Re: MoTAT updates

Postby Stealer » Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:02 am

Are my eyes playing tricks on me, or are the backs of those propellers on ZK-AMO high visibility black with yellow tips? Check out the difference between the front and back in the first two photos.
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Re: MoTAT updates

Postby achean » Sun Jan 16, 2011 5:48 pm

Stealer wrote:Are my eyes playing tricks on me, or are the backs of those propellers on ZK-AMO high visibility black with yellow tips? Check out the difference between the front and back in the first two photos.


You're sharp eyed, Stealer. Is it just a very bad case of overspray?
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Re: MoTAT updates

Postby sunderlandmr5 » Mon Jan 17, 2011 4:35 am

You can bet it was not overspray!!! :D :D

Apparently the aircraft was finished using paint brushes
(they proudly dispaly one used -rather worn looking)

The folks who finished ZK AMO were as I understand it were/are
all ex TEAL employees.

Pictures I have of any of the Solents are either at an
angle where it's too hard to tell or the props
are spinning.

If you click on this link and scroll down there is a a good photo
of ZK AMN in a Braby with lady boarding and you can see the back of
the prop in black and yellow tip

http://rnzaf.proboards.com/index.cgi?bo ... 671&page=2


ZK AMO is being refurbished while waiting to go back in the hangar
and then both flying boats I believe will get a repaint once back under cover

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