The Boulton Paul Turret was the first of the major componemts to undergo restoration, with work commencing in late 2009 on a large pile of turret pieces. Over an eight month period, the parts were individually treated, and the turret slowly took shape. The frame is a complex assembly, with literally hundreds of small brackets, all rivited together to make up the cupola, or frame. The transparencies were moulded over size, and each piece required trimming to fit. The transparencies will not be fitted until after the turret has been lifted into the aircraft. This is to avoid any possiblity of cracking the trancperencies from felxing of the cupola due to the weight of the turret assembly during the lift.
Lockheed Hudson - Boulton Paul Turret Build
02 December 2011 by Jamie Croker