Monday 20 December 2010 by Jamie Croker. No comments.
Collection, Conservation

To assist with the manufacture of missing and damaged components and structure in the Hudson, the AWM purchased a copy of original Lockheed blueprints on Microfilm.  Digitisation of the blueprints for ease of reference has commenced, and they are providing invaluable information for most areas in the airframe.  The blueprints contain the original dimensions and material specifications of each individual item used to build the aircraft. 

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Thursday 25 November 2010 by Jamie Croker. No comments.
Collection, Conservation

The support structure for the upper turret is beginning to take shape, with repaired and replicated components being pieced together before installation.   This structure is approximately 1/3 of the way through the fabrication stage.  When complete, the structure will be disassembled, painted, and then installed into the airframe.  

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Wednesday 3 November 2010 by Jamie Croker. No comments.
Collection, Conservation

One of the first steps in the conversion to re-fit the Boulton Paul upper turret was to remove any excess material from the fuselage.  This meant cutting a hole in the upper rear fuselage, and removing the skin and additional structure which had been replaced post war.

Out line where skin needed to be cut

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Monday 18 October 2010 by Jamie Croker. No comments.
Collection, Conservation

The damaged rear fuselage section from Hudson A16-128, which crashed during training at Tocumwal, New South Wales,  was aquired by the AWM several years ago.  This fuselage section contains a large proportion of the structure missing from A16-105 to support the upper gun turret in the fuselage. 

A16-128 Rear Fuselage

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Friday 15 October 2010 by Dianne Rutherford. No comments.
Collection, Military Heraldry and Technology First World War, Technology, Gallipoli

When the Gallipoli campaign quickly bogged down into trench warfare, there were not enough periscopes available to allow Australian and New Zealand soldiers to look over the parapets at ANZAC without being shot.

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Wednesday 6 October 2010 by Jamie Croker. 1 comments.
Collection, Conservation

One of the first steps in the conversion of the Hudson from its post war airline and geo-survey role to its original military configuration, was the removal of all the post war modifications. 

The first two photos below are taken inside the cabin of the Royal New Zealand Air Force's Hudson on Display in the RNZAF Museum in Christchurch, and they give an idea of what the inside of the cabin should look like .

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Tuesday 28 September 2010 by Jamie Croker. No comments.
Collection, Conservation

The conservation of the Lockheed Hudson Bomber A16-105 has begun in the War Memorial's Treloar workshops, the main aim of the work being the refitting of the upper and lower gun positions, as well as internal fitout of equipment and furnishings and application of a paint scheme more representative of that worn by the aircraft during Second World War service. 

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Wednesday 1 September 2010 by Liz Holcombe. 1 comments.
Collection, Conservation

One of the questions asked today on Ask a Curator day on Twitter was:

Q: Interested to know if the curators have a favourite piece, or does it change with each new exhibition?

Our curators came up with a lot of different answers:

Jessie: 

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