• Japanese Ha-Go tank conservation - Part two

    Thursday 10 February 2011 by John Kemister. 2 comments

    Three months into this phase of the project has seen significant progress on both the external and internal conservation of the tank. Externally, all original armour plate components have been repaired. Replica plating has been fitted to replace inaccurate or missing components, with some plates requiring considerable modification to fit this individual tank, and to correct minor errors in externally supplied fabrications.  All the …

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  • Lockheed Hudson - Support structure fitout begins.

    Tuesday 1 February 2011 by Jamie Croker. 3 comments

    The aft turret support bulkhead was fitted to the fuselage late last week, and is the first major peice of the turret support structure to be completed and installed.  The installation of this bulkhead will give the structural integrity to allow the removal of damaged and modified floor structure, and the continuing installation of support structure further forward in the fuselage. Rear fuselage prior to installation of…

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  • Lockheed Hudson - Blueprints

    Monday 20 December 2010 by Jamie Croker.

    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 …

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  • Lockheed Hudson - Upper Turret Support Structure Progress

    Thursday 25 November 2010 by Jamie Croker.

    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.     Partially completed upper Turrect support structure Reproduced …

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  • Lockheed Hudson - The First Cut

    Wednesday 3 November 2010 by Jamie Croker.

    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 After taking a template form the structure of A16-128, the skin was cut. Kim Wood, our in house …

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  • Japanese Ha-Go Tank conservation

    Monday 1 November 2010 by John Kemister. 1 comments

    The tank to the rear right in this image was captured in a pivotal action at Milne Bay in New Guinea in September 1942 after the defeat of the Japanese landing force. It had been involved in actions with Australian infantry of the 61st and 2/10th Batallions, and was stopped by SX1603 Jack O'Brien with a Boyes anti-tank rifle on 28 August 1942. O'Brien was wounded and awarded a DCM for this and other actions around that …

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  • Lockheed Hudson - Structural Reference

    Monday 18 October 2010 by Jamie Croker.

    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 Although badly damaged and corroded, the structure is a great reference and base for templates to …

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  • Lockheed Hudson - Where to Start

    Wednesday 6 October 2010 by Jamie Croker. 1 comments

    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 . RNZAF …

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  • Lockheed Hudson Mark IV Bomber Conservation begins.

    Tuesday 28 September 2010 by Jamie Croker.

    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.  Hudson A16-105 REL28674 on display in Anzac Hall in 2003…

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  • Curator's favourites

    Wednesday 1 September 2010 by Liz Holcombe. 1 comments

    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:  I love Middleton VC’s service dress uniform for the personal connection. He was a family friend prior to the war and trained in my hometown. (You can read more about R. H  Middleton over here.) …

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