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The Artful Bodger
04-11-2014, 01:49 AM
Our museum has bought a "new" aeroplane, a Percival Proctor, all wood, cabin monoplane circa WWII.
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7192/13772155475_6bddb3d800.jpg
As it once was..

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2900/13772159395_3d53dbf709.jpg
...and how it is now.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7214/13772171303_537da1b2c0.jpg

The Artful Bodger
04-11-2014, 01:51 AM
A couple more pictures..


https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2809/13772178353_c404c44fec.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3810/13772181433_f860433bbd.jpg

Unfortunately we do not have the resources to return it to airworthy condition but it will be cosmetically restored and put on display where it will be warm and dry for the future and everyone can come and look at it along with the almost three dozen aircraft we have on display.

John

dp
04-11-2014, 01:57 AM
Sweet - love those "yokes". Reminds me of the wooden Bellanca aircraft from the same era. Love those inverted inline engines. The original Ercoupe had an inverted 4-banger but was later equipped with the Continental C-65 and larger series.

The Artful Bodger
04-11-2014, 02:10 AM
There is a Gypsy Six in this one, variable pitch etc. Not supercharged however. We have been told the engine runs but I would be very careful about that as the wooden structure is now rather fragile.

justanengineer
04-11-2014, 08:44 AM
THAT is an absolutely beautiful aircraft, and I am sure you folks down there will give it all the love it deserves. Nice!

A.K. Boomer
04-11-2014, 10:23 AM
Sweet - love those "yokes". Reminds me of the wooden Bellanca aircraft from the same era. Love those inverted inline engines. The original Ercoupe had an inverted 4-banger but was later equipped with the Continental C-65 and larger series.

DP you would like one of my friends planes - he has the super viking bellanca and I can attest the spruce wing can take some pressure if needed...

there's allot of craftsmanship in some of those old birds that's for sure...

Abner
04-11-2014, 10:34 AM
Did you come to any resolution on your door track? Your question inspired me to make some guide wheels for my bandsaw mill project. I will attach some pictures later.

Guido
04-11-2014, 01:26 PM
Did I not read, yesterday yet, that the Mooney people are cranking up production again? Will always remember the guy next door, an FAA electronics man, would comment about the guy who 'cut the pattern' last night, was always a Mooney pilot.

--Guido

The Artful Bodger
04-11-2014, 05:17 PM
Did you come to any resolution on your door track?

No Abner, not yet and it is bit of a non issue as we have failed to gain possession of the old hangar.

Dave P.
04-11-2014, 06:11 PM
In the 3rd picture down ( of the panel ) what is the instrument just below it and ahead of the left side stick?
Nothing I've seen in the last 30 years....some king of wet compass?
Thanks
Dave

Mike Burch
04-11-2014, 06:45 PM
In the 3rd picture down ( of the panel ) what is the instrument just below it and ahead of the left side stick?
Nothing I've seen in the last 30 years....some king of wet compass?
Thanks
Dave

John will no doubt reply, but to me it looks exactly like the old compass on the first boat I sailed (in 1974) which was a marinised version of an aircraft compass. The outer ring is set to the desired course, and the tee markings on the transparent cover (which turns with the outer ring) is then kept parallel with the similar markings on the card. Once the course is set on the compass, one does not have to steer to the numbers, one merely steers to keep things aligned.
I believe these were quite common circa WW2.

flylo
04-11-2014, 08:47 PM
Every see an early Funk? They had Ford flat head V-8s like the Funk bros used in their 8N tractor upgrades.

Wayne Sippola
04-11-2014, 08:51 PM
Dave,

It's a P4 or 6 or 8 compass. I've never used one, but they're easy enough to find on the 'net. Used in bombers during WWII.

The Artful Bodger
04-12-2014, 01:19 AM
I believe it is a WWII era P11 compass.

The Artful Bodger
04-12-2014, 01:27 AM
Yes, I believe that is a compass. I expect it is a P11 type.

The Artful Bodger
04-12-2014, 01:47 AM
Yes, I believe that is a compass. I expect it is a P11 type.

The Artful Bodger
04-12-2014, 07:47 AM
That is a compass, a P11 I think, a type that was fitted to a lot of WWII aircraft.

The Artful Bodger
04-12-2014, 08:32 AM
That is a compass, I think it is a WWII era P11.

The Artful Bodger
04-12-2014, 04:32 PM
Yes, thats a compass, possibly a P11 type.

Circlip
04-13-2014, 04:51 AM
Direct reading compass, other type were mounted face down and viewed via a mirror mounted at 45deg.

Regards Ian.

ldbent
04-13-2014, 12:33 PM
What's the glide ratio w/the redesigned wing?

The Artful Bodger
04-14-2014, 04:06 PM
Yes that is the compass, a P11 type I think.

The Artful Bodger
04-15-2014, 02:26 AM
Yes, that is a compass, a type P11 if I am not mistaken.

The Artful Bodger
04-16-2014, 03:25 AM
A short run in the country to a private airfield to collect the Proctor for our museum, four wings on the first load. We have some work ahead of us..

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7158/13867909853_75d34c7204.jpg

The Artful Bodger
04-23-2014, 12:51 AM
At last the rain stopped for the last stage of the journey for Proctor ZK-AQK..

A short tow from her shed where she has been for several years and through the lush green pastures of Rangitata!
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7254/13977902245_3f302aafce.jpg

Careful loading on the transporter..
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2926/13997914603_e09d34a2a9.jpg

She wont be going anywhere we dont want her to with all these strops on her..
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2913/13997925533_466803ba58.jpg

The Artful Bodger
04-23-2014, 12:52 AM
Heading for the farm gates..
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2925/13977944165_33db2e128c.jpg

An hour or so later and safe in our hangar...
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7312/13977912675_66233b5148.jpg

Ooops! Looks like the Bedford has sprung a leak!

darryl
04-23-2014, 01:02 AM
That is likely a P11 type compass- :)

gambler
04-23-2014, 01:23 AM
what kind of car is that?

A short run in the country to a private airfield to collect the Proctor for our museum, four wings on the first load. We have some work ahead of us..

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7158/13867909853_75d34c7204.jpg

The Artful Bodger
04-23-2014, 01:51 AM
The car is a Ford Falcon Ute, it is getting a bit old now, 1999 but the model hadn't changed much since 1979 so it was an antique when I bought it new!

Dave P.
04-23-2014, 11:12 AM
Ok, It's a compass....got it !
Thanks
Dave P.

Forrest Addy
04-23-2014, 02:37 PM
How many who have read Nevil Shute's "Round the Bend" recall that the Proctor was Tom Cutter's (the protagonist) first airplane in his venture to found an air service on the Persian Gulf after WW II?

I'm glad to see what one looks like. It answers a few questions I had. I now realise what a shrewd choice it was for the story.

gambler
04-24-2014, 02:26 AM
thanks that's a neat looking car, like an el camino . and its a ford so well made.

Paul Alciatore
04-24-2014, 03:43 PM
That looks like an excellent acquisition. It would be nice to see photos after it is ready for exhibit.

And other photos of the exhibits.

The Artful Bodger
04-24-2014, 04:25 PM
Paul..
http://www.aviationmuseum.co.nz/cms/images/igallery/resized/1-100/2-32-750-600-80-rd-255-255-255.jpg
Our DH Devon/Dove which was in worse condition than the Proctor when it arrived..

http://www.aviationmuseum.co.nz/cms/museum-exhibiits#!1

Of course we would really like you to come and see them in person!

loose nut
04-24-2014, 08:36 PM
Well I believe we can be sure that the compass is a P11.