The People’s Mosquito – Fuselage Molds Begin to Take Shape

A lineup such as this has not been seen in half a century or more, but with the proliferation of deHavilland Mosquito restorations over the past decade or so, we may one day see such a sight... especially as a second restoration shop is keying up for building brand new fuselages. See what the People's Mosquito and Retrotec Ltd. have been up to! (image via wikipedia)

We have been following the efforts of the People’s Mosquito for the past few years as the group has steadily made headway on their plans to build an airworthy de Havilland Mosquito in the UK. This is a grass-roots effort, relying heavily upon small individual donations, as their name suggests. Even without the benefit a major financing source, they have been methodically working their way through the enormous technical and logistical issues in their endeavor, and have made remarkable progress. Working with Retrotec Ltd., the highly-experienced team with a proven track record of major restorations of both airframes and engines for museums and flying collections around the world. Last year, the People’s Mosquito managed to secure an amazing trove of more than 20,000 drawings for the Mosquito, long missing, and previously thought destroyed. But far from just working on the technical side of things, they have also had significant components remanufactured for the wings in New Zealand. And just a few days ago, the People’s Mosquito announced that Retrotec has made significant progress in recreating the immense and highly complex moulds necessary for refabricating the two fuselage halves.

As their press release states… “The bulkheads for Mould A and B have been procured and manufactured. These will be installed onto one-ton box steel frames which are being made in three sections, so they can be painted in RAF yellow and moved to the new factory Retrotec are constructing. Work is progressing and we will be releasing further images and information in the coming months. Thank you again for your contributions which has enabled the project to get this far!”

This is a major step, and now means that two restoration houses will soon be capable of manufacturing brand new de Havilland Mosquito fuselages (with the other being with Glyn Powell and Avspecs in New Zealand). The following images show technicians at Retrotec Ltd. putting together the moulds. This is really fantastic news, and bravo to all concerned!


WarbirdsNews would like to applaud The Peoples’ Mosquito for working so hard to preserve the heritage of the deHavilland Mosquito design. Please do consider donating HERE to this group to help them continue their mission!

 

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