Several years ago, the Acquisition Committee approved the donation of a Byron Originals P-51D Mustang from the collection of Gordon Ingram. After its acceptance, multiple conversations between the donor, the museum and a shipping company planned out the model’s arrival. Unfortunately, the shipment was not smooth, and the Mustang arrived heavily damaged.
Damage included a cracked fuselage, punctures in the wing, bent landing gear, and multiple scratches.
Photographs of damage to the Byron Originals P-51D Mustang, 2009.47.01.
Volunteers and museum staff have been working to restore the model ever since. Work has included building a sub-structure inside the fuselage in order to reattach the cracked fiberglass skin, gluing and filling all the cracks, and then building up the trailing edge of the wing.
All of these repairs marred the bright yellow color of the R.A. Bob Hoover’s “Ole Yeller” scale details, meaning that everything then had to be sanded down and primed.
To complete the work, a lower cowl needs to be replaced and the canopy installed before the scale details can be replicated in paint and decals. We would also like to install a working tail wheel retract assembly. We don’t have the parts to do the work.
Do you know where we can find any of these? If so, contact Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org. Again, those parts are a:
• Lower cowl
• Tail Wheel Retract System