Project Update - October 2015

The FSAAFM is currently engaged in removing the various small components from the fuselage interior/cockpit area. These include the chassis control, throttle and propeller controls, trim tabs, radios, etc, in order for potential re-builders to more easily assess the work required to rebuild the fuselage from Frame 5 back to the tail assembly attachment. When the fuselage is moved off site for rebuilding, space could be made to begin work on the wings to achieve a similar objective.

  Spitfire N/S 5518 at AFB Waterkloof  

Short term requirements:

1. Accurate drawings to have fuselage frames fabricated, bearing in mind that AX-K is a low-back version of the Mk.IX.
2. Accurate drawings to produce suitable jigs to align these frames with the longerons.
3. Accurate drawings of fuselage skins to be attached to above.

With provision of the above requirements, a suitably qualified and equipped engineering partner could be approached, to perform the work at no cost to the project, or on a cost plus basis. If the latter, then a substantial fund-raising campaign will be required to realise the necessary finance.

Project Support: To date, over 50 enthusiastic layman volunteers have offered their support to the project, but are under-utilised due to the lack of qualified skills and facilities at the present location. It is believed that the restoration must be moved to a well-equipped workshop with the necessary manpower, skills, and equipment to perform the work.

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