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I've corresponded with the folks working on the restoration...

March 20 2017 at 7:11 AM

Lynn  (Login lmritger)
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Response to Looks like a lovely restoration

The owner is the same guy who bought "Chuckie", added an 80s-era Miami Vice style airbrushed model on the front and slapped his own initials on it rather than use any of the proper squadron codes from the 381st BG which the aircraft is ostensibly painted to represent. So suffice it to say that historical accuracy isn't exactly at the top of the owner's list.

However, that should in no way detract from the absolutely superb quality of the engineering work performed to mount the Allison 1710 into this Buchon, and the fit and finish of the airframe work. The restorers are contractually obligated to honor the request of the actual owner, so that's what they did.

I'm most interested to hear how it performs with the Allison; that's a unique solution to achieving the prototypical look of the wartime 109 without the expense of finding, restoring, and maintaining an original DB 605. If this works well, I would expect other Buchon owners to at least start considering it.



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