In August 2013 I updated our Warbird enthusiasts on the progress being made on the restoration project currently underway on the Bristol Beaufort at Caboolture Qld, Australia. Further activity has now occurred on the Beaufort and it’s time to provide an update.
The full set of movable tail surfaces has now been fully rebuilt, covered, painted and refitted to the aircraft and they look great!
Ron Lee and the crew have also been slaving away on one of the most complex tasks of the rebuild panel work; the complex compound curve wing/ fuselage joint fillets. These panels are notoriously difficult to shape for any aircraft and are more so on the Beaufort given the size and unique shape of the aircraft.
Nonetheless the crew has done an excellent job of it and after many trial fits and expletives they are now fitted to the aircraft and also look magnificent and on the day of my visit were being painted as was the rest of the fuselage.
The wing spar issue, reported on last time has still to be resolved as testing continues on the new component sourced in the USA. As soon as it is approved or rectified reassembly and fitting of the wing will take place. The other wing is already complete and ready for fitting.
More updates will be provided as work progresses on this magnificent Australian Warbird.
© John Parker 2013