1-218-444-4478 PO BOX 847, BEMIDJI, MN 56619
1-218-444-4478 PO BOX 847, BEMIDJI, MN 56619

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Restoration Project
Texas Flying Legends Museum by Chuck Cravens View the PDF version here… Update Parts fabrication and creation of a suitable dead-straight fuselage fixture are the current focal points this month as they have been for a while now.  A P-47 has about three times as many parts as a Mustang! Fuselage Parts Fabrication In the...
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Texas Flying Legends’ By Chuck Cravens View the PDF version here… The fuselage is lowered onto the wing. Painting the Wing Photo from Building the P-51 Mustang – Michael O’Leary – pg 56 North American Aviation ordered camouflage paint deleted from Mustangs and all subsequent fighters and bombers in an order dated January 1, 1944....
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Texas Flying Legend Museum’s by Chuck Cravens Lope’s Hope 3rd sits ready for a visit by Dr. Donald Lopez, Jr. & Laura Lopez Update… The restoration is nearing completion as you will see in this month’s update. Many more visually interesting operations happen near the end, so this time there are many photos.  We will...
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Texas Flying Legends’ Museum by Chuck Cravens Update It is an exciting time in the restoration of Lope’s Hope 3rd. As we showed in the last update, the wings have arrived.  The wings and fuselage were joined this month to finalize all the fitting.  After mating the two major assemblies, many control runs, plumbing, and...
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Texas Flying Legends by Chuck Cravens An angled view takes in the tail cone, covered in protective plastic.  It eventually ends up attached to the forward fuselage at this end. Update The main focus for the P-47 project this month was preparation for beginning the fuselage assembly.  In order to do that, a precise fixture...
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Texas Flying Legends’ by Chuck Cravens The guys guide the trailer into the shop to unload the wing. Update The big news for the Lope’s Hope 3rd project this month is that the wings have been completed by Odegaard Wings. They have been transported to Bemidji and work will begin on installing landing gear and...
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Texas Flying Legends By Chuck Cravens This is a dimensionally stable, machined, cast aluminum toolingplate commonly called MIC-6 (MIC-6 ® is a registered trademark of Alcoa). Update This month didn’t happen to have a great many visible changes to the P-47, so we will be brief this time. Last month we saw the wing attach...
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