I painted and bolted on the rear fender. The fender is a '70 and up part, but I'd modded the rear mounts during mock-up so it would clear the frame loop. The gas tank still needs bodyworked and painted, but I set it on to see how it looks. I'd used a RT3 tank during mock-up, so hadn't seen the bike with the earlier style tank on it. I'm undecided on what color it will be. Unlike the smaller AT and CT tanks, the DT tanks use the same tank badges as the early XS models, so I'll probably get some from MikesXS for it.
Since I'm using the earlier style tank I had to get a seat to match, and got started on fixing it.
I does have some rust near the latch, but overall is solid.
The cover and foam are completely gone.
Ready to get going on it.
First was a good sandblasting to remove the rust.
It came out clean.
Here is the bad spot near the latch. You can weld cracks, but can't weld in the holes since the nearby metal is too thin and would have just blown out. It would be possible to cut the area out and weld in new metal, but with all of the contours would be quite a lot of work. Since the rust itself is gone, and the pan isn't too badly damaged, I decided to go over the area with fiberglass.
This will strengthen the area, and I think is a good option for a repair like this. Once it sets up I'll drill out the hole where the seat damper fits. The pan will then be painted and get a reproduction cover and foam.
The CV-22B Osprey is a recent arrival at the museum and will be going in the new building once it is completed.
This C-82A Packet has been prepped and painted.
Many restorations are things other than aircraft, like this M151 Jeep.
These are "bombs" being prepared for exhibit in the museum's B-52 bomb bay. Even if you remove the explosives, real bombs are too heavy to keep permanently mounted to the aircraft, so exact replicas are made in fiberglass.
This place is pretty much the ultimate fabrication shop.
This is a T-6 Texan II being assembled from wrecked aircraft.
One of the three hangars is used as a storage area, but has some of the most interesting aircraft, like the XB-42 Mixmaster and XB-43 Jetmaster. The XB-42 used a piston engine with a rear mounted contra-rotating propeller , while the XB-43 used a jet engine. Neither made it to production, but the XB-43 served as a jet engine testbed.
When the plexiglass nose on the XB-43 cracked during testing, a simple wooden one was made to take it's place.
The Atlas was the first ICBM deployed by the US. Note the air line running to the missile.
Without being full of fuel, there isn't enough structural support, so it has to be kept slightly pressurized or it will collapse in on itself.
This is a MiG-23MLD Flogger K.
This incomplete MiG-25RB Foxbat was found buried in the sand near Al Taqaddum Airbase in Iraq.
One of the aircraft I found most interesting was the Lockheed XF-90. Two prototypes were built, this being the only surviving one. Developed right after WWII, it was very advanced in many ways, but like many early jets it was overweight and underpowered. This one ended up being used for above ground nuclear testing, going through three blasts. They would place the aircraft and other objects at different distances from the tests to study the damage done. At one of the tests involving the XF-90, a B-17 was one of the other aircraft used, and it was repaired and flown out afterward. The XF-90 wasn't so lucky. Decades later the aircraft was found still sitting in the desert, and was decontaminated and delivered to the museum. Something like this will likely never be restored, but preserved in it's current state.
This is the X-32A, Boeing's losing entry in the Joint Strike Fighter competition.