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During April the left and right repair sections were joined together and the rear bulkhead fitted. The damaged rear end of the original fuselage was trimmed to establish a straight edge and the new rear fuselage section trimmed to fit and jigged into position. Inner plywood doublers were manufactured and glued across the joint on the inside of the fuselage in accordance with the de Havilland Mosquito repair scheme. The splice will now be completed in conjunction with the restoration of the fuselage.
Frame five was removed from the fuselage for repair and on inspection was found to be in very poor condition. The frame was dismantled and rebuilt with new inner and outer laminated bows and new ply faces. Fortunately most of the internal members and doublers could be salvaged. The repaired frame has been satisfactorily test fitted to the fuselage
A cockpit floor mock-up has been built to enable restored components to be test fitted and provide for the secure storage/display of cockpit components as they are completed in advance of the structure
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