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DeVilbiss Paint Shop Helps Historic Aircraft Restoration

DeVilbiss Paint Shop Helps Historic Aircraft Restoration DeVilbiss Paint Shop Helps Historic Aircraft Restoration THE DeVilbiss Company Ltd, of only use the original traditional mater­ solids removal system and the DeVilbiss Bournemouth, have installed a pur­ ials and we manufacture and assemble aquaclean chemical monitoring system. pose-built paint shop at the RAF exactly to the specifications of the Two DeVilbiss JGA spray guns are original aircraft. We use a lot of Museum Restoration and Storage Centre used together with DeVilbiss Aerograph materials such as spruce and ash which in RAF Cardington, Bedfordshire. The air brushes for the more detailed work. RAF Museum in Hendon has one of the are hard to find in the right quality. Controls for the air input, exhaust fan, largest collections of historic aircraft in Even a simple hemp rope which is used burner, lights and electrical isolators the world and started from a private for the mooring warps on the flying are all located centrally on a panel in boats can be a problem to obtain". collection in 1962. Originally called the control office. the Historic Aircraft Flight, its aircraft John has been with the Museum Museum technician, John Wadham, were kept at RAF Henlow. However, comments "We now have a clinically Restoration Service for the last twenty many of these aircraft are the sole clean spray shop which considerably years and joined the RAF in 1947 when remaining examples in the world and improves our ability to achieve the very the Spitfire and Mosquito were still in are far too precious to risk in flight and high standard of authentic paint finish operational service and when the are now permanently exhibited at the Vampire and Meteor were Britain's which is so essential to our work. Museum in Hendon. Before the shop was modernised, we front line fighter aircraft. found it very difficult to obtain sufficient Most of the aircraft on display at DeVilbiss have installed a purpose- air movement across the spray area. Hendon have been restored at Card­ built, fully-enclosed paint shop which This considerably increased the drying ington which was the site for the can handle components, including fuse­ time, particularly in cold weather, and construction of the R101 airship. The lage and wing sections, up to 60 feet gave rise to a fume build-up problem. Restoration Centre incorporates a fully long. Previously the large open shop Also, we have now overcome the 'bird equipped engine bay and a large with its lattice roof attracted roosting strike' problem with a new false ceiling carpenters' shop where wood and birds and, on many occasions, several and the elevating side curtains. Further­ fabric aircraft, such as the Supermarine hours' work had been ruined by 'bird more, we are also achieving very Southampton flying boat currently in strike'. Also, many of the paint and accurate colour matches by the use of progress, can be fully restored. dope materials are highly inflammable the new integral UV-free lighting which and gave rise to fume extraction John Wadham BEM, museum tech­ is much kinder to the delicate fabrics problems despite the use of two 24 inch nician, says "Our aircraft are under the which we often use." fans exhausting to atmosphere. microscope from some very knowledg­ eable aircraft enthusiasts and we double The air input to the spraying room The DeVilbiss Company Ltd, Ring- check every single detail to ensure was specially engineered to cater for the wood Road, Bournemouth BH11 authenticity. During restoration we building's unusual steel-frame structure 9LH. which incorporates tension rods and a brick infill. The air replacement system incorporates an air input fan drawing air from atmosphere across a gas burner, the air is pre-heated and passes through a bank of filters before entering the paint shop. Quietness in operation was also a requirement and the air replacement system provides quiet operation at the designed air flow of 26,000 cfm. At the other end of the shop, a DeVilbiss Turbo Dynaclean spray booth is installed. The 20 foot booth is fitted witha side-draught waterwash system complete with the DeVilbiss Dehon 16 AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING — September 1987 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology Emerald Publishing

DeVilbiss Paint Shop Helps Historic Aircraft Restoration

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology , Volume 59 (9): 1 – Sep 1, 1987

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Abstract

DeVilbiss Paint Shop Helps Historic Aircraft Restoration THE DeVilbiss Company Ltd, of only use the original traditional mater­ solids removal system and the DeVilbiss Bournemouth, have installed a pur­ ials and we manufacture and assemble aquaclean chemical monitoring system. pose-built paint shop at the RAF exactly to the specifications of the Two DeVilbiss JGA spray guns are original aircraft. We use a lot of Museum Restoration and Storage Centre used together with DeVilbiss Aerograph materials such as spruce and ash which in RAF Cardington, Bedfordshire. The air brushes for the more detailed work. RAF Museum in Hendon has one of the are hard to find in the right quality. Controls for the air input, exhaust fan, largest collections of historic aircraft in Even a simple hemp rope which is used burner, lights and electrical isolators the world and started from a private for the mooring warps on the flying are all located centrally on a panel in boats can be a problem to obtain". collection in 1962. Originally called the control office. the Historic Aircraft Flight, its aircraft John has been with the Museum Museum technician, John Wadham, were kept at RAF Henlow. However, comments "We now have a clinically Restoration Service for the last twenty many of these aircraft are the sole clean spray shop which considerably years and joined the RAF in 1947 when remaining examples in the world and improves our ability to achieve the very the Spitfire and Mosquito were still in are far too precious to risk in flight and high standard of authentic paint finish operational service and when the are now permanently exhibited at the Vampire and Meteor were Britain's which is so essential to our work. Museum in Hendon. Before the shop was modernised, we front line fighter aircraft. found it very difficult to obtain sufficient Most of the aircraft on display at DeVilbiss have installed a purpose- air movement across the spray area. Hendon have been restored at Card­ built, fully-enclosed paint shop which This considerably increased the drying ington which was the site for the can handle components, including fuse­ time, particularly in cold weather, and construction of the R101 airship. The lage and wing sections, up to 60 feet gave rise to a fume build-up problem. Restoration Centre incorporates a fully long. Previously the large open shop Also, we have now overcome the 'bird equipped engine bay and a large with its lattice roof attracted roosting strike' problem with a new false ceiling carpenters' shop where wood and birds and, on many occasions, several and the elevating side curtains. Further­ fabric aircraft, such as the Supermarine hours' work had been ruined by 'bird more, we are also achieving very Southampton flying boat currently in strike'. Also, many of the paint and accurate colour matches by the use of progress, can be fully restored. dope materials are highly inflammable the new integral UV-free lighting which and gave rise to fume extraction John Wadham BEM, museum tech­ is much kinder to the delicate fabrics problems despite the use of two 24 inch nician, says "Our aircraft are under the which we often use." fans exhausting to atmosphere. microscope from some very knowledg­ eable aircraft enthusiasts and we double The air input to the spraying room The DeVilbiss Company Ltd, Ring- check every single detail to ensure was specially engineered to cater for the wood Road, Bournemouth BH11 authenticity. During restoration we building's unusual steel-frame structure 9LH. which incorporates tension rods and a brick infill. The air replacement system incorporates an air input fan drawing air from atmosphere across a gas burner, the air is pre-heated and passes through a bank of filters before entering the paint shop. Quietness in operation was also a requirement and the air replacement system provides quiet operation at the designed air flow of 26,000 cfm. At the other end of the shop, a DeVilbiss Turbo Dynaclean spray booth is installed. The 20 foot booth is fitted witha side-draught waterwash system complete with the DeVilbiss Dehon 16 AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING — September 1987

Journal

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace TechnologyEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 1, 1987

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