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Old 17th Oct 2013, 04:27   #1 (permalink)
 
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Short S.45A Solent Mk.4 — SH.1559 — ZK-AMO “Aranui”

I visited MOTAT at Auckland today, mainly to take a look at the Solent in its new home, and managed to strike it lucky and discover somebody working on it. While I was chatting to him, the conservator in charge of the restoration project turned up and allowed me to take a look inside the flying-boat. He gave me permission to go anywhere I liked, so I literally did, except that I kept out of the nose compartment and the tail compartments on both the upper and lower decks as they were full of bits & pieces which would have made it a bit hard moving around safely.


























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Well done! The old girl is looking so much better than when I last saw her some seven years ago.
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I agree. It's great to see her undercover. I'll definitely be going to MOTAT next time I'm in Auckland.
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When you get there can you tell them to switch off the mags on engine number 2?
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Old 19th Oct 2013, 04:55   #7 (permalink)
 
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Congratulations on the excellent pictures of the interior of the Solent. I was at MOTAT in February and thought the whole display brilliant. Nice to see the aircraft indoors. Am visiting again in Feb 15 , but leaving my wife at home!!!

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My wife and I visited MOTAT in 2007 - an amazing place. ZKAMO was "indoors" then so prsumably it has been moved around? There was another one outside (NZ4115); has any progress been made in renovating it?





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Old 20th Oct 2013, 09:21   #9 (permalink)
 
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There have been a lot of changes at MOTAT since you took those photographs in 2007. ZK-AMO was removed from the display hall and stored outside while a HUGE new display hall was constructed, with the new display hall opening late last year. A few months ago, the Solent was shifted into the new display hall and a major restoration has started (as you can see in the photographs taken in the lower deck last Thursday). The previous restoration was mainly cosmetic inside, but they are now dealing with a lot of accumulated water damage from the decades when it sat outside, as well as corrosion in a number of places. Work is also progressing on the Short Sunderland, which is still outside, however they are planning to move the Sunderland into the new display hall at some point in the near future. In fact, they are planning to move their entire collection that is still outside into there within a reasonable period of time. Currently, only the Sunderland, the Lodestar and the Ventura are parked outside, but not for too much longer.

CLICK HERE to view a thread about MOTAT the Wings over New Zealand messageboard forum, where the changes over the past few years are documented, including a large number of photographs.
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Thanks for that KTJ. We had a kind of museum in southern England with some interesting aircraft, including a Drover. It was outdoors and sadly the aircraft were allowed to rot.

I'd love to visit MOTAT again but those days are long gone.
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Here is some time-lapse imagery of the Solent being moved into the new Aviation Display Hall at MOTAT...


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