KZ-III 


   

 

The aircraft on display, before being dismantled.

 

 

Reinstallation of the engine.

 

 

Fuselage ready to be painted. You can see how battered it is

 

 

Previous registration number  position appeared during the preparation of the aircraft for the painting.

 

On display since its donation to the museum, this particular aircraft has been dismantled and stored a few years ago.

In 1998 we were asked to put the aircraft back in a display condition.

The various components were in fair condition but needed some interventions:

  • Removal of the various bumps and scratches from the engine cowlings.
  • Reparation of the numerous gaps and holes of the fabric covering.
  • Reparation of flaws in the spruce covering in the wings and stabilos.
  • Corrosion treatments of various components, including the wings struts, the cockpit fixtures, wings balance mass and many other small items
  • Replacement of a broken windscreen, reparation (welding) of a broken footstep
  • Manufacture of a missing exhaust pipe
  • Preparation of the whole aircraft for paint following the existing paint scheme. It is during this preparation that we found trace of the registration number on various locations.
  • Re-assembling of the aircraft.

Of the aircraft, an exhaust pipe, a wheel disc, the right rudder pedals and the original airscrew has not been found back.

The missing exhaust pipe has been manufactured and the airscrew replaced by a spare available in the stock.

The two missing instruments on the instrument panels where already missing at the arrival of the aircraft in the museum (see the attached pictures).

 

Engine and accessories after reassembling.

 

 

Instrument panel after reassembly.

 

 

Same but a long time ago, when the aircraft arrived at the museum.

 

 

Final reassembly of the aircraft.

 

 

Outside during an open day.

 

General considerations

As you can see from the description of the job accomplished, it is a conservation intervention, not a complete restoration.

The aim was to put the aircraft back on display and to avoid loosing components.

Too, it was necessary to stop the corrosion and refresh the paint that was showing its age.

References, links

Sources:

  • KZ maintenance manual,
  • KZ veteran-club.