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Riggerrob

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This is the second in a series of fictional group builds.

Last time you heard from your dear great aunt she was sewing new fabric on the rudder of the airplane she brought over from the old-country. She was rambunctious in her youth, competing in a variety of sports, flying air shows, instructing, mysterious missions during an even more mysterious war, etc. She flew most weeks up until her 80th birthday.
Seems that the corona virus was too rough for your dear great aunt. She died last week, but bequeathed her hangar to you. You barely had a minute to stick your head in before the funeral.

You saw a freshly-varnished wooden propeller on a 7-cylinder radial engine. There was a box of new spark plugs and some new tires, brakes, etc. A new canopy peaked out of the box. She had almost finished recovering the entire air frame. C-ABCD registration was freshly painted.
Two seats lay on the floor beside the cockpit(s).
Many parts were recently overhauled. All the parts were there and ready to bolt on.
There is even a dusty pile of manuals. Too bad the manuals are written in a language you never studied.

You plan on going back next month for a more detailed inspection … or whenever they lift travel restrictions …..

Same rules as the previous fictional group build: each post only contains one paragraph, component or stage of rebuild.
You have to build on top of previous posts. IOW no contradicting previous posts.
Maintain a sense of humour.
 

Aerowerx

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Your aunt kept saying that she had a Fiat in the hanger that you could have.

You always thought you would inherit a classy Italian sports car. Now you realize it is a Fiat G.50.
 

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It has been a week since dear old and Sally died, but she is feeling better now. Evidently she thought the IRS was coming for her precious Fiat. Concerned for her sanity you have been helping her with her build, but replaced the live ammo with blanks.
 

Riggerrob

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It has been a week since dear old and Sally died, but she is feeling better now. Evidently she thought the IRS was coming for her precious Fiat. Concerned for her sanity you have been helping her with her build, but replaced the live ammo with blanks.

Hah!
Hah!
 

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She did not die....the coffin was empty....she was kidnapped by the government because she could get the Corona but she escaped before narfi's post. There are already plans to do the same thing to anyone over 30 (don't trust anyone over 30 ?)
 

lr27

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Fortunately, the 7 cylinder engine is NOT for the Fiat, which wouldn't fly well on half as many cylinders. It's for a different, smaller project. You and your great aunt need to decide which aircraft to work on first. You haven't seen the smaller project's air, but you are hoping tbe engine is a Fiat A.50 and the project an Ambrosini SAI.3.
 

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While looking over the parts, BAM! Uncle Harold wearing his tinfoil hat, kicked in the side door. Shouting out,” I have come to get my due!”
 

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They opened the end door to let more light in.Looking up they saw something hanging from the apex of the roof covered in dust and cobwebs.
All the other stuff now becomes insignificant to this last remaining remnant of a long gone era.
 

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Like I said, you only got a one minute glance into a dark and dusty hangar. You only saw 7 cylinders on a radial engine, but lights were too dim to tell if it was a single row or double row radial engine. So you are still wondering if the plane is a Fiat G.50 or Ambrosini S.A.I.3.
 

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Turns out that old aunt Sally was too busy cleaning out an old World War ? air raid shelter under the airfield. After the funeral, she walked out of a wine cellar - in a neighbouring mansion - wondering what the fuss was all about????
 

Riggerrob

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Dear Marco,
If you thought it was tough finding original 12.7 x 81 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun ammo ..... You can forget about buying blanks!
Hah!
Some gun smith in Arkansas has offered to cut down some Browning .50 cases to make blanks (12.5 x 91 mm). That old hillbilly gunsmith is so far back in the hills that he does not have telephone, much less inter web access.
Next step, ask a Hollywood armourer how to make an ancient Breda machine gun cycle on blanks.
 

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Like I said, you only got a one minute glance into a dark and dusty hangar. You only saw 7 cylinders on a radial engine, but lights were too dim to tell if it was a single row or double row radial engine. So you are still wondering if the plane is a Fiat G.50 or Ambrosini S.A.I.3.
While cleaning up the inevitable pile of junk in the back corner of the hanger, you discover a large crate, with Finnish writing on it. It is the missing engine for the Fiat G.50! Then you remember your aunt once said something about being in Helsinki in 1942. This explains the Finnish Air Force insignia you found in her top dresser drawer.

Looking it up, you discover that Finland did use the G.50, 1939-1944.
 

lr27

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Hmmm... Maybe the other plane that the 7 cylinder engine is from is a VL Vilma II. You're not sure that's a good thing, since the air doesn't really need to be strained by dragging wires through it.
 
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