Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Broken Transmission, Extreme Makeover

Last week we removed the broken transmission from the
"Gate Guardian", Mi-24, Bord 122. In order for it to become a proper display, it needs to be cleaned up...

And the broken blade mount needs to be straightened out.

Just applying tension wasn't sufficient to move the mount back into place. After all, it took the force of about twenty-plus tons of truck and helicopter hitting a bridge at 60mph!

First, we cut the bent blade attach point. Not all the way through... just enough to get it to move.

And then we welded it back at the proper angle.

Eventually it will be mounted back on top and blades will be re-attached.

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