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  ike047

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The PT 305 will be moved into a stall in the Restoration department of the National World War II museum in New Orleans early on the morning of 10/15/2009. I hope to post some pictures in the morning.

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  TED WALTHER

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Sweet!
305 seems to be coming along nicely! I saw you guys on a documentary, and all the parts you have from 659. Can't wait for the photos.
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In the pictures above the backend is off the PT-659. The PT-305 had been shortend to avoid the need for a captains license.

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This is how to tell it's the PT-305 portholes.
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Looks great, good luck with the restoration. I remember when the boat arrived I could not believe my eyes a PT boat sitting in the parking lot in New Orleans.

I called the museum and spoke with Tom I believe that was last summer, and offered to help. He accepted a trash dumpster which you still have on location. (Pelican)_ If I can be of further service do not hesitate to contact me.

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Outstanding photos and progress! She looks in pretty good condition all things considered. Good Luck!!
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Good stuff! Another PT on its way back from the grave.

While at the USAF museum restoration hangar a few months ago I was watching a guy working on the Memphis Belle. It looked like he was stripping paint with a sand blaster. It turned out that he was working with his new toy. It used dry ice and compressed air to remove the paint. He explained that this worked better than any other technology he has tried and the metal bore no signs of even being mared from the paint removal. It looked brand new. It simply removed the paint. This was key since the original Belle had no interior paint in the fuselage. He said he didn't even need a respirator (which I haven't fully bought off on). Looks like you could use on of those on this project!

That's my restoration tip of the day.

Good luck!
Dave

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I have seen that kind of blasting before. They used them down here cleaning the wall studs in the homes damaged by Katrina. Cleaned all the funk and no damage to the wood.
Lots of work ahead of us. More pictures to come.

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