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B&B owner in Canada builds full-size warplane replicas from junk!

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This blokes creativeness and general engineering skills have to be seen to be believed - particularly when you consider he works with junk as the basic materials.






The B&B website and the stories behind the yard art - https://modelaacres.com/tours.html



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Ah, well, you have to give them credit for having a go. Not everyone has top-class artistic skills and creativity.


In the S.E. Wheatbelt of W.A., there's a little town called Kulin that hosts Bush Races (neddies, because there's quite a few horse-lovers in the area) - and the locals got into the swing of things by creating the Tin Horse Highway.


All along the route from West Kulin to East Kulin (on the Corrigin to Lake Grace Rd), the locals have set up home-built artworks with neddies doing human things. Some are very good, some are just passable.


One of the locals even scrounged up a written-off Cessna and put a horse in it .... 


And another one of the locals tried their hand at building a replica plane that rates about a 5 out of 10, I guess ... https://www.australiasgoldenoutback.com/business/attractions/tin-horse-highway


Tin Horse Hwy .... https://kulin.wa.gov.au/main/tourism/tin-horse-highway/


Photos ... https://www.google.com/search?q=Tin+Horse+Hwy



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I recently visited an aviation museum which had, standing in the WWII display, a glass case. Inside were some every interesting aircraft identification plates or manufacturing plates. Apparently, one Australian RAAF warrant officer, in North Africa, was not into collecting control stick grips or cutting out swastikas from the rudder or tailfin sheet metal, of the wrecks littering the desert. He rather went for the serial number or manufacturing plates. 109, Stuka and Ju88 were there, along with some Allied types. What is interesting, is that these have the potential to be very valuable. As I understand it, if someone re-built a Ju87 Stuka, correct down to the smallest detail, without an identification or manufacturers ID plate, it’s a replica. With an actual plate, it becomes a rebuild of that actual aircraft. Essentially the difference between a replica, or the real thing. So, those plates mean a lot in terms of value. 

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Well you can’t, replicate a plate, legally as such. It would be like going to register your car, and they tell you there are three others with the same engine and VIN number....chaos! In other words, re-built aircraft, will have the original plate, yes cleaned up pretty well as such, but you can see from patina, it’s original. It won’t be all shiny and brand new. If it’s really in bad condition, not sure, but it may be possible to have it re-made, but I bet the original plate will be with the aircraft paperwork. The MkI Spitfire they dug up out of the beach sand at Dunkirque, was re-built, but I bet the most valuable part of the wreck would have been the ID plate. I think they re-used some non critical parts, just to keep things sort of honest if you like, but as you can imagine, it’s “that” aircraft because there’s the correct ID plate. I can tell you, very very little of it, would be the actual historic machine.

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