This year we completed three of our long-term projects. It wasn’t entirely easy to decide which one would feature on our New Year’s card. In the end, we chose Aero C 104 from Queen Mary Trailer, GMC CCKW 353B. We wish you all to make your dreams come true in 2023.
The Military History Institute Prague has opened the Army Museum in Prague 3 – Žižkov after a complete reconstruction. In the new and modern exposition you can learn about the history of wars on the territory of the Czech Republic. In our experience, it is a good idea to set aside at least four hours for a visit, the museum is really extensive and many of the exhibits are truly unique. We are honoured to have been able to contribute a few items to the collections. Already on display in the Holocaust exhibit is a traveling suitcase from the second half of the 1930s. Which our family bought new in Austria before the Second World War.
After completing some smaller projects, we returned to the Messerschmitt. The wings are back on the shop floor after a complete rebuild, the first one is already clamped in the jig, and we are starting to put the “guts” together. Control rods, flap controls, slots, flaps, ailerons. Admittedly we will be taking the vast majority of these parts off again before painting, but now is the time to test that everything works flawlessly.
GMC CCKW 353 was one of the “workhorses” of the US Army on almost every battlefield in the world where American soldiers fought for the freedom of the world. Especially in the Czech Republic, it is one of the symbols of our liberation. Sure, it’s not as prominent a piece of history as airplanes or tanks, but if it weren’t for these inconspicuous workhorses, neither planes nor tanks would have gotten off the ground.
The GMC rebuild ended up being more challenging than we initially expected, but that’s been the case with all projects so far. Anyway, we’re at the end of it and looking forward to going on a proper ride with our friends in the spring.