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News 14/03/2009

Every week new surprises.


Hello World,


This week we publish pictures taken by Vincent when the fuselage of the de Caters was lifted to the 1st floor for the exhibition. It was not an easy job and the specialists from the Museum or mandated by the Museum who took care of this task performed a magnificent work.


The booklet describing the making of the de Caters is also now available thanks to André.


We have also new pictures of the Tipsy restorations. The current activities are focused on preparing the engine and the propeller. A new spiller was acquired from the UK and Bruno is manufacturing the parts needed to assemble this part.


We have no new pictures of the B-25 restoration. but an important agreement was discussed this week to permit the restoration of the tail unit. This ensemble was already under restoration  but the new sponsoring will permit us to spread theses activities. We already announced the signature of an insurance contract for volunteers working on the B-25. We received the last details. The contract reference is 03/00.542.035/02 and covers the activities for 2 years and 12 volunteers. (There is still room for you). 1.500.000 Euro is covered by this contract.


Our friends of the Belgians in RAF & SAAF 1940-1945 team discovered the journal of a Belgian mechanic who served with Aeronautique Militaire, escaped to the UK and joined the Royal Air Force. It is a very interesting and vivid document.


There are other interesting discoveries. Pascal send us a link to the team restoring Mosquitoes in New Zealand. For Mosquitos maniacs, there is also a link to the promising Airfix 1/24th scale model. Look at the video based onthe Cad drawings used for preparing the model to have an idea of the complexity of this model and to better understand what Eric is busy to do restoring the cockpit. In the video section you will also find another link about the building of a replica Albatros DIII.


We added to www.bamf.be a new folder about good practice in restoration. Although for many years aircraft restoration was typically in the hands of skilled amateurs, things are changing. We published three interesting references about the ethic of restoration. We hope to publish more soon.   


The lists of André Dillien are now up to date and on the Renard R-31 is the subject of the last update of the “aircraft build in Belgium” by Jean-Pierre Decocq.

You are always welcome on the Saturday to visit our workshop. 


Hoping to see you soon. 


Thanks to Philippe, Louis and Pascal for information or links included in these news. 





Tipsy Trainer
Royal Army Museum - Air & Space Hall - Brussels -
Mar 15, 2009 by bamf.bamrs
Working on the engine and preparing the propeller

Here are some pictures taken during the restoration of the Tipsy. See more at


Voisin de Caters
Royal Army Museum - Air & Space Hall - Brussels -
Nov 22, 2008 by Vincent Jacobs
Picture of the lifting of the de Caters fuselage by Vincent Jacobs

Pictures about the construction of the replica of the Voisin de Caters You can find more details about this project at http://www.bamfbamrs.be/Bamr s/voisin-en.htm




The Airfix 1:24 scale de Havilland Mosquito, sometimes called the kit they couldn't produce (for its massive size, I guess) is nearing the end of d...

Restoring Mosquito Fighter Bomber aircraft. View our extensive Photo Galeries & 2 videos.

Brussels Air Museum Foundation : A new chapter on our website. The first step : restoration ethics and good practices.
Our publications

The Voisin de Caters, the making of

Click on the links This booklet of 46 pages describes the construction of the replica of the Voisin biplane of Pierre de Caters at the Royal Army Museum Air & Space Hall in Brussels.

This pioneer aircraft celebrate the first Belgian pilot.

This publication contains more that 100 illustrations most of them in color.

All the benefits of this book will be used for future aircraft restoration

Prerelease pdf      

 Support independent publishing: buy this book on Lulu.

Also availlable by contacting bamf.bamrs@gmail.com

The Voisin de Caters by Dragan Saler

Since many years now, Dragan Saler help us by producing 3D drawings of aircraft we are restoring. For the Voisin de Caters, Dragan produced 38 pieces of art. These drawings were intensively used as reference during the manufacturing of the aircraft and constantly updated during the project. This luxurious edition is available in very limited edition (40) for our sponsors.


Prerelease pdf


Austrian Koloman Mayrhofer builds Albatros D III OEFFAG series 253.The Albatros D.III was a biplane fighter aircraft used by the Imperial German Ar...

Current & Future Events


Stockel 100e anniversaire de l'arrivée du Tram 
May 8th, 9th, 10th 2009 
Bleriot Olieslagers display   
  Aviation Aces 
November 13, 2008  until end of april 2009  
 See more at Museum Agenda
De Caters exhibition at the Museum

15.10.2008 - 28.02.2009

In the magical setting of the Royal Museum of the Army, the exhibition shows how many authors have drawn inspiration from history and military techniques.  In visiting the exhibition, the public will go through all the collections of the Museum.  Visitors will discover original and amusing showcases of items of the collections and how they are reflected in the comic strips.  The two dimensions of the comic strip are thus juxtaposed to the real world.
Royal Museum of the Army and of Military History
Parc du Cinquantenaire, 3
1000 Brussels


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