Fokker Grunau Baby IIb
Grunau Baby IIb PH-152 was built in 1946 by Fokker and delivered in 1947, it has since then been flying with several gliding clubs (Eindhoven, Gilze-Rijen, Teuge, Valkenburg, Castricum and Nistelrode) until 1983 when she was bought by Raymond van Loosbroek and put in storage.
PH-152 at Teuge in the fifties
A "little" damage in 1951 in Eindhoven
Repair of fuselage and left wing in the attic of Pa Smits in Eindhoven
PH-152 in a more colorful outfit (1970's)
PH-152 got a damaged nose after hitting a gate (1970's)
At some time PH-152's colors were changed to all blue, which earned her the nickname 'Bluebird'.
Three pictures taken at Terlet gliding center in 1977
Two photos from PH-152's Nistelrode period (1973-1983)
PH-152 put together for static show at Axel glider field in 1989
In 2009 Baby PH-152 came out of storage and was transported to the workshop of airbase De Peel where serious work was started on the fuselage by Frans Otten.
In 2015 Baby PH-152 the restoration project was taken over by Hans Regeer and in his workshop in Oss Hans Regeer, Raymond van Loosbroek and me, with lots of help from others, continued restoration work on the fuselage.
PH-152 in a rather 'naked' view of the cockpit bottom
First all metal parts were removed and reconditioned.
Wing attachment before and after reconditioning
Fokker winch hook painted in primer, test fitted in the fuselage
Where necessary old cables were replaced by new cables.
The inside got his final paint and then the fuselage was reskinned.
Cockpit area after repainting
New plywood on fuselage bottom
In 2020 Hans Regeer and Raymond van Loosbroek sadly passed away and I took over the project.
Hans and Raymond
I continued the project in the workshop of Aeroclub Nistelrode and started work on the left wing.
Wings in the workshop
Smaller parts (which means parts that fit into my car) were taken home where I work on them there.
First the canopy was reconstructed and completed and after that the left wings airbrakes, wing cover and landingskid were next.
And it even fits!
Left wing airbrakes
Cleaned up landingskid
Painted fuselage bottom almost ready to receive main skid and tail skid
Main skid with new rubber blocks and tail skid in place
After finishing painting the fuselage finishing the rudder is next
With the rudder trial fitted the fuselage really starts to look like the beauty she should be
As the original instruments and panel were lost after the death of Raymond van Loosbroek, new instruments were bought and a new wooden panel was made.
PH-152 with a trial fit of the new panel and instruments
Next job is the stabilizer.
A nice historic detail: a handwritten date "13/8-'46" found inside
First some wood repairs to be done
Then dress up the stabilizer with SuperFlite material
And give it a good "oldtimer-look" paint job
After the stabilizer the elevators are next
The elevators too had a nice historical signature in it