Junkers Ju-52 Center Instrument Panel
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This WWII-era Luftwaffe Junkers Ju-52 center instrument panel resides in the collection of our friend Charles Darby of New Zealand.
According to Charles:
"Here's a centre instrument panel from a Luftwaffe Ju.52-3m-4ge that was written-off during the battles for Stalingrad. The impact damage is severe, indicating that it was sustained as the aircraft crashed, rather than being sustained while the aircraft was on the ground.
I don't intend to "restore" it, but to leave it as-found to help in reminding us of the violence and appalling weather conditions of warfare on the Eastern Front. To restore it would require annealing and lots of bashing with a blunt object. Annealing would destroy the original Luftwaffe dark grey paint, and the bashing would likely not be successful in restoring the correct shape of all the instrument holes and their related attach screw holes. So the panel will Rest In Peace."