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Old 05-22-2017, 02:05 PM   #4
Dbahnson
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Nice plane! Beautiful.

Once a prop is no longer "original" I don't see any harm in restoring it. To a trained eye it will always look restored so I think a better, more authentic looking restoration is always reasonable.

The problem comes up many, many years down the road when today's restoration has aged and it gets harder to tell whether it's original or not. We are seeing that with some of the WW1 props that got re-varnished 70 or 80 years ago and now look "sort of" original. That's one reason that preservation of original decals is such a useful indication of original condition. They are hard to duplicate in a way that looks undisturbed for 100 years.
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