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Museum Upgrade!

The P-38 Museum in Riverside, CA, was created well over 20 years ago.

It was originally built from the hearts and with the generosity of dollars and labor by our original members (many of who were P‑38 pilots, crew or Lockheed designers or engineers).

But our original design and contents have been outpaced by time and technology.  So, we decided it needed a facelift.

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However, we are doing much more than that. A complete remodel was called for, and we believe that once we've completed our work the Museum will be something that everyone will love, including those who remain from our original Museum creators.

We are moving everything out of the Museum (except the plane!) and repairing, and resurfacing the floor for starters.

After that we will begin building an entirely new interior to the Museum. It will have a redesigned floorplan that we know our visitors are going to love!

We are adding many monitors, new displays and will be upgrading some of our current exhibits.  It is sure to please the P‑38 fans, young and old, who visit us once the remodel is completed.

Grand Reopening

Although we will be having a "soft" opening near the end of the year, our grand reopening will be January 27, 2019.

That date is not a coincidence. It just happens to be the 80th anniversary of the first XP-38 flight, which took placed January 27, 1939.

So, save the date!

January 27, 2019

You'll be happy you did.

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P-38 Museum Remodel

This will give you a pictorial idea of what's involved in this massive project.  If you'd like to see a larger photo, just click on it and then the "back" button on your browser to return here.

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Progress report

Planning Meeting

The Move Begins

Almost There

Moving Day

A Challenge!

Final Dismantle

The Real Work Begins

Organizing

Design

Volunteers

   

Planning Meeting (July 28, 2018)

Before we even began the remodel we had a "planning meeting" BBQ to get things started on the right foot. Good food, good spirits, and good friends were an excellent way to figure out who was doing what and when.

Everything you see below was done by our P‑38 Association volunteers, with the exception of the final move, for which we hired a moving company to ensure the safety of any of the largest exhibits that we felt should be moved by pros.

The Move Begins (August 4, 2018)

In the early days of the move, we had quite a project ahead of us. The "panels" that were used to display photos, clippings, etc., were 8' tall and very unwieldy.

One of us got clobbered in the face when it fell on top of her!  Not fun. But well worthwhile any battle scars in the end.

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Almost There! (August 5-10)

One of the dicey situations we ran into when moving everything into storage was trying to transport this P‑38 propeller. It was recovered from the floor of the Pacific after having been under seawater for several decades. You can image the delicate shape it is in. So, we decided to let the pros handle this move.  (It was moved and stored safely and will be returning to a place of prominence in the new design.)

P-38 Displays
These are the heavy panels
(Note the cracks in the floor!)
P-38 Prop
P-38 Prop recovered
from the Pacific Ocean
P-38 Displays
Volunteers begin moving
Museum contents to storage.
Back of P-38 Museum
Back of the Museum
during move out.

Moving Day! (August 11)

The professional movers arrived today to finish moving the heaviest items. As you can see, we're leaving the plane in the Museum.  Won't risk damaging it, ever!

A Challenge

We thought that the March Field diorama ( circa 1942-43) would be a bear to move since it was so large.  Turned out to be the easiest one.  The toughie was the Willsie-Andrews exhibit of their Romanian Rescue Operation.  I was much narrower and more unwieldy than we realized until we began to lift it.  But it was successfully moved to storage undamaged.

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Andrews-Willsie Diorama
Romanian Rescue Diorama
move with Jim Bridges & Kris
Blouir helping the movers.
Only Remaining Content
Everything moved
but the plane!

Final Dismantle (August 24)

Virtually everything that can be moved out of the Museum has been moved.  The final step before the real work begins is dismantling the large wall panel at the back of the hangar.

Final Steps
Art Newman removing the final parts of the Museum contents
Kris Blouir
Kris Blouir checking out the
dismantled rear wall panel.

The Real Work Begins (August 25)

Repainting the walls
The first bit of new paint goes on.

Howard Ramshorn hard at work
Howard Ramshorn beginning
to work on "Stan Jones Workshop" tribute exhibit.

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This was a very busy day for us working on the remodel. (Sep 1)

Jim Bridges, Don Nichols
P-38 Association Secretary, Jim Bridges, and Docent Don Nichols painting all the trimming.
Ron & Marilyn Smith
We had a very nice surprise
when Marilyn & Ron Smith
(our recent President) stopped
by to lend their support.

Neat video, courtesy of Marilyn Smith, of the guys moving the P‑38 back farther into the hangar, so there will be more space at the front of the Museum for activies and events.   Just click on the controls in the lower, left-hand corner to begin video. You may be asked to update your video player to view it.  Just say "OK' and you should be good to go.

Jim Bridges, Don Nichols
One young volunteer, Caleb,
gave us a helping hand with
moving the plane.
Howard Ramshorn, Lowell StacyHowie & Lowell Stacy working out the plans for Stan Jones exhibit.
xSandbags on top of P-38 Briefing RoomAdding a "sandbags" effect on top of the Ed Baquet Briefing Room.

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Marston mat
These are Marston mats. They
hook together to form a landing
strip where difficult conditions
would make it unsafe to land
(such as in mud). They are also
called PSP (for pierced or perforated steel planking.)

P-38 Model
Large model cleaned
and ready to prep (10' x 3")

P-38 Ready to paint
Model masked and ready to paint.

P-38 Model
This is the model after the clean-up and painting.
We will reattach the props before putting it on display.

P-38 Model
Props on, ready for display!

Grinding down museum floor
Art Newman has begun the
hard work of grinding down the
floor in the Museum.
This process includes grinding down the floor to roughen it up a bit, filing the cracks and then applying the new surface. 

Estimated completion date:  September 26. 

Then the floor needs to dry, and the exhibit construction can begin.

Opening up small cracks in floor
Art opening up the tiny cracks so they can take a filler.

Howard Ramshorn hard at work
Howie installing the panels for
the Jones exhibit.

Crack repairs done by Art.
Smoothing out begins tomorrow (9-22)

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This is the final clean-up detail. Washing the plane and scrubbing the
hangar floor and walls. All set for the new floor surface to be poured. Thanks to Art & Ira Newman for taking on this thankless task.
 
 
Stan Jones exhibit
Stan Jones Exhibit
with lighting installed.

P-38 Museum Floor completed
The floor of the Museum has been finished and looks absolutely beautiful.  Now, on to the organizing and design tasks!

Organizing

Once we began this remodel, we knew there would be a lot more to be done after we removed everythng from the Museum. One of those steps is organizing. This past weekend (Oct 6) we began the job of cataloging every item so they could be well organized once we finished building the exhibits and began moving the memorabilia and artifacts back in.

Scott Frederick
Association VP Scott Frederick
hard at work.

Howie & Ton
Treasurer Howard Ramshorn and Docent Toni Olson taking apart one of the old display panels.

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Howie putting the final coat of paint on the wall where the Pacific Ocean propeller will be displayed.

Mark Crapnell
We had a surprise visitor during our weekend work, P‑38 Association Life member
Mark Crapnell.

Lunch!

Some very tired volunteers taking a
break for lunch!


(L-R Howard Ramshorn, Kris Blouir, Toni Olson
and Scott Frederick)

P-38 Allison Engine
Allison Engine cleaned up
and ready to go on display
.
P-38 TurbochargerP-38 Turbocharger display
This will be redesigned with a new front and signage.
P-38 Photos

P-38 framed photos
laid out on hangar floor.

They will ultimately be hung
across the entire back wall
of the Museum. 

Designing

Now that the clean-up is finished, soon the floor will be done [Update:  Floor is done!] and we can begin the work of reassembling the Museum. The floorplan has been laid out, and we will begin construction on the new walls and displays as soon as the floor has had a chance to set up.  In the meantime, the exhibit building has begun off-site.

New displays
The beginning steps to our new exhibits. The displays are being constructed by Amanda Newman.
 
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Volunteers

In the meantime, here are some of the very tired volunteers who made this happen: 

Left to Right: Kris Blouir, Maryann Ramshorn, Howard Ramshorn,
Art Newman and Kelly Kalcheim (behind the camera).

Other volunteers not pictured: Jim Bridges, Scott Frederick, Amanda Newman, Ira Newman, Don Nichols, Lowell Stacy, Toni Olson, Paul Jacobsmeyer and Bobby Nootbaar.

(Special thanks to the team from the March Field Air Museum, who wrangled our plane into the right spot:  (Jeff, Alex, Jordan and Caleb)

Donations Welcome

All of this, of course, is costing a pretty penny!

Since we do not receive any $$$ support from Lockheed, the USAF or the March Field Air Museum, every little bit of support from our fans will help to cover the cost of this remodel. 

Whenever you see this dollar sign throughout this section, clicking on it will take you to our Remodel Donations page.

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Once there, you will be offered the option to choose among an $80 donation (see below), a $38 donation (for the P‑38, of course!) or an amount of your choosing. Just click on the button you prefer.

Every donation will help us to offset the very significant cost of this remodelling of the P‑38 Museum.

Seriously, every donation.

To celebrate the upcoming 80th Anniversary of the P‑38s first flight, anyone donating $80 will receive a free P‑38 embroidered hat!

P-38 Embroidered Hat

(And just a reminder that
we do not receive any funding from the USAF, Lockheed or the March Field Air Museum, so your help really counts with us!)  Thanks!

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