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    Quote Originally Posted by jond41403 View Post
    Please forgive my ignorance but why is it impossible for them to reproduce the tapered spar tubes?
    The tooling no longer exists to do it, so the expense of building new bespoke tooling to draw the tubes with an internal taper, for the small run of tubes needed, is just cost prohibitive. Some of the restoration shops that have worked on B-17's in the USAicon started looking at this issue several decades ago, and they eventually found that the tooling may have been sold off to China back in the 70's, but the trail basically ran cold after that. Back in the 90's when there were double the number of B-17's still airworthy, it was cost prohibitive to make new tooling, and now with less aircraft, its very much cost prohibitive.
    Just the thing for putting round holes in square heads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeeRam View Post
    The tooling no longer exists to do it
    So after 80 years they well may just become desirable trophies...at least we'll have them to see.
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