49. Metal fabrications



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Contact name: Stéphane Robineau

La Haie Madame

49070 Saint Lambert la Potherie,


Tel: +33 241 77 53 66

Mobile (cell): 07 61 42 17 11

Email: commercial@appi.fr

Website: www.appi.fr


Founded in 1984 and operating from a highly equipped factory near Angers, AAPI specializes in the design and fabrication of precision parts from thin metal sheet (aluminium and steel alloys, titanium, etc.) for clients in the aeronautical, medical and defense industries. DGAC qualified welders AIR 0191 for aluminium and steel alloys including inox, Inconel and titanium.

Aviation Panels Ltd

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Contact name: Steve Moon

Durley Airstrip,

Hill Farm, Durley,

Southampton,  SO32 2BP,


Tel: Mobile only.

Mobile (cell): +44 7907 270 257

Email: stevemap@btinternet.com


Aviation Panels has provided metal parts for many concours restorations, including over 50 complete sets of cowlings for the Tiger Moth alone, not to mention cowlings and panels for a multitude of antique aircraft, some of which even experienced spotters haven’t heard of. In December 2019, Aviation Panels moved to nearby Durley Airstrip to join company with several other well known aviation restoration entities.

Bodill Parker Ltd.

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Barnfield Industrial Estate,
Speed Road, Tipton,
West Midlands
DY4 9DY,

Tel: +44 121 557 4164

Email: sales@bodill-parker.co.uk

Website: https://bodill-parker.co.uk


Bodhill Parker manufactures eyelets, rings, grommets, spur tooth washers and cable thimbles in brass and stainless steel. The company also produces metal pressings for the aerospace industry.

Bygone Aviation

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Contact name: Matt Pettit

Oaklands Aerodrome,
Nr Witney,
Oxfordshire OX29 8DW,

Registered address:

Lowin House, Tregolls Road,

Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2NA, England.

Tel: None

Mobile (cell): 07961 308 243

Email: matt@bygoneaviation.com

Website: http://www.bygoneaviation.com


Bygone Aviation was established 12 years ago and its accomplishments include restorations of a Stampe SV4, a Bücker Jungmann and a Jungmeister. Current (04.14) projects include the completel restoration of Gipsy Moth G-AAZG to original condition. Bygone is anticipating BCAR Section A8 approvals and has enlarged workshop premises under construction (04.14)

Classic Aero Machining Service (CAMS)

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Contact name: Tony Wytenburg

95 Aerodrome Road,
Omaka, Blenheim, 7201
New Zealand

Tel: +64 3 579 2033

Fax: +64 3 579 3519?

Mobile (cell): +64 21 411 063

Email: tony@cams.net.nz

Website: http://www.cams.net.nz/


CAMS machines metal parts for engines and airframes. CAMS’ work has included replica engines and AGS standard airframe parts

Competition Fabrications Ltd

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Contact name: Richard Bensley

Unit 15,
Bunns Bank Industrial Estate,
Attleborough, Norfolk,
NR17 1QD, England

Tel: +44 1953 454 573

Fax: +44 1953 454 573

Email: emmachandler20@yahoo.co.uk


Competition Fabrications makes parts for motor and motorcycle racing, but also parts for heritage aircraft, including cowlings for Tiger and potentially for other Moths

Davidson Aeroworks

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Contact name: Neil Davidson

2135 St. Mary Lake Road,
British Columbia V1A 3K4,

Tel: +1 250 427 7178

Fax: +1 250 427 7678

Email: peggneil@xplornet.com

Website: None


Davidson Aeroworks manufactures new aileron, rudder and elevator hinges, strut end sockets and wing compression struts for the Tiger moth and DH 60.

DFR (Design, Fabrication, Restoration)

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Contact name: Christopher Antrobus

Commonswood Farm,

Hastings Road,

Northiam, East Sussex,

TN31 6HY,


Tel: None

Fax: None

Mobile (cell): 07809 737 471

Email: chris@dfruk.co.uk

Alternate email: chrisantrobus2004@hotmail.co.uk

Website: https://dfruk.co.uk/


Chris Antrobus started DFR after several years with Guy Black’s well known Retrotec. DFR has sheet metalwork capability, experience in the fabrication of tubular metal structures and can make one-off parts.

Flying Restorations Ltd.

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Contact name: Steve Roberts, Martin Kimm

Shed 9,

Home Farm,

Old Warden Park,


Bedfordshire, SG18 9DU,


Tel: +44 7792 745 902

Mobile (cell): +44 7720 681 642

Email: flyingrestorers@aol.com

Website: None


In 2013, after 30 years as part of the famous SkySport team, Steve Roberts and Martin Kimm launched Flying Restorations to continue the antique aircraft services that made SkySport’s international reputation. Flying Restorations moved into new premises at Old Warden in 2020.

Hawker Restorations Ltd.

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Contact name: Andrew Wenman

Unit 25,
Elmsett Airfield,
Whatfield Rd.,
Ipswich IP7 6LN,

Tel: +44 1473 828 707

Email: andrew@hawkerrestorations.co.uk

Website: http://hawkerrestorations.co.uk


Founded by Tony Ditheridge as AJD Engineering in 1987 and famous for its Hurricane rebuilds, Hawker Restorations has a long list of restored and reproduction historic aircraft to its credit

Instrument Machining Services Ltd (I.M.S.)

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Contact name: Dean Smith, Operations Manager

37 Howlett Way,



IP24 1HZ,


Tel: +44 1842 752 103

Fax: +44 1842 762 795

Email: smithd59@btconnect.com

Website: http://www.instrumentmachiningserviceltd.co.uk/


I.M.S. is a precision engineering company specialising in aeronautical and motor sport components, and is appropriately qualified and CNC equipped. I.M.S. has already made Moth parts and its products include plate components, fixing devices and pistons.

Kelvik Welding

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Contact name: Vic Razzell

Unit 1,
Daux Road Industrial Estate,
Sussex RH14 9SJ,

Tel: +44 1403 791 094

Fax: +44 1403 791 094

Email: kelvik@btconnect.com

Website: http://www.kelvikwelding.co.uk/


In spite of what the website says (2018), Kelvik no longer maintains its formal CAA welding qualification. But welding is still available from this company that also provides a wide range of metal fabrication skills including laser cutting for metal parts

Merlin Engineers Ltd.

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Contact name: Chris Baglin

110 Cinques Road,



Beds., SG19 3NR,


Tel: +44 1767 650 824

Fax: +44 1767 650 048

Mobile (cell): 07899 943 937

Email: chris@merlinengineers.co.uk

Website: http://merlinengineers.co.uk/home.html


Merlin Engineers was founded in 2001 and specialises in repair and fabrication in metal sheet and tube for historic aviation and motorsport projects. The facilities include a universal airframe jig, a paint shop and a full range of metalworking and welding equipment.

Metal Avia

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Contact name: Jean-Michel Moulinier et Guillaume Jarry

Rue Charles Lindbergh,

Aérodrome de Pontreau,

49300 Cholet,


Tel: +33 2 41 63 22 45

Mobile (cell): (G. Jarry): +33 6 43 10 76 80

Email: contact@metal-avia.com

Website: http://www.metal-avia.com/


Founded in 2017 by key members of the team that the restored the world’s only Morane-Saulnier 406, Metal Avia restores airframes and makes parts in sheet metal and tube for homebuilt and antique aircraft. DGAC qualified for the welding of ferrous metals.

Retro Track & Air (UK) Ltd.

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Upthorpe Iron Works,

Upthorpe Lane,

Cam, Dursley, Gloucestershire,

GL11 5HP,


Tel: +44 1453 545 360

Fax: +44 1453 544 617

Email: office@retrotrackandair.com

Website: http://www.retrotrackandair.com/


The warbird restoration specialist, whose clients include the RAF Historic Flight. In certain cases will manufacture detail metal parts direct, including for some Moth aircraft. CAA approved to B.C.A.R. A8-20 M5/E4 and A8-21 design & manufacturing.

Retrotec Ltd

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Contact name: Guy Black

Unit 11,
Wheel Farm Business Park,
Wheel Lane, Westfield,
Nr Hastings, East Sussex,
TN35 4SE,

Tel: +44 1424 755 898

Fax: +44 1424 754 414

Email: info@retrotec-ltd.co.uk

Website: http://www.retrotec-ltd.co.uk/


Retrotec is famous for a series of magnificent restorations of 1930s Hawker military aircraft (Hart, Fury, Audax, etc.) as well as two superb DH9s.

Sapphire Products Ltd

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Contact name: Richard & James Wood

Unit E3, Ivanhoe Business Park,

Tom Bill Way,

Smisby Road,

Ashby de la Zouch,

LE65 2UY,


Tel: +44 121 326 6000 or 327 4868

Fax: +44 121 328 5518

Email: sapphireproducts@yahoo.co.uk

Website: http://www.sapphireproducts.co.uk/


Looking for those impossible to find 155° countersunk aluminium rivets for your cowling repairs? Sapphire is a specialist rivet manufacturer and family business, and will make small quantities by special order of those few rivets they don’t stock. Turn round usually 3-4 days; aircraft rivets are supplied with a Certificate of Conformity. Sapphire has supplied rivets for Spitfire, Hornet Moth…. Their website is permanently under construction. For pictures of the rivets, you can also try a direct into www.sapphireproducts.co.uk/solid.htm if the links on their welcome page don’t work.

Sigma Services

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Contact name: Nick Seymour

Orchard Cottage,

10A Hillside Road,

Thorpe St. Andrew,

Norwich NR7 0QJ,


Tel: (office): +44 1603 433 961 or (workshop): +44 1953 457 732

Fax: +44 1603 433 961

Mobile (cell): 07774 195 103

Email: sigma@aircraft.u-net.com

Website: http://www.sigmaservices.co.uk


Nick Seymour has thirty years of experience maintaining de Havilland types and is an LAA inspector and CAA certified welder. Sigma Services will repair all kinds of metal light aircraft metal parts and assemblies.

Tromblay Tool LLC

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Contact name: Bill Tromblay

W272S8755 Hillview Drive

Mukwonago, WI 53149,


Tel: +1 414 313 5542

Fax: None

Email: bill.tromblay@gmail.com

Website: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tromblay-Tool-LLC-582750208548102/


Tromblay Tool LLC is a family business founded in 2001 that specialises in designing and making machined and welded parts for the aviation industry. FAA Parts manufacturing approval (PMA) for STCs, OEMs and owner-produced parts under FAR 21.9. Makes small quantity series parts for restorations and restoration suppliers.

Unique Design and Fabrications

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Contact name: Mark or Andy Baxter

46 Dawson Close,


Nottinghamshire, NG16 2ES,


Tel: +44 1773 787 193

Mobile (cell): Andy: +44 7711 813 739 or Mark: +44 7900 001 104

Email: a.baxter46@ntlworld.com

Alternate email: office@unique-df.co.uk

Website: https://www.unique-df.co.uk/


Unique Design and Fabrications Ltd. manufactures a wide variety of aircraft parts ranging from small brackets to complex assemblies. UD&F also manufactures replacement DH82 firewalls.