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Bottle - Model Aeroplane Dope, 1940-1945 Object Reg. No: SH 961388

Summary:
Small slim bottle, corked, containing Model Aeroplane Dope used by airmen who were billetted in the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, during World War II. Used in the making of model aeroplanes. Found under the floorboards of the Gallery, Great Hall, Royal Exhibition Building when the floor was replaced in 1989. Dope is not glue but acetone based 'paint' (with cellulose dissolved in it) for sealing and tightening covering material like tissue or silk used in the manufacture of model aeroplanes, or for sealing balsa wood.

From 1940 to 1945 the Exhibition Building was occupied by the Royal Australian Air Force as a training school. About 500 to 700 men lived in for varying periods of time. When the floorboards on the balcony level of the Great Hall were replaced as part of the restoration program, many items dating back to the 1940s were found. These provide an insight into the lifestyle and interests of RAAF personnel stationed in the building.
Description:
Small slim bottle, corked, containing Model Aeroplane Dope used by airmen who were billetted in the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, during the Second World War. Label mouse eaten. Buff label with black text.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1996
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 90 mm (Height), 26 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: bottles, model aeroplanes, royal exhibition building, scale models, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Leisure Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: AIR TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Aircraft
Tertiary Classification: modelling materials
Inscriptions: On label: CENTRAL/Model Aeroplane/DOPE [Label worn & text incomplete...]
Place & Date Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1940-1945

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