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Old 5 March 2006, 01:34 PM   #1
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Question Blueprints?

So what happens to the original blueprints of WWI aircraft? Do they just kind of get scattered around? Does the government that received the planes have them in some department or library? What if I wanted to have a look at some? What if I wanted to have a look at the blueprints of a not-so-common-or-popular WWI plane?

I guess that's a lot of questions, but they're all really the same. Anyway, thanks in advance to anyone who feels like answering!
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Old 6 March 2006, 02:41 PM   #2
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Camel,
Simple question with many answers. It really comes down to who thought what was valuable. Many national bodies microfilmed drawings because microfilming is (was?) a standard archival process. A single roll of 35mm film will hold about 1,000 drawings, not much different than a CD-ROM with scans.
Mosts original drawings where created as reproducibles so that copying processes such as blueprinting, ozalid etc could be used to generate exact copies for distribution. Many, many originals have ended up in the trash. Too much room to store, poor condition, not important anymore etc. etc. This, of course doesn't account for the drawings destroyed during war, fire and flood.
Truely original drawings are very rare, usually you get a many generation old copy.
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Old 7 March 2006, 08:51 AM   #3
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Plans..

Lots end up in private collections and are difficult to access
 
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