Post by denysjones on May 19, 2016 18:29:13 GMT 12
Hey Ants trust the recovery is going ok (perhaps a bit of modelling helps the process?)
The F27 is kind of interesting as I'd assumed it would have been metric stuff in it but it turns out to be a mini-Viscount, but of course working on real aircraft is better than fabric basket cases..oops!
The F27 is full of BA, BSF, and AGS stuff plus a bit of AN thrown in for good measure, presumably when AirNZ had the 100 series and 500's together and I'd assume the 500's were AN or perhaps AirNZ just said "to hell with AGS", as you would of coutrse.
BTW anyone reading this who has access to AGS plumbing stuff (free....) please feel free to drop me a line.
We also had a drop of stuff last week. An NAC radio man called Bill Parr died some years ago but his wife couldn't bring herself to biff out his stuff. She died a few weeks ago and their two daughters who now live in Aust were over here and had a time line to clear the stuff. Luckily they got in touch with us and we got a van load of radio kit.
A lot of it was valves etc but we got some radio sets ex DC3 and F27 plus assorted bits. We're now moving the non aviation stuff onto and via other Ferrymead societies to appropriate homes.
Bill apparently went to Vickers to sign off the radio fit in Viscounts and to Fokker for the F27's. He flew on the Royal Flight Viscount with the English Royal Tour and we've got his officer's hat from that occasion.
Amazing stuff like that is still out there but wonderful that the family took time to find it a home.
I'd better send Dave H some Hudson update stuff just in case he thinks I'm neglecting her as well!
Post by Dave Homewood on May 22, 2016 19:07:10 GMT 12
Here is the latest update from Denys:
As I promised on the Ferrymead thread the other day here's a couple of pix to show I'm not neglecting 2035.
The first shows cabling I've been installing to link the radio call boxes together. Years ago I went to a garage sale of the estate of an old radio ham and bought up a couple of boxes of Canon plugs. Some years later we came by some cable shielding and so I've been using them to link the boxes as I hope you can make out in the pic.
The other shows the master switch box which runs alongside the pilot and as you see it has a heap of switches which again came from an old radio ham in WLG whose son kindly sent them down after a visit to Ferrymead. I need another ammeter to match the one on the right if anyone has one.
Post by agalbraith on May 23, 2016 12:08:54 GMT 12
Great work Den
Lol, fabric basket cases, too true mate, too true...
If it is the switchbox panel I remember arriving many moons ago, your transformation is remarkable. Without doubt this will be the most complete survivor of its type with all this gear you are tracking down and refitting.
I notice the flare gun cartridge clips, did the Kiwi Hudsons use British Signal Pistols & cartridges or US ones? I suspect British....
I do appreciate the effort that goes in to making a panel (instrument, electrical or other) look original. Having restored a few, it is pleasing to see the work, as the finished product, when fitted to the aircraft, lifts the whole appearance and professionalism of a project. Well done that man!
Without doubt this will be the most complete survivor of its type with all this gear you are tracking down and refitting.
The guys restoring the Australian War Memorial Hudson right now may beg to differ on that, they acknowledged that currently Wigram's Hudson is the best restoration there is anywhere on the type but they are striving to achieve an extremely high standard with their's and hope it'll soon be the top one. However they did not seem to be aware of what is happening at Ferrymead and I think they might be surprised and feel they have some competition, because Denys and the team are doing amazing work on their one.
Post by agalbraith on May 23, 2016 19:39:28 GMT 12
Ah yes right you are, she is getting a great makeover. So good to see the Hudson world getting so much attention. Isn't there one in Canada getting a major new lease of life with major structural work being done on the airframe as well?
The nose they've grafted on it came from California I'm told which puzzles me given that Hudsons are pretty much unknown in the US.
I'd had off and on contact with the Atlantic Canada museum guys whilst they had it and we'd offered them surplus bits we had. When I heard it had changed hands I repeated the offer to the RCAF and got a reply that they didn't have a schedule for the work at that time and I've never heard another thing but obviously it's going ahead apace.
Post by Dave Homewood on May 25, 2016 21:10:43 GMT 12
It's looking good. Last time I saw a photo it was rotting on a pole in some bleak weather.
Did you know that a lot of Hudsons were bought up by a US company and converted into Lodestar-style transports, so this is probably where the nose came from. The late Australian warbird collector Steve Searle bought one of the conversions and had plans to backdate it to Hudson standard, but sadly he passed away and it's not yet happened. I wonder what has happened with the project.
This one we're talking about came from a farm and was just a fuselage cut off at the front of the windscreen and at the rear door, I've pictures of the retrieval somewhere. The ACAM group spent a lot of time trying to get permission to retrieve two wrecks in the bush, for parts, but were held up by indigenous peoples' land rights and the like and in the meantime others went in and trashed things presumably just to sell for scrap. So I guess they finally gave up and did the deal to hand it to RCAF.
Very brief update this month - as ever a lot of hard work often yields little in the way of visual progress. Hiller UH-12E ZK-HIK is coming along nicely:
If you compare to the previous photo on page 3 of the thread you will see that the transmission has been removed. This is because the Hiller is a deceptively big machine, and with the transmission and the skids on it won't fit through the door of the workshop. The -12E really is built like the proverbial concrete dunny - just look at the heft of the rotating components below:
The cockpit doors are amongst the other parts awaiting their installation:
Denys has been fighting the flap installation on the Viscount. The current battle is freeing up the telescopic rods that attach the flaps to the trailing edge of the wings, and the rotating bushes that the tracks in the flaps run over:
As always work on the Viscount is fitted around Hudson and now F-27 action.
Society member and BMC enthusiast Andy Wilson has generously donated a new ground support vehicle to the collection. The Mini Moke was apparently a common sight at Harewood in the 1960s and 70s (rather before my time, ahem).
Has anyone had one of these sneak into the corner of a shot? We will need pictures to get the paintwork and any additional bodywork right - I'm hoping someone can help us out with this.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 26, 2016 17:09:32 GMT 12
Cool. Another kiwi aviation connection for the Mini Moke is they used to carry them in the back of the James Aviation DC-3 topdressers to use as runabouts when operating at away airfields. They seem to be rare these days!