Post by agalbraith on Feb 15, 2020 20:14:08 GMT 12
Called in to see the boys today and drop off a tube of Duralac to The Mosquito team.
Great to see the progress happening and the work Denys is putting into the Friendship has to be seen to be believed, she is looking amazing!
helicopters are looking brilliant...and take up a lot of space quickly, LOL!
Didn't really take photos but snapped one of the Mossie on the way out.
The photo dosent do justice either to the quality of work going on. Dagy's cabinet making skills are eye watering when you see the fuse repairs. He was saying the inner skins can be recovered that you see here. He has measured, checked, double, triple checked alignment and contours. There are some tricky contours in that fuse and they look spot on. I'm a fussy bugger and couldn't fault what I saw. With Alex, Angus pete etc...she is in great hands!
Oh Denys, I left a British ASI on your table upstairs. Dated 1940, might be useful for a swap item down the track, its pretty mint.
Don't forget to give these guys a donation through Givealittle or something. Even just a Tube of Duralac helps a lot with the expenses involved.
Post by denysjones on Feb 29, 2020 21:04:32 GMT 12
Again it's not spectacular stuff as we master the art of another craft namely fibreglass working.
Using the moulds as per the last post we now have the first of the pairs being installed on the aileron and trim tabs. Another two to go!
Also after damage rectification the shroud of the wing flap pivot bracket is now also reinstated.
You'll also note the earthing bond strap hanging out of the end of the fairing kindly reworked by Brother Angus, he of Mosquito project wiring fame, who just happened to have the appropriate strap material to join to the ends of the somewhat knackered original strap.
Last Edit: Feb 29, 2020 21:09:53 GMT 12 by denysjones
It's Saturday night poser time.....today we had a delivery of parts amongst which were these two rams.
The left one is P/N 400494 and it's colour (not too well shown here) suggests it to be PV-1. I should point out that the hydraulic connectors are AC-811 series which Id them as Army Air Corps early war stuff.
The other is P/N 12764 and 14ST follows that which I'd suggest is some sort of material spec, obviously the lower extension of the ram is missing.
Any sleuths out there who cam Id them?
btw it's starter for more......
Last Edit: Mar 7, 2020 20:39:47 GMT 12 by denysjones
Don Simms made a plan to visit Ferrymead Saturday afternoon and kindly asked if I wished to go along (Don is working from home and we knew if we didn't go now it might not be for months). Don't have to ask me twice. Anthony Galbraith was supposed to come along too but due to his in laws returning from Australia (set up their place for self isolation, shopping etc) and his dislike of wind and rain on his delicate features he didn't make it in the end. Don has not been there for a number of years but has been following the Ferrymead thread with much interest. He certainly didn't expect to see the front of a Lockheed L-188 Electra parked in the shed! We had a look at the Mosquito first and they are really getting on with it. On the starboard side there is only a small strip between the remains of the wing and the nose of the aircraft after removal of damaged timber. Inside they have the cockpit braced and are glueing in new sections to rebuild this side. 20200321_142301 by Barry Tod, on Flickr
In this photo you can see the new wood running along the bottom of the canopy from the fuselage behind the canopy to the nose section. Once this is done they then progressively work downwards. 20200321_142332 by Barry Tod, on Flickr
This is the armoured bulkhead removed from the front of the cockpit. In place are the ammo boxes and the ammo chutes. Daggy actually made two sets of these ammo chutes in steel with the second set going to the MKIV Nightfighter Mosquito rebuilt by Tony Agar in the UK. Quite a bit of trading goes on between Mosquito rebuilders and even Avspecs have been involved in the odd trade for parts needed on the flying restorations. Looking at them they are not an easy thing to make with hardly a straight line anywhere! 20200321_142348 by Barry Tod, on Flickr
Visible here are some of the drawings they use to figure out what goes where and what hardware requirements are needed. The object in the centre of the photo is the tail cone on the fuselage. 20200321_142626 by Barry Tod, on Flickr
Of course even though Anthony didn't make it he was quick to text demands for photos and measurements for his Mosquito model. Here Alex holds the crew entrance/exit door as Anthony wanted a photo and measurements of the strip running round the outside. Alex also had to go up a ladder to measure some Dzus fasteners on the engine cowlings for his highness! 20200321_132807 by Barry Tod, on Flickr
One of the two MK25 Merlins. They are both very complete although at present just this one has the coolant tank (the silver curved object above the prop shaft) although Alex said he has a lead on one. But if anyone out there has one get in touch! Incredibly these engines are in perfect condition internally as well. Daggy was telling me they had to remove the sump on one due to concerns it was not ok inside. But it was all nice and oily and nice shiny metal. The other engine was the same even looking in side with a boroscope in various places there was no sign of corrosion. In fact one engine had been inhibited (which is a special oil that the engine is run on prior to a period of storage.) They are missing the odd coolant pipe so again look in your hangars/garages/lofts etc. 20200321_142402 by Barry Tod, on Flickr
Alex took us through the rest of the collection and Im sure Don's eyes were on stalks! We ended up chatting with Denys where he was working on the Friendship wing. I tell you what if the photos look impressive on here the real thing is more so. 20200321_151321 by Barry Tod, on Flickr
This is the armoured bulkhead removed from the front of the cockpit. In place are the ammo boxes and the ammo chutes. Daggy actually made two sets of these ammo chutes in steel with the second set going to the MKIV Nightfighter Mosquito rebuilt by Tony Agar in the UK. Quite a bit of trading goes on between Mosquito rebuilders and even Avspecs have been involved in the odd trade for parts needed on the flying restorations. Looking at them they are not an easy thing to make with hardly a straight line anywhere!
These were actually made for FBVI TA122 at the de Havilland Museum, which coincidentally features in the logbook of RJ Dempsey, who flew HR339 on Op Clarion. We have made some other bits and bobs for HJ711 (Tony Agar's baby) such as cockpit placards and the rest for the nav's hinged head armour. We are always looking at opportunities to help one another - you meet the nicest people working on Mossies (Auster people seem OK too ).
In conjunction with the IFF plugs sent to TRG for NZ2539 (see today's post on that thread) we also sent some accessories for an 1820 Cyclone that they have in their to do pile.
Back in the 1970's we got to do raids on the scrapyards of Rollo Metals and Cunninghams the former was a disposal point for NAC while the latter had a lot of ex-RNZAF material and so we have a varied assortment of these items "in stock".
In return we received some units for our Goblin 2 buildup. Luck was in our favour as they arrived before the lockdown.
Last Edit: Mar 27, 2020 9:52:24 GMT 12 by denysjones
There is a plus side to being in lockdown and that is the diversions from garage project time are much lessened.
So over the last week I've got back onto the fi-glassing up the cover fairings for the trim actuators on the F27 wing.
I doubt I'd ever get a job as a foreman in a boat building shop but have evolved a three-stage process that seems to work for our purposes.
First up I resined some pieces of close woven cloth, obtained from a surfboard shop, and laid them over my former mould to form a single thickness skin. Once it hardened it was easy to separate from the mould due to its thinness (using common old Vaseline as a separating agent on the mould).
Then with this new piece repositioned on the mould I glassed thicker chopped strand pieces onto it to beef it up and also make it rigid.
Then finally a skim of builders bog went over the top as that was an easy way to be able to sand down a nice smooth surface for painting.
So sitting on the work bench I've got the last three of the six units we needed. Two just need painting but that'll wait till the last visits the wing to have it's lower edge shaped to match the wing profile and the locating screw holes then finalised.
You can see that while they are all similar no two are the same as one half of each pair fits inside the other when the tab it is mounted on moves in that (up or down) direction.
Regards to all in these times.
Last Edit: Apr 4, 2020 13:06:55 GMT 12 by denysjones
So here we are the end of week 2 and some more quality garage time.
A few weeks back while sifting Goblin bits in the course of our swap for bits from TRG I was taken by a sad and glum looking object which was crying out for some TLC.
So before the lockdown I brought it home to occupy the idle hands. It is a Lucas GC 221/80 AH fuel pump from a Goblin 3 from a T-bird Vampire (or so the tag on its shelf buddy said). So after a session of CRC and assorted tools we reduced it to components ready for action.
Next came paint and corrosion removal, priming, topcoat, and reassembly and now it's a much brighter happier beastie.
Its shelf mate is a sectioned display/tuition item so they should make a visually nice and educationally informative pair.
...now what have we for the next week??
Last Edit: Apr 9, 2020 13:58:10 GMT 12 by denysjones
Post by denysjones on May 17, 2020 21:14:11 GMT 12
Well here we are back in the real world......sort of!
Tomorrow, Monday, Ferrymead re-opens to the public albeit in the new world of spacial separation and relentless hand cleansing!
Yesterday a small team were back on site, along with equal numbers from various other societies, preparing for Monday. Weeds grow and other things need to be tended to after the time we've been away.
Since the last post all has not been idle nonetheless as small garage home projects have been attended to.
Some years back we were the recipients of a number of engine accessories from Goblins and Avons which had been sectioned for tuition purposes, and so presumably came from one of the TTS's, as they all had baggage type labels on then with OHMS on the top. So I've had a weekly routine of stripping one down and returning it to greater glory.
This week's last endeavour was the overspeed governor from the Goblin 2 for the FB Vampire.
So next week normal service will be resumed on things Hudson and F27....stand by for more posts from the world of heavier endeavours!
Last Edit: May 17, 2020 21:17:36 GMT 12 by denysjones