Post by denysjones on Jul 22, 2020 15:00:41 GMT 12
A mid-week poser to see how we go on stump-the-brains-trust but first, the radio junction box from the other week is now complete resplendent with Angus's lovely laced cable.
He tells me there are two ways to do lacing, the military way and the correct way. So I suspect said cable to not be militarily-correct!
However the poser is this little beast which came our way of late. We know it is US in origin but it bears no part number, serial number, patent number etc, just a small plaque proclaiming "Washington Institute of Technology Inc".
It is an aerial switch with three sets of dual connectors, one each side (inputs) and one bottom (output). They are labelled "Homing", "Long Range", and "Receiver" respectively.
On the rear as it sits is the shaft for a knob to do the switching, the shaft projects through the hole in the faceplate which is sitting to the right in the shot. The cut-off ends of two input feeds remain on the right, secured by a bar and butterfly nut screwed onto the threaded shaft as per the two others left and bottom.
Anyone recognize it?
Last Edit: Jul 22, 2020 15:06:44 GMT 12 by denysjones
Hi folks a day of small bits here and there on various projects.
Firstly..the other week among those bits of a Hudson nature coming to hand came a small bit of plumbing in a U-shape with unequal length of the legs which rang a bell and led to it being id'ed as running from the auxiliary fuel pump to two valves in the fuel system and located below the pilot's area. So this resolved how said pump had to locate (problems here as all the details from other Hudsons conflicted with other original in-stitu items in 2035 which led to the making of a mounting bracket) so today this took up residence in the hell-hole of plumbing...now said bright item at the bottom of shot awaits the acquisition of the valves it connects to ....
Then on the F27 front...
Amazing how the root ends of the outboard flap segments got so encrusted in burned fuel residue (this is the spare stbd one we have)
but once cleaned the bearings are bright and shiny but also not just one but three data plates come to the fore albeit that the grime has become so engrimed that best not to try to remove it and so damage the plates (port flap due to go on BXG).
So just to round off the day we also got another piece of the Vampire's Goblin into play namely the Rotax starter (sorry about the dark shot late in the day).
Hope you enjoy another happy day in Ferymead land, all the happy Saturday night subscribers!
Last Edit: Aug 1, 2020 21:56:13 GMT 12 by denysjones
Today's Mosquito post is a tale of two dinghy boxes. The dinghy in the Mosquito lives in a plywood box suspended from the top of the fuselage behind the cockpit. Some years ago we acquired a box from Australia. It was NOS and presumably was produced in Aussie. We gave it a lick of paint and set it to one side.
More recently a second box was donated by one of our NZ contacts. This one has clearly been used, as there are holes around the perimeter for the alclad flashing strip, and for the bolts to fasten it into the aircraft. Unlike the Aussie box it also doesn't have a postwar mod to the woodwork around the electrical connector embodied (the hole was opened out because there were instances of the plug fouling the hole when the dinghy deployed, presumably causing the dinghy to be tied to the aircraft when ditching). Here are the two boxes:
Note the lovely piece of protective carpet covering the sharp edges of the nut at the bottom of the box. We suspect this should actually be felt. We decided that our British-built aircraft should use a British-built box, so a bit of time has been spent cleaning up the new acquisition and doing some small repairs:
One of Dave's fellow S+S tradies has been at work here "No rations, no paddles ?? or ?? 24/3"
The number 944 is inscribed on the side. This raised the tantalising prospect of tying it to an airframe, but I don't think any of the NZ aircraft were ??944, so it may have been swapped out of an aircraft in the UK.
It's cleaned up nicely and just needs another coat of paint - we'll keep all the pencil markings of course.
One of our Australian contacts has placed dibs on the now surplus Aussie box, so this will eventually be heading back across the ditch to its birthplace.