Post by aidancartwright on Sept 19, 2021 19:50:45 GMT 12
Hi There. Today I officially became a volunteer/member at Classic FLyers. I live in Cambridge and am only 14 years old so am not yet old enough to drive. I am trying to come up with ways for me to be able to go over to Tauranga at least once a month (mostly saturdays) so I can help out around the museum etc and be a good volunteer/member. Im just wondering if there is anyone in the Cambridge/Hamilton area that is a member of Classic Flyers and is willing to drive me over whenever you go. Driving costs etc can be sorted out if necessary.
Cal and Dave and I have been working on the restoration of the wooden front portion of an English Electric Canberra bomber's tail fin. Believe it or not this is built up just like a Tiger Moth wing with the structure being built up from 1/2 inch square Spruce pieces and with the wooden ribs covered with 1/16 ply. After repairing the underlying structure we have finally managed to recover the first side with 2 mm ply. Tomorrow we make a start of removing the broken and rotting covering on the other side. This should go a lot faster as the underlying structure has all been repaired and glued back into place.
We have now turned it over and have started work on the other side. All of the skinning have been removed and we have started repairing the underlying structure. Again waiting for glue to dry is the most time consuming thing. Cal and I have now just about finished this and Dave is working away at the metal work and repairing torn and damaged sheet and replacing some of the damaged reinforcing angles underneath.
The internal structure is now all repaired so we should be able to start skinning this side come Wednesday. Some of the metal skinning around the base pickup points has been badly stretched so Dave is working away at that but we can still skin the rest of it.
Some time ago we inherited a Air Force bomb loader that was reasonably complete but not running. Ces and a couple of other people with mechanical skills had the engine and transmission out of it and gave it some TLC and guess what. Ces was giving it a workout today and making sure it did what it was supposed to do. Next project now.
Good work guys. What a hive of activity happening there!
Included in the hive of activity is work Wally has done on one of the battery carts. He has made an adaptor so it can be attached to more of our ever increasing number of objects. What better one was there handy to try it out on than the Heron ZK-BBM featured further up this page. The boys plugged it. Someone sat in the Heron's sharp end and Hey Presto, the port outer duly responded just as it should. I realised after typing this report that the subject engine not in view but rest assured it is there.
Post by planewriting on Nov 8, 2021 16:34:05 GMT 12
The two outboard ones certainly are. Not sure about the inner ones. With the NAC 75th celebration next year (75 years on from 1947 when it began operating under its own licence) I have put forward the suggestion that what ever works among the engines be given a run up for the gathering. One thing I can tell you for sure; when (in 1978) Peter Lewis and his mother along with me and my wife, flew in ZK-BBM from Mangere to Ardmore, all four engines were definitely working.