Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Canadian Visitor

Last Thursday my sister Nancy arrived from Canada, she is here for a month. a week here, two weeks holiday with my wife to Italy, back for a week of which 3 of the days will be in Birmingham at the Quilt festival, did I mention my wife and sister are mad quilters. I have been catching up with some jobs myself, today just removed an old drain cover which had rusted through, removed the cement surround, laid the new cover and cemented the frame down, it started to rain half way through the job, so had to get some bits of wood to cover the job up. Appears to have just been a shower, but was not forecast of course.

My left ear appears to be blocked up, so tomorrow off to get some ear drops to see if that will shift things, if not it will be an ear syringe which I have had done before, but not to keen on it. What to do tomorrow?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Weekend trip up to Dundee

It was my brothers 60th birthday occasion, was going to go up by car, but my wife had a Patchworkers function over the weekend, so my daughter and son in law wanted to go, so managed to get there. Nice time had by all with my son and daughter in law also attending in their car on the Saturday. Long way to go for a weekend, but enjoyed it. Spent Saturday morning shopping for delicasies to take back home, such as Jock Pies, Bridies, sausages, white puddings and Mothers Pride plain bread. makes great toast. We travelled up via Jedburgh and through Edinburgh the return journey down the coast road via Berwick the A1 just for a change.

Model updates

Found some metal pitot heads for my Lightnings and Buccaneer, very small 0.5mm holes required to fit them, so have got some of the drill bits now. Managed to fit the Buccaneer probe so far, but the plastic part was so small I had to cut the plastic with a scalpel and superglue the probe, finished off with some model putty to build up the plastic holder, but looks really good. Will leave the Lightning ones till later. Progress on the Bucc is coming along nicely now, most parts assembled and need some filler adding, due to the poor fit of the kit parts. My local model shop closed last November, so have had to order a couple of Humbrol paint pots from EBay by which time I should be ready to start painting the fuselage. The cold weather is allowing me to progress quicker than I thought.

Rather than make it difficult for myself, I made up a couple of wooden stands "V" shape recesses covered with felt, to hold the model while painting, saves any damage to the wings and tailplane and a much more stable way of supporting the model. Just waiting on some humbrol enamels to arrive now.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Oh! No

Yesterday whilst moving my 2 Model Lightnings to a display cabinet, I managed to snap a pitot probe in half to my horror.  Have sourced a metal version of the probe and ordered 2 plus a Buccaneer probe and fuel probe from Hannants the model shop. I was going to leave building the Buccaneer till alter, but if the weather remains as cold as it is today, I may make a start.

Monday, June 8, 2015

New Airfix Model

$_57Have been looking for some time now, to complete my model collection of the aircraft I worked on during my time in the RAF. I have completed 2 Lightning models so far and managed to buy an out of production Airfix 1/48 scale Buccaneer S2B the other day. It will get built during the cooler months. The other model I will eventually get is a 1/72 scale Shackleton AEW which I believe Airfix might have on sale at the end of the year.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Bruntingthorpe Cold War Jets open day 2015

After all the hard work changing the No2 engine on XR728, she performed really well on the day. It was right up to the day before the open day, she was still being tested and panelled up. I think this year saw an even larger crowd and with lots to see, close up and personal, they were not disappointed. I was just another enthusiast on the day as there were more than enough ground crew to handle the Lightning and wandered down to the crowd line to get some photographs. It is always difficult to find a suitable spot with some of the visitors parking there chairs along the barrier, preventing others getting access to a good view, plus the annoying folk who stick their mobile phones in your viewline just at the wrong time.

I have expressed my views on this annoyance to the display organisers, who are looking into preventing this happening at future events, so await the outcome and solutions. Other than that, the Lightning proved as always to be the star attraction, followed by quite a large exit from the airfield immediately after the Lightning display. It makes it worthwhile all the hard work the team including myself spend making sure the maintenance and safety of the aircraft is paramount.

Sunday, May 10, 2015


11187142_10152826667341517_8504134985157029760_oBack at Bruntingthorpe airfield and the LPG yesterday, after weeks of removing the No2 engine from XR728 and the subsequent fitting of our nil hour engine bought from Canada, there were a few final connections to do and prepare the jet for her engine run. Final safety checks carried out, and the aircraft was towed out for a cautious engine run of an unknown expectation of would she start, if so what to expect if things did not go as planned. In the event she started up first attempt and proceeded to burn off the remaining inhibiting fluid which remained in the engine. Particular attention was paid to leak checks, overheating and a whole host of other essential checks. As it transpired the engine behave remarkably well and was throttled up gradually to 80% with no problems at all. So it was that the team involved were elated at the results and smiles all round on such a great engineering achievement. Next week will see her carry on with another ground run to maximum power with reheat selected and if this all goes to plan, XR728 will take pride of place at the Cold war jets open day at the end of the month. The photo of a very happy bunch of people who were there for the occasion was taken by Neil Hutchinson.