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Thread: H2S Radar Scanner on display - where?

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    H2S Radar Scanner on display - where?

    I recall seeing a photograph showing an H2S Radar Scanner on display in a museum somewhere. Something tells me it might be at East Fortune, or at the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, but I'm not sure. Their website doesn't really help, although it does confirm they have one somewhere, http://www.nms.ac.uk/explore/collect...item_id=220320

    In the photograph I've seen, it was mounted 'up in the rafters', so not very accesible.

    Does anyone know where this is, and even better have a photograph showing it, please?

    Very many thanks,

    Andy

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    If u look at the photographs it looks like this museum has one "in the rafters"
    https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&so...w6Hy5WKjY_t-1Q
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    It's in the Ferranti collection shed at East Fortune - last time I looked...!
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    There's a later one in a servicing trolley, under the Shack at Mosi

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    Sorry Lobster, but you're about a year out of date!

    It is now on display in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. An image, and a little more information, can be found here: http://www.nms.ac.uk/explore/collect...item_id=220320
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    Very many thanks, chaps!
    That picture is the one I'd seen before.
    Given that the scanner has moved from East Fortune to Edinburgh, what is the status of the other stuff in the Ferranti collection, is it still at East Fortune?
    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadarArchive View Post
    Sorry Lobster, but you're about a year out of date!

    It is now on display in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. An image, and a little more information, can be found here: http://www.nms.ac.uk/explore/collect...item_id=220320
    Yeah, amended my post now. The new galleries in Edinburgh are very good and well worth a visit (as is East Fortune).
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    Are there any working examples of the equipment used in WW2 Bomber Aircraft (H2s, Gee, Pipsqueek and all that other stuff) ?
    Would be fascinating seeing a complete `bomber` setup under power.
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    There are one or two examples of a Gee set-up in museums, for example at the Duxford Radio Society, and in private collections.
    H2S is a very different matter entirely, and one close to my heart. A few places have mock-ups of the Navigator's table, and sometimes drive the H2S indicator and/or the Fishpond with simulated signals.
    If somebody knows of a complete H2S system, please let me know! Meanwhile, I have a slow-burn project to build up a complete system, and get it working to the extent practical and safe.
    Two units I need are a Power Unit Type 280 and a Receiver Type R3515, if anybody knows of either which is available, please. Any condition!
    It is a big gripe of mine that aircraft museums generally have no interest at all in the electronic systems, without which the aircraft simply couldn't do their job.
    Andy

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    On Avro Lancaster NX611 Just Jane at East Kirkby. Currently visible as the perspex blister is removed during winter servicing

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    Sorry, I should have made it clear I was talking about British H2S. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the system on NX611 is the American APS-15 fitted for its use in the post-war French maritime role?
    Andy

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    I don't know if she still has it running but there used to be a complete system in Holland:

    http://www.tatjavanvark.nl/tvve/dduck0.html

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    She has a complete NBS (which includes H2S Mk9) as fitted to the Vulcan, and has also built s number of 'miniature H2S' units based on the wartime H2S I'm interested in, using miniature valves.
    I'm focussing on the wartime systems fitted to the RAF bombers, so up to MkIII. I do wonder whether there are any of these wartime systems extant in Holland, there are some very good collections there.
    Andy

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    Have you checked the IWM collections?
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    Yes, the IWM have a few items, hidden away in their stores. They list a scanner, I currently have a query asking a) where is it, and b) is it accessible for research? Nothing on display to my knowledge.

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