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    Bruce flexes doping brush......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce View Post
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    Hornet cockpit at DH Museum 21st March 2009

    Thank you to all the staff at the de Havilland Heritage Centre who accomodated my visit with the Hornet cockpit at the weekend.

    I took the oportunity to photo a couple of "Hornets" together!

    The next public outing for the Hornet will be at Newark in June as part of the Cockpitfest event.
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    May 2009 progress update

    Progress in May 2009 has seen the final preparation of the cockpit ahead of June's Cockpit-fest event at Newark. The pilots harness retraction mechanism is now all complete, which has been a fiddly job to manufacture and assemble.

    I would like to welcome John Lathwell as one of the working contributors to the Hornet Project. John has made this Ki-Gas primer pump support bracket for the cockpit. It was not easy to make by hand with minimal tooling, and John has done a fantastic job of it.

    The cockpit will be displayed for the first time with its canopy and windscreen frame together for the first time. Since its previous appearence at Newark in 2007, a lot more has gone into the interior too.
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    That's a very nice looking bracket David - looking very good indeed. Any chance of some close ups of the Hornet cockpit - it would be nice to see all your hard work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitley_Project View Post
    it would be nice to see all your hard work.
    Hi Elliott

    ... with assistance from John Lathwell (12Jaguar) and Mark Gauntlett (Mark G) now its becoming more of a team effort.
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    Sorry if this has been asked before, but is the cockpit built in such a way that a rear fuselage could be added, i know originally each complete half would have been built and joined together ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Junk Collector View Post
    Is the cockpit built in such a way that a rear fuselage could be added, i know originally each complete half would have been built and joined together ?
    Hello Junk collector,

    In short yes, the bonus with wood is that you can make a scarf joint anywhere you want. In reality though, this section will remain just a cockpit. This is a proof-of-concept for the woodwork, and making sure everything fits properly. The longer term plan is to secure a bigger workshop and lay up a complete fuselage in one go, as per the original.

    Now if anyone has a Hornet data plate lurking around their garage, please let me know?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcollins103 View Post
    Now if anyone has a Hornet data plate lurking around their garage, please let me know?
    Now that is something I would like to see fly, provenance or not!

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    ah that's the plan, i was going to say come the day you are sat in it throttling those merlins up, that would have to be a good joint . Must admit i have always fancied digging a hornet mmmmmm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Junk Collector View Post
    Must admit i have always fancied digging a hornet mmmmmm
    There are two down your way, although noted locations are a bit vague. Send me an e-mail and I'll let you know details.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcollins103 View Post
    Hello Junk collector,

    In short yes, the bonus with wood is that you can make a scarf joint anywhere you want. In reality though, this section will remain just a cockpit. This is a proof-of-concept for the woodwork, and making sure everything fits properly. The longer term plan is to secure a bigger workshop and lay up a complete fuselage in one go, as per the original.

    Now if anyone has a Hornet data plate lurking around their garage, please let me know?
    Hi David,

    That's great news! So you are training yourself in the manufacturing process before the really big work starts.

    Cheers
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    Very Nice Job Dave !!

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    John's bracket was trial fitted in the cockpit last night, and it looks good. Just the front panel to make, and the assembly will be complete.
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    Looks great!!

    What process did you use to make the U/C label?
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    Stunning work David! How is the work coming on the windshield and canopy?
    Cheers,Peter
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    Turretboy,
    For the U/C label I have just used the standard commercial process of anodising on aluminium.


    Peter,
    Of the two canopies now owned by the Project, one is really clear but has a few scratches. I'm fitting this one to the cockpit. The A-frame for the windscreen is finished, as are the wooden patterns for the aluminium castings. Once these castings are made, I'll get the glass cut for the windscreen panels - this should be later this year.

    Thanks for your interest.
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    Ki-Gas primer pump swap?

    It would be great to fit a matching pair of these Ki-Gas primer pumps. If anyone has one of this type they would be prepared to swap I'd be interested in hearing from you. Both of these are in good condition. One is dated 1942, and the other 1944.
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    ....Another small part of the jigsaw!

    This is the harness retractor cable roller guide. It bolts to the front face of the seat armour and provides location for the top of the harness.
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    Ahhh the little details.All takes the time!Good to see that good progress is being made.
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    Photo update 4/6/09

    The Pilots seat harness assembly finally went together this week, as shown in the following photos.

    I have also included a picture of the canopies.
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    As Ross says it's the little things; the Devil is in the detail! and it's looking like a fight to the finish for best cockpit,(next weekend) with a possible appearance from the Scimitar also...
    Why be your own worse critic, that's what the forum is for.

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    These small details really make the project stand out even more. Fantastic how this cockpit has evolved into a unique exhibit.

    Cheers

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    Photo update 8/6/09

    Hornet ki-gas bracket asy complete.
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    Newark Air Museum - cockpit fest display 13/14 June 2009

    Thank you to the organisers of Cockpit fest at Newark Air Museum last weekend.

    John Lathwell, Mark Gauntlett and I displayed our de Havilland types together.

    First photo, from left to right: Chipmunk, Mosquito B35, Hornet F1.
    Second photo Hornet F1
    Third photo Hornet F.1

    Special thanks to Mr.Whitnall for giving me copies of his 33 Squadron photos of the time he served as an instrument fitter on Hornets.

    Thank you to John Lathwell for these photos.
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    David,

    that Mosquito B-35 cockpit section in the centre photo looks out of scale, it doesnt look big enough to fit 2 crew, the fixed canopy is slipping off the back, and the nose looks far too too solid

    smiles

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    David,

    Will the Hornet cockpitsection be covered with fabric eventually?

    Looks great though already.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cees Broere View Post
    David,

    Will the Hornet cockpitsection be covered with fabric eventually?

    Looks great though already.

    Cheers

    Cees
    Yes, Cees

    The woodwork will be completed back to bulkhead number 2. In these photo's this bulkhead is just below the rear end of the canopy. Once this is done, I will remove the base woodwork it currently sits on, and mount it on a dummy spar centre section, leaving the under nose area clear to be covered with the correct cannon spout. A nose cone will also be made. I will update this thread with a drawing to show my intent.

    When all this is completed doped fabric will be applied and painted over with the correct grey/PRU Blue and markings.
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    A small piece of progress!

    The switch blanks have been added to the pilots electrical box now.
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    22/10/09 Update

    Here is a selection of the 60 labels we have had made for the instrument panels.
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