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    Quote Originally Posted by vampiredave View Post
    Great footage of 33 Squadron's Hornets. Did my eyes deceive me or were the groundcrew sitting behind the cockpit during the taxying shots?
    You are correct Dave.

    RAF Butterworth did get very waterlogged due to the heavy rain, and having an extra pair of eyes helped to avoid taxying off the edges of the concrete peri-track onto the grass, as well as the usual other obstacles.
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    The new ladder stowage brackets have been attached to the rear of the pilots seat armour.

    When stowed the ladder is clamped to the top by 2BA wing nuts. Does anyone have two spare I could use? These are an old style, where the "wings" look like mickey mouse ears, and not the modern versions currently sold.

    The second photo shows the type of wing nuts I refer too. Blue 2 - thanks for looking.
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    Think I've got a couple kicking around in the garage somewhere, will have a look at the weekend
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_2 View Post
    Think I've got a couple kicking around in the garage somewhere, will have a look at the weekend
    Hi Blue_2 did you find any of these brass wing nuts BTW? I've managed to get one, but would require a second to attach the ladder correctly.
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    B*gger I got busy and totally forgot to look, my apologies . Will look next time I'm home (probably friday) and let you know.
    Restoring Meteor NF.14 WS788, one rusty nail at a time...

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    Finally got chance to look in the garage at the weekend, while hunting for some other stuff. Apologies but I failed miserably to find the nuts you wanted.
    Restoring Meteor NF.14 WS788, one rusty nail at a time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_2 View Post
    Finally got chance to look in the garage at the weekend, while hunting for some other stuff. Apologies but I failed miserably to find the nuts you wanted.
    Thank you for looking. Much appreciated.
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    PR.Mk.22 Sea Hornet Instrument Panel

    For those interested in seeing how an instrument panel is created from start to finish, I'm going to add to this thread over time with progress on the second set of instrument panels I'm making - this time for a PR.22 Sea Hornet.

    The first two photos here show what you need to start with: All of the basic instrumentation and electrical components, a blind flying panel, and the formers for the other four instrument panels. Next to come will be the panel aluminium blanks before forming.

    This instrument panel will eventually form a separate display, and will be worked on as time permits in parallel with the Hornet F.1 cockpit.
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    Interesting pics David.. i look forward to the updates. Is the thickness of the outer panels the same as what you were referring to at Newark? Thats way thicker than i imagined.

    Also if you have a spare identical Turn & Slip indicator i may be interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyvernfan View Post
    Interesting pics David.. i look forward to the updates. Is the thickness of the outer panels the same as what you were referring to at Newark? Thats way thicker than i imagined.

    Also if you have a spare identical Turn & Slip indicator i may be interested.
    Hi Rob,
    The above photo shows the wooden patterns for the four Hornet instrument panels. The panels themselves are made from thin aluminium sheet, that is formed over these patterns.

    The Single seat Vampire instrument panels we discussed recently are made from Tufnol or Paxolin board, which looks to be the same concept used on the Wyvern. I think from memory this paxolin/Tufnol board is 3/8 inch thick.
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    Thank you!

    I'd like to thank Graham Adlam for donating two camera socket stowage plugs to the Hornet Project.
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    With the panel pressings do you hammer form or press.Looks grand old chap.Keep us in the loop...
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    Quote Originally Posted by QldSpitty View Post
    With the panel pressings do you hammer form or press.Looks grand old chap.Keep us in the loop...
    Cheers Ross,

    Longer curves are hammer formed, but all smaller detailing is done with a press.
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    Cheers Ross,

    Longer curves are hammer formed, but all smaller detailing is done with a press.
    Piccies please,show off ya skillz dude!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QldSpitty View Post
    Piccies please,show off ya skillz dude!!!!!
    If you insist!
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    Faaantastic work David! You must have good plans to work from to get your metal work that precise and particular? What is the instrument under the brake pressure guage, sorry triple fuel guages?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pagen01 View Post
    Faaantastic work David! You must have good plans to work from to get your metal work that precise and particular? What is the instrument under the brake pressure guage, sorry triple fuel guages?
    Hi pagen01

    Under the triple fuel gauge and transfer switches is the GGS camera footage indicator. It shows how much film you have left in the camera, and allows the pilot to switch settings between Sunny and Cloudy conditions.
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    What you need is a third canopy

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    Completed ladder stowage assembly

    Thanks to John Blackburn providing the correct style of wing nuts for this.

    The pilots ladder can now be attached to the rear of the pilots armour plate. The ladder itself will be bead blasted and re-painted in due course. When fully extended, this ladder stands about 7.5 feet and hooks into the leading edge radiator intake when in use. This can be seen in the lovely colour photo taken by Joe L'estrange of an 80 Squadron Hornet in Hong Kong.
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    Some wonderful examples of your work there David, nice one.

    So would this extendable ladder normally be carried in the aeroplane in this manner.?.. And if yes then is this unique to the Hornet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyvernfan View Post
    Some wonderful examples of your work there David, nice one.

    So would this extendable ladder normally be carried in the aeroplane in this manner.?.. And if yes then is this unique to the Hornet?
    Good question. DH employed this style of extendable ladder on the mosquito as well, however their stowage was different in all cases:

    Hornet - mounted vertically on the back of the seat armour.

    Sea Hornet - mounted horizontally from the back of the seat armour to a bracket over the ammunition tanks.

    Mosquito bomber - mounted horizontally under the cockpit floor.

    Mosquito fighter - clipped to the inner face of the cockpit access door.

    Maybe because these were primarily made of wood, and sat very high on the ground, in-built retractable foot steps may have been difficult to design in?
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    I would think that you're right there David, especially with Hornets which look very tall of the ground. Thinking of the nearest British type to the Mosquito, the Beaufighter it had a built in ladder attached to the main underside hatch.

    Fantastc work David, and it is great to see it in such detail, can't wait to see it in the balsa!
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    The devil is in the detail:diablo:

    Looking great David.

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    Patience pays off

    This Hornet fuel panel was built in 2004. Now in 2010 I can finally say it is complete with the addition of the camera footage cable stowage socket and anodised labels!

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    First instrument panel for the PR.22 Sea Hornet

    Here's the first of the instrument panels intended for the PR.22 Sea Hornet display. I'll probably attempt the top panel assembly next.
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    Pilots electrical switch/fuse box update

    The Pilots electrical switch/fuse box has now been added to, since I found out what its innards looked like.

    Two fuse boxes are mounted to an inner plate, and the loom hole cut-outs have now been positioned correctly.
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    More labels added

    Lately, I've been working through adding more anodised labels to the various panels and electrical boxes.

    Also, we've finally had confirmation than an original Hornet control grip exists. This photo shows an incomplete grip that was auctioned in Germany in 2005. I'd love to be able to trace it, if only to take some better photo's. Can anyone put me in touch with its owner?
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    Nice work David. And good luck with the hunting down of that elusive grip.

    I would suggest getting in touch with the auction house that sold it, but customer confidentiality would probably preclude them revealing the buyers identity.

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    As always keep up the good work David

    One day I might just have enough of the FB.5 rebuilt so that I can attach some labels as well

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