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    October 2010 Update

    I'd just like to thank Graham Adlam for spotting this API part, and putting me in touch with Graham Allen. It is the last part I require to complete a Sea Hornet PR.22 Instrument panel. With this part, I can now adapt the LH engine instrumentation panel drawing to accomodate this API, as per the original modification. The oil and rad temperature gauges that were located in this panel, are repositioned into the pilots line of sight on a bespoke panel, where the GGS would have originally been on the fighter versions.

    Also, thanks to Graham Adlam again for providing the correct type of Climb and Descent indicator for the Sea Hornet blind flying panel, correct for a mid-50's equipment fit.
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    Great news and great work there David!

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    New windscreen

    Currently under construction is a new windscreen for the Hornet F1.

    This image shows the CAD model created for its manufacture. I'll update this page shortly with the finished part.

    Also, currently being made is the canopy winder chain cover. The wooden former is now done, as is the aluminium blank. This just needs some metal bashing to get it to the right shape. I have the chain, gears and gearbox to actuate the canopy, so it will be good to finally assemble this together.
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    Making good progress as always.

    I will have to start sub contracting some FB.5 parts out to you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon H View Post
    Making good progress as always.

    I will have to start sub contracting some FB.5 parts out to you

    Jon
    LOL.... The CAD model of the vampire cockpit mould is now underway BTW!
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    Canopy winder chain guard.

    This week, the canopy winder chain guard has been made. This was a tricky part, as it has very deep flanges that go all around the 1 inch end radii.

    I've included a photo showing the inexpensive wooden former.

    Thanks for looking,
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    David Collins
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    Excellent work as always

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    Impressive...Tight radiuses are a pain to work with as are deep flanges...Just as much work goes into tooling than the manufacture of a part.More CAD stuff as well!!!
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    Hi
    Curiosity did the wings ever get saved or are they still there ?
    It will be great to eventually see photos of the finished article.
    cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by brewerjerry View Post
    Hi
    Curiosity did the wings ever get saved or are they still there ?
    It will be great to eventually see photos of the finished article.
    cheers
    jerry

    Hi Jerry,

    As far as I know, they are still there!
    David Collins
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    Hi
    it would be a shame for them to rot away.
    cheers
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    David, having just looked through your Hornet website i'm intrigued by the wing centre section from TT193, and the arrester hook said to be in Malta. Are these rare items now in your possession, or is there any chance of them joining your project at some point?

    Also what with all this arguing and discussion over the ex Spartan Mossie in Canada, do you know if anyone over there has ever found the Hornet remains that were said to exist, or has that rumour finally been put to bed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyvernfan View Post
    David, having just looked through your Hornet website i'm intrigued by the wing centre section from TT193, and the arrester hook said to be in Malta. Are these rare items now in your possession, or is there any chance of them joining your project at some point?

    Also what with all this arguing and discussion over the ex Spartan Mossie in Canada, do you know if anyone over there has ever found the Hornet remains that were said to exist, or has that rumour finally been put to bed?

    Rob.
    TT193 is the Sea Hornet used by Spartan in Canada

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    Thanks jeepman. So is that all that remains of her then? And are the remains still in Canada?
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    There's quite a bit of aeroplane, but it will be an expensive job to bring it back to the UK, if that can be done.

    It comprises many, many of the fittings necessary to recreate a Hornet in full.



    Bruce

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    Hopefully these parts will become available.

    Certainly David's work so far demonstrate a recreated Hornet outcome is achievable, surely enough to justify the expected costs to transport them?

    Regards

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    David.....of course, you might find bits at Shoreham on 26 March!!!
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    Crikey...

    I stay off 'tinternet for 2 days and a whole load of postings appear!

    The arrestor hook is in a private collection and not available. There is another example preserved at Salisbury Hall fitted to the rear fuselage of VX250.

    The remains of TT193 (ex-FAA cold weather trials, and Spartan mapping, etc) are still in Canada, in a private collection. I get fairly regular updates with occasional photo's from the local aviation community.

    Mark - I couldn't justify the return air-fare/car hire/accomodation to simply view the remains at present, let alone consider buying/shipping the remains, should they even be available!

    Andy - you can be sure I'll be at Shoreham, if not for the potential of parts, then for the social side instead.
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    Really Really Nice Work.
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    A lot of time ,effort money and emotion..
    Very Well Spent..
    Look Forward to seeing more..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangmere1940 View Post
    David.....of course, you might find bits at Shoreham on 26 March!!!
    Indeed I did!

    Thank you to Alan Hulme, I've now been able to add this Hornet type-specific Undercarriage Emergency switch and bracket to the cockpit fit. As with most of the Hornet parts in this cockpit, its the only one I've seen in (now) 11 years of the project.

    This has been spares recovered from a scrapped Hornet, as the wiring has been cut, and it shows signs of having been fitted... oh, if these parts could tell their story.
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    Fantastic find David

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    That must of brightened up your day David.. and just when you thought it would be just a social event for you.
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    I'd been meaning to post a pic on the forum in the hope that someone would be able to recognise it!

    Glad it's found the right home.
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    Sorry we didnt have a chance for a proper chat the whole day only seemed like it lasted a couple of hrs. I am glad you found that switch Airmin had sorry really nice stuff.
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    Sea Hornet panel update

    The latest part of the production line is this camera controller support panel for the Sea Hornet PR.22. This is located just below the blind flying panel in the cockpit, and is fitted in place of the Hornet fuel panel. The fuel gauge is relocated to the RH instrument panel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcollins103 View Post
    Crikey...

    The remains of TT193 (ex-FAA cold weather trials, and Spartan mapping, etc) are still in Canada, in a private collection. I get fairly regular updates with occasional photo's from the local aviation community.

    I couldn't justify the return air-fare/car hire/accomodation to simply view the remains at present, let alone consider buying/shipping the remains, should they even be available!.
    Do we know the Canadian owner's willingness (price) to part with them?

    Its beginning to look like one of those times when a "forum fundraising" is needed?

    regards

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    Sea Hornet panel update

    Here are some updated images showing the PR.22 camera mount.
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    Nice one.Bracket looks awsome....
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