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  • Tin Triangle
    Bright Young Thing
    • Dec 2009
    • 1217

    It's a rather fab little replica!
    Armchair enthusiast, but also a fan of sofas and recliners.

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    • Thunderbird167
      607 Squadron & NELSAM
      • Sep 2005
      • 1008

      It is all traditional wood and fabric except for the engine which is all high Tech 3D printed.

      The project has been a collaboration with the local ATC squadron and the museum and was backed by a small grant from HLF of about 7,000

      It will be out and about at several more events including the Yorkshire Wartime Experience
      Last edited by Thunderbird167; 22nd June 2018, 13:16.
      Dave Charles
      Historian 607 (County of Durham) Squadron
      Chair North East Land Sea Air Museums (NELSAM)

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      • vultee35
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Mar 2005
        • 1726

        The NELSAM Morane was out at the North East Military Vehicle Club show this weekend. The event was held at the Ryhope Engines Museum, a Victorian era steam powered water pumping station. Here's a few pictures of the nearly complete aircraft, now with just a little finishing off here and there still to do.







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        • WP840
          Whisky Papa
          • Feb 2006
          • 1961

          I'll be popping in this morning with my family for the first time in 25 years, I'm a touch excited!
          If you're not living on the edge then you're taking up too much space!

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          • Thunderbird167
            607 Squadron & NELSAM
            • Sep 2005
            • 1008

            Long overdue update

            Collection re-orientation has been underway since the end of last year.

            To date the following has happened

            Westland Wessex XM833 has been donated to the South Wales Museum where it will go under cover as NELSAM simply did not have room for it and leaving it outside for the next 10 years was not a good plan

            Meteor NF11 cockpit WD790 departed to Boscombe Down with a Jet Provost cockpit travelling in exchange to NELSAM. This used to fly from Northumberland

            Auster J1N G-APKM arrived from Doncaster as a swap for Dove G-ARHX which was on loan from NELSAM. This aircraft was based with Sunderland Flying Club many years ago

            Spennymoor built Brookland Mosquito arrived from its owner. Another local addition

            Voltair electric microlight arrived from Hartlepool College in a deal that has seen four engines go to the college on loan for their new engine course. This unusual aircraft was built at Eshott in Northumberland

            The Spitfire Society Replica Mk9 has arrived for display later in the year and is currently in the storage hangar

            On the restoration front work is progressing slowly with Whirlwind XN258 which is now primed ready for final paint

            The Bluebird team have been taking an active interest in Vulcan XL319 with spanners in hand. This will be followed at the end of June by preparation and painting

            The end of July will see some rearrangement with the Dragonfly, Gazelle moving from the main hangar to the Navy Romney and Military Romney respectively.

            Photographs to follow
            Dave Charles
            Historian 607 (County of Durham) Squadron
            Chair North East Land Sea Air Museums (NELSAM)

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            • Bluebird Mike
              It'll Fix
              • Jan 2000
              • 2490

              Originally posted by Thunderbird167 View Post
              The Bluebird team have been taking an active interest in Vulcan XL319 with spanners in hand. This will be followed at the end of June by preparation and painting
              Indeed, a few short sessions have seen us get No.4 spinning over on the air starter. No reason with some more work why the engine wouldn't light and run. Early steps with videos etc can be followed on our twitter-

              https://twitter.com/bluebirdk7
              The Bluebird Project

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              • Bluebird Mike
                It'll Fix
                • Jan 2000
                • 2490

                Plans for a cleaning/painting session on the Vulcan--

                http://bluebirdproject.com/forum/vie...97d8178#p26752
                The Bluebird Project

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                • Wyvernfan
                  wyvernfan@gmail.com
                  • Oct 2007
                  • 5838

                  What a fantastic gesture and an excellent start by the sounds of it. Just getting one turning and burning would be an achievement after so long being dormant.

                  Keep us informed.
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                  https://www.facebook.com/Westland.Wy...tif_t=page_fan

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                  • Bluebird Mike
                    It'll Fix
                    • Jan 2000
                    • 2490

                    Another good day on site, we tested instrumentation to the cockpit (JPT and RPM both working), fitted the inlet trunk to No.4 engine and got some kerosene pumped into it with a wet crank on the starter. Pics and vids on our twitter. (Link above)
                    The Bluebird Project

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                    • Archer
                      Innocent bystander
                      • Nov 2003
                      • 1706

                      Thanks for keeping us updated on this! It's good to hear things are moving within that Vulcan! Just curious, but will you need to do any work on gear/brakes before applying sparks? Or is that big, triangular test stand bolted down firmly enough to withstand a bit of a push from an Olympus?
                      A Little VC10derness - A Tribute to the Vickers VC10 - www.VC10.net

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                      • Bluebird Mike
                        It'll Fix
                        • Jan 2000
                        • 2490

                        The brakes are very seized and the tyres are very flat...and we don't plan on taking the single engine we're going to try and start above a cautious idle!
                        The Bluebird Project

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                        • JDA
                          JDA
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Jan 2000
                          • 38

                          For some time after the Vulcan landed at Sunderland, by various means we made the APU made operational.
                          Has it been considered to get the APU running again?
                          From a distance the the APU sounded like a Olympus at idle speed.

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                          • Bluebird Mike
                            It'll Fix
                            • Jan 2000
                            • 2490

                            We've considered it, though for reasons unknown it's currently removed from the aircraft!
                            The Bluebird Project

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