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  • Bellarine
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Aug 2010
    • 407

    Time to clean the Beaufighter

    I have been quiet on here of late, mainly as we have had an insane number of large events going on (Cockpit Day, Wings and Wheels, Cruisers night #2) but with all that out of the way, it's time to re focus the Museum members towards working on the aircraft.

    In my case, because it's my favourite aircraft bar none, I started on the Beaufighter.

    This aircraft has not had a detailed clean in nearly 25 years, so the grime, dust and even accumulated sludge from the last engine run waaaaay back when (199?) so there is a lot to get through. But I'm happy with the first few hours effort.

    In addition I donated an original engine starter cover and cowl gill switch which have been fitted into the cockpit. Also many boxes and wiring have been refastened and now being cleaned up.

    A couple of before and after pics below for those interested. And for those asking about engine runs returning for the Beau.............................................. .......... the aircraft is still alive, work to be done, let's see in 2015 and what it brings

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    You can see the difference here
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    Ewan McArthur

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  • Moggy C
    Moderator
    • Jan 2000
    • 20534

    #2
    Good job!

    Thanks for the images.

    Moggy
    "What you must remember" Flip said "is that nine-tenths of Cattermole's charm lies beneath the surface." Many agreed.

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    • Trolly Aux
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • May 2006
      • 3860

      #3
      Lovely, what a nice aeroplane to be spending time on, must be very enjoyable too.
      Thank you and please keep the updates and phots coming.
      SMOKE SMOKE GO!
      TA out

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      • Oxcart
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Nov 2007
        • 2100

        #4
        Not many other people can say they've done that!
        Give a man a fish and eat for a day. Give a man a fishing rod and he'll eat for a lifetime. Give a man religion and he'll die praying for a fish!

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        • Bellarine
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Aug 2010
          • 407

          #5
          Thanks all, did some more work today, this time focusing on the cockpit. The fact that I (at 6ft 6) managed to get into the cockpit seat for the first time was a feat in itself, and I was pleased as punch!

          So, my view down the entry hatch
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          Coming back to life but requiring a toothbrush or two to get into the fiddly areas
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          Hopefully there are some who can use these as reference shots too, always happy to help where we can

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          Last edited by Bellarine; 23rd December 2014, 10:21. Reason: image mixup
          Ewan McArthur

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          • Bellarine
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Aug 2010
            • 407

            #6
            And one last one for the night (over here anyway)

            This is a video I shot out of the Beau cockpit when I heard the Wirraway being fired up (the guys were testing for oil leaks after doing maintenance). I grabbed the phone, started filming through the gunsight glass and then moved up and out of the cockpit before going back in again. I can only imagine this was a sort of sound heard from cockpits on many an airfield during the war, and sitting in the Beau cockpit gave me goosebumps as I was filming.

            Cheers

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRfp...r#action=share
            Ewan McArthur

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            • Oxcart
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Nov 2007
              • 2100

              #7
              Why did they stop running it?
              Give a man a fish and eat for a day. Give a man a fishing rod and he'll eat for a lifetime. Give a man religion and he'll die praying for a fish!

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              • Seafuryfan
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Jan 2000
                • 2497

                #8
                Great work Bellarine, wish I could be scrubbing away with you!
                Last edited by Seafuryfan; 23rd December 2014, 19:23.

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                • Jack Ruskin
                  Key Troll-aux magnet
                  • Nov 2006
                  • 1396

                  #9
                  Originally posted by Oxcart View Post
                  Why did they stop running it?
                  I might be wrong, but seem to recall it was for safety over concerns for integrity of the props.
                  Oh no not ~another~ separate thread about Newark (the unfriendly museum) !

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                  • Bellarine
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Aug 2010
                    • 407

                    #10
                    Originally posted by Jack Ruskin View Post
                    I might be wrong, but seem to recall it was for safety over concerns for integrity of the props.
                    One of a number of reasons. The management at the time decided against doing any more engine runs on any aircraft so that was a big blow. The port prop is shot, very pitted near the hub, and there was talk for years that the engine had also seized. Whilst stiff, we have found that this is not the case The starboard side is fine.
                    The main reason in the end was that in order to preserve the aircraft better it had a hangar built around it. Of course trying to run the aircraft inside would blow everything else around it through the hangar walls.. but we are going to have a crack at changing that in 2015.

                    I will be doing the Christmas thing over the next day or so but then back into it, the hydraulic tank is leaking so want to get that fixed. Some interesting photos coming up again too. We would love to cycle both the props at the same time but the drain on the batteries is too great Still, we know the aircraft is live. I will aim to get some internal shots with the lights on too.
                    Ewan McArthur

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                    • Bellarine
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Aug 2010
                      • 407

                      #11
                      Stuffed full of turkey and pudding, I figured best to avoid the Boxing Day sales and the Boxing Day Test and head back to the Museum for some more work.

                      Started on the rear access hatch :
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                      Looking up above the hatch - I can see we are missing a ram in there !
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                      I was struggling to get into certain areas of the cockpit, so figured the best way forward was to remove the "bulge" dome and the nosecone. So with a strong coffee in tow I got to work!

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                      After - glad the armourplate is in storage otherwise I may have struggled !
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                      There is a lot of dirt in there but did some solid work removing as much as I could. This shows the rudder pedals - port is before and sb is after clean.
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                      Interesting perspective of the Pilots seat taken behind the instrument panel.
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                      I will continue the shots a little later today. Someone asked if they could share the pics - of course you can As I have said before, we want to share everything we have and if these can be used as reference shots (or just a collection for the regular avnuts) then job done. No point in it being hidden away for people to never learn from .... Cheers !
                      Ewan McArthur

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                      • K5054NZ
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • May 2008
                        • 1138

                        #12
                        I'm more interested in saving the shots for when I build a model of her (still need to get that Beaufort kit, too".

                        Great work and I only wish I was on the right side of the Tasman to help out. Thanks for sharing, especially the before and after shots!
                        "those who know keep quiet, and those who don't are frowned upon for asking." - snafu

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                        • Bellarine
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Aug 2010
                          • 407

                          #13
                          Just a couple today from the wing and oil cooler, I'm uploading from my phone so it's very slow. More coming!
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                          • Oxcart
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Nov 2007
                            • 2100

                            #14
                            Great work! Thanks for sharing!
                            Give a man a fish and eat for a day. Give a man a fishing rod and he'll eat for a lifetime. Give a man religion and he'll die praying for a fish!

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                            • cabbage
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Jun 2011
                              • 314

                              #15
                              Please keep sending more pictures. Always liked the Beaufighter, in all its disguises.

                              Your problems of access to certain areas of the Beaufighter remind me of the convolutions required to access certain areas of the aircraft I worked on, namely the Vulcan and the Buccaneer.

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                              • Bellarine
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Aug 2010
                                • 407

                                #16
                                All good here's some from this afternoon. I had hoped the panel would be unwired at the rear but not the case so I just curled up in the seat and got to work. Very hot in there today so got quite a sweat worked up!

                                Before - old switch and jettison button
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                                Panel off and old switches off
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                                After - new switches fitted
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                                The DF loop cover was shot, and I doubt has been removed in a very very long time - older darker finish was under the very thick dust
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                                Cheers
                                Ewan McArthur

                                Australian National Aviation Musuem
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                                • Desoto
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Dec 2008
                                  • 31

                                  #17
                                  1990 was the last time the Beaufighter was ground run.
                                  Cheers.

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                                  • Maple 01
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • May 2004
                                    • 449

                                    #18
                                    Very nice,

                                    I can see the ad campain now

                                    'Take two bottles into the hangar?
                                    'I just want to wash my Beau and go'
                                    Krlewska Moc Powietrza nie jest lot cyrku.....

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                                    • Bellarine
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Aug 2010
                                      • 407

                                      #19
                                      Day by day she's starting to look better....
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                                      Got one of the hatches open on the Starboard wing and stuck the phone up to take a peek. Not bad given it's been locked up in there since 1988

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                                      Spent the morning (ie 8am - 10am) cleaning the starboard outer wing area on top. The weather has gone off, two days of 40 degrees C so best to do this early.
                                      Looks rather shiny, but also affords a great view back along the wing to the fuse.
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                                      • D1566
                                        Needs retiring.
                                        • Apr 2006
                                        • 2128

                                        #20
                                        How good can life be; having your own Beaufighter to clean
                                        Martin

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