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    If we have new seals then new seals it will be!
    Restoring Meteor NF.14 WS788, one rusty nail at a time...

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      Fab work guys - I doth my cap to you! Seriously though, I love your updates - it's like reading a favourite book that once picked up, it's difficult to put down
      BOLTER, BOLTER FULL POWER! Keith, if he bolts again we'll have to divert him to St Mawgan

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        Great update B2 - it is a rare pleasure when anything hyd related goes better than expected
        Great progress as well - lovely to see !

        rgds baz

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          "..... it's like reading a favourite book that once picked up, it's difficult to put down".

          Perfectly put. It is indeed. And I am now only an hour away so once I have found cameras and other miscellaneous items ready for a trip to YAM,from a pile of packing cases, I'll be there!!

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            I'm glad you all enjoy our updates. It's nice to be able to bring them to you all once more after the hiatus caused by photobucket deciding to take its bat home (yes, I am still bitter...!).
            If we can raise awareness of the NF14 as a type, and awareness of some of the good work that is being achieved at YAM, then it's all good!
            We hope to be back on site on Sunday, after shamelessly skiving at Scampton airshow on the Saturday. If you see us at Scampton, or at Elvington, do say hello!
            Restoring Meteor NF.14 WS788, one rusty nail at a time...

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              Whooo! Someone's found a way to get the photos working again: Check out the "Photobucket Fix" thread

              https://forum.keypublishing.com/show...hotobucket-Fix

              Working for me: I've got all the photos back on this thread...

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                Blue_2 wrote

                "If we have new seals then new seals it will be!"

                What are you folks trying to do? turn this in to a replica of a Meteor? Those aren't the seals it left the factory with!!

                Great work folks. Great thread.

                Andy

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                  Mahone, oooh! If that sorts the thread's previous posts I shall be a happy chappie. Will give that a go over the weekend, cheers for the heads up.
                  Andy, we are going for new build. And like a certain V-bomber, then attempting to flog the original bits for a small fortune!!!
                  Restoring Meteor NF.14 WS788, one rusty nail at a time...

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                    Are these seals any kind of standard size or something unique and for that particular application only?

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                      we are going for new build. And like a certain V-bomber, then attempting to flog the original bits for a small fortune!!!

                      And my family think I am not very streetwise! My advice is to delete the word 'small' from the above!

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                        Having seen the price of bits of Vulcan the Vulcan lot were selling at Scampton airshow on Saturday, my use of the word small does indeed seem ironic...!

                        We had another day of Meteor fettling yesterday, and welcomed a new member to the team, Sheridan. As well as having the misfortune of being married to Rich, she appears to have been infected with the Meteor bug too, the poor soul! She is also our nominated team cake baker...!

                        After a few solid sessions of metalwork, we decided that a change was as good as a rest and decided to get on with reinstating the controls and the hydraulics. Our plan was that Rich would start wrangling pipes to replace those missing from the wing leading edges, and blanking off the surplus circuits such as the u/c retract circuits. I would finish overhauling the starboard cannon bay aileron control rod pivot, and Shez cleaned up the control rod rollers salvaged off VZ568 last year and readied them for use. Andy also arrived, and carried on with paint stripping part 36,000 on the starboard inner gear door. I soon had the pivot rebuilt and back in its customary place
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                        Not long after this, we had the main starboard aileron rod in
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                        With freshly overhauled rollers. From being salvaged by Ali off a wreck on a Welsh hillside, to serviceable and fitted and doing their job once more!
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                        We fitted the port set too, so we don't lose them!
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                        Rich was busy blanking and plumbing
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                        In both leading edges!
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                        Andy gave him a hand too, or rather 2 hands!
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                        If you recall, as an NF14 our jet should have outboard flaps. However ours wears spurious NF12 outer wings, which are flapless, so the hydraulics to the outboard flaps are redundant. Here Andy is in the transport joint in the starboard wing, removing the snipped pipes and fitting blanking unions. If you recall, Ali already blanked those on the port side many moons ago.
                        He also proudly showed off the u/c door, very nearly ready for paint
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                        A little sand over and it will be ready to prime and paint. Another job nearly jobbed!
                        Finally,we took the dark clouds gathering as our cue to pack up and go home
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                        Unless Rich sneaks an update, that's all from us until I get back from Malta!
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                        Restoring Meteor NF.14 WS788, one rusty nail at a time...

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                          ...one thing I forgot to mention; I am told that hopefully when I get back off holiday, 788 will be going into the main hangar so we can get on with stripping and repainting her over the winter months.
                          The first thing that will be happening when she rolls inside is that the canopy will be coming off and going on its travels. When it returns, it will have a full set of gleaming new transparencies fitted!
                          Restoring Meteor NF.14 WS788, one rusty nail at a time...

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                            What system are the Breeze Connectors and chopped-off cable looms associated with?
                            Andy

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                              Generators, engine systems, voltage regulators, undercarriage indicator wiring, and pretty much anything else located from the wing roots outwards. All the looms have been mutilated at their joints in a similar way, so we have a lot of work to do with the wiring.

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                                Good to hear 788 is going inside for the winter, and very nice to see your continuing hard work.
                                Last edited by PeterVerney; 13th September 2017, 19:22. Reason: Phoytofuc*it not playing ball
                                Man is not lost. Only temporarily uncertain of his position.

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                                  We have been told she is coming in, and the chap tasked with making the new canopy is champing at the bit. So fingers crossed, because after all the work that has gone into that cockpit the lid ain't coming off while she's outside!
                                  Restoring Meteor NF.14 WS788, one rusty nail at a time...

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                                    I do hope it's a permanent home under cover (at least until she's taxiable, and then only out in good weather............).

                                    Andy

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                                      The news just keeps on getting better and better!

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                                        Fantastic news. Just fantastic!
                                        "those who know keep quiet, and those who don't are frowned upon for asking." - snafu

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                                          What he said! I attended the Allied Air Forces Memorial Day at Elvington recently and had another chance to have a good look at this lovely aircraft.

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