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    Fascinating stuff as usual - I've said it before but I'll say it again. This really is the most enjoyable thread to read as I watch the splendid job being done.

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      Cabbage, while your theory makes perfect sense, and indeed I do the same, the cruciform fairing was one bit never painted dayglo.
      Malcolm, many thanks for your continued support and kind words!
      Restoring Meteor NF.14 WS788, one rusty nail at a time...

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        We shall be having a bonus midweek jet day tomorrow! I'm sure there will be an update on here tomorrow, plus the usual live updates through the day on the Facebook page for your entertainment and amusement...
        It also means I can pick up some bits for other Meteor project's that I forgot to bring home on Saturday in readiness for taking to Newark this Saturday to hand over. Not that I am forgetful of course...!
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          11/04/18 Update

          A nice bonus midweek day off meant I could go aeroplaning today. It was just as well too, as at the weekend we had forgotten to scrape off the rear nacelles! Fortunately after half a week in stripper longer than intended they still played nicely, and have now been re-treated to get the last stubborn bits of paint off
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          After the nacelles, I unwrapped the rear fuselage and got busy with the scraper. The results are I must say very pleasing indeed. They have highlighted some skin damage that has occurred during 788's sadder years...
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          But overall, she's starting to look a bit good...
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          Before lunch, I climbed up to give the rudder lower bolt and the upper fin bolts another dose of penetrating oil. I also undid the bolt from the control input to the rudder.
          After lunch, and showing a VIP (my dad!) round site and the jet, I got on with removing the fuel tank bay lid, so it can come down onto the deck for prep. Not easy but I managed it by myself...
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          Revealing some interesting pencilling on the fuel tank bay front bulkhead/cockpit rear bulkhead depending on how you look at it
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          The lid itself isn't in bad order. It needs a couple of bits of light skin damage seeing right
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          And in the shot below the frankly shoddy scab patch (left) over an access (identical to the one on the right) will need removing and replaced with a newly made hatch (same as the one in the centre). I assume the original was pilfered during her time at Leeming by a souvenir hunter, and they decided this was the best answer...
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          Finally I gave the rear light fairing another dose. Even this has a dent in. You wouldn't know we've been using the port wing as a bench would you...?!
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          Not a worry; it all needs to come off anyway!
          Final shot of the day; 788 reflecting on how lucky she is to have wintered indoors
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          Hope to see a few of you at Newark on Saturday!
          Last edited by Blue_2; 11th April 2018, 21:08.
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            More good stuff.

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              One small step...............
              She'll be airworthy one day!

              Andy

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                I wish!!!
                If we can get her to sing the Derwent song that'll do for me...
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                  This might help:

                  It won't help 788 fly- but it might taxy one day?
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                    We have just the thing to bolt that to Mike...!
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                      16/04/18 Update
                      It's been a busy old weekend for the Meteor team, certainly for me it has anyway! Saturday morning saw me trundling south to Newark for the re-scheduled Aeroboot. I had to say hello to 788's sister preserved there, WS739.
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                      How I covet those underwing tanks and pylons! To digress for a second, the office tell me they are in talks with Jet2 to repatriate the pair of underwing tanks Malta have donated us. Fingers crossed...
                      It was a busy visit, what with eating bacon sarnies, mugging Howard for coffee, and then indulging in the NAM traditional toasted panini! But we managed to do some aircraft trading as well, and catch up with many old acquaintances and people who have been a huge help to 788 and continue to do so. Goodies for 788 were gathered off Max Blood, Mike Davey (more on that shortly), and the chaps from East Midlands Aeropark restoring the TT.20 there. We were able to trade our old ammo bay doors to them in exchange for radome catches; that's what the aeroboot is all about isn't it?!
                      Mike had very kindly brought goodies for us, including a replacement rear cruciform fairing and a Derwent starter motor. As I was off back to the van to drop some bits off I took the fairing, and we planned to grab the big heavy lump of starter later. Later came, I went back to claim it only to find Mike's van to discover Mike's van had set off home! See, we are mega organised, us aeroplane folk.
                      In the jumble proper, I didn't find much I needed for 788. It must be a good sign that, unlike 2 years ago when I was desperately hoovering up anything Meteor, I can now look at an item and say "no, we don't need that, we've got one'. I nearly weakened and bought the Meteor mudguard, but I couldn't get it to a price I liked and I am sure I have 2 in stock anyway! I did come away with some nice paper though...
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                      Genuine NF (all marks) Pilot's Notes, used, worn, amended. Fantastic!
                      So overall tally, we came away with a cruciform fairing, rare pilot's notes, plumbing and electrics, another spare set of HP/LP c0ck levers, bits for our trolley acc, and I touched what will be one of 788's starters! Not a bad day's business and a thoroughly good day out.
                      Yesterday, I made my way to YAM with my plunder. I hoped with myself, Andy and Rich on site it would be a productive day, and it didn't disappoint. First order of business after bacon and brew was to check that the fairing would actually fit. These aircraft, like many from the time, were to an extent hand made and a part off one airframe won't necessarily fit another!
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                      Our one slid home nicely though, so rectification and painting can now commence
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                      Meanwhile Rich started reacquainting himself with 788,looking into how to get the canopy motor off
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                      And Andy continued paint stripping the components off the jet. One of the leading edges is basically done, and the other isn't far behind. I continued trying to persuade the rudder lower bolt to come out. It continued trying to persuade me to give up and go away. So I did, but only as far as the NAAFI for lunch, having first left the bolt thinking about things after another blathering with penetrating oil.
                      After lunch, we had a visit by 2 members of the Victor team Scott and John, orphaned because their fearless leader had cancelled their working day and forgotten to tell them!
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                      They came under the pretence of offering to help us with 788. In reality they were only after one thing...
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                      Yep, that's our stash of the universally recognised fuel of aircraft restorers gone!
                      To be fair Scott then did prove a big help to me in getting the rudder off. After some serious big hammer work, the bolt finally submitted.
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                      I passed the rudder straight over to Andy, as we want so paint strip it to see how bad the leading edge corrosion you can see in this shot is. Scott and I then turned our attention to the upper fin, with limited success. For now...
                      Rich meanwhile had started trying to sort the mess that is cut wiring in the centre section
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                      A lot more little jobs got done in the afternoon, with extra hands we got on well. Andy had the paint on the rudder bubbling gently
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                      Close inspection (sadly the flash has washed it out) revealed traces of dayglo on the rudder lower mounting, another indicator the rudder is original to 788
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                      Given that it had been a very good, positive weekend, morale was high as you can see...
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                      Pics courtesy of Andy; we feel sure the previous generations who flew and maintained 788 would approve heartily of some high jinks!
                      We put serious hats back on, and had a debrief and laid our plans for next weekend and the next few weeks.
                      And then... last night, while having a pint and idly looking through the museum's facebook page, it turns out that in just under a fortnight's time there is a special Buccaneer day at YAM. Behind 788, in the hangar, lurks Bucc XX901, one of YAM's 3 'Bricks'. I got hold of our heritage manager and, just as it had with me, the penny dropped with him that 788 will have to move out of the hangar to get 901 out for this event. Great. So sadly we will lose next weekend it seems prepping 788 to move, refitting stress panels, securing loose items etc, rather than getting on with restoring her. I have been reassured she won't be spending any time outdoors, and that as soon as the Bucc and the Cayley glider are out she is going back in. This was the main thing I was worried about, given the canopy is off and the rear half of the jet is now in unprotected bare metal.It's just a bit of a pain in the bum when we have just got nicely settled and on with stuff. Still, such is life...
                      Last edited by Blue_2; 16th April 2018, 08:20.
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                        Take the opportunity to get 788 as far to the back of the hangar as you can whilst the Buccaneer is out...............

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                          Very nice update, although I couldn't help myself looking at that big beauty in the back of the last pic.
                          Cees

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                            That big beauty gets a loving pat from me every visit Cees...
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                              Always great to see progress being made on the old Lady - that pic by the way - IMHO - makes you look like Oddball from Kellys Heroes! Woof Woof - that's my other dog impression! ......

                              Popping in on Thursday so hope to see her "in the flesh" at last!
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                                Wonderful stuff as usual, I really look forward to these updates.

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                                  Fairly short and sweet update for you today. I spent most of the morning working on the rudder. Sunday's dose of paint stripper came off revealing traces of black from her time pretending to be WS844 on Leeming's gate
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                                  My main job was to remove the remains of the main bearing from the rudder's post. This was it after it came off and was given a gentle sandblast.
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                                  I fear it is scrap; replacements will be sought.
                                  After lunch, I decided to make something for a change. I drilled off the comedy panel the RAF had used to cover the missing hatch out of the fuel tank bay cover, and using its twin as a pattern, made a set of parts to replicate said hatch
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                                  A bit of filing, drilling, cursing and riveting later, and result!
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                                  Quite chuffed with that, much better than the RAF's effort.
                                  The devil is in the detail...
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                                    What are you going to do with the holes from the patch? Rivet them, or weld them?
                                    Magister Aviation
                                    It's all in my book

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                                      Rivet probably. Skim of filler, sand off, good as new!
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                                        Looking great!
                                        Thanks for the report.
                                        Good reading for the morning, as usually.

                                        Juraj

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                                          Always nice to hear from our international fanbase!
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