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  • Trak-Tor
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    • Jan 2012
    • 137

    Can't wait...

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    • Tony C
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      • May 2003
      • 368

      Originally posted by Blue_2 View Post
      TI make no apology for this!
      Excuse accepted on this occasion, but don't going making a habit of it

      Extremely please for Tony and team as I have followed their progress from afar, since I first visted YAM during the mid-to late 90's.

      Tony

      ...and pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in Space cos there's bugg*r all down here on Earth!

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      • TEXANTOMCAT
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        • Mar 2004
        • 4588

        Watch out. Next update will be pay per view... or at least penny in the slot of a What The Restorer Saw machine...
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        www.sywellaerodrome.co.uk/museum.php
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        • Lingo Dog
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          • Oct 2018
          • 82

          Space being watched!

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          • Blue_2
            Meteor spanner monkey...
            • Feb 2010
            • 4943

            Originally posted by TEXANTOMCAT View Post
            Watch out. Next update will be pay per view... or at least penny in the slot of a What The Restorer Saw machine...
            Which reminds me. I need to sort out free photo hosting very imminently, otherwise you lot won't have any pretty pictures to look at...
            Restoring Meteor NF.14 WS788, one rusty nail at a time...

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            • Malcolm McKay
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Aug 2004
              • 1780

              I am desolated, depression has set in, my Post Meteor Update Syndrome (PMUS) is in overdrive. The tablets aren't working - I am, let's face it, a mess. Must have update, must have update, must have ................ gaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!

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              • J31/32
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Jan 2005
                • 560

                any good for the project?

                https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lot-of-as....c100005.m1851

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                • Blue_2
                  Meteor spanner monkey...
                  • Feb 2010
                  • 4943

                  Doesn't look like anything leaps out as needed. I'd have to cross reference the numbers though. Cheers for the heads-up, that's our friend Bruce...

                  Right, now the weekend had landed I have approx. 30 seconds spare to myself! It's been a busy old week. Anyway, piccies from last weekend's work day, in the hope that a photo update this weekend will keep Malcolm sane until there is a proper update next weekend! Firstly the grand plumbing sort-out. The ratio of useable pipes to non-useable pipes was I have to say a touch disappointing. A high proportion of our stock has been cut, or has damaged or corroded unions. Still, better to have than to want, and a proper trawl through the duff stuff may yet reveal salvageable items...
                  59352494_2294928870779142_1823108725460697088_n by Graham Buckle, on Flickr
                  Next, the trolley acc. It has come on leaps and bounds, the chassis and wheels thanks to Eloise and Danni...
                  59387388_2294926820779347_3371348675077865472_n by Graham Buckle, on Flickr
                  While I prepped and painted the lid
                  59429438_2295112630760766_1285594380115116032_n by Graham Buckle, on Flickr
                  Close of play last week saw the chassis and wheels looking really good
                  59295040_2295112674094095_5966644429610549248_n by Graham Buckle, on Flickr
                  On Thursday Eloise spent some time scribing old paint out of the lettering on the towing instruction placard, before giving it a fresh coat of black
                  60354905_2297414777197218_6252529530280345600_n by Graham Buckle, on Flickr
                  I have to say I am looking forward to seeing and reassembling the trolley next weekend when I return to YAM!
                  Finally, I mentioned that on Monday I went to East Kirkby to see a former hangar-mate of WS788 come to life. Mosquito HJ711 has been the life's work of a man I am proud to call a friend and have learned much about restoration from, Tony Agar. I think this photo from the day says all that needs to be said.
                  59708633_2394095817315476_442813795392290816_o by Graham Buckle, on Flickr
                  Well done Tony and team.

                  All being well, normal Meteor service will resume next weekend!
                  Restoring Meteor NF.14 WS788, one rusty nail at a time...

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                  • Malcolm McKay
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Aug 2004
                    • 1780

                    Aaaahhh!!!!! That's a relief, it'll help bolster the meds.

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                    • PeterVerney
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • May 2009
                      • 1012

                      That Mosquito is quite something, and a real tribute to his dedication over many years
                      Man is not lost. Only temporarily uncertain of his position.

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                      • Blue_2
                        Meteor spanner monkey...
                        • Feb 2010
                        • 4943

                        It's certainly a very special machine Peter. Seeing one move under its own power in this country for the first time since 1996, when RR299 was lost, was really quite a moment.
                        Restoring Meteor NF.14 WS788, one rusty nail at a time...

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                        • Blue_2
                          Meteor spanner monkey...
                          • Feb 2010
                          • 4943

                          20/05/2019 Update

                          Morning all! Certain among you will be pleased to hear that, after last weekend's event stopped play, normal service is resumed. Yesterday was a busy day for the Meteor/Buccaneer collective, Scott had several missions for the Buccaneer which took time out of our working day on 788, but Eloise and I still got plenty done. First job was to get the trolley acc refurb seen off! We refitted the wheels properly, took it off its' stands, and reunited it with its cover
                          60560477_2304108759861153_8551408391757496320_n by Graham Buckle, on Flickr
                          Next, wheel nuts were masked and painted, as were valve covers and lid retaining springs and the drawbar and tow hitch adapter.
                          60401870_2304108819861147_8240309887439994880_n by Graham Buckle, on Flickr
                          The trickle charger which had arrived in the week was installed and tested too...
                          60598808_2304110406527655_2989270076642820096_n by Graham Buckle, on Flickr
                          Final jobs, creating and applying a serial (we never found one on it while rubbing it down so we gave it one) and calibrating the voltmeter on the front. Then, lid on and wheel it outside to admire it in the sun!
                          60389733_2304110446527651_898886451180077056_n by Graham Buckle, on Flickr
                          And there you have it! We are very, very proud of this little beastie. The GSE is just as important as the aircraft it serves, after all...
                          After some more Buccaneer activity (See Scott's thread when he sticks his update up) it was back to 788 proper. I needed a quick-ish job to finish the day, so I started work on accessing the outer wing aileron system lubricating points. After a tussle the front hatches in both outer wing sections were opened, some sacrificing their securing fasteners in the process...
                          60471533_2304112866527409_5308895309491863552_n by Graham Buckle, on Flickr
                          Printed mod plates inside revealed that 788's port leading edge is NF.14, whereas her starboard is NF.12. Yet again, she is proving to be a right mongrel! The lubricating points were found to be in great condition, and I gave them fresh oil then grease while Eloise worked the controls form the cockpit. The ailerons are now much freer, and my next job on that score is to repeat the process with the access panels towards the rear of the wing, just ahead of the ailerons themselves. With all those rotty 2ba countersunk screws, that'll be fun...!
                          Speaking of next jobs, we also decided to get the replacement nose leg out and on the trestles, and enjoying a degreasing session as the first stage of being readied to fit to 788. The wheel received a blessing too, and was inflated to 40psi so I can monitor it for pressure loss over the coming weeks.
                          60721250_2304113209860708_7848193937549295616_n by Graham Buckle, on Flickr
                          One other job for the day, we had a bit of a shuffle round, and moved the trolley acc to where it can be seen by the visiting public.
                          60554377_2304113049860724_5996279776967393280_n by Graham Buckle, on Flickr
                          Now it's nice, shiny and serviceable, we want to shamelessly show it off! More next week folks.
                          Restoring Meteor NF.14 WS788, one rusty nail at a time...

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                          • Trak-Tor
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Jan 2012
                            • 137

                            Great progress there!
                            Thanks for the update.

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                            • AndyY
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • May 2012
                              • 408

                              The trolley acc does look rather splendid!

                              Andy

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                              • Blue_2
                                Meteor spanner monkey...
                                • Feb 2010
                                • 4943

                                Cheers! Hopefully it'll not be too long before 788 looks equally splendid!
                                Restoring Meteor NF.14 WS788, one rusty nail at a time...

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                                • Malcolm McKay
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Aug 2004
                                  • 1780

                                  That trolley accumulator looks pretty swish, good work Blu_2.

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                                  • Blue_2
                                    Meteor spanner monkey...
                                    • Feb 2010
                                    • 4943

                                    Turned out rather nicely, hasn't it?!

                                    I'm off over there again today, so maybe you'll get a shiny new report to enjoy this evening...!
                                    Restoring Meteor NF.14 WS788, one rusty nail at a time...

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                                    • Blue_2
                                      Meteor spanner monkey...
                                      • Feb 2010
                                      • 4943

                                      Evening chaps, I'm afraid you'll have to wait for today's update as it appears Flickr are doing some sort of server migration thing, and so they are currently down. It's been a busy day though, with news from the nosewheel, nose leg, Starboard wing leading edge, and starboard aileron linkage underwing access panels to bring you. Excitingly, we may have finally solved the mystery of whether or not the outer wings fitted to 788 are her own. There is evidence for and against, but today's discovery appears to be quite convincing.
                                      To be continued...!
                                      Restoring Meteor NF.14 WS788, one rusty nail at a time...

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                                      • Blue_2
                                        Meteor spanner monkey...
                                        • Feb 2010
                                        • 4943

                                        Howdy folks! The good news appears to be that after yesterday's server tomfoolery, Flickr is functional again. Now I know I have said that, as they now want to start charging me for hosting the pictures I bring to you good people, I shall be finding an elsewhere on the internet to host my piccies for free (imgur is currently looking the best bet; any more suggestions?), but I still have space for 20-odd pictures on my Flickr account, and by God as a good Yorkshireman I'll be using every last one of the little beggars! So, assuming that I can persuade Flickr to cooperate (it's still running like an arthritic mammoth wading through treacle), on with yesterday's update...

                                        24/05/2019 Update
                                        Due to an unexpected couple of days off work, I had a museum day yesterday. Thursdays are a good day for this, as most of the other engineers tend to be in, including the members of the Victor team who I keep robbing! With No Victor duties Eloise came to help me on 788. First job for the day, that nose leg. After looking at the 2 legs, we have decided that the castings of the leg on 788 are in better condition than those on the spare leg, so we will probably just swap the damper instead. To this end we made a start stripping the donor leg, and I have requested suitable jacks and trestles from our restoration manager. While we are at it, we'll be removing the nose extension section, partly to make our lives easier and partly to enable full access to the steel ballast and nosewheel mounting frames. These are faring well, but I think its as well to get in there and treat and repaint them so the steelwork stays good for decades to come. And it's only 4 bolts; how hard can it be...?!!
                                        Next on the list, getting our nice new nosewheel ready for use. It had dropped no pressure during the week, so we rubbed it back and primed it. In the course of rubbing it back we found LR7 painted on it, suggesting that the wheel had at some point been inventoried to RAF Little Rissington.
                                        60695492_2306563542949008_7748171953181032448_n by Graham Buckle, on Flickr
                                        It was soon rubbed back, and primed. Out came my patent hub masking tool once more!
                                        60969847_2306563642948998_5777082045092069376_n by Graham Buckle, on Flickr
                                        And it was wheeled (!) outside to dry. Now the starboard inner leading edge has been doing a good job of sitting around patiently, awaiting paint since Andy did such a good job of paint stripping it. Yesterday we decided that as it was a nice day it too may as well get painted, seeing as our stock of silver paint had been replenished. So it got a wash, then was taken outside to receive a coat of etch primer. Being such a lovely day, this soon dried, so coat 1 of silver was applied. Coat 2 soon followed, and I have to say it looks pretty good in the sun!
                                        60700076_2306747082930654_8458770001631903744_n by Graham Buckle, on Flickr
                                        After that had dried, we decided that the best place to put it out of the way for now was back on the jet
                                        60836881_2306747112930651_2516901404400943104_n by Graham Buckle, on Flickr
                                        I get the feeling silver is going to suit our Meteor! Fairly soon after the silver paint on the wheel had cured, so after ice-cream o'clock Eloise set to detailing the wheel. She reapplied the painted on assembly numbers and creep bars, and then added a touch we spotted on a photo of 788 from 1964. The photo was taken at RAF Valley when she was detached there as camera ship for the Yellowjacks display team. ANd if you zoom in on the nosewheel...
                                        61126380_2306751676263528_5200301498113720320_n by Graham Buckle, on Flickr
                                        ...you can see the number STR#18 painted on the tyre! This would be a Stradishall inventory number, so Eloise set to work replicating it on what will be 788's new nosewheel.
                                        60724397_2306751716263524_8217949802365714432_n by Graham Buckle, on Flickr
                                        Looking good! Incidentally, if anyone has the valve extension that lives in the clips in that recess, we'd dearly love one as none of the 3 nosewheels we have for the 2 Meteors has it fitted.
                                        While all this was occurring I was removing access panels under the starboard wing, partly to access the aileron mass balances and rods, but also partly to try and answer the question of whether or not 788's wings are actually hers. Unfortunately the screws were not cooperative, so the drill had to be resorted to. The starboard outer mass balance, in its bay, looked immaculate...
                                        60875639_2306748359597193_4600942479858991104_n by Graham Buckle, on Flickr
                                        There were pencil marks on the access hatch, but they were barely legible and didn't answer the question. While certainly not conclusive, there were signs of dayglo paint where the hatch had been, as you can see. Dayglo paint as worn by NF(T)14's, as 788 was.
                                        The next panel I removed, the one covering the trim tab rod, gave a nice surprise; 2 of the screws actually undid! And on removing the panel from the jet, this...
                                        60715667_2306748512930511_3834699629690093568_n by Graham Buckle, on Flickr
                                        Firstly, bottom right, more dayglo paint, and secondly, pencilled on... 788! So, while there is evidence both ways, I am very much more leaning towards these actually being 788's own wings, repaired after the mauling they received when she was lifted by Chinook and incorrectly stropped at Leeming all those years ago. We'll see what the consensus is as I remove more panels from the 2 wings...
                                        More at the weekend folks!
                                        Restoring Meteor NF.14 WS788, one rusty nail at a time...

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