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  • Pen Pusher
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    • Mar 2005
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    Battle of Britain Hall, Hendon ~ 23Jan16

    As part of the RAFM@Hendon plans to celebrate the Royal Air Force Centenary in 2018, the Museum is conducting a condition survey which involves partly dismantling its aircraft around the site. They have started in the Battle of Britain Hall, which goes on until November, and last Saturday I had a wander down. Reminiscent of war bird maintenance at Duxford with panels open and bits detached. I shall keep adding to this as I shall probably have frequent visits to Colindale on my various trips down to London.

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    Last edited by Pen Pusher; 27th January 2016, 10:37. Reason: Camera settings added just for snafu
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  • Trolly Aux
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    • May 2006
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    #2
    PP, Brilliant update, I look forward to many more and pleasing to know all the aircraft are being cared for so well with the knockers out there.
    SMOKE SMOKE GO!
    TA out

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    • Wondy
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      • Jun 2009
      • 164

      #3
      Amazing photos...very rare opportunity to see 'under the cowling' on these rare Aircraft. Looking forward to further updates/photos!

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      • thedawnpatrol
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        • Oct 2009
        • 612

        #4
        Very interesting to see, I suppose that the reddish tint is a type of inhibitor ?
        Though I am surprised to see they have started several aircraft at once, I would have thought concentrated on one at a time?

        Jules

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        • TwinOtter23
          NAM volunteer-Plugmeister
          • Jan 2006
          • 7761

          #5
          A bit of a tangent I know, but was there any signs of building work outside at Hendon?
          Find out what's happening at newarkairmuseum.org
          Please help move Chinook ZA717 to Newark Air Museum

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          • Pen Pusher
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            • Mar 2005
            • 2657

            #6
            TO23

            Not that I could see.

            Hurricane is now wingless. https://www.facebook.com/rafmuseum

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            • snafu
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              • Aug 2013
              • 2825

              #7
              Looks a lot brighter than I remember it. The ISO and shutter speed mean more than knowing what lens you used - we can all see the distortion where it appears!

              Originally posted by thedawnpatrol View Post
              Though I am surprised to see they have started several aircraft at once, I would have thought concentrated on one at a time?
              Maybe the engine guy was in today, looking at as much as he could, the structures and airframe chap tomorrow, the cockpit and instruments fella at the end of the week...etc.

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              • Pen Pusher
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Mar 2005
                • 2657

                #8
                Originally posted by snafu View Post
                Looks a lot brighter than I remember it. The ISO and shutter speed mean more than knowing what lens you used - we can all see the distortion where it appears!
                Distortion because it's a wide angle lens and right click on image and 'View Image EXIF Data' for settings.

                Brian
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                • TwinOtter23
                  NAM volunteer-Plugmeister
                  • Jan 2006
                  • 7761

                  #9
                  Originally posted by Pen Pusher View Post
                  TO23

                  Not that I could see.

                  Hurricane is now wingless. https://www.facebook.com/rafmuseum

                  Brian
                  Thanks Brian.
                  Find out what's happening at newarkairmuseum.org
                  Please help move Chinook ZA717 to Newark Air Museum

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                  • Creaking Door
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                    • Sep 2006
                    • 9863

                    #10
                    Wow! That's really brought the Battle-of-Britain hall back to life!

                    Great photographs. Must really try to get down there to see that.
                    WA$.

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                    • snafu
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                      • Aug 2013
                      • 2825

                      #11
                      Originally posted by Pen Pusher View Post
                      Distortion because it's a wide angle lens...
                      Yes, we know - you marked down what lens you were using at the end of your initial post, rather than...;o)

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                      • Thunderbird167
                        607 Squadron & NELSAM
                        • Sep 2005
                        • 1008

                        #12
                        Great to see the photos and those on facebook
                        Dave Charles
                        Historian 607 (County of Durham) Squadron
                        Chair North East Land Sea Air Museums (NELSAM)

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                        • Pen Pusher
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                          • Mar 2005
                          • 2657

                          #13
                          Just for snafu, camera settings added to the photos above.

                          Although the lights were on, to the eye it's still quite dark in the BoB Hall but it does help photography wise that Sony make the best low light camera sensors at the moment and the brand new back-illuminated sensor in the A7rII increases low-light dynamic range performance which is very good for recording details in shadows. Example below. The first Stuka shot is straight out of the camera, reduced in size for posting and nothing else. Flash was not used as it was to far away to make a difference. Below it the processed image showing dial details that can not be seen in the first image. A tripod/long exposure shot would have revealed even more detail.





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                          • Trak-Tor
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                            • Jan 2012
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                            #14
                            Great shots! Thanks!

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                            • CeBro
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                              • Sep 2009
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                              #15
                              Stuka instrument panel is a bit gutted.
                              Cees

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                              • Ian Hunt
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                                • Oct 2010
                                • 221

                                #16
                                Thanks Brian

                                Fantastic pictures - as ever. It's great to see parts of these aircraft which are normally 'invisible'.

                                Keep 'em coming!

                                Ian

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                                • SimonR
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                                  • Jul 2011
                                  • 397

                                  #17
                                  I hope Brian doesn't mind if I post a few pics I took at the B of B hall at Hendon today. They're taken on a cheapy Canon EOS camera so not quite the same standard as his, but you can see that the chaps at Hendon have been busy. The Spitfire, Hurricane and BF 109 are all visibly more dismantled and some of the others seem to have changed as well.

                                  Not having seen a Defiant before in the flesh, it took me a little while to spot that it, too had parts missing!

                                  It was my first time at Hendon and I thought the place was pretty impressive. The crashed Halifax and Supermarine flying boats were highlights, as were the Defiant and some Axis types that I'd not seen before. I can see what people mean when they talk about the lighting in the Battle of Britain hall - it's not the best for photography, but perfectly fine for seeing all that there is to see. We also greatly enjoyed getting inside the Sunderland - not been inside Duxford's one yet although I believe that it's sometimes a possibility.

                                  Anyway, here's the progress as of today (29th Jan): (the full album is here.)

                                  IMG_9725 by sboreeves, on Flickr


                                  IMG_9732 by sboreeves, on Flickr


                                  IMG_9733 by sboreeves, on Flickr


                                  IMG_9735 by sboreeves, on Flickr


                                  IMG_9738 by sboreeves, on Flickr


                                  IMG_9758 by sboreeves, on Flickr


                                  IMG_9789 by sboreeves, on Flickr


                                  IMG_9809 by sboreeves, on Flickr


                                  IMG_9814 by sboreeves, on Flickr
                                  "A Flight is much like a short life.... So is a Life just like a, er , long flight...?" - Bernard Chabbert, Flying Legends, (Saturday) 2015.

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                                  • DH82EH
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                                    • Jan 2013
                                    • 528

                                    #18
                                    Some fabulous images gents.

                                    Thanks so much for posting.

                                    Andy Scott

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                                    • CeBro
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                                      • Sep 2009
                                      • 2146

                                      #19
                                      Very nice photographs indeed, shows how authentic most aircraft still are. Can't help thinking about the damage that hoisting band can do to the 109E's
                                      wheel doors though.
                                      Cees

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                                      • Pen Pusher
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Mar 2005
                                        • 2657

                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by SimonR View Post
                                        I hope Brian doesn't mind if I post a few pics I took at the B of B hall at Hendon today.
                                        Not a problem and if any one else wants to post photo's feel free.

                                        I should be down tomorrow for some record shots.

                                        CeBro - the hoisting bands are to stop the wheels collapsing not to lift it by.

                                        Brian
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