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  • RPSmith
    ex Midland A.M. member
    • Mar 2005
    • 2908

    Chilton G-AFSV progress.



    Roy Nerou's Chilton DW1A (G-AFSV) has made a major step towards it's first post-restoration flight.

    On the evening of Thursday 25th April o
    utside it's workshop near Kenilworth and after months of component testing, re-wiring, re-plumbing a successful running of it's Train engine was achieved.


    The rare Train 4-cylinder in-line engine (Roy believes he has the only two other survivors in the UK) started first 'swing'. A few more tests and tidying up and the aircraft can be transported to a suitable airfield for it's first post-restoration flight.

    R.P.Smith
    A Blenheim, Beaufighter and Beaufort - together in one Museum. Who'd have thought that possible in 1967?
  • Sabrejet
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Mar 2010
    • 1763

    #2
    Thanks for the update - love these little beauties.

    PS: It's 'its' not 'it's'.

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    • avion ancien
      Long ago and far away ...
      • Aug 2007
      • 5336

      #3
      Will it, I wonder, fly to celebrate its 80th birthday this coming July?

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      • Consul
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Aug 2004
        • 1772

        #4
        Good to hear this Roger.

        Coincidentally, I recently interviewed Roy Nerou and we discussed the huge variety of aircraft he has owned during the last 50 years - some amazing types including Comper Swift, Dart Kitten, Pipistrelle, DingBat, Drone, Chiltons etc - thirteen in total. I have written an article about his restoration activities. This is published in the current issue of the Vintage Aircraft Club journal Vintage & Classic. His achievements in the vintage aircraft movement are significant.

        Tim
        Last edited by Consul; 3rd May 2019, 20:43.
        "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."(Mary Baker Eddy)

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        • TwinOtter23
          NAM volunteer-Plugmeister
          • Jan 2006
          • 7773

          #5
          Its good to see you back posting about these parts Roger!
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          Please help move Chinook ZA717 to Newark Air Museum

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          • Elmdon Boy
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Jan 2017
            • 201

            #6
            Originally posted by RPSmith View Post

            Roy Nerou's Chilton DW1A (G-AFSV) has made a major step towards it's first post-restoration flight.

            On the evening of Thursday 25th April o
            utside it's workshop near Kenilworth and after months of component testing, re-wiring, re-plumbing a successful running of it's Train engine was achieved.


            The rare Train 4-cylinder in-line engine (Roy believes he has the only two other survivors in the UK) started first 'swing'. A few more tests and tidying up and the aircraft can be transported to a suitable airfield for it's first post-restoration flight.

            R.P.Smith
            I wonder if may be Wellesbourne for that first flight? Probably nearest suitable airfield.

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            • RPSmith
              ex Midland A.M. member
              • Mar 2005
              • 2908

              #7
              AA - I'm sure Roy must be aware - I'll ask him when I see him next week
              TO - thanks Howard
              Elmdon Boy - don't think a decision made yet but it may be that a grass 'field will be preferred.

              Here (hopefully) a photo no can't do it :-(

              Roger Smith.
              ​​​​​​​
              A Blenheim, Beaufighter and Beaufort - together in one Museum. Who'd have thought that possible in 1967?

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              • Robert Whitton
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Jan 2005
                • 1342

                #8
                I though I had a photo of G-AFSV, but I see it is G-AFGH with a Lycoming, (not a Walter Mikron) taken at Newark, Notts in 1973. Click image for larger version  Name:	AL370 (2).jpg Views:	0 Size:	833.3 KB ID:	3861925
                Last edited by Robert Whitton; 10th May 2019, 09:47. Reason: Spelling!
                Robert Whitton,
                Edinburgh, Scotland

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                • TwinOtter23
                  NAM volunteer-Plugmeister
                  • Jan 2006
                  • 7773

                  #9
                  Slightly off topic but that's a fascinating photo - looking at the parked cars in the background presumably that was taken on 14 April, during the official opening fly-in. Back then I was a 'newbie' and too young to be allowed 'air-side'!

                  Do you have any others from that day - I'd be happy to see them added to the NAM Briefing thread!!
                  Find out what's happening at newarkairmuseum.org
                  Please help move Chinook ZA717 to Newark Air Museum

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                  • Hooligan
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Mar 2017
                    • 564

                    #10
                    I see 'FSV is the one owned by the late Manx Kelly in the early 70s...

                    Must get myself to a historic fly-in this year.

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                    • G-APDK
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Feb 2006
                      • 100

                      #11
                      11 pictures of G-AFSV can be found on Air-Britain's ABPIC website

                      G-APDK

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                      • darren
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • May 2008
                        • 178

                        #12
                        My Dad used to build balsa models from scratch and one of his first was G-AFSV. He would've been working off black and white photos at the time so had to take a punt on the colour scheme.

                        As his skills improved he offloaded his initial output to me whilst I was a child, and, as you can see, it put paid to the prop and acquired a Union Jack.

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                        • TEXANTOMCAT
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Mar 2004
                          • 4682

                          #13
                          Lovely model!
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                          • Elmdon Boy
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Jan 2017
                            • 201

                            #14
                            Originally posted by RPSmith View Post
                            AA - I'm sure Roy must be aware - I'll ask him when I see him next week
                            TO - thanks Howard
                            Elmdon Boy - don't think a decision made yet but it may be that a grass 'field will be preferred.

                            Here (hopefully) a photo no can't do it :-(

                            Roger Smith.
                            ​​​​​​​
                            Roger, 506 x 30 metre unlicensed grass strip available at Wellesbourne, 18-36 parallel to the main runway, plus all the facilities you would expect at a licenced airfield and were very friendly. You would need a radio though.
                            Ex Brat, what a lovely location that photo looks, were was it taken

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                            • Zodiacchris
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Oct 2012
                              • 29

                              #15
                              Meanwhile in a far away corner of the former British Empire, with the help of an English wheel, the DW1M is born...

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                              • RPSmith
                                ex Midland A.M. member
                                • Mar 2005
                                • 2908

                                #16
                                Zodiacchris
                                I showed your pictures to Roy ("Mr. Chilton") Nerou yesterday. He was suprised and unaware of a metal Chilton bing built!. Where is it being constructed and who by/ It looks like it's being built to fly - is that the case and what power unit is planned? Is the constructor using Roy's plans? (I don't think he's ever taken money for them),

                                Roger Smith.

                                PS there is a Chilton website - I'll look it up and post it here.
                                A Blenheim, Beaufighter and Beaufort - together in one Museum. Who'd have thought that possible in 1967?

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                                • Zodiacchris
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Oct 2012
                                  • 29

                                  #17
                                  Hello Roger,

                                  The metal Chilton is being built in Taree, New South Wales, and Ive been working on it since December last year. It is indeed built to fly, the Chiltons are lovely looking classics and regrettably there are only a few around. Not being a wood person, building it in metal was an easy choice for me and my previous project was a 75% Spitfire which was good preparation. Im currently working on the outer wing panels and hope to have the basic construction finished by July.

                                  I downloaded a set of Roys plans, had a look at the website and have also sourced a number of good quality large scale model plans to get sufficient information to modify the structure of the aircraft, as building it according to the original wood plans is not feasible. While the fuselage was pretty straightforward and is generally similar to the wooden version, the wings and tail feathers needed some extensive redesign with the loads and required material thickness calculated by a static engineer. We had to change the spar arrangement as the wooden spars didnt translate and also use a modified NACA12 profile to handle bending loads. That said, the outer mould line and dimensions are basically unchanged and should retain the character of the original Chiltons.

                                  The engine is going to be a 80hp Rotax 912 in a close fitting cowl, empty weight will be about 100lbs more than than the original and cruise and VNE will be slightly higher. A friend is interested to also build one so I have made templates and his aircraft is in the early stages of construction, pending the static load testing (4g) of my airframe.

                                  Please give my regards to Roy, his plans have been very helpful and have made this endeavour much more straightforward.

                                  Kind regards,

                                  Chris Weber

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                                  • Propstrike
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Mar 2004
                                    • 4010

                                    #18
                                    Chris, that is such an amazing project I took the liberty of putting your pic on the Vintage and Classic Light Aircraft group on facebook.

                                    Its has been much admired, of course. If you felt like logging on to the group, I am sure folk would love to hear more.

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                                    • Dev One
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Feb 2010
                                      • 200

                                      #19
                                      I am very pleased that 'FSV is progressing & flight very near at hand, Roy was very helpful in sending me photos & data when I was creating my Flight Simulator versions of the Chiltons some years ago. Good luck Roy & many thanks for your help.
                                      Keith Paine

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                                      • RPSmith
                                        ex Midland A.M. member
                                        • Mar 2005
                                        • 2908

                                        #20
                                        Here is Roy's Chilton website:

                                        http://www.chilton-aircraft.co.uk/

                                        Roger Smith.
                                        A Blenheim, Beaufighter and Beaufort - together in one Museum. Who'd have thought that possible in 1967?

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