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  • Peter
    Moderator
    • Jan 2000
    • 12474

    Gun Turret projects

    Hello Lads and lasses!

    There seems to be some interest in Gun turrets on this forum and I was interested to see wether or not a new thread on Gun turret projects would be worthwhile?

    If you are working on a Gun Turret at home please feel free to contribute. If you have worked on one in the past then please also post your stories and photos.
    The attached pics are taken of our own FN5 Gun Turret that is now fitted to our Lancaster .
    Attached Files
    Last edited by Peter; 22nd December 2005, 15:09.
    Cheers,Peter
    "Merlins always drip oil, when they don't....worry!"
  • TEXANTOMCAT
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Mar 2004
    • 4538

    #2
    Our Boulton Paul D type (one of five only known to exist worldwide)

    and our B-17 cheek position - does that count Peter?!

    TT
    Our Beech 18 & T-6@www.beechrestorations.com
    Visit Sywell Aviation Museum @
    www.sywellaerodrome.co.uk/museum.php
    Sywell Airshow 17.8.2014

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    • TEXANTOMCAT
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Mar 2004
      • 4538

      #3
      Late mark Halifax, Lincoln and Shack

      er....and B17!!!!

      Our Beech 18 & T-6@www.beechrestorations.com
      Visit Sywell Aviation Museum @
      www.sywellaerodrome.co.uk/museum.php
      Sywell Airshow 17.8.2014

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      • Peter
        Moderator
        • Jan 2000
        • 12474

        #4
        Sorry my pics are from our lancaster MK 10 FM159
        Yes TT your B17 cheek windows count also..!
        Cheers,Peter
        "Merlins always drip oil, when they don't....worry!"

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        • HP57
          Senior Member
          • Jan 2000
          • 1389

          #5
          Yes, very interested. keep them coming.

          Cheers

          Cees

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          • Jim_Harley
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Jan 2000
            • 151

            #6
            Hey guys,

            I am looking for Ball Turret parts for our B-17 909, particularly hand cranks, cannon plugs, and drive motors. If anyone has leads on such items let me know. They will go into a flying airframe.

            Jim Harley
            frenese@aol.com

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            • jpeters
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Dec 2005
              • 34

              #7
              Ball Turret Parts

              Jim,

              It looks as though we're on the same quest! I am also trying to restore a ball turret and am always on the lookout for those hard to find parts. I have two Vickers hydraulic pumps which attach to the electric motor. Not sure if you're in need of the pumps, the motor, or both. I've been haggling with a guy that has the complete assembly (pumps & motor attached) but have yet to work out a deal with him. If you have any spare ball turret parts available for sale or trade...maybe we could help each other out.

              Thanks and good luck in your search!

              John

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              • Rocketeer
                Left to do other things
                • Jan 2005
                • 5195

                #8
                One of my toys
                Tony Dyer
                https://www.facebook.com/TheAirDefen...homepage_panel

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                • jpeters
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Dec 2005
                  • 34

                  #9
                  Rocketeer,

                  Looks like the right hand section of a ball turret...too bad somebody went crazy with the green spray paint. Nice piece though!!!

                  John

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                  • Rocketeer
                    Left to do other things
                    • Jan 2005
                    • 5195

                    #10
                    Originally posted by jpeters
                    Rocketeer,

                    Looks like the right hand section of a ball turret...too bad somebody went crazy with the green spray paint. Nice piece though!!!

                    John
                    It is a nice item and will be painted up correctly etc..it came out the sea (still trying to find the history, apparently it came down near Nabs Towers off the south coast of the UK!)
                    Tony Dyer
                    https://www.facebook.com/TheAirDefen...homepage_panel

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                    • Wessex Fan
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Jun 2004
                      • 320

                      #11
                      Originally posted by turrettek
                      Hi Peter.

                      Currently restoring an FN4A(AW Whitley)tail turret at home, on behalf of the Ulster Aviation Society. If I can figure out how to attach some pics., I'll have a go later.Posted a request last November looking for control grips but alas, no luck yet; certain internal parts are hard to find, and even harder to persuade folks to part with them(even when they themselves haven't got a turret!)

                      Cheers,
                      John
                      UAS
                      I have attached two pictures of John's Turret, taken in May 2005

                      Regards to All

                      Eric
                      Attached Files

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                      • Peter
                        Moderator
                        • Jan 2000
                        • 12474

                        #12
                        Nice Pics Eric and an interesting project indeed John.
                        We need the seat adjusting mechanicals for our front FN5 so I know where you are coming from when trying to find parts as it is very hard.
                        Cheers,Peter
                        "Merlins always drip oil, when they don't....worry!"

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                        • 682al
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Jan 2000
                          • 729

                          #13
                          Hi Peter,

                          There was a mod on the FN5 Lancaster front turret to delete the seat and the seat adjusting mechanism. My excavated turret has had this mod performed on it.

                          You may not need them after all!

                          Regards

                          682al
                          Who's the bloke in your avatar?

                          http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=CtJ93VyKHpc

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                          • Peter
                            Moderator
                            • Jan 2000
                            • 12474

                            #14
                            Thanks Alan. Do you know when this mod took place? Our lanc was built in 1945
                            Cheers,Peter
                            "Merlins always drip oil, when they don't....worry!"

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                            • 682al
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Jan 2000
                              • 729

                              #15
                              Hi Peter,

                              I just recall seeing it in the appropriate Volume of the A.P. for the FN 5 series and breathing a sigh of relief.

                              That was down at RAFM Hendon. I will obtain a copy on my next visit.

                              Regards

                              682al
                              Who's the bloke in your avatar?

                              http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=CtJ93VyKHpc

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                              • Peter
                                Moderator
                                • Jan 2000
                                • 12474

                                #16
                                Thanks Alan that will be a relief if we do not need the seat installed
                                Cheers,Peter
                                "Merlins always drip oil, when they don't....worry!"

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                                • turretboy
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Sep 2004
                                  • 561

                                  #17
                                  Very nice work John!

                                  Eric, thanks for sharing your great pictures with us. Might there be a possibility that you could share a few more with us?

                                  I finally got my turret (FN121) moved into the garage this weekend after sitting idol in storage for a few years. I hope to get back to work on it again soon!

                                  John, you are quite correct when you say that it is very difficult to find parts!

                                  Regards,
                                  Attached Files
                                  Mike

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                                  • HP57
                                    Senior Member
                                    • Jan 2000
                                    • 1389

                                    #18
                                    Mike,

                                    How many turrets are you currently restoring? Didn't you have an FN16 as well?

                                    Cheers

                                    Cees

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                                    • turretboy
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Sep 2004
                                      • 561

                                      #19
                                      Hi Cees,

                                      I am really only working on the one FN121. My dad is starting to dismantle another and there is a third being used for parts.

                                      Originally there were five FN121's.

                                      Correct, we also have the FN16 too.
                                      Attached Files
                                      Mike

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                                      • markansell
                                        Historic Transport Nut
                                        • Jan 2000
                                        • 90

                                        #20
                                        Hi,
                                        I've been attemptin to keep track of the Boulton Paul ones here: http://www.boultonpaul.com/preserved/
                                        If anyone can added to these, I'd be glad to hear from you.
                                        Cheers,
                                        Mark

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