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  • SteveYoung
    Senior Member
    • Jan 2000
    • 3867

    #21
    RE: Beaufighter

    Tom, sorry to mention work now that it's the weekend, but how's AR213 coming along?

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    • dhfan
      Still cantankerous
      • Jan 2000
      • 2802

      #22
      RE: Any pictures?

      I was trying to remember where the cut was. It's about 36 years since I last saw it at Lambeth and time and beer haven't done my memory much good! Port wing, yes?
      I've just had a quick look for THE mosquito book but can't find where I've buried it. I think I'm right in saying that the spars themselves are laminated/built-up anyway.

      Also just remembered that somebody from TFC was reported in one of the mags a while ago as saying they'd probably build a new wing.
      That doesn't really sound feasible to me.

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      • Tom_W
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Jan 2000
        • 411

        #23
        RE: Beaufighter

        Hi Steve, sorry to hear about the Beau :-( I've posted a link to the pics on webshots in a new thread, enjoy ;-)

        Tom

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        • SteveYoung
          Senior Member
          • Jan 2000
          • 3867

          #24
          RE: Beaufighter

          Thanks mate. I'll take a look at the pics.

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          • ZRX61
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • May 2005
            • 4806

            #25
            Originally posted by dhfan
            where Kermit's concerned, they couldn't be in better hands. It's a shame that the Sunderland and Mossie don't fly now but at least their future is more secure than when they were here.
            Unless his place gets wiped out by a hurricane...again.....
            If anybody ever tells you anything about an aeroplane which is so bloody complicated you can't understand it, take it from me: It's all balls. RJM.

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            • David Burke
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Jan 2000
              • 10031

              #26
              I cannot help but think that the Mosquito leaving Duxford on the back of a lorry very much told a story in a change of ownership. As for the guys at MAM building a Mosquito wing - pie in the sky! It's a museum not a warbird rebuild facility - ofcourse they could change to limited status and loose all their trust status and then employ full time woodworkers and stop the public visiting but I hardly think that's the nature of the place.
              As for the Beau - a massive undertaking and full marks to Steven Grey for taking her on . I do tend to think that she will be ready when she is rolled out of the hangar doors - does it actually serve any purpose to speculate on when a project will be finished or indeed if it will? It would be lovely to be able to predict the future and if it were possible I would be filling in the Lottery tickets furiously - but it isn't so rather
              than speculate on when aircraft will be finished at TFC - I appreciate and applaud what they have achieved already

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              • Manonthefence
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Mar 2003
                • 2474

                #27
                This thread is nearly 2 and a half years old. Why has it been revived?

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                • Bruce
                  Independent analyst
                  • Jan 2000
                  • 10226

                  #28
                  Beaufighter - There is a team working on it, and I am sure they will produce a stunning job. Be Patient - these things dont happen overnight, and there will be many, many problems to solve before it finally flies. Dont ever believe that any rebuild of this nature is straightforward. Even when looking at Spitfires, every rebuild is different, and they each throw up their own set of problems.

                  Mosquito - The wing at MAM has been under rebuild since 1985 - I make that 20 years this year; another reminder not to be impatient! There is probably another 5 years before it will be ready to fit to the fuselage. The cut on the ex TFC aircraft is inboard of the engine. There is a dH repair scheme for cuts outboard of the engine, but not inboard. I feel certain this will not make it insurmountable.




                  Bruce
                  Last edited by Bruce; 11th June 2005, 16:38. Reason: Irrelevant comment based on age of thread!

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                  • Bruce
                    Independent analyst
                    • Jan 2000
                    • 10226

                    #29
                    MOTF - Hell you are right - that makes some of what I just typed a pile of poo! I shall edit!


                    Bruce

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                    • Moggy C
                      Moderator
                      • Jan 2000
                      • 20534

                      #30
                      Originally posted by Manonthefence
                      This thread is nearly 2 and a half years old. Why has it been revived?
                      Presumably somebody voted on it. That would bounce it back up to the top.

                      Moggy
                      "What you must remember" Flip said "is that nine-tenths of Cattermole's charm lies beneath the surface." Many agreed.

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                      • Harm-Jan
                        Member
                        • Jan 2005
                        • 52

                        #31
                        It was'nt me, honestly! I must have been the second to vote before discovering that the thread was already two years old. (BTW: I voted it will fly when it's ready)

                        Harm-Jan

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                        • mike currill
                          Big pistons rule
                          • Jul 2003
                          • 8791

                          #32
                          Originally posted by Willow
                          Of course it will fly.

                          It will fly when it is ready.

                          It will not be rushed.

                          It will be completed to the highest standards.

                          It will be an absolute treasure when it is done.

                          There WILL be endless debates about the colour scheme.

                          It would probably be the last of TFCs aeroplanes to be sold and then only if absolutely necessary and as a last resort.

                          (Although TFC aeroplanes have been sold in the past, I think you'll find that that's only happened when there is another example of the same type in the collection, even if it's only in storage).


                          Willow

                          P.S. These are my opinions, and I have no connection whatsoever to TFC. It's just common sense.
                          Your opinons are, I think, very valid ones.
                          I am sure that TFC will eventually fly the Beau and I agree with the comments about it flying when it's ready, it wil not be rushed and as with all things TFC the workmanship will be to the highest possible standards. I get the impression TFC works on the basis that perfection is a barely acceptable minimum where their standards are concerned.
                          The mind once expanded by a new idea never returns to its original size.

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