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    Last edited by DH82EH; 13th August 2015, 14:30. Reason: duplicate

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      Superb work! It really looks the part with some green on it!
      Armchair enthusiast, but also a fan of sofas and recliners.

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        Thanks for the encouragement guys, it's been a long time coming but it's really gratifying to see it permanently assemble.

        Hopefully, another update next week will bring some news of another encouraging development which will bring us much closer to building proper fuselage structure

        John
        http://www.stirlingproject.co.uk

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          Looking Good Gentlemen.

          Kind Regards Mike

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            As promised at post #563 above, the project has now started to make some concrete progress towards building the bomb bay structure. Courtesy of Marshall Land Systems, they have laser cut one of the outer bomb bay frames for us as a proof of concept, the photo below shows the finished result, the observant amongst you will see that there's a small crack in one of the flange radii but this was due to an over zealous operative at our end hitting the former too hard which caused a stress raiser. As a trial effort though it has gone pretty well and hopefully in due course we'll be getting the other (45!) such frames made in a similar way.

            (Edit - now includes a pic of how it'll all fit together in the build jig)

            John
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            Last edited by 12jaguar; 17th August 2015, 12:30.
            http://www.stirlingproject.co.uk

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              Absolutely Cracking job, well done all.
              SMOKE SMOKE GO!
              TA out

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                Now that's good progress John - well done to you and the team.

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                  Thanks Guys, we really feel like we're getting somewhere now.
                  http://www.stirlingproject.co.uk

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                    Noting that some of the other projects on here have the occasional CAD updates, we've just had the trim box assembly modelled up using original drawings as the basis. The results are below and we will be getting the individual components 3D printed ready for casting.
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                    http://www.stirlingproject.co.uk

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                      Nice progress as usual John. Does the project have a particular time scale on completion of certain stages or is it a case of as and when?


                      Rob
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                        Hi Rob

                        I'd like to think that we have a formal plan, but as you say it's often a case of as and when.

                        Currently the Project has the following ongoing work:

                        1. Draw up the bomb bay structure
                        2. Design the fuselage jig in conjunction with 1. above
                        3. Finish off the flight deck components.

                        In reality we are working on the smaller stuff whilst the 'big' stuff is getting designed behind the scenes. Once the 'big' stuff is ready to be realised, it'll be all hands on deck sorting out the manufacture of the individual components and working out the logical sequence of how it will all go together

                        John
                        http://www.stirlingproject.co.uk

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                          Ok cheers. Do you have many items come in from donors, or from sources that you can buy from, or do you find those sort of offers are becoming less often and less fruitful?


                          Rob
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                            Funnily enough Rob, I'd actually say that we've had access to more original parts recently than for a long time so things are looking up a bit. We've also had a lot more offers of help from people/organisations offering to make parts as well

                            we've been very fortunate on that front

                            John
                            http://www.stirlingproject.co.uk

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                              Short Stirling EF133 HA-A seen here on a Yank aerodrome August 1944. A-Apple was the regular mount of Squadron Leader John Overton DFC A Flight Commander. An ex XV Squadron aircraft it arrived on the squadron December 19th 1943. The aircraft completed 30 raids with the squadron before transfer to No.149 (East India) Squadron on August 11th 1944. While with 149 the aircraft carried out 1 Air Sea Rescue flight before passed onto No.1651 CU on September 13th. The aircraft was SoC April 24th 1945."
                              Which Airfieild please ?


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                                Hi All,
                                Duggy,
                                Always loved the Stirling a very underrated bomber IMHO but those pictures are beautiful many thanks for sharing them..........

                                Geoff.

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                                  Lovely and crisp shots, look like they were taken yesterday !
                                  SMOKE SMOKE GO!
                                  TA out

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                                    Thanks
                                    It would be really cool if they were taken yesterday.
                                    Then again due to these amazing enthusiasts that run this thread, I believe it will one day be a reality.
                                    For a lot more photo's on the Stirling visit here -- http://www.axis-and-allies-paintwork...wtopic.php?320
                                    Last edited by Duggy; 25th October 2015, 15:39.

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                                      Not sure that those who had to fly through the Alps rather than over them and also flying at the mercy of flak due to low ceiling capability would agree?

                                      Great photos

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                                        Hi all

                                        Some more progress to report:

                                        Thanks to SAPA Profiles UK, who kindly donated the time and materials, we now have sufficient lengths of special extrusion for the outer bomb bay keel structure. These are aysmmetrical 'U' section channel which attaches to the bottom of the bomb frames and which the outer bomb doors are attached. These are an integral part of the bomb bay structure without which we cannot proceed to the build stage.
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                                        http://www.stirlingproject.co.uk

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                                          John,

                                          That's a good pointer to how long this is going to be!

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