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  • FarlamAirframes
    Scrap Metal Man
    • Nov 2007
    • 1455

    Nose Art Suggestions

    Cees - for the area that you have - the artwork that fits for a mk3 includes:

    Semper in Excreta ( LW625)

    The Queen ( MZ921) ( Varga)

    **** of the North ( 424 sqdn)

    There are a couple that are a little bit forward of your piece

    Miss Canada (LW 597) and Pistol Packin Mama (LW582)

    and a couple on other mk's

    Per flak ad nauseum (BB323)- Varga
    Thunderin Heard ( JB 859)
    Happy Valley Sally (JD210)
    Y for Yokum
    Green Dragon (LK947)
    lift got love - Elvgren
    Medicine Hat - 419 Sqdn
    Every Drop COunts (lemon)
    Admiral Bill (popeye)
    Flying Kiwi ( DT819 ) - possibly


    Otherwise keep rivetting forward...
    Kind Regards,

    Brian

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    • CeBro
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Sep 2009
      • 2146

      Thanks for the suggestion chaps.

      Here's a further update as of yesterday. Air Ministry's terminal blocks were also fitted
      yesterday and the panels awaits painting but is already in primer.
      The main instrument panel is trial fitted now that the top horizontal longerons are fitted
      as well as the top arch of frame five. Next week the tubular canopy arch will be fitted and
      the windscreen hopefully, this will be the start of the canopy construction.
      The black levers were delivered to me and are new built. These will be fitted in the rectangular
      opening of the pilot's bulkhead. Lot's of progress although it doesn't always show.

      Cees
      Last edited by CeBro; 11th November 2010, 19:27.

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      • CeBro
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Sep 2009
        • 2146

        More pics to follow soon.

        Cees

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        • Peter
          Moderator
          • Jan 2000
          • 12508

          Stunning work Cees!
          Cheers,Peter
          "Merlins always drip oil, when they don't....worry!"

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          • 12jaguar
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Apr 2007
            • 1632

            I'm amazed at how much progress seems to have been made in a relatively short time. Have you got a team of elves secreted away somewhere Cees?

            :diablo:

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

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            • turretboy
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Sep 2004
              • 564

              Originally posted by 12jaguar View Post
              I'm amazed at how much progress seems to have been made in a relatively short time. Have you got a team of elves secreted away somewhere Cees?

              :diablo:

              john
              I was just thinking the same. Are you working to a wartime production schedule?
              Mike

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              • Lyffe
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Mar 2006
                • 324

                Just an aside about the 'Semper in Excreta" nose art of LW625, which I believe was withe 192 Sqn (radar countermeasures).

                The "Semper in Excreta" was originally designed by Flt Lt Douglas Bisgood, OC of 1403 Met Flight, not long after it formed at Bircham Newton in 1941. At the time 1403 was equipped with Blenheim MkIVs, and the design (an umbrella over skull and crossed bones) was meant to reflect the crews would fly when everyone else was grounded by the weather - in other words they were "Always in the ****) (source: "Even the birds were walking" by Peter Rackliff and John Kington.)

                Bisgood survived the war but was killed on 18 April 1947 when Halifax ST807 of 202 Sqn, failed to return from a routine met reconnaissance sortie out of Aldergrove.

                Given the role of 192 Sqn one can understand why the artwork was 'lifted' for LW625 - it was probably often Semper in Excreta itself.

                Brian

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                • CeBro
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Sep 2009
                  • 2146

                  Thanks chaps,

                  Well, it cetainly looks as if a lot of progress has been made since we moved to the new location in the building in November, but a lot of the parts were already made and just waited to be fitted. And then RVP (rapid visual progress) is swift when large parts such as the frames and instrument panel are fitted. Lex starts very early as well (at around 07:00 and I will be present a 08:00, I am from the patatgeneration). Apart from wednesdays, we now work on saturdays too when work in the museum allows and that adds to the state of progress as well. Apart from the work in the workshop leads on parts are still being chased. About those elves, I wish I had some
                  Cheers
                  Cees
                  Last edited by CeBro; 29th January 2010, 07:59.

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                  • CeBro
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Sep 2009
                    • 2146

                    Getting ahead of schedule.
                    The elves have been hard at work again.

                    Today the canopy arch was fitted, this is the main supporting
                    structure of the canopy and forms the basis for the entire
                    canopy construction and between this and the main pilot's
                    bulkhead the escape hatch is fitted in between.

                    Also the fuel control levers (see earlier pic)
                    were fitted and work like a charm. Now, I need to get some
                    pushpull rods to connection them to, time to contact
                    Blocktube Marine, Mike do you have a contact person there
                    after your recent experiences with them for Bluebird?
                    Pics to follow later this week.
                    Cees

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                    • CeBro
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Sep 2009
                      • 2146

                      Here are the pics as promised.The canopy arch has
                      now been fitted as you can see. An original handgrip
                      can be seen. It came from LW343 which crashed near
                      Anna Paulowna and was recovered by us during 2000.
                      Cheers
                      Cees
                      Last edited by CeBro; 11th November 2010, 19:27.

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                      • CeBro
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Sep 2009
                        • 2146

                        Spot the differences. Thanks to Air Ministry the
                        terminal blocks are now in place.
                        Thanks Alan,

                        Cheers
                        Cees
                        Last edited by CeBro; 11th November 2010, 19:27.

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                        • CeBro
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Sep 2009
                          • 2146

                          I put up five new pics and nobody bothers to comment?

                          Well read it in the mag then.:diablo:

                          Cees

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                          • Radpoe Meteor
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Jul 2007
                            • 781

                            Originally posted by CeBro View Post
                            Here are the pics as promised.The canopy arch has
                            now been fitted as you can see. An original handgrip
                            can be seen. It came from LW343 which crashed near
                            Anna Paulowna and was recovered by us during 2000.
                            Cheers
                            Cees
                            Cees,

                            I've followed this project via the thread & now things are really coming together I'd just like to say you're doing an amazing job-can't wait to see the finished article.

                            Well done!!!!! You deserve a well earned pat on the back.

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                            • turretboy
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Sep 2004
                              • 564

                              Looking good!

                              Will you be constructing anything below the main cockpit floor?
                              Mike

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

                                Cees - I'm one of the many who look at this thread when something new appears, probably think it's great you are making more progress but don't neccessarily comment. Surely you keep track of the number of visits - nearly 12,000!!!

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

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                                • Peter
                                  Moderator
                                  • Jan 2000
                                  • 12508

                                  Looking great Cees! I didn't see the other three pic's until now well done! I like the addition of an original handle on the canopy frame..
                                  Cheers,Peter
                                  "Merlins always drip oil, when they don't....worry!"

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                                  • CeBro
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Sep 2009
                                    • 2146

                                    Originally posted by hindenburg View Post
                                    is that a torch holder left of the pilots seat on the bulkhead ?
                                    Hi Martin,

                                    Yes, it is, I am looking for a RAF torch, any pics to see what type to find?

                                    Cheers
                                    Cees

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                                    • hindenburg
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Aug 2007
                                      • 1402

                                      You should be looking for one of these I think Cees.Standard brass aircrew torch A.M. Ref 5A/47.
                                      Last edited by hindenburg; 23rd February 2010, 19:52.
                                      `Information is the currency of democracy`. Thomas Jefferson

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                                      • RMAllnutt
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Jun 2004
                                        • 418

                                        Stunning work Cees! Just one little question... should you ever need to remove the cockpit from the museum, can it be taken in one piece, or will you need to take her apart. Hopefully, the former! Keep up the great work though, either way.

                                        All the best,
                                        Richard

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                                        • CeBro
                                          Rank 5 Registered User
                                          • Sep 2009
                                          • 2146

                                          Originally posted by hindenburg View Post
                                          [ATTACH]181921[/ATTACH]You should be looking for one of these I think Cees.Standard brass aircrew torch A.M. Ref 5A/47.
                                          Thanks Martin,
                                          Now I know what to look for.

                                          Richard,

                                          The building is a large fortress just ouside of Amsterdam with walls
                                          about 1.5 metres thick but the doors are small however. A Merlin
                                          with exhausts removed can just fit through them so......
                                          But in the (hopefully unlikely) event of moving out it can be
                                          dismantled by drilling out selected rivets and unbolting the structure.
                                          It will come apart in large sections that will go through the doors,
                                          Some touching up of the paint is all that is necessary after it has
                                          been put together again.
                                          It would be a hell of a job and not something I am looking forward too
                                          but we had to think about it anyway,
                                          Cheers
                                          Cees

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