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Blue_2
Blue_2
Meteor spanner monkey...
Last Activity: 20th September 2018, 06:55
Joined: 9th February 2010
Location: Yorkshire. Next to runway 08/26
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  • Blue_2
    replied to A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Thread
    You do indeed. Ours, once we make it serviceable...
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  • Blue_2
    replied to A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Thread
    Thankyou for all your words of support guys. The forum has been good to me and 788, so I am not quite ready to give up on it yet. So, in the hope that the boffins are getting to grips with it, here goes...

    18/09/18 Update
    Sunday saw 3 of us in attendance on 788. Myself, intermittent...
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  • Blue_2
    replied to A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Thread
    Andy, yes. Cheers for that.
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  • Blue_2
    replied to "New" Forum issues.
    Thoroughly fed up of and frustrated by it already...
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  • Blue_2
    replied to A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Thread
    Just a quickie. This post has taken me the best part of 2 hours to put up. Normally I can rattle one out in about 1/2 hour. After a 15 hour working day I have neither the time or patience for buggering about with this new format forum and its slowness, random error messages and other associated cobblers...
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  • Blue_2
    replied to Forum Maintenance
    I have resolved the Meteor thread problem, ZRX. I have to share the pics a different way than I used to from Flickr on the old forum.
    By comparison though, this version, is slow, unweildy, cranky to say the least, and just a complete pain in the hoop. What would normally take half an hour to post...
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  • Blue_2
    replied to A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Thread
    12/09/2018 Update
    109G, one shouldn't evict gremlins with water. Or bribes of food after midnight...
    Well here we are, normal service appears to be resumed, so I best stick an update on covering the last couple of week's shenanigans. Well, try to, this is my first attempt with the new 'improved'...
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  • Blue_2
    replied to A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Thread
    Noted. Working on it...
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  • Blue_2
    replied to A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Thread
    Post deleted. Trying again. This new forum software really, really sucks...
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    Last edited by Blue_2; 12th September 2018, 21:52.

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  • Blue_2
    replied to Can we have the old forum back
    I really don't like this new platform. However, Key host it for us at no charge to us, it's their bat and ball, and if they want to mess with it then that's their prerogative.
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  • Indeed Steve; you'll be running out of types to cover soon!

    Cabbage, the double jointed antics are the same, it's just the shape of the big chunk of aluminium alloy that differs!
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  • Sounds like an interesting solution to the problem. It may be required too, the way the fillers are performing... 30/08/2018 Update Extra bonus update, admittedly a couple of days late but work got in the way. Tuesday I was at YAM, and to be honest it was one of those days when I got there, put the coveralls on, looked at the jet, and then thought "WTF am I actually going to do today?" due to a serious lack of motivation and inspiration. An answer presented itself, in the form of Hugo. Hugo is another of the foreign students that rotate through the museum several times a year on internships; you may remember Ben and Kobe, and then Julien and Pauline, doing so and doing good work on 788 last year. Hugo was on his last day on Tuesday. During his time here he has been kept busy on the Be2 and the CT133 Silver Star, so I have been unable to 'liberate' him for duties on 788. On Tuesday though, I was the only team leader on site so he was allocated to me for the day. So I promptly sent him away. No, not like that folks, I sent him to the workshop with a component from the aileron roller sets, with instructions to go forth and replicate it x3. The bit in question was the aluminium spacer which holds the rollers apart a set distance on the aileron control rods. We had a grand total of 1, so I sent him to make some more. While he was doing this I prepared the roller sets. Fortunately, between the ones still on 788, the ones we salvaged off VZ568 at Sennybridge, and one I found in a random spares box we have exactly enough of these essential parts. Here the sets are laid out ready for fitting One roller set on the port side differs to the others, in that it is basically encased. We had all the components for this, so I assembled it while I was waiting for Hugo to return Right on cue, Hugo returned just before lunch bearing shiny wares! So after lunch we fitted said shiny wares and rollers. I introduced Hugo to the wonderful world of BA sockets, spanners, etc... And pretty soon, after a few minor adjustments, 788 was toting a full set of aileron rod bearings! Not bad for a jet that hasn't even had aileron rods for the last 50+ years... This small milestone reached, Hugo got busy with a rotary wire brush on the steel intake rings, while I attacked the rusty and sad aerial mounted on the port engine nacelle. Hugo put in some good work, carrying on from Ali's great start at the weekend In fact he got the inside of the ring shining like a new penny, allaying any fears we had that the rings would need to be replaced I was having less luck with the aerial and its steel mount... And the pressure fillers continued to laugh at me through the corrosion. Finally, Hugo observed the tradition of signing the jet, something everyone who spanners on the aircraft gets to do. As none of the parts he worked on were in shiny new paint, he signed the starboard gun clamshell door, the nearest item to the bits he did work on with shiny new paint on. Merci Hugo! More next time folks. Incidentally, if anyone is attending Newark this weekend for the Shackleton Boys book launch, Rich and I will be there doing a spot of moonlighting on the Sunday only, manning the Shackleton MR.1 nose section which is visiting from Coventry for the weekend. Do come say hello and talk Shacks, Meteors etc! We will most definitely not be liberating bits off the resident NF.14, noooo.........
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  • Glad that's better! It doesn't help that the forum keeps falling over. The good news is, all being well I shall be at YAM again tomorrow so you'll get another Meteor fix...
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  • 26/08/18 Update

    As promised, 788 was back to being priority yesterday. You could tell I had been away working on another jet, as she decided to bite me! Hey ho. Ali and I were in yesterday, and after doing our bit to help reduce the museum's bacon surplus we set to work. First job for Ali was removing the other upper fuel gauge sender unit for servicing
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    While I made a start on removing the 2 badly seized pressure refueling points from the port side of the fuel tank bay
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    Ali defeated the sender, we serviced it then tested both the senders with the meter. Both are serviceable! There's just the 2 lower senders to pull and check, we can see one has stuck in place and needs attention, and then the tank will be pretty much good to go.
    Ali then broke out the drill and fibre wheel to attack the steel banding on the port intake, while I carried on with the refuelling points. These are steel, and very unhappy. The first one gave after a struggle
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    Looking at the corrosion setting in we did this just at the right time! Ali was getting encouraging results from the intake
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    We feared these would be beyond saving; now we are much more hopeful.
    Soon the second refuelling point gave up too
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    You can also see in this shot the damage to the channels the trim cables run in; typical of the many small damages on this jet from 3 road moves we are having to rectify, and thus lose time on. The fillers are now enjoying a week soaking in penetrating oil
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    Hopefully they will see sense and free off! Ali had reached the lowest and therefore worst corroded point of the intake, and the results were very encouraging indeed...
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    It looks like we should be able to salvage and reuse these. That's one big worry out of the way. After lunch Ali had to head off, so I decided to tackle the last pesky engine door. It took me most of the afternoon and a lot of sweat and drilling, but... Going... Going... Gone! So for the first time since 1966 788's intakes and engine doors are all off! It's taken a lot of hard graft to get to this point, but it's a bloody big milestone reached! Finally, we discovered yesterday why 788 won't go. It's an old problem, and has blighted aircraft and aviators since before WW2. Basically... ...we have gremlins on the aircraft!!! More next time folks....
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