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    Just read that they've been given permission to run her up to 100mph (once!)-well done guys!-go careful, though!!
    Give a man a fish and eat for a day. Give a man a fishing rod and he'll eat for a lifetime. Give a man religion and he'll die praying for a fish!

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    Just been on Sky news. Wonderful. What a day that will be. The hairs are up on the back of my neck just thinking about it!!
    Congratulations to all involved.

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    Currently third on the BBCs "most read".

    I was't impressed when Bluebird came out of the lake, (we'll gloss over why, as I've been shown to be wrong) but Bill Smith and his crew have shown that they really do care about Bluebird and her "pilot".

    I reckon it'll be standing room only on Coniston's shores. And I want to be there.

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    I'm just back from the Lake District National Park Authority meeting, to which the whole team went, all in our best project team wear, to be there for the vote. It was 11-4 in favour, and the news crews were everywhere- BBC, Sky, ITN, locals etc. Exciting times- guess I'd better get back down to the workshop then- we've got a boat to finish!

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrian_gray View Post
    Currently third on the BBCs "most read".

    I was't impressed when Bluebird came out of the lake, (we'll gloss over why, as I've been shown to be wrong) but Bill Smith and his crew have shown that they really do care about Bluebird and her "pilot".

    I reckon it'll be standing room only on Coniston's shores. And I want to be there.

    Adrian
    Quite right, I met Bill a couple of times when the craft was still in the North East and I thought likewise.

    I WILL be there!

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    She's still in the North East Pete- she's not finished yet! We're doing well, though.

    Thanks to everyone for al the support via PMs- far too many to answer individually- but all very much appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lancman View Post
    She's still in the North East Pete- she's not finished yet! We're doing well, though.

    Thanks to everyone for al the support via PMs- far too many to answer individually- but all very much appreciated!
    Sorry, I haven`t been following the project and I thought it had moved to Lancashire for some obscure reason!

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    Maybe you're thinking of when the boat's frame went to PDS Engineering, in Lancashire, to be put back together? That was in 2007.

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    Fame at last! Myself (oh, and the project, LOL) are in today's Mail On Sunday!

    http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/a...ton-again.html

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    Just arrived back home yesterday from two weeks at Park Coppice, Coniston Water. Pleased to see the project coming on well, we had an idea of what Donald Campbell was doing as viewed from the Steam Yacht Gondola albeit some 300 MPH slower!

    I saw the TV Camera Vans etc on the Pier Head but didn't know what was going on until I just read these posts, the third shot is taken from the S Y Gondola which apparently is the view of Coniston Water that Campbell had on his first run






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    Hi all- please could you have a shufty at the query on our forum linked to below and see if any of you fine chaps can help? Thank you!

    http://www.bluebirdproject.com/messa...3&p=2137#p2137

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    Question

    Do they have any serial/part numbers on these components?

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    There were a few numbers here and there- I'll see if I can get them for you tomorrow.

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    Okay, here are some part numbers.

    The crank on the left has 'TAM 21' in a circle with 72790/1 next to it on one side, and S/A 72791/1 on the other side.

    The end of the ball joint rod thingy has GR76947 on it.

    We're not even 100% that these are aviation, but any help whatsoever will be very much appreciated. Types of aircraft, that kind of thing. The parts date from Bluebird being new, so that's 1954/55 kind of time.

    Thanks!
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    These look like standard Bloctube parts - commonly used in aviation/marine in that era. After Harold Wilson persuaded me that there was no future in the aircraft industry with the cancellation of TSR2, I spent a few years at Vospers in Portsmouth where the high speed patrol boats and other products made extensive use of Bloctube linkages.

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    Yes, we know that they are Bloctube parts, (see the link in my post above No.131) but what we're after is possibly some actual types of aircraft etc they were used in that we may then use as an enquiry line for getting some bits and pieces.

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    Any takers?

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    A little 'bump', just in case anyone can help.

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    Okay, we now have reason to believe that Armstrong Whitworth used Bloctube controls- anyone familiar with an AW type or two from the mid fifties to suggest?

    (See posts 131 and 139 above)
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    Armstrong Whitworth Apollo (1949)
    Armstrong Whitworth Argosy (AW.650 / 660) (1959)
    Armstrong Whitworth AW.681 - proposed STOL military transport aircraft design
    Armstrong Whitworth AW.169 - proposed design for Operational Requirement F.155 high altitude supersonic interceptor
    Armstrong Whitworth AW.171 - supersonic VTOL flying wing
    Hawker Sea Hawk - produced as part of Hawker Siddeley Aircraft
    Armstrong Whitworth Meteor NF.11 - redesign of the Gloster Meteor produced as part of Hawker Siddeley Aircraft

    Good old Wiki....

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    Cheers, though I was rather hoping that someone might be able to say 'Oh yes, the AW Something-or-other used those link roads, and there's one at...'

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    Just my normal helpful self... We really must nip over to the other side of town again and see how the Bird is coming along....

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    Just read this thread

    HP Halifax, Hastings also used Bloctube controls. They are still about. I have been in contact with them sometime ago and they are still manufacturing various items such as the rods and tumblers as used in the throttle controls.

    HTH
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    Cees

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    Very interesting Cees. Do you actually recognise any of the parts I put pics of?

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    How much of the Bloctube set up have you got?

    Can it be repaired by putting most of it back in, and then reverse engineering the missing parts?

    Bruce

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    Short answer Bruce is 'yes', but we'd just like to identify where the stuff came from, lest there be some nice correct vintage original parts out there somewhere that we could obtain and use!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lancman View Post
    Very interesting Cees. Do you actually recognise any of the parts I put pics of?
    Yes, I recognize both!
    Both are still being made by Bloctube Marine IIRC.

    Cees

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    Excellent, that's something we can try and pursue then, thank you!

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    I'm a bit puzzled here Mike. In the link in your post #131 somebody says they've already been in touch with helpful chappies at Bloctube. Is it a different division or a department that was hived off some time ago?

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    We were confused too! Bloctube was sold and split many different ways, and we'd previously spoken with the wrong bit! Thanks to Cees today, we've since tried again, got the right people, and may, just may, have found an archive of parts...

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