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by quicksilver-wsr
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Donald Campbell's restored Bluebird in museum home row
Replies: 18
Views: 463

Re: Donald Campbell's restored Bluebird in museum home row

I agree with Mike on this one. It's the common-sense thing to do. The BBP has been doing a brilliant job on Bute and it's very unreasonable of anyone to expect them to field the questions being put on here and in parts of the media at this time. Getting the boat safety back to base has surely got to...
by quicksilver-wsr
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: John Cobb- Crusader/Railton Special
Replies: 104
Views: 34399

Re: John Cobb- Crusader/Railton Special

As I mentioned the last time this subject came up, a few years ago, a heavily-armed the TSR2 could carry up to 1,000 gallons of fuel externally , too. Although the tank, or tanks, were jettisonable, the carriage of additional fuel externally inevitably brought certain operational constraints - but t...
by quicksilver-wsr
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: John Cobb- Crusader/Railton Special
Replies: 104
Views: 34399

Re: John Cobb- Crusader/Railton Special

There was also some curious and (I thought) rather heavy design of the outer skins with inner skins attached that were designed to fit snugly into the gaps in the frame. PDS had a selection of these prototype panels and, whereas the frame was made with great accuracy, the fabricated skin panels wer...
by quicksilver-wsr
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: John Cobb- Crusader/Railton Special
Replies: 104
Views: 34399

Re: John Cobb- Crusader/Railton Special

If you look at K7 it's no more than brute force and ignorance made to float then bullied into working. I have no doubt that the brute force and ignorance four pointer would have got the job done. There's got to be something about the hull(s) that make it want to go up instead of down when power is ...
by quicksilver-wsr
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: John Cobb- Crusader/Railton Special
Replies: 104
Views: 34399

Re: John Cobb- Crusader/Railton Special

Perhaps I didn't put my point too well, either - so let me put it another way ... As far as K7 goes, yes, the sponsons weren't ever modified - except made deeper, when the front sponson-arm was lifted. My opening point was that, as far as Quicksilver went, the K7-pattern sponsons were only ever a st...
by quicksilver-wsr
Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: John Cobb- Crusader/Railton Special
Replies: 104
Views: 34399

Re: John Cobb- Crusader/Railton Special

Ken wanted to call our boat Bluebird and insisted that it was his right, granted in Donald's will, to restore that name where he saw fit. This was something he wouldn't let go and it was one of many frustrating 'battles' I had to wage with him - employing my best diplomacy skills, so as not to upset...
by quicksilver-wsr
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: John Cobb- Crusader/Railton Special
Replies: 104
Views: 34399

Re: John Cobb- Crusader/Railton Special

Be my guest, but don't call it Quicksilver . And any drawings you have will be my property, as Ken didn't do any drawings at all. Not one. That was the whole problem. There were calcs aplenty from Ken, and a fair few sketches along the way - plus endless meetings: well over 150 meetings, in fact, wi...
by quicksilver-wsr
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Pic of the Day
Replies: 2909
Views: 466632

Re: Pic of the Day

Terrific POTD today!

Somehow looks twice as good in the sunshine. The best shot yet.

Every good fortune with the Bute exercise.

Nigel
by quicksilver-wsr
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 1322
Views: 239508

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

One fatality, sadly, according to the information I have.

N.
by quicksilver-wsr
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 1322
Views: 239508

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

A significant incident involving the Red Arrows, unfortunately ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-nort ... s-43476222

Nigel