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by Stuart Baker
Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:56 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 491815

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

They're all way beyond their use by date now but I wonder if a case could be made to get a few more hours out of an airframe based on a thorough visit with modern NDT techniques. Modern NDT will find all sorts of exciting things - albeit you may have to periodically access some places that really w...
by Stuart Baker
Tue Dec 27, 2011 12:21 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 491815

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

Big problem with the Victor is the Conway engines because R-R just isn't able to support them, which is a shame. ...they do for the higher thrust version on the VC10... The real issue will be airframe fatigue life. Anything is technically possible if you really really wanted to spend huge sums of m...
by Stuart Baker
Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:55 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Technical Talk
Replies: 911
Views: 405146

Re: Technical Talk

Renegadenemo wrote:We'll tell you better when the engine is run up.

...and, er, when will that be then??? ;)
by Stuart Baker
Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:48 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Pic of the Day
Replies: 2374
Views: 990136

Re: Pic of the Day

Every chance indeed- I mean, who would have the heart to strip off or even just touch up THOSE flags anyway? The present aim is to keep them and as much of the tail's original blue as possible. I'm surprised you were even asked the question Mike. My assumption was that you would treat the paint in ...
by Stuart Baker
Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:53 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: "The Heart Of The Gnat"
Replies: 67
Views: 53635

Re: "The Heart Of The Gnat"

The RAF trainer orange as used in that scheme was a problem as it faded very quickly in use, and they actually introduced a stick-on plastic film version for some aircraft, but that was very expensive and fiddly so the whole fluorescent orange thing was eventually dropped. These days, the Hawks whi...
by Stuart Baker
Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:41 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Ken & Lew Norris, recognition at Last!
Replies: 9
Views: 8277

Re: Ken & Lew Norris, recognition at Last!

One day left to download this from iplayer - follow the link in the post on page 1 of this thread.

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by Stuart Baker
Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:52 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: What have forum members been up to?
Replies: 1026
Views: 438147

Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Renegadenemo wrote: at a bash at Buckingham Palace
Bet you didnt get Karaoke, Curry and Crackling like you did in Brum...
by Stuart Baker
Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:27 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: "The Heart Of The Gnat"
Replies: 67
Views: 53635

Re: "The Heart Of The Gnat"

But do we know which of those engines the fuel system first came off of..? I'd have thought the gnat would have its fuel system on it and the spare engine would be just a core. Any other assumption has to have the gnat delivered with important parts missing that were somehow left on a scrap engine....
by Stuart Baker
Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:58 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Pic of the Day
Replies: 2374
Views: 990136

Re: Pic of the Day

So far as I'm aware no overhaul facility exists for the old Orph' except possibly for one or two places that do sub-contract work on industrial gas turbines. I think the Indian Air Force still has a few Kiran MkII's flying which are Orphues powered although they are in the process of retiring them....
by Stuart Baker
Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:54 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Pic of the Day
Replies: 2374
Views: 990136

Re: Pic of the Day

Beat you to it on that idea Stuart, though unfortunately our advert for 'A Pound A Go On Barry's Knob' didn't get the kind of replies we were hoping for! :lol: Ah - playground smut. I should have predicted that. Now if you put it alongside the original fuel metering valve from the fuel control unit...