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by mtskull
Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:48 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Dead Metal
Replies: 136
Views: 56930

Re: Dead Metal

Preservation can mean many things but sometimes it just means saving something for later. So just when is this 'later' that things are 'saved' for, then..? :? I feel as though I'm playing Devil's advocate, but here goes: Who can say when that "later" is? Maybe when (to paraphrase Bill's words from ...
by mtskull
Tue Mar 23, 2010 1:25 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Dead Metal
Replies: 136
Views: 56930

Re: Dead Metal

Most people knew at the time and everybody knows now that the museological community got it wrong about Bluebird. However, just as they were wrong in applying mainstream museological thinking to Bluebird, might it not follow that it is equally wrong to assume that what is appropriate to Bluebird app...
by mtskull
Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:29 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Dead Metal
Replies: 136
Views: 56930

Re: Dead Metal

Nor do I buy the idea that putting Mallard back into steam would be difficult or expensive. How many skilled and experienced steam enthusiasts must there be out there who would mortgage their soul to the devil for a chance to work on that machine? Wear and tear - what a load of rubbish. Whether she...
by mtskull
Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Dead Metal
Replies: 136
Views: 56930

Re: Dead Metal

betcha no more than 50% of the "original" Mallard is there anyway Possibly considerably less than 50%! -I have just read a letter in Railway Magazine, in which a former BR apprentice states that he witnessed an A4 being cut up at Doncaster Works in the 1960's. On asking, he was told in some secrecy...
by mtskull
Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:12 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: 'End Of Project...'
Replies: 120
Views: 29470

Re: 'End Of Project...'

I immediately thought "Stirling" because the type is effectively extinct other than that the RAF museum have substantial remains of an example which, to quote Bill, has been "properly crashed". Bill's sighting is intriguing. Groups of enthusiasts building replica WW2 bombers don't usually hide their...
by mtskull
Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:19 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Dead Metal
Replies: 136
Views: 56930

Re: Dead Metal

betcha no more than 50% of the "original" Mallard is there anyway-throught her life don't they think that parts were replaced on a regular basis? I am sure there is a great deal of truth in that. Components were regularly swapped between locomotives during major overhauls; parts such as boilers, pi...
by mtskull
Fri Mar 19, 2010 9:41 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: 'End Of Project...'
Replies: 120
Views: 29470

Re: 'End Of Project...'

We've been invited to rebuild a crashed aircraft. It's the last surviving example of its type but it's properly crashed and in the hands of a very prestigious museum who were wondering what to do with it until they got a look at our conserveering. Would that be something that could be cryptically d...
by mtskull
Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:25 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Quicksilver
Replies: 792
Views: 259081

Re: Quicksilver

On a more general note, as a means of solving the problem of pitch stability on a craft of similar layout to K7, how does this sound: -Arrange the engine thrust line to be as neutral as possible, so as not to induce undesirable pitch changes when throttling up or throttling back. -Design the front s...
by mtskull
Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:29 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Across The Lake
Replies: 186
Views: 81313

Re: Across The Lake

It has been previously posted on this thread that the ATL replica BB was not full size. I'm not convinced, for the following reasons: According to the article by Alain DeCadanet, it was full size (and big enough to house a full size Orpheus replica, at any rate). Also, I have just been comparing som...
by mtskull
Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:30 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: What would Donald have made of the project?
Replies: 8
Views: 4219

Re: What would Donald have made of the project?

I'm sure that if Donald Campbell were alive today, then he would be fully supportive of the project to restore K7 to running order. Mind you, instead of discussing whether to restore or conserve his old systems, he'd probably chuck the lot in the bin and get on with the necessary upgrades to claim h...