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by mtskull
Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:29 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Dead Metal
Replies: 109
Views: 90909

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: 109
Views: 90909

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: 96
Views: 56212

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: 109
Views: 90909

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: 96
Views: 56212

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: 688
Views: 443248

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: 146
Views: 134458

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: 6
Views: 7086

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...
by mtskull
Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:49 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Dead Metal
Replies: 109
Views: 90909

Re: Dead Metal

Talking of dead metal (and apologies if this is off-topic), I recall that a couple of years back, Holker Hall motor museum had a very mangled piece of K7 on display; I presume recovered in 1967. Might it be worth asking if they would swap it for a bit of LOOF, and incorporate a bit more original tin...
by mtskull
Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:11 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Opinion Poll- Rebuild or Conserve?
Replies: 64
Views: 49466

Re: Opinion Poll- Rebuild or Conserve?

Now we're getting dangerously close to sharing the viewpoint of the HLF......[/quote] Whoops! -maybe should have inserted a smiley there, just to make sure that last comment wasn't taken TOO seriously ;) Taking a step back from the rebuild/conserve argument, isn't it bloody fantastic that matters ha...