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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Tue Mar 17, 2015 11:48 am

Too true about the English Wheel, Bill - there's something magical about it in use that no textbook could ever properly explain.

I can't pass up on the chance to mention Brian Ball - sadly no longer with us, who has been mentioned on this forum before - who had that instinctive talent that only comes with time and experience, and he was a true master (but never boasted). After he retired from the aircraft industry, Brian still ensured he had a wheel at home, kept in his large garage/basement, and he never lost the knack.

For the record, aside of course from Thrust 2, the projects he worked his English Wheel magic upon included the BAC-111 and the TSR2. The distinctive domed "pod" where the tailplane meets the tailfin on the lovely VC10 is just one example of Brian's work.

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Post by Renegadenemo » Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:07 pm

I was introduced to Brian by Ken back in the day. The idea being that Brian would make our panels while Ken got on with evolving what needed to be evolved with his frame. We tried very hard to get as many of the old team involved while they were still able and implored the Hapless Lottery Failure to speed things along for this very reason but I may as well have asked the dog to sort it.
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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:18 pm

Very sad about the time lost. You can never get it back. I know all about that feeling. It can be written down to experience. That's all you can do.

Brian would have loved to have worked on K7 with you. He was just dotty about speed records. He'd talk endlessly, and was even more excited about present and future projects than he was about the ones he'd worked on in the past. A lot of oldies only want to talk about the past. Brian wasn't one of them.

And helping you in Geordie-land, it wouldn't have been a problem being away from home - Brian lived near Poole - as he did this in the latter part of his life when he went off to California for extended periods to help Craig Breedlove with his car when Breedlove was preparing to go up against ThrustSSC. He was just so chuffed to be working in that speed-record environment again.

What a shame he has gone.

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Post by Mike Bull » Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:17 pm

Cracking on- engine in for a trail fit...
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Post by Mike Bull » Sat Apr 04, 2015 7:42 am

More on the tail fin build-


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Post by Mike Bull » Thu May 07, 2015 10:26 am

Nice little video from BSSC-


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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Thu May 07, 2015 11:28 am

A clever way of showing the build advancing. I've not seen that method of depiction employed anywhere before - tracking along the electrical lines, fluid pipes and rows of rivets in rapid succession, almost as one continuous progression.

Refreshing!

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Post by Renegadenemo » Fri May 08, 2015 12:09 am

Amazing work... and how bright and shiny-new are their skin pins!
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