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Post by Renegadenemo » Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:59 am

(I was wondering why that stuff was circular.)
Fair question. The specified grade of stainless (will have to check as it's not one I was familiar with) turned out to be an obscure one these days except as round bar. When we asked about a piece big enough to make the fins we were told that it didn't exist. There's nothing more infuriating than someone who ought to be able to help you giving up before you do and the phone went down politely on any number of would-be suppliers whose defeated head-shaking could be sensed down the wire.
It was a local company, Holme-Dodsworth Metals, who came up with the goods. They realised that if we could squeak the part we wanted within the diameter of a round bar we were in business so we did the numbers and they found a piece of material in their Manchester branch from which they could carve two thin slices to get our job under way. It's another expensive case of 'buy to fly' as most of what we bought will end up in the swarf bin but at least the job will be correct.
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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Tue Feb 03, 2015 5:05 pm

Truth is, there's loads of firms doing brilliant things tucked away on nondescript industrial estates the length and breadth of the land. They are there. It's just that finding them takes that extra little bit of effort.

If you want it enough, you'll find it - as you just proved, yet again.

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Post by Mike Bull » Thu Feb 05, 2015 12:41 pm

This is absolutely superb- well worth a watch of the full 43 minutes. A humorous look around BSSC with Mark Elvin, followed by a high-performance aerobatic flight with Andy Green- cracking stuff.

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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:05 pm

I'm still waiting for some yo-yo to call it a three-wheeler "because the front wheels are so close together" :roll:

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Post by Renegadenemo » Sun Feb 08, 2015 4:21 am

I once had the pleasure?? of trying all that aerobatic stuff on a corporate day with The Blades.

http://www.theblades.com/

It was physically knackering and terrifying and I've never been so disoriented in my life but those boys knew exactly what they were doing. They are all ex Reds and people who can do that stuff are a breed apart in my opinion. Can't wait to see Bloodhound in action - after Rosco has got himself a record, that is.
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Post by Pegasus » Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:42 pm

Coventry Transport Museum is undergoing changes at the moment. It's new Land Speed Record gallery was officially unveiled yesterday by Andy Green and the Bloodhound SSC showcar is on show at the moment with Thrust SSC and Thrust 2.

A few pics here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 720&type=1

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Post by malcolm uk » Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:01 am

This must be the only time a prestigious display of land speed cars has put a mock up amongst the vehicles that have achieved records.
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Post by Mike Bull » Tue Mar 03, 2015 7:56 pm

Bodywork test fitting...
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Post by Renegadenemo » Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:47 am

Wowee! That is stunning. What a piece of work.
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Post by Mike Bull » Fri Mar 06, 2015 7:34 pm

Busted! Finally, the reason for that absurdly clean workshop- they Henry as they drill!
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