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What have forum members been up to?

Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:42 pm
by lsrdatabase
Hi All,

My wife and I were at the Southampton H.o.A. What a fine museum it is, for anyone looking for aircraft which had a connection with the Bluebird K7.

In this quite small building, they have shoe-horned so many aircraft that you would't believe. They include a 'Sea Vixon', a 'Sunderland Flying Boat', a 'Folland Gnat', a 'Supermarine S.6', a 'Saunders-Roe SR. A1 'Squirt' Flying Boat, and many more.

If you would like to see some pics, I've posted 35 photos on my forum at: http://www.rainbowcoloured.co.uk

Redards to all, Fred



'I'm just the pest, that won't go away'.

Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:51 pm
by f1steveuk
I have to agree with Fred 100%. The SR/a1 is THE very aircraft Donlad's Beryl came out of, and the sister engine was also on display there. I was very lucky last time I went (to photograph the S6). I had quite a few pictures of the S6 and S6b with me, that the museum hadn't got, so I let them have my "doubles" and was rewarded by joining the staff for tea, in the Ansett Airlines Sunderland, sitting in the original wicker passenger seats! Very much worth a visit.

Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:56 pm
by Mike Bull
I remember going there many many moons ago, but purely from the aircraft point of view- I had no idea about them (or anyone!) having the source aircraft for the Beryl, or indeed of anything Campbell related. (I wasn't even really in aircraft mode at the time, as I was there doing Titanic-related things) But I do recall it being a nice collection, yeah.

Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:21 am
by rob565uk
Over the weekend, I overhauled the engine lubrication system on my 1946 Norton 16H:
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She is no record breaker, having a 500cc sidevalve engine developing 12 HP and is flat out at 70 mph! But she is full of character and absolutely reliable. I only do about about 500 miles per year on this bike though - I have a Moto-Guzzi SPIII for clocking up serious miles.

The Norton's engine has a dry-sump system with gear type oil pump and the pump needed an overhaul to improve flow. I also replaced all the rubber oil piping between the oil tank and engine. The lubrication system now seems 100% again and I am beginning to think the bike will outlive me!

Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:12 am
by Mike Bull
Hey Robert, did you know that someone's nicked two of the wheels off your car there? :o :lol:

Nice machine! ;)

T'was a usual Saturday for me- rummaging about with The Dashing Mr Campbell's Phantasmagorical Speed Machine! I'm currently engaged in and around the cockpit, which is rapidly growing (and thus, shrinking!) by the session.

Could do with a day out at somewhere like Fred's museum there though- last trip I had like that was a visit to the RAF Museum at Hendon last December. I've been to Hendon countless times, and for all the place's many faults- old facilities, excruciatingly poor lighting in some areas, low staff levels etc- it's still a brilliant collection of aircraft, including my very favourite- Lancaster R5868. 'Sugar' is the oldest surviving Lancaster, and the second highest scoring of them all, with a (slightly disputed) 137 operations tally. I've been lucky enough to have had a rummage about inside 'Sugar' on a few occasions, starting with the day I turned 17! Here she is last December-
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Her nose art includes a quote from Herman Goering- 'No enemy plane will fly over the Reich territory'. With wisdom like that, he should have been an advisor to the HLF! :lol:

Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Posted: Tue May 11, 2010 4:33 pm
by Graham Milne
Well folks, to carry on from this thread, I can tell you that I have just returned from a great long weekend in Coniston.

That's been my 3rd trip to Coniston, and it certainly won't be my last. Went out in a motorboat down the lake, passed the original speed recording markers left from many years ago, and that brought a lump to my throat. I'd previously been out in an organised tour down the lake and the Donald showed us where roughly Bluebird went down, so that was also a bit surreal.

Bluebird Cafe, or should that be Bluebird Portacabin (I assume they're still repairing the original cafe flood damage?) is still showing some lovely artwork of Bluebird and DC.

That bad-tempered swan is still kicking around, can't feed the ducks without the big rascal sticking his beak in, ha ha.

Spotted 'Predator' on her trailer in the boat-park, Bill she needs a wash my man!

I was woken early on Saturday morning by the sound of over 100 Mk1 and Mk2 Ford RS Escorts roaring through the village in convoy, it turns out there was a ford RS rally round the lakes. It took a good hour for all the cars to pass through. I went in to the Newsagent for a paper and the old lady behind the counter was commenting to someone that there seemed to be an awful lot of 'misfiring' cars going through the village! Ha ha, I had to laugh.

End result? A great weekend, but I'm home wondering where all my hard-earned pennies have gone. It seems I went slightly overboard on the Bluebird Bitter sold in the Black Bull, and I wasn't a stranger to the Yewdale across the road either. Oh well....

Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Posted: Tue May 11, 2010 4:46 pm
by Mike Bull
Graham Milne wrote:That bad-tempered swan is still kicking around, can't feed the ducks without the big rascal sticking his beak in, ha ha.
That's easily solved- next time, simply take a big Geordie with you who will thump the swan as and when required!
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:D

Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Posted: Tue May 11, 2010 6:57 pm
by Renegadenemo
Spotted 'Predator' on her trailer in the boat-park, Bill she needs a wash my man!
She's awaiting the attention of the engine guys to give her a good service then we may go and take a peek for Donald's instrument panel.

Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Posted: Tue May 11, 2010 7:32 pm
by f1steveuk
And nose badge............... ;)

Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Posted: Tue May 11, 2010 7:35 pm
by Renegadenemo
And nose badge...............
Yes, definitely. It would be great to get that back.