Dominic Owen wrote:I must say, I'm thoroughly enjoying the latest run of pics
I guess now as we move on there will be more and more shots like these, that the more general public will enjoy- that is, big recognisable chunks of Bluebird coming together as we rebuild her from the huge kit of parts that the team have spent so long repairing.
While everyone else has been busy crowded in and around the back end on the rivets, I've been wearing a rut in the concrete in front of the air intakes for weeks, gradually piecing them back together with Bill. There's so much going on here- original structure, extra parts added in '66 after the failure, and our own mods to further increase the strength- that it's become one heck of an assembly job. The famous 'thickened lips' stretched even Bill's hammer skills to the absolute max before they came back to the right shape AND fit!
Even the blanks for the throats have presented challenges- not least because the originals noticeably didn't fit the boat properly once the lips were thickened in '66, whereas we wanted a properly functioning pair that will keep the crap out when the boat is on the road/sat in the museum. So with those not being an actual part of the boat herself, I was free to use a little artistic licence to make something that will look right enough, but actually do the job correctly.
With the tail cover very well advanced, the engine cover now being built up and the intakes lump not far away, there's suddenly going to be a LOT of Bluebird to see!
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