Adam (My Brother, he helps me out on the open days when I'm too busy to do anything else) did the reverse side of a few prop tips (Something I've been meaning to do for ages!)
You can, just about, see him there!
I did my "Actual" job and curated the aircraft. I spoke to several interesting people, a couple of potential volunteers and even a musician who was interested in using the guppy for a video shoot!!
We took enough money on the door to, finally, pay off the guys who did our radome as well as restock our paint, masking tape, roller sleeves, degreaser, sandpaper, dust masks etc...
We had a discussion and agreed that the underside of the aircraft cannot be left for much longer, so, we have bought a compressor and will start sanding the corrosion back to "Good" metal. Another group on site has said they'd let us have some acid etching stuff, then, we'll paint EVERYTHING BELOW the cheat line in the same grey that we've used on the nacelles. It'll look quite different, but, the preservation of the airframe is paramount!
Nice to have met you on Sunday Gaz, and also to have had a good look around the inside of the Guppy. I'm in awe of what you and the rest of the team have achieved so far and wish you all good luck with the challenges ahead.
A load of sand has been returned (correctly) to the aircraft to provide balance, also, got the cherry picker back, it's not running at the moment, but, I've been assured that the pump has been fixed. Got a new basket for it too. Good day, all in all!
Frustrating few days. The weather's taken a turn for the worse, which has hampered progress on the paintwork. We've had ANOTHER go at getting the cargo door closed, but, it's still out of alignment, think we might need a big ladder to check where the alignment pins are fouling.
The cherry picker is being a complete nightmare. It works for a few hours, then it dies again. Got a mechanic working on it now though, I think it's annoying him as much as anyone else.
On the plus side, Neil did get some work done in the hold....
It's looking good in there now, if the light was better I'd get a shot of the whole thing, maybe next time we light her up. We've got two aggregate bags of sand in there now, which are essential, but, make it look untidy. Might see if we can box them in.
Mostly cherry picker stuff today. The "new" basket is on:
It is slightly different than the original one, so, had to be modified. Ash (Another new guy) has done a good job on her though!
The business end had some attention too:
Got her running again though. All credit to Ash and thanks the Brendan (Cold war jets) for his input and his Land Rover for the jump start.
Fuel tank has been drained to remove sediment, nice clean diesel gone in. The fuel filter was primed and fuel bled all the way through the engine. Think we're looking at a battery/alternator problem. All good fun though!
Neil did a bit more paint in the hold. He's doing a great job in there!
For the first time in a while I was, pretty much, alone (Emma was there for a little bit). Went and fetched 40L of hydraulic oil for the cherry picker (Yes it was THAT empty) and put half of it in. I reckon it will take the other 20 too.
Did the back of another prop tip and I actually got back to doing some colour on the aircraft:
I could have done more, but, most of the masking tape is in my garage and I forgot it. I didn't have much at the airfield.
Also, ANOTHER new team member:
It WAS a non runner that had been dumped on the far side of the airfield. Ash, with help, gpt it running. It's to be made in to a mobile workshop.
I think that's about it for me. We have our own forum at www.superguppy.co.uk where I post regular updates. I also do a monthly update on Iconic Aircraft as well as running a facebook page for our project.
If anyone asks a question I'll answer it, but, for now, Goodbye.
Post by Chris Trott on Jun 19, 2012 17:26:48 GMT -5
Sorry to see you stop updates here Gaz, I really like watching your updates. I don't always post about them, but I definitely read them and I think the number of views should be proof that I'm not the only one.