Gaz, please stay,PLEASE< PLEASE<PLEASE....is that enough interaction for now??? Seriously if you went we would never get such a close and personel account of such an iconic aeroplane. I remember sitting inthe bar at TLS airport waiting for Dan Air to bring me back to LGW and a Guppy was doing touch and goes, every time it flew past the window you could hear a pin drop. And yes there where a lot of rather merry people in there as we had been waiting a long time!!!But the Guppy caught everybodies attention.
I'm gonna give this forum one last throw of the dice:
Ok, strap yourself in for the August update
Busy day today, got a lot done between us.
I went to the paint shop to blag a litre of white gloss, then, did a panel in the hold:
Ollie, his mate, Emma and her son, set about cleaning down the port wing:
Remember when the leading edge looked like this?:
Well, it don't any more!
Exhaust blanks went in:
some paint went on:
and a herc flew over:
Other than the cherry picker key going astray and one "Team" member clearing off before he tidied up, leaving me to do it, it was a good day!
Got a lot done, without actually doing anything, if that makes sense!
Wrestled the main battery from its compartment in the cockpit and got it on charge ready for Saturday. If we do well on Saturday we'll be getting the battery refurbed. The plates are quite corroded and it's not holding much of a charge these days.
Had a meeting with the owner, started to make some arrangements for getting the aircraft moved so it's ALL over concrete. He's also signed off on us getting the cherry picker PROPERLY fixed. There's only so many times we can patch it up. If all this comes off we should be able to fix the rudder before it falls off!
Picked up some paint and stashed it in the Guppy
Somebody, nobody seems to know who, put the cherry picker keys in our crew hut. Whoever it was, thanks for putting them back.
Likewise, the puffer box for the nitrogen (CWJ equipment) has been damaged by misuse so I helped Gregg with the repairs.
Like I said, busy without touching the aircraft!
Very rainy today so did a panel in the hold:
After and before
Other than that, I've done some shopping with our takings from Saturday (see the facebook page for a review of the Asda day) restocked us with roller sleeves, white paint, masking tape and such like. Also had some fluorescent orange paint mixed up, so, we can roller the prop tips. Hopefully it'll last a bit longer than the spray paint, having to re-do it every 3 months or so!
So, I stashed all that and locked it away, dodged the rain and drank coffee!
Good day all round
Mostly preening now, ready for the open day. I tried our new orange paint on a prop tip, It's certainly bright enough, if not day-glow. If the rain hadn't kicked in, I'd have got a few done
Boy, did it rain!
Also, went over to the paint shop to get some more "Brunty" orange mixed up. That's what we use on the orange band of the main livery. We should have enough of each colour now
Once the rain stopped:
I put the new plates on the van. We thoroughly expect these to be vandalised in some way, seeing that somebody peeled the 9 from XX900 off of our vinyl on the back window. Don't know why anybody would want to do that, but, hey-ho, there's some strange people around
Onwards towards a busy weekend!
Well, yesterday's open day was a TOTAL success! I spent nearly all day with the Guppy and answered a ton of questions, it really is the most enjoyable part of the job! Emma and Neil and, my brother, Adam, also spent, pretty much, the entire day with me (We were THAT busy, couldn't get away!) Oli did a good stretch with us too, he's been doing some research, spouting facts that even I didn't know!
Neil did the best shift out of all of us though, he manned the door, did traffic control on the ladder, took the only photos we got and found the time to paint a couple of panels in the hold. Well Done, Mate!!
We did better than expected, donations wise, the expense for shipping the new tyres from NASA should be just about covered now. Just waiting for the nod from the powers that be, at NASA, then 6 new (to us) main gear tyres will be on the way!
Most of the aircraft behaved. A hydraulic problem on "our" Buccaneer prevented her from running and another bucc bust a tyre late in the day, everything else ran without hiccup.
We now enter the long slog until the next open day, some big changes SHOULD have occurred by then!
Good day today, got Emma to take her brave pills and sent her out on the lift to paint the orange bit above the port wing.
Good job done, I reckon!
Also, I did a prop tip with our, newly mixed, paint. It's not dayglow, but....
I think it's bright enough
Weather was a bit of a hindrance today, so, did a couple of panels in the back. We're very nearly finished the lower half of those fibreglass panels now, have to get a stepladder up there soon and start the top half. That shouldn't take too long, no fiddly bits to mask, should be able to blitz it pretty quickly. Have to find a different bad weather job soon. Perhaps make a start on the cockpit
I was ill last week, so, didn't go to the airfield. It's been eventful in the meantime!!!
I had an email, last week, from a lady at Freemantle Media. They are making a film for the Discovery Channel and want to feature the Guppy in a "World's Weirdest" series they are making. I can't tell you how excited we are about this!!
Today's weather forecast wasn't great so I did a panel in the hold. It's a job that's becoming a bit tedious (and it must be for you, dear viewer) but, it does need to be done and, at least, I've got past all of the fiddly masking now, it should be a much quicker process from now on
Interesting sort of month, September. Mostly mundane stuff but, that news from Freemantle and ALSO the news that some of the Toulouse lot are coming for a visit in November, really stirred us up a bit!!
It should have been a straight forward day, but, somebody decided to put water in one of the tug's fuel tank! I gave them a bit of a hand and let them use my tools, but, alas, the guppy beckoned!
Yet another panel in the hold is now whiter than white.
Did a little bit of cleaning then filmed a small video to send to the discovery channel people.
Got back to the CWJ pan just in time to squirt easy start into the, now water free, tug. Funny thing is, it runs sweeter now than it has in ages!!
Didn't touch the aircraft today. I spent a fairly long time organising my tools. We actually have access to a secure unit now, so, my tools were moved from my ingenious hiding place on the airfield (Can't believe nobody ever found them!!) and put in the unit, then reorganised.
I did start prepping for the night time do in a couple of weeks. Identified a few bulbs that need replacing and did some prep on the pan.
Hoping to start the cherry picker repair soon. Just need a word with the landlord on where we can do it.
Hopefully something more interesting to report next week
Bit of a result today. Gregg, Ollie and myself managed to, finally, remove part of the towing collar from the nose leg. This has been stuck for quite some time but with WD-40, a sledge hammer, a copper punch and Ollie losing the use of his right hand (There goes the poor lamb's sex life!) the severely greasy arm was free:
Difficult to see because we'd bagged it before it went in my car, but, that's supposed to be white! It's now sitting in a bath of diesel, where it will remain for a few days, then I'll get scrubbing. At least all of that manky grease should have protected the aluminium underneath.
It might seem small, but, this was a big step in the right direction!
I was away with the family last week, but, that greasy old NLG part did well for the soak in diesel. Just need to clean out the fiddly bits with toothbrush, sand the flaky paint off, prime it, paint it and varnish it. Nice little indoor project now it's turning a bit winter at Bruntingthorpe.
The weather was lousy today, so, spent the afternoon pointing at bits of a 50 tonne jack that Ollie was stripping down to be shot blasted. It's fun to tell him where he's going wrong
We've also done a bit of planning re. the nose leg. We passed a few ideas around and, I think, the beginnings of a plan started to emerge. It'll be a herculean task though!