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« Reply #15 on: Jul 15th, 2007, 8:29pm »

Nigel,

It was good to meet you and Stuart as well. Being up in the Radio Bay brought back some memories.

Stuarts photos are up on website, mine will be up during the week - trying to sort out after 'tribe' leaving but Kieran did enjoy himself though cheesy sitting in the cockpit

http://www.buccsociety.com/xx889/xx889_updates/update%20list/xx889_070715_update.htm

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« Reply #16 on: Jul 27th, 2007, 5:51pm »

A quick heads up, we will be in attendance on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August to undertake some important work on 889 and the Hunter nose section, if you fancy popping down and meeting up with some of the team, then please either email at buccsociety@buccsociety.com or ring me direct on either 01635-31541 or 07919-262854 after 7pm.

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« Reply #17 on: Aug 5th, 2007, 08:31am »

Good progress was made yesterday, with myself, Stuart, Keith, Dan Knight & Dave Moore in attedance, the work load broke down like thus:

Keith & Dan - Service weapons loading unit, service both 10ton jacks, remove panels, retaining nuts and bolts from port flap in readiness for removal.

Dave Moore - Loom identification in port wheel bay and removal of loom retaining clamps.

Stuart - Clean and polished canopy and blast screen, in fact, once Stu had finished, I had never seen a blast screen looking so clean. Removal of masking tape from starboard nose area.

Me - Re-attached starboard flap actuator, repainted and fitted starboard D panel, reconnected all hydraulic pipes in the airbrake area, cleaned and lubed tailplane pivot bearings, removed tailplane loom for remanufacture.

Lastly, even though the starboard centre engine access door is damaged, we managed to put it back on, this leaves just the tailplane to put back on, this should have been done yesterday, but the telehandler never showed up, so that scuppered that job for now.

I will post up some picture in the next couple of days.

Cheers for now.
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« Reply #18 on: Aug 5th, 2007, 9:18pm »

Images, these were taken today, enjoy.

My vantage point from the top of the fin:
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A general view:
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« Reply #19 on: Aug 10th, 2007, 9:31pm »

A small but merry band of BBS Volunteers will be in attendance on Sunday to strip down a spare main wheel and ready some of the components for fitment to the aircraft.

I will be posting up some images of the strip down for the main website in due course.
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« Reply #20 on: Aug 13th, 2007, 10:25pm »

Well, the wheel proved problematical and unwilling to relinquish its much needed bearings without a flight, as we were pushed for time, we decided to work on other areas instead.

We eased Dan Knight into some corrosion jobs, readying him for some larger tasks in the near future.

Keith started to repair the nose cone and ready it for the primer, he also test fitted the port and starboard wing fold locks.

Whilst Dan and Keith set about their tasks, I fitted up the port and starboard aileron cable tensioners, then cleaned and greased all access panels forwards of the bomb bay.

Just the one pic for now, the rest will go up on the main website:

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« Reply #21 on: Aug 27th, 2007, 7:42pm »

Well a quick update.

Yesterday (26th August), myself, Stuart and Dan gave 889 a bit more TLC.

Removal of Starboard spine panels to service and seal the fuel tank caps (see photo).

Finished repair of nose cone.

Dan continued with the access panel lubrication, this is certainly paying dividends.

A general tidy up of the pan in readiness for next Sunday when we aim to fit the tail and service the starboard main wheel unit.

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« Reply #22 on: Aug 30th, 2007, 7:55pm »

Plans for this weekends work are going nicely, with all necessary equipment in place and the team consisting of: Myself, Keith, Dan, Chris, Dave M, Paul, Anthony & Dave W, primed and ready to go, we just hope that the weather & the aircraft, play ball!!!!!

Expect some images by Sunday evening.
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« Reply #23 on: Sep 10th, 2007, 8:30pm »

This weekend proved very, very busy, not only were we heavily committed to the Kemble Open Day, but we had to get 889 sorted out and fast, so that she join the line on Sunday morning.

We started work on replacing the u/s main wheel outer cone bearing at around 16:30, finishing the task at 18:30, this was due to a couple of factors, 1) the starboard jack seal burst and made jacking the aircraft much slower, 2) We forgot about prepping the new bearings, so this task had to be done straight away.

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We then set about getting the tailplane mounted, but with only just over an hour of light left, many doubted that we could achieve it, but we did, abeit without mounting the front and rear bullets.

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« Reply #24 on: Sep 22nd, 2007, 11:12am »

Just on the engine door catches, as i've found out they are exactly the same as harrier gr7 main engine door catches as i compares them to the 3 jets at brunty and they're a match, if your still stuck i can try and send you some on the sly

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« Reply #25 on: Sep 23rd, 2007, 08:45am »

on Sep 22nd, 2007, 11:12am, matt wrote:
Just on the engine door catches, as i've found out they are exactly the same as harrier gr7 main engine door catches as i compares them to the 3 jets at brunty and they're a match, if your still stuck i can try and send you some on the sly

Matt (Restoring Vixen XJ494 at brunty and occasionally guy hulmes bucc)



Sounds like a plan Matt, send me a pm
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« Reply #26 on: Sep 23rd, 2007, 08:56am »

Sometimes you need to carry out tasks that do not include working on the aircraft. Yesterday was one of those days for Myself, Keith, Dan and new member, Anthony Lee.

Our first task was to sort out our newly acquired Caravan, this included, recovering it, sorting out both flat tyres, cleaning it (inside and out), then positioning it on the pan.

Just after changing the wheels
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For the next task, we took advantage of the aircraft not being on the pan and have given it a good clean, which included edging, weeding and sweeping down.

Fit for 889 to return.
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« Reply #27 on: Sep 29th, 2007, 5:30pm »

A team of 4 (now 6) confirmed volunteers will be in attendance tomorrow (30/09) to undertake another Outer cone bearing change on 889 before towing her back to her pan, hopefully by tomorrow evening.

If all goes well with the bearing change, we then aim to make a start on painting the caravan, this is going to be painted into a camoflague scheme, complete with stencils, roundels and warning signs, its a project that most of the team are looking forwards to completing quickly.
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« Reply #28 on: Sep 30th, 2007, 8:53pm »

Well, 889 is now safely back on the pan after a marathon bearing change that took over 4 hours to complete due to yet another jack failure.

The team, which consisted of Myself, Keith, Dan, Chris, Paul and Stuart, were bittery disappointed that the task took so long and wasted a good part of the day, still we just had enough time to apply the first grey coat to the Crew Caravan.

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« Reply #29 on: Oct 1st, 2007, 7:36pm »

Nigel,

It looks like its getting a bit cosy over there at Kemble grin.
Credit where credit is due, thatís a nice little set-up the team are putting together. I really must come and meet up with you all again soon!

Francis
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