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xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #105 on: Nov 10th, 2009, 4:54pm »

I also vote for the 809 squadron colours but then I am biased!
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« Reply #106 on: Nov 11th, 2009, 4:26pm »

Ok I,m sorry leave it in grey it was painted by crabfats anyway lol. I see that trembly threes at yeovilton has also been poached and painted in this colour.But it would be lovely to see the original RAF Bucc squadron remembered with a fox on the cowlings.I didn,t mean to start a war,it was after all XII,the only maritime attack squadron in the early eighties that used to remind the matelocks what they had discarded.
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xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #107 on: Nov 21st, 2009, 7:39pm »

on Nov 11th, 2009, 4:26pm, Goosey wrote:
Ok I,m sorry leave it in grey it was painted by crabfats anyway lol. I see that trembly threes at yeovilton has also been poached and painted in this colour.But it would be lovely to see the original RAF Bucc squadron remembered with a fox on the cowlings.I didn,t mean to start a war,it was after all XII,the only maritime attack squadron in the early eighties that used to remind the matelocks what they had discarded.
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Hi Goosey,

Excuse my ignorance, but what are crabfats exactly?

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« Reply #108 on: Nov 21st, 2009, 8:04pm »

on Nov 21st, 2009, 7:39pm, Plazz wrote:
Hi Goosey,

Excuse my ignorance, but what are crabfats exactly?

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A short lession in Crabfats:

Origins of 'Crab'

While some of the explanations below are derived from or purported to be the "official" version the RAF have been named "crabs" due to the fact that they have no limit to the number of sideways paces they can do as a drill movement. While army and navy have a fixed limit of sideways paces the RAF can actually march the entire width of a parade ground sideways.

Once upon a time, the RAF flew Spitfires with tail wheels near the tail and huge Merlin engines at the front. This meant that during taxiing, all they could see to the front was an enormous engine. In order to see what was in front of them, they had to look over the side and zigzag, thus they'd be moving sideways. On landing, they would sideslip to lose height.

Because of airfield security, the only time land-locked mortals got to see the RAF anywhere near close up was during landing, take-off and taxiing, when they were moving sideways. Since only crabs walk sideways, clearly the RAF was staffed by crabs.

Coupled with the fact that the Fleet Air Arm attracted all the best pilots and the Army always won inter-service regattas, a once popular forces T-shirt logo read: 'Fly Navy.Sail Army. Walk Sideways!'

Another more plausible explanation as to why the RN refer to the RAF as 'crabs' goes back to the days of rum, sodomy and the lash (about last week in fact). One of the more unsavoury aspects of the average matelot was his unfortunate habit of contracting pubic lice or "crabs" during his shore leave. The treatment for this condition was to get a chum or shipmate to apply a liberal application of a greasy blue/grey ointment (known affectionately as "crab fat") to the affected area. The proper name for the ointment was Blue Unction.
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« Reply #109 on: Nov 22nd, 2009, 07:03am »

nigel couldnt possibly the parade ground theory as we would have run and hid in the bar if somebody asked to get into no1s
horrible idea pass me a beer i feel faint thinking about it
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« Reply #110 on: Dec 4th, 2009, 9:03pm »

XX894’s wing tip lenses were already smashed when we acquired the airframe and with seemingly no hope of ever stumbling across any we have decided to try and make our own!

Firstly, neighbouring Buccaneer XW544 lent us her intakes so that moulds could be made.

544’s lenses on the left and the sole remains of 894’s on the right…
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First a releasing agent was applied to 554’s lenses…
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Next stage was to create silicone moulds…
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From which 544’s lenses were released…
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In goes the resin…
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And here are the new lenses…
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They are not perfect by any means, but they are pretty good for a first attempt! They have certainly captured all of the imperfections in 544’s flight weary lenses!!
The next stage will be to polish them up to a pristine finish and then get them fitted!
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« Reply #111 on: Dec 4th, 2009, 9:15pm »

The Pitot tube has now been painted and fitted back on the wing. Unfortunately the light failed before I took any photos but I did manage to get a couple prior to the refitting!

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The Pitot tube was tested using nitrogen prior to being fitted…
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It was also tested after refitting and we had the airspeed indicator in the cockpit reading a stead 600 knots.
The Buccaneer really is a smooth ride at low level because I didn’t notice a thing grin grin grin
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« Reply #112 on: Dec 4th, 2009, 9:16pm »

Well what can I say Francis, are there no end to your talents, I think they turned out very well. keep up the good work. Regards Paul. laugh
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« Reply #113 on: Dec 4th, 2009, 9:18pm »

Thanks Paul, I cannot take any credit for the lenses. That one is all down to Guy (894’s owner)!
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« Reply #114 on: Dec 5th, 2009, 6:22pm »

Hats off to Guy then Francis, he did a good job.But I must say that all of you are doing a great job keeping XX894 alive.
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« Reply #115 on: Dec 6th, 2009, 09:36am »

on Nov 10th, 2009, 4:54pm, EagleIan wrote:
I also vote for the 809 squadron colours but then I am biased!
wink wink Would that be All White? Two Tone? or All Blue? From an ex 809Sqdn Pinkie/Aircrewman. For me Two Tone, with Call sign 634, a bit of poetic Licence wink wink wink
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« Reply #116 on: Dec 6th, 2009, 8:04pm »

Great work folks...Wish i had seen this post earlier as i know of one perfect lens rolleyes rolleyes which copies could have been made from.

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« Reply #117 on: Dec 7th, 2009, 12:30pm »

on Dec 6th, 2009, 8:04pm, XV867 wrote:
Great work folks...Wish i had seen this post earlier as i know of one perfect lens rolleyes rolleyes which copies could have been made from.

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Hugh,

The lenses are sided so you really need a pair to make copies!

Is the one that you know of available to purchase by any chance??

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« Reply #118 on: Dec 20th, 2009, 8:13pm »

Afraid not Francis, it does not belong to me rolleyes If memory serves its a port side lens, I shall ask around the powers that be though.

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« Reply #119 on: Jan 2nd, 2010, 9:34pm »

894’s repaint is now on the back burner awaiting some warmer weather. 2 Pack paint needs 20+ degree temperatures to cure properly and the main hanger neither has the space or the temperature to accommodate this.

It’s fair to say that it was a bit cold when we started work for the first time in 2010…!

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All we accomplished before the weather turned even colder (and wetter) was to test the primary Air Speed Indicators in both front and rear cockpits and also the standby Speed Indicator. All very essential when moving at speed!

Also, the wiring has been checked through for the front and rear cockpit Height Level Limit lights. Although we don’t plan on going flying, we thought that they would make a nice feature for cockpit demonstration purposes!

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