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xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #165 on: Apr 25th, 2010, 9:05pm »

thanks for the update Francis, looking good grin. regards Paul.
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« Reply #166 on: Apr 27th, 2010, 8:46pm »

After several misshapen pieces of aluminium were discarded we finally managed to make suitable replacement panels for the tanks…

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All very taxing as the panels are a double compound curve and they required a fair amount of measuring and head scratching to get them somewhere near right!
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« Reply #167 on: May 2nd, 2010, 6:06pm »

894 had her first high speed run of 2010 yesterday which was also her first run with the slipper tanks fitted!

After progressive braking trials were completed the brakes were tested in anger for the first time at speed. After decelerating from a speed of approximately 80 knots the brakes were applied the aircraft pulled up quickly and squarely. On the return run however the port brake while still effective went slight spongy. On shut down the port wheel brake pack was found to be contaminated. A leaking piston is the most likely cause so the wheel will have to come off and the brake pack removed for inspection.

The clouds precluded any decent photos but here’s a few from the day anyway:

The nose wheel tire was looking somewhat threadbare so a complete new wheel an tire was fitted prior to the runs…
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Out on the runway. Wings down, tanks still in need of some paint…
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I was hoping for some video of the fast runs but the film below was not taken by me and I’m grateful for this short clip at least:

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX894%20Videos/?action=view¤t=BrakeTesting.flv

Also during the exercise the starboard HP RPM gauge packed up as did the fuel pounds remaining counter. Just when you think that your getting on top of it all.....
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« Reply #168 on: May 3rd, 2010, 3:03pm »

Great video and boy is she ever looking fantastic now! Hopefully some video of a fast run can be taken for those who live to damn far away to be there in person!! smiley
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« Reply #169 on: May 3rd, 2010, 11:13pm »

Good job on those tank panels Francis..keep up the good work.

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« Reply #170 on: May 16th, 2010, 8:58pm »

Our fears regarding the contaminated brake pack were indeed down to leaking pistons. Not one, but two in fact!

Off comes the wheel…
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Brake pack removed…
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Followed by the brake disks…
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Finally revealing the pistons…
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One off the offending leaky piston seals…
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The seals were replaced and the wheel re-assembled. A further problem was found when bleeding the brakes and this was traced to a sticking transfer valve. XW544 yielded an emergency spare replacement and the bleeding was completed successfully.

Next it was off to the taxiway to test it all out…
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A new feature for the Bruntingthorpe open days this year and for the future years is the requirement for all live aircraft to be able to remotely transmit and receive via UHF. XX894 has now had its radio fit modified and this was tested out during the braking runs using the mobile air traffic vehicle for the means of communication. It all worked very well although it took me a little while to get used to!
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« Reply #171 on: May 23rd, 2010, 1:37pm »

Looking good smiley
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« Reply #172 on: May 24th, 2010, 8:26pm »

My back seater (Graham) videoed some of the brake testing last weekend and his efforts can be seen here…

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX894%20Videos/?action=view¤t=Brakes.flv

The footage shows some progressive braking at different speeds and accumulates with the aircraft being held on the brakes with both engines at 85%.
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« Reply #173 on: May 28th, 2010, 02:01am »

nice footage thanks for posting this.. Will she be able to fast taxi on the 30th?
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« Reply #174 on: May 28th, 2010, 06:14am »

Yes! The plan is to fast taxi 894 Saturday afternoon. If there are no major snags then yes she will be fast taxiing on the open day.

If the weather is kind on Saturday, we also hope to get the tanks sprayed!
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« Reply #175 on: May 31st, 2010, 8:39pm »

Well it was an incredibly hectic build up to one of the most successful Bruntingthorpe open days ever!

It all started off on Thursday 27th prior to the event when we set about getting the slipper fuel tanks finished. The first job was to patch the huge dent in the underside of the starboard tank. I spent the morning fabricating and drilling a suitable plate. It was then rolled to the correct shape before being fitted. Unfortunately all we had to hand on the day was pop rivets instead of flush rivets so these would have to do! Out of all the jobs that I have ever done on any Buccaneer, I found this perhaps the most challenging and I now have a new found respect for the guys who do Battle Damage Repair!

The dent...
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The plate...
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All fixed...
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The next job was to graft the nose cone on to the previously repaired port tank.

The first part of this job was to remove the front piece of resin and drill and tap the hole...
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With the help of some filler the nose cone was screwed in and the joint made good...
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« Reply #176 on: May 31st, 2010, 8:39pm »

Friday the 27th and 894 goes in to the hanger for the tanks to be rubbed down...
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« Reply #177 on: May 31st, 2010, 8:40pm »

Saturday the 28th and the masking up is done...
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Etching primer and filler primer are applied by Adrian to the bare metal parts...
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When all is dry Adrian starts applying the undercoat...
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Followed by the final top coat...
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Then the starboard tank gets the same treatment...
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Un-masking complete...
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A new panel was recently fitted to the port side leaving an ugly gap in the roundel. This was addressed at the same time as the tanks...
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With the paintwork all finished the rest of the airframe was polished up ready for the open day and then the final service checks were carried out...
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During these routine checks a small fuel leak was discovered on the starboard side heat exchanger. It was 7pm on the eve of the show when this was discovered. By 11pm it was all fixed and we were left shattered but looking forward to the coming day...!
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« Reply #178 on: May 31st, 2010, 8:43pm »

It’s now the open day and XX894 performed two separate high speed runs flawlessly! It was so nice to hear our pilot say that she was perfect and that there are no snags to fix!

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Below are a couple of my video efforts. Holding the camera in one hand in strong winds whilst keeping a close eye on proceedings was quite demanding. I must remember my tripod next time!

Morning run...

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX894%20Videos/?action=view¤t=MorningRun.flv

Afternoon run...

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX894%20Videos/?action=view¤t=AfternoonRun.flv

I still haven’t recovered from a very busy few days but boy was it worth it!
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« Reply #179 on: May 31st, 2010, 8:53pm »

Hello Francis, I've just been looking at all the pics from Sunday on UKAR and I must say XX894 and those tanks looked in fantastic condition . Well done to all of those involved. Keep up the good work. Regards Paul.
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