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xx Buccaneer SMk1 XN964 - Progress
« Thread started on: Apr 24th, 2007, 8:13pm »

I have been in contact with the sectary of the Newark Air museum today regarding the restoration of their Buccaneer SMk1 XN964.
The museum approached me earlier asking for some help with the canopy operation on their Bucc, which I have now supplied.
Hopefully this information will be enough to allow them access to the cockpit to complete the refurbishment!

Details of the current restoration can be found here:

http://www.military-airshows.co.uk:80/press06/newarkbuccprapr07.htm

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xx Re: Buccaneer SMk1 XN964
« Reply #1 on: Apr 24th, 2007, 9:25pm »

I saw something about this on UKAR earlier on, cannot confirm either way as to whether the S.1 & S.2 operations are the same, my one and only S.1 Vol 1 has been sold on, this would have given them everything they need to know.
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xx The Grand Opening!
« Reply #2 on: May 2nd, 2007, 7:40pm »

Success!

The Buccaneer team at the Newark Air Museum have managed to gain entry in to the cockpit of XN964 after some 15 years since it was last closed shocked
Although the cockpit and seats are quite heavily stripped, the plan is to complete the restoration both internally as well as externally.

Well done to all involved!

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« Reply #3 on: May 2nd, 2007, 8:06pm »

I am glad to see that the guys are finally getting to grips with 964, if past restorations are anything to go by, then she will be a beauty.

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« Reply #4 on: May 9th, 2007, 8:39pm »

I would like to say a big thank you to Mick Coombes for his kind hospitality at the Newark Air Museum yesterday.

Mick is part of the small team currently working on the restoration of their Buccaneer S.Mk.1 and kindly took time out to give me a personal guided tour of the work done so far.

Thanks Mick!

Mick along with XN964…
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Further photos of XN964 can be seen over on the Survivors thread.

http://buccsociety.conforums.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=general&num=1139322785&start=45

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xx Restoration update from 14-05-07
« Reply #5 on: May 28th, 2007, 8:15pm »

In Mick’s Coombe's own words…

Work on the Bucc last week consisted of filling and finishing two tears/holes in the port nose section, removing the seized canopy shuttle chain, cleaning the insides of the cockpit and nav's screen (for the FIRST time) and carrying on the surface rubbing down. We even had four people working on her at the same time!

Jobs this week include positioning our "Giraffe" to give us access to the tail plane at last.
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xx Restoration update from 25-05-07
« Reply #6 on: May 28th, 2007, 8:19pm »

Again, in Mick Coombes’s own words…

On our Bucc, we have moved our "giraffe" into place, and started rubbing down the tail plane.
I intend to start undercoating next week...

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xx Re: Buccaneer SMk1 XN964
« Reply #7 on: May 28th, 2007, 9:21pm »

Good to see that the team are having fun restoring the old bird.

I bet Mick will be glad once he has his NEW access ladder.
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xx Re: Buccaneer SMk1 XN964 - Progress
« Reply #8 on: Jun 13th, 2007, 7:47pm »

And so the painting begins smiley

Mick has been hard at work on XN964 with the application of the first coat of primer.

In Mick’s own words…

I managed to get some grey primer on the nose on Sunday, showing the high demarcation line of the extra dark sea grey, but was frustrated by not being able to find any white undercoat to paint the intake interiors.

I bought and cut out the strengthening backing plates for the dummy engine fronts and purchased my own white primer/undercoat yesterday, and set off with big plans for today.

On arrival, I prepped and masked the port intake, and got on a coat of undercoat on. I masked the three danger ejection triangles and canopy edging and painted these. It rained.

During the shower, I took the engine front, strengthening plate and engine bullet into the workshop. With a little help, I had the engine front lined up, drilled and assembled. Now for a dummy run, and IT FITS!

After dinner, I put on second coats of undercoat on the intake, Triangles and canopy and removed all the masking.

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This is one Bucc that’s going to look stunning when its finished.
Thanks for the update and Keep up the good work Mick

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xx Restoration update from 25-07-07
« Reply #9 on: Jul 26th, 2007, 9:41pm »

At Newark we've been pressing on. All the upper surfaces, as far back as the fin, are grey primed. On Tuesday. we started to put the white undercoat on the port fuselage. It was so hot that the paint was drying very quickly. We put two coats of undercoat on the port nose back to the undercarriage bay. After a lunch break, we decided to put on a third, thinned coat to give the cover we need. Now we know lies ahead. We even managed two coats on the port aileron and flap.

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Thanks once again for the update Mick, she’s looking great already. Nice ladder by the way wink

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xx Re: Restoration update from 25-07-07
« Reply #10 on: Jul 26th, 2007, 9:56pm »

on Jul 26th, 2007, 9:41pm, Plazz wrote:
Thanks once again for the update Mick, she’s looking great already. Nice ladder by the way wink

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The ladder will look even better once it has been painted red grin

On a serious note, Mick and the team are doing sterling work on 964 and if any of you chaps go up to Newark for a visit, please make a beeline for the aircraft and if Mick and the lads are about, a think a huge pat on the back would be in order.
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xx Re: Buccaneer SMk1 XN964 - Progress
« Reply #11 on: Sep 14th, 2007, 7:43pm »

Just a quick update on XN964 by Mick Coombes.

We finished the priming of all of the port side of the aircraft today, and that leaves us with just the inboard starboard under wing, starboard fin, rudder and tail plane underside to do. Now that the front seat is out I have given the cockpit a good clean out and removed panels for restoration. We've obtained several missing instruments, but still need strip airspeed indicator and radio altimeter, and, of course, a pilot's hand grip (control column)

We're going to replace the back seat with a better one from the museum's collection, so we will need to remove the canopy!

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Thanks for the update Mick!

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xx Re: Buccaneer SMk1 XN964 - Progress
« Reply #12 on: Oct 3rd, 2007, 08:01am »

Mick has just sent in this awesome night shot of XN964, which was taken during September.

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« Reply #13 on: Oct 3rd, 2007, 6:25pm »

Wow thats a great pic cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: Oct 3rd, 2007, 6:58pm »

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