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« Reply #15 on: Oct 10th, 2007, 8:04pm »

XN964 progress report by Mick Coombes…

We finished off the airframe priming last Thursday, but our plans to get some gloss coat on were thwarted today by the poor weather. We finished off the priming of the gear doors in the workshop, and I applied red paint to the already primed crew ladder. The front seat is also being worked on inside the workshop, so I fetched a far better Mk 5 back seat from an S2 that we had in our seat display for inspection. It appears to have all it's fittings and is in good nick, so we're thinking of taking our grotty back seat out and putting the better seat in it's place.

Virtually all the panelling has been removed from our rear cockpit, so we are going to have to fabricate this before we can try to put any instruments back in there. I think there will have to be a lot of try-it-and-see as we go down this path, but that is in the future.

We've got Altimeter and rate of climb, attitude indicator and navigation instruments for the central pilot's console, and the engine instrument panel with standby artificial horizon and an accelerometer. We've got a nice u/c retraction panel for the left hand side. The airspeed strip indicator and Radio altimeter are still eluding us at the moment, so a photo mosaic might have to be used until the real McCoy can be found. The Holy Grail is the pilot's control column. We're following up borrowing one to have copied in resin!

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Thanks for the update Mick!

If anyone can help source any cockpit parts for Mick and the rest of the team at the Newark Air Museum then please PM myself or Nigel , Thanks.

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« Reply #16 on: Oct 10th, 2007, 9:05pm »

Looking great guy's keep up the good work, XK 532 will soon be requiring the same exterior treatment!!

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« Reply #17 on: Oct 11th, 2007, 7:54pm »

Hugh, I hope that you don't mind, but I have passed your email details onto Mick Coombes of the Newark Air Museum, he should be in touch soon (if he has not already).
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« Reply #18 on: Oct 11th, 2007, 8:40pm »

Cannot resist putting another night shot up, many thanks to Mick for the image.

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« Reply #19 on: Oct 11th, 2007, 11:38pm »

Not at all Nigel not at all,look forward to hearing from him.

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« Reply #20 on: Oct 16th, 2007, 3:04pm »

On Sunday I spent the afternoon rubbing down the port under carriage leg ready for primer while Mick continued with the first coat of deep sea blue on the tail plane.

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Red ladder looks good
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« Reply #21 on: Oct 16th, 2007, 3:21pm »

Hooray, Scott finally gets his hands dirt on a Bucc shocked grin

Good to see that the top coat is staring to go on.
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« Reply #22 on: Oct 16th, 2007, 6:46pm »

Hard to go near a Banana Jet and not get your DIGITS dirty grin grin
Last Sunday i had a great idea !!! decided that i would push the starboard fuel valve in on XK532...After 25 years or so without being fuelled up the pressure was unbelievable..I got absolutely soaked in AVTUR...not that i am complaining you understand cheesy cheesy

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PS..Nimrod tyres fit the Bucc PERFECTLY!!!! smiley
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« Reply #23 on: Oct 28th, 2007, 5:31pm »

Today in between showers was spent rubbing down the Starboard leg and Nose wheel ready for primer which I started applying after lunch with my rubbish paint brushes (must buy some better ones).Anyway heres some pics. DS wink
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Abit more dark sea grey painted on Port intake
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« Reply #24 on: Oct 28th, 2007, 5:36pm »

Good work Scott, I see some work is being undertaken in the wheel bay as well.
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« Reply #25 on: Nov 17th, 2007, 8:41pm »

Progress on several fronts to report.

Painting. The upper port side of the fuselage was completed on Tuesday, leaving only the spine and outer port wing to gloss. The tail plane is finished in both grey and white gloss. The port wing, centre fuselage and bomb bay have gloss white applied, leaving forward and rear fuselage for topcoat. When this is done, we will turn 964 through 180 degrees, so that the starboard side is up-sun, for any chance of painting at this time of year.

Airframe. The Pitot tube from an RAF S2 has been fitted, complete with green front fairing and lock nut. This awaits priming and painting. Missing panels from the wing tip fairings are being fabricated and fitted to both wings. The starboard main undercarriage door is top coated and ready for re-fitting, still with battle damage repair from it's own RP shrapnel ricochet damage (29.1.65) Both main wheel legs have been de-corroded, etch primed, primed and undercoated, and are ready for top coating. The front Mk 4 ejector seat has had it's missing "horse shoe" unit fabricated and fitted, and drogue gun and barostat fitted. A parachute pack and harness has been obtained for fitting. The seat's top box still needs some work. In the cockpit, the pilot's station has been cleaned and painted Dark Sea Grey, and the panels and instruments are ready for re-fitting. The rear cockpit is completely stripped, and we are making cardboard templates so that we can fabricate the missing panels. The engine fronts need to be removed, so that the intakes can be top coated. The lower engine bay doors and air start doors have been freed for future use.(Photographic charters) The crew ladder has been painted red. A second ladder is still sought - any help welcome.


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« Reply #26 on: Dec 9th, 2007, 7:32pm »


The weather has prevented much external painting, but I took the opportunity to topcoat the port fuselage spine and white prime the new Pitot housing on the 29th during a brief sunny spell. The port aileron had some ugly bubbles in the primer finish on it's outboard end, so I have rubbed this down, and it appears to have been a paint problem, rather than a surface fault. The port outer wing awaits topcoat, as soon as we get the opportunity.

The starboard front instrument panel and coaming have been stripped and repainted. Instruments have been cleaned and refitted, along with additional instruments we have acquired.. This was re-installed into the front cockpit at the end of November, and the Navigation Instrument, Attitude Instrument and Altimeter/rate of climb Indicator were put in place to fit them into place with the starboard panel. This week, I've fitted a new standby altimeter to the panel, and test fitted the Strike Sight/HUD to allow the making of a port Instrument panel template. Square-on photos of the strip airspeed indicator, angle of attack and rad. alt. are being sought for possible photo fit use on the panel.

The front seat is coming on apace, with back rest re-sprayed and top box removed, refurbished and re-sprayed. The face blind and handles have been replaced, and a new drogue chute housing and canvas cover have been made.

A set of photos of the rear cockpit fittings of the S1 Bucc preserved at the Highlands Aviation Museum (Inverness) have been received from Hugh Lillian (Hugh XV867), and these will help enormously with the refitting of our stripped cockpit. The first job here is to clean and repaint the whole area, and then construct templates for all the missing panelling. We have some of the rear cockpit instruments, but this looks like being a long job. The stripped seat will be removed when the front seat is refitted.

Both main wheel wells have been degreased and de-corroded by David Jager, and have been primed - what a difference this has made. Both u/c legs have been de-corroded and primed by Scott Hastings, and await topcoat. The nose wheel leg and bay have not been worked on yet.

A dry day will allow us to finish the port wing, but in the meantime, there's plenty of work in the cockpits to be getting on with.

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« Reply #27 on: Dec 20th, 2007, 8:25pm »

Hi,

Very little to report this month, due to the cold and damp weather. We took a chance on a sunny afternoon to put some topcoat on the port upper wing, to finish off this side of the aircraft, but the cold overnight put a bloom on it as it dried. - lesson learned!

The front ejection seat is nearly finished, with all sections back together and being sprayed. The drogue shoot was repacked on Tuesday.

Trial fitting of instruments in the front cockpit continues. The addition of the HUD/Strike Sight makes quite an impressive sight from both inside and outside the cockpit.

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Can I take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Christmas, and a prosperous New Year.

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« Reply #28 on: Jan 20th, 2008, 6:46pm »

Hi, and a Happy New Year to one and all,

Not too much to report since the New Year. Wet weather has severely interrupted outdoor work, but lulls have allowed work in the front cockpit, where instruments have been test fitted to allow templates for the instrument "bin", in which the main instruments sit and the missing port instrument panel and coaming to be made. Charles Ross, who owns both a Lightning Mk6 and an F6 cockpit section has supplied a strip Air Speed Indicator for the front cockpit, and I test fitted this on Thursday. An Angle of Attack instrument and Radio Altimeter are now needed to fill the port panel.

Today, (Sunday) Scott Hastings, a Museum member and Buccaneer Society member came over to help paint the cockpit interior, putting Dark Sea Grey paint on the blast shield framing, and the port side of the rear cockpit. This area is totally stripped out, and will need panelling fabricating as a first step. Pictures from Hugh Gordon, at the Highland Aviation Museum will be a great help here. He has photographed many angles of the rear cockpit of their Buccaneer S1(XK532) for which I am very grateful. I bit the bullet, and de-greased and de-corroded the nose wheel bay and applied grey primer to the starboard side and roof (and me!)

The cooperation from within the Buccaneer Community, and wider Preservation movement is outstanding, and can I take this opportunity to thank Nigel Goodall, who co-runs the Buccaneer Society, and Francis Wallace, who is the Buccaneer Guru and works on the live Buccaneer S2s at Bruntingthorpe (and every other one in existence!!) for all their help.

Two more contacts have been made, as a result of the article in the "Navy News", Dennis Matthews, who worked on 964 on HMS Eagle with 800 Squadron, and Geoff Meekums, who was Engineering Officer with 700Z Squadron and then 801 Squadron on Victorious. If you know of any more contacts with XN964 or Buccaneer S1 connections, please put them in touch with me.

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Mick Coombes.
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« Reply #29 on: Jan 31st, 2008, 3:59pm »

Great progress Mick! cheesy The cockpit is slowly starting to come together. Will there be engines refitted someday to make her complete?
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