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« Reply #60 on: Dec 23rd, 2009, 7:42pm »

Is the tank getting welded or or you going to raid the other speys again for a replacement, whats the timescale of getting it back together then
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« Reply #61 on: Dec 23rd, 2009, 7:44pm »

and is the owner still around i wouldn't mind helpin out returning the a\c to its 15 sqn colours with the grey underside

actually i find it quite theraputic painting in the hanger now the tin triangle has gone
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« Reply #62 on: Dec 23rd, 2009, 7:47pm »

The tank is coming from one of the scrap Spey’s. The fuel jets have all been removed and are waiting pressure testing. Once done, the whole thing will be re-assembled and then ground run. All being well the Spey will be in 544 by February/March.
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« Reply #63 on: Dec 23rd, 2009, 7:48pm »

on Dec 23rd, 2009, 7:44pm, matt wrote:
and is the owner still around i wouldn't mind helpin out returning the a\c to its 15 sqn colours with the grey underside

actually i find it quite theraputic painting in the hanger now the tin triangle has gone


Whats the lighting like in there for painting? Is it bright enough?
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« Reply #64 on: Dec 24th, 2009, 08:53am »

Once you've had the lights on for 5 mins it's plenty bright enough, the only issue is the temp as i think it got to just under 10 deg the only thing i had problems with is that it take slightly longer for each coat to go off, however two pack and spraying might be different, however just rollering on makes a lot of difference especialkly is it is one colour ie grey undersides on 544

do you still have contact with 544's official owner then
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« Reply #65 on: Dec 24th, 2009, 08:55am »

been told end of feb as possible chuck out of the hanger date !!!
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« Reply #66 on: Jan 2nd, 2010, 8:52pm »

The damaged oil tank has now been removed…

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And the new one fitted…

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All that remains now is to get all of the pipe work re-installed!

Also, the fuel jets were successfully pressure tested today and these will hopefully be installed next weekend. After that, the rear casing will be fitted and the engine put back in the stand ready for ground running smiley
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« Reply #67 on: Jan 2nd, 2010, 8:56pm »

on Dec 24th, 2009, 08:53am, matt wrote:
do you still have contact with 544's official owner then


Yes, although he rarely makes an appearance in person cry
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« Reply #68 on: Feb 28th, 2010, 8:00pm »

XW544’s starboard engine rebuild is almost complete. The engine was put back on its stand last weekend and now only needs a few ancillary items fitting prior to test runs taking place in the next few weeks!

Still in the vertical…
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Stand being moved in to position…
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Cat in position…
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Over she goes…
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Dave controls the speed of the Spey back down to terra firma…
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The rest of the team takes the strain of a 1.5 ton Spey…
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Nearly there…
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Safely down…
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All being well the Spey will be ground run during March or April!
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« Reply #69 on: Feb 28th, 2010, 9:59pm »

Good work guys great to see progress on 544..

Hugh.
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« Reply #70 on: Mar 8th, 2010, 12:28am »

Terrific progress on the engine rebuild.. Has there been a definate date of hangar departure set?
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« Reply #71 on: Mar 8th, 2010, 8:18pm »

that 3-ship gets ever closer smiley
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« Reply #72 on: Mar 8th, 2010, 8:25pm »

on Mar 8th, 2010, 12:28am, buccaneer01 wrote:
Terrific progress on the engine rebuild.. Has there been a definate date of hangar departure set?


Nothing definite yet but the end of March is the date everyone is working to!
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« Reply #73 on: May 2nd, 2010, 4:46pm »

Well we didn’t quite make March or April for the first ground run but May 1st is not too bad I guess!

XW544’s refurbished starboard Spey was ground run several times yesterday and on the whole it was a complete success! Unfortunately regardless of how the thermocouples were connected we kept getting erroneous turbine gas temperature readings? All very frustrating!

The engine performed very well and the thermocouples will be examined in closer detail over the coming weeks prior to fitting the engine in to 544 some time shortly after the open day.

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I knocked up a small starter unit complete with gauges and oil pressure lights…
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More of the Spey...
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Below is a short video of two of the runs. The first part of the clip shows the engine being shutdown due to the erroneous temperatures being seen on the gauge. The second part of the clip shows a wet start. Prior to this particular run the engine ran out of fuel so it was necessary to purge new fuel through prior to firing the igniters. If nothing else it provided a more spectacular start!

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A well deserved pat on the back to Dave and Graham for all their hard work in repairing the engine over the winter months.

The mouth watering prospect of three Buccaneers on the move looms ever closer!
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« Reply #74 on: May 3rd, 2010, 11:18pm »

Great stuff chaps..well done.

Hugh smiley
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