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« Reply #225 on: May 12th, 2009, 8:09pm »

Matt and Dave have been hard a work on the Sea Vixen again!

The wings are now up (for the first time in years) this will allow Chris to sort out the severed wiring looms. The armament looms will not be reconnected but the aileron trim and position, navigation and formation lights and pitot static will be.

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Also functioned was the nose wheel steering which is working but the cables are a bit stiff and need a small person to get the cover off as it's under the rudder pedals!
In total it took 6 hours drilling wing hinge panels off, 2 hours taking wing fold loom access panels off and another 2 actually with hyds on and off. The aircraft is still overflowing and won't give back any return pressure to the rig huh

The door is one Iím re-skinning in spare hours at work and the plug picture is the general services plug from the wing which we need a new one off (call to anyone out there)

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« Reply #226 on: May 13th, 2009, 02:17am »

Great job Plazz. Will she be capable of being lit up at night with nav and position lights etc working?
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« Reply #227 on: May 13th, 2009, 09:04am »

The lights working is one of the priorities however they run through the connector illustrated above so until we get a pair of them to fit to the outer wings and enable a replacement loom to be wired up then all we can do is jury rig them to check that the wiring actually inside the outer wing is still in situ, we know that the lights themselves are sorted as we re-wired that end a while ago, however i didn't put the new assemblies in so i guess now the wings are up we'll need to use the giraffe as the wing tips are 10 foot up now !!! we can't have it all easy
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« Reply #228 on: May 13th, 2009, 5:15pm »

result matt, getting the wing going again smiley. i c the mark on the ground from the overlow, that is a lot of om15 she keeps dumping out!!, I didnt realise she was dumping that much. interesting you say the return line isn't pressurising. We have that pronblem with our T7 Hunter, the return line from the reservoir is blocked with gunge, after past water ingress through the resevoir filler. I wonder if your return line is blocked from the res on the Vixen?? That would certainly explain the res dumping overboard. Re the plugs, let me have a look on Saturday, I think we may have 1 or 2 of those knocking about.
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« Reply #229 on: May 16th, 2009, 2:12pm »

Thanks Matt, hopefully you can track down the replacement plugs you need. I thought I spotted a couple on ebay but they were not the same..
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« Reply #230 on: May 16th, 2009, 5:27pm »

we managed to find the engine services connectors on flea bay so you never know
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« Reply #231 on: May 16th, 2009, 8:36pm »

have the general services plug for you fella. dug it out today. for reference, this plug is exactly the same as the wing to fuse general service plug for the hunter T7. will be in touch

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« Reply #232 on: May 16th, 2009, 9:14pm »

hopefully with one i've poss coming from a donated other source that'll make the two, my brother will have his work cut out. All i need is a rough length that the new cable will have to be to route in it's original position any ideas milt !!

dave says you can have fuel caps (not flamin surprised after all the help you've been)
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« Reply #233 on: May 16th, 2009, 9:22pm »

No worries mate, just glad someone else is playing with a live vixen too, because asides from the flyer, its just 2 runners? ours and yours. re the cable legth, are you talking from the wiring box hindge fairing thingy, to the plug location under the leading edge panel? if so, I will check tommorow pm for you, won't take me 5 minutes. many thanks to you and dave for the wing caps, we will have to rely on mr postman I think, as I wont be up to brunty for another 5-6 weeks yet.

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« Reply #234 on: May 17th, 2009, 07:21am »

basically i need the length of the loom from one general services plug through the wing hole across the tray and routed through the outer wing hole and onto the other general services plug basically the length of the original plus an extra 6 inches in case of re-termination let us know your Post Address via PM
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« Reply #235 on: May 24th, 2009, 11:39am »

The undoubted highlight for me at Bruntingthorpe yesterday was seeing the Sea Vixen roar in to life again (all be it the port engine only)! I absolutely love the sound of Avonís and this one sounded so sweet cool

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I was just gutted that I didnít have my camcorder with me (doh)!
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« Reply #236 on: May 24th, 2009, 2:18pm »

Such a momentous occasion and no video coverage... The pictures do it justice though, she looks great! Love the pictures of the exhaust!!
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« Reply #237 on: May 25th, 2009, 07:35am »

on May 24th, 2009, 2:18pm, buccaneer01 wrote:
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video coverage... The pictures do it justice though, she looks great! Love
the pictures of the exhaust!!


The event was video'd, just not by me! I will post the footage when I get it!
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« Reply #238 on: May 25th, 2009, 07:44am »

I noticed that the light up by the looks of the pictures seems fairly even but i'll have to do what you lot do and have a quick peep to see the burners at least it didn't smoulder for a bit like 544 first port run i remember that well
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« Reply #239 on: May 25th, 2009, 07:53am »

on May 25th, 2009, 07:44am, matt wrote:
I noticed that the light up by the looks of the pictures seems fairly even but i'll have to do what you lot do and have a quick peep to see the burners at least it didn't smoulder for a bit like 544 first port run i remember that well



It lit beautifully both times! But after the second run it required a dry cycle as a little bit of smoke was billowing out the back (no where near as bad as 544)! Better safe than sorry though!
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