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« Reply #75 on: Mar 29th, 2008, 11:00pm »

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« Reply #76 on: Mar 30th, 2008, 08:06am »

It was malcolm that told me they wouldn't fit from info from PK as well, but the need is a while off at the moment as the engine is the stopping point at the moment i'm thinking of wrapping the trunnion in rags soaked with penetrating oil and sealing it on for a while like months
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« Reply #77 on: Mar 30th, 2008, 08:43am »

on Mar 30th, 2008, 08:06am, matt wrote:
the engine is the stopping point at the moment i'm thinking of wrapping the trunnion in rags soaked with penetrating oil and sealing it on for a while like months


That's the sort of thing we do, we devise a bath, fill it with PX-24/WD40 and seal it off, we leave it for two weeks and then check it, normally it will have done its job.
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« Reply #78 on: Mar 31st, 2008, 11:12pm »

evening fellas. Nige, flattery is not necessary, I'm always the first to the bar you know that, especially if it involves mississippi Amber bock! and crawlng up the ass end of a frghtning! wink

I do have a soft spot for the Vixen too though, even if it is as UGLY as sin!. It's an even bigger piece of crap to work on than the Lightning IMO though. the tank bay is damned awful.. and who puts the main fuse box behind the navs bang seat!! almost as stupid as wedging all the radio gear in the same place too!


Matt, you are off to a very good start to listen to and enlist advise from Paul K, what he says with Vixen goes, he is obi wan..... which is good for you, since
Vixens can bite!.


as far as the canopy goes, it takes a fraction of the time to go in through the Nav hatch, and wind the canopy open from the Navs seat, 15 seconds tops, and a whole lot quicker than faffing with batteries. (Even with batteries the ground switch wont do anything without hyd pressure anyway (green system I think), which means more faff with the hand pump. Have you tried getting enough system pressure for the air brake off of the hand pump yet? I hope you are related to arnie!) .

Anyway, good on you guys for rescueing her, you are doing a great job.

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« Reply #79 on: Mar 31st, 2008, 11:18pm »

re the trunion, try diesel, its way better than WD40. have you heated it, then cooled it with diesel a few times?
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« Reply #80 on: Apr 1st, 2008, 4:19pm »

1.) mmm why are the hydraulics involved in the canopy operating system
2. ) i was led to believe that the observer hatch was opened from within the pilot's cockpit, at the moment in time the seal is knackered on the observer's hatch and it's also a FAW 1 type hatch
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« Reply #81 on: Apr 1st, 2008, 5:36pm »

Hi matt

I take it that 494 doesnt have the opening mechanism on the outside of the Nav hatch then? thats going to be a pain to have to open and close the air brake to fit the batteries

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« Reply #82 on: Apr 1st, 2008, 7:37pm »

no i don't think so however we've got the airbrake jack gag so we'll fit that to keep the bay open during the warmer months. Hyds are a way off as we need Dave T to fetch all his GSE from around the country when he's available
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« Reply #83 on: Apr 1st, 2008, 7:50pm »

on Apr 1st, 2008, 7:37pm, matt wrote:
Hyds are a way off as we need Dave T to fetch all his GSE from around the country when he's available


I know where his little Hyd rig is, this is the one that connects direct to a Trolley Ack, it can be found with our friend PK. You may have to fight him for it though grin
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« Reply #84 on: Apr 1st, 2008, 8:45pm »

yeah i know PK has it, apparently there's an Avon engine stand they swopped temporarily for it, but guess what there's no avon stand at brunty ?? apparently PK says he's finished with it for a while
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« Reply #85 on: Apr 7th, 2008, 3:15pm »

Anyway while we waiting i've been overhauling one of the lower accessory gearbox doors and fabricating 2 new oil overflow access doors for it and giving it a repaint after. photo's to follow

we might be lucky in that the invertor control box other than the small signal wire being burned through appears to have little damage internally

we'll wait and see what happens when we re-fit and test !!!

Chris has also had the replacement wing tip light fairing back from paint i'm sure he'll post a photo

and we've sourced a pair of headsets for ground running purposes
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« Reply #86 on: Apr 7th, 2008, 5:28pm »

Best of british with the inverter.

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« Reply #87 on: Apr 7th, 2008, 5:33pm »

All looking good folks, great to see a Vixen getting some love and attention grin

How tricky are the inverters to play with? Might have a stab at the Canberra's some time, they should be in good order. I like whizzy ampy turny things grin
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« Reply #88 on: Apr 7th, 2008, 5:41pm »

you'll probably need a workshop area as you need to label everything as you dismantle it it's just like a starter motor really (see the photo's on this thread to see what the inards look like) if yours are as bad as the vixens were after only a few years in activity, yours will be in a similary bad state
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« Reply #89 on: Apr 7th, 2008, 5:48pm »

'126 last flew in '94 ish so they should be pretty serviceable grin

She's been sat a few years since then with sporadic activity electric-wise so I would hope they will just want a clean up. Having said that, a few years outside will kill the even the best kit with ease eh undecided
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