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« Thread started on: Dec 16th, 2006, 4:24pm »

All records of the restoration progress on Buccaneer XX889, will be kept in this thread.
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« Reply #1 on: Feb 11th, 2007, 7:41pm »

Nowt much to report yet apart from the fact that the Aircraft has to be moved from its current location to the Northside of the Airport, this will infact, allow easier access to her.

I have attached the following image, taken today by Dan Knight and is his copyright.

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« Reply #2 on: Feb 13th, 2007, 7:47pm »

Hi all, I'd just like to thank Nige for allowing me to accompany him on Sunday. I had a great day, and came away with loads of photos that would never have been taken without Nigels help. I hope that the other shots that I emailed you will be useful too Nige.

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« Reply #3 on: Feb 13th, 2007, 9:27pm »

The pleasure was all mine Dan, glad you got the shots you wanted.

The photos you sent to me are excellent and will help us in our initial pre-restoration report.

I'll contact you again as soon as we get some indication that the Bucc will move to the new pan and when we start to dismantle the Meteor.

All the best - Nige.
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« Reply #4 on: Apr 16th, 2007, 10:06pm »

We could be gearing up for a busy time on 889 soon, tomorrow (17th April) will see Andy Park from STG Ltd, view the aircraft, the transport frames and the intended route, he aims to have something to work from by the close of tomorrow night.

On Friday 20th April, the team are assembling at the airport to move her from behind SE3 to a location on the North side of the airport which will allow us an unobstructed area for loading the aircraft, anyone who will be about at the Aviator during the morning is likely to get an unexpected movement to go in their diaries grin
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« Reply #5 on: Apr 17th, 2007, 8:58pm »

on Apr 16th, 2007, 10:06pm, Buccsociety wrote:
We could be gearing up for a busy time on 889 soon, tomorrow (17th April) will see Andy Park from STG Ltd, view the aircraft, the transport frames and the intended route, he aims to have something to work from by the close of tomorrow night.


A date for STG to undertake the move has been provisionally booked, we are now awaiting confirmation from the Highways Agency, this is expected within the next couple of days.

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« Reply #6 on: Apr 23rd, 2007, 3:02pm »

At last, a whole year later, 889 will move to her new home, STG Ltd and The Highways Agency have agreed a date, all hands to the pump cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: May 2nd, 2007, 7:56pm »

At 14:58 on Monday 30th April 2007, XX889 finally entered Kemble Airport through Crash Gate 12.

A small team will be in attendance on Saturday 5th May, to begin refitting the tailplane, all the fairings, the Starboard Nacelle, Nose Cone and Nose Undercarriage Door.

Once she is complete again, we can then undertake a thorough wash down.

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« Reply #8 on: May 5th, 2007, 6:20pm »

Well all good plans have to have a hiccup every now and again, today was one of those days.

With only myself for company, I managed to crack on regardless. 889 recieved a good wash down and was then treated to a PX-24 bath, this chemical has excellent water displacement properties (much like WD-40).
I also managed to refit the nose wheel door and with a little help from a couple of chaps from the Britannia, the Radome (see Survivors Thread for newest photo).

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« Reply #9 on: May 27th, 2007, 2:08pm »

Nose jack serviceable and now in place under the aircraft as of today (27/05/2007).

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« Reply #10 on: Jun 2nd, 2007, 10:26pm »

I had a busy day today, and for the first time since 889 arrived at Kemble, I had a Volunteer with me, Kenny Walker.

On with my report.

I started to sort out the mess of looms and connectors in the radio bay, tagged severed wires and installed the crew amp.

The radio bay access hatch now has the correct strobe lamp fitted and has been wired into the correct loom.

The roundel on the starboard side of the nose is now no more, this was rubbed down with 1200 grit wet and dry and was subsequently prep'd and sprayed into Matt Desert Sand, the area directly below has now been masked off and prep'd ready for the wording "Longmorn" to be re-applied.

Finally, we have borrowed a set of airstairs from the very helpful chaps at the Britannia Preservation Society, and have set about checking over the tailplane mounts and pivot bearings, and removing the foliage collected on the road trip from Staverton grin

Sorry chaps, no photos from this visit, must try to remember the camera next time.
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« Reply #11 on: Jun 10th, 2007, 9:37pm »

With Kenny in tow again today, we set about lifting the nacelle into place, this is far from easy when their is only two pairs of hands, but we managed it and the nacelle is back in its rightful place.

All the tailplane parts are now on the pan in readiness for the work to be done tomorrow (Monday 11th June).

The nose gear was checked over today to ensure that it is in a fit state to be towed, all was found to be ok.

A bigger report tomorrow night, along with some images.
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« Reply #12 on: Jun 22nd, 2007, 6:41pm »

I've been meaning to put this up since the image arrived, but I have been very busy and have only just got the 5 minutes needed to upload it.

All thanks to Francis and Brian (owner of XV165), XX889 now has a complete set of Engine Generator Looms, the pair still fitted to the aircraft have been butchered and are of no use whatsoever.

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« Reply #13 on: Jul 5th, 2007, 09:31am »

Its been a busy time for family life of late and this has restricted work on 889, so I will try and bring you all up to date a bit.

Although it seems as though very little is happening with the aircraft, nothing could be further from the truth.

We are continually unearthing spares and getting them collected and stored, this takes up quite a bit of time, especially when you have to travel the length of the country to collect it!!

Recent spares additions include: Main Wheel Unit complete with brake pack, 2x Wing Jury Struts, 2x Wing Fold Locks & a Complete Set of BLC Blanks, this is far from a complete list.

We have also been active in securing various ground equipment that will help in the future, as the picture below will show you, the pan is now becoming very busy.

Going back to the aircraft, you will notice from the picture that she is missing her Port engine side panel, the reason for this is that the latches (all four of them) are damaged beyond repair from corrosion, we have ear marked a complete set of engine panels and aim to have them picked up in the near future.

My next report should be a little more constructive, Cheers for now.

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ps: the nose section you can see is Dave Webb's Hunter WV381.
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« Reply #14 on: Jul 15th, 2007, 7:40pm »

Well, believe it or not, until today, I had never met our illustrious webmaster, NigeC, many thanks for getting down to Kemble at short notice Nige.

Today, armed with BBS Photographer, Stuart Collins, we managed to get quite a bit done.
1. Jacked the nose and took most of the weight off the undercarriage and wheel unit.
2. Washed and polished out scratches and marks from the canopy and windscreens.
3. prepared starboard wing root for fitment of components.
4. Checked for corrosion in starboard wing area, areas of work identified.
5. Tidied apron and blocked off access to cars (see second image).

Thats all for now, enjoy the photos.

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After so many people driving straight onto the apron, it was about time we did something about it!!!!
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