Graf Zeppelin's Day Job... (Or 'Tote-ing for Business!')

Graf Zeppelin's Day Job... (Or 'Tote-ing for Business!')

Postby Ruislip Rustler on Tue 31 Jul 2018, 8:19 pm

As you may - or may not be aware - the cash raised by the Northolt Nightshoots is the main income for a restoration project at the station.

Known officially as 'The Sir Keith Park Building' (or Building 27 if you're lazy) is now approaching the home straight in terms of recreating what was the prototype Fighter Command sector operations room. It was here that much of the technology and procedures used so successfully during the Battle of Britain.

Although the building wasn't actually in use at the time of the aforementioned campaign, it did serve as a very useful testing ground..

As the time approaches when the Zep can rest on his laurels and show the great and good his handiwork, we'll update you with the final stages of the rebuild. I'll try and grab some before and after shots from his as well so you can see the amount of work that's gone into this.

Perhaps the biggest item Phil has built (visually, anyway) is the plotting table.

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The past couple of weeks have also seen the completion of the four squadron tote boards. While they may look pretty simple at first glance, behind the glass there's a lot of chamfering and groove-cutting gone on to fit the numerous indicator bulbs. Unlike other like-minded museums, all of these will be fully functioning.

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More will follow in due course.
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Postby wezgulf3 on Tue 31 Jul 2018, 8:54 pm

Thank you for posting this Lee, I'm sure some will still find something to gripe about it though!

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Postby frank on Tue 31 Jul 2018, 9:11 pm

Fascinating - I always wondered what the restoration was all about. A picture speaks louder than a thousand words. Looks a high standard of finish - not that we were expecting anything less
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Postby Amp on Tue 31 Jul 2018, 10:06 pm

What an amazing project! Great work indeed.
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Postby alanp on Wed 01 Aug 2018, 9:46 am

Great to see the progress, it's moved on a lot since I was last down there. Thanks for posting Lee.
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Postby jules48 on Wed 01 Aug 2018, 10:08 am

What a fantastic achievement. :lol:
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Postby Webby74 on Wed 01 Aug 2018, 11:20 am

Excellent project. Don't mind helping donate to things like this
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Postby TigerMeet4Ever on Sat 04 Aug 2018, 7:47 am

Congratulations on the work done. Top ! :clap:
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Postby alisdairanderson on Mon 06 Aug 2018, 4:20 pm

That look superb.... excellent!!!


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Postby Danny on Mon 06 Aug 2018, 4:52 pm

That's looking brilliant - very authentic! I've always wanted one of those clocks for my room.
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Postby Rick on Mon 06 Aug 2018, 4:55 pm

Danny wrote:That's looking brilliant - very authentic! I've always wanted one of those clocks for my room.


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Postby Nwalch on Mon 06 Aug 2018, 5:25 pm

Fantastic job and thanks for sharing the images. Look forward to seeing more.
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Postby Pen Pusher on Mon 06 Aug 2018, 5:58 pm

Danny wrote: I've always wanted one of those clocks for my room.


Only £75.00 http://www.iwmshop.org.uk/p/23628/Repli ... ctor-clock

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Postby Ruislip Rustler on Sun 06 Jan 2019, 4:31 pm

More pics to bring the thread up to date.

These first ones were taken when the building was visited by Air Officer Commanding No 2 Group during his visit to the station in November.

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And these show the building shortly before the restoration commenced when it was still in use by accounting staff. All were taken from the same spot, which is just to the left of the image above.

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The room visible through the door is where Phil now has his workshop and to the right, adjacent to the wall is the where the teleprinter room was re-built (image 4 above). The doorway has seen been removed in line with the original building plan.

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Postby Pen Pusher on Sun 06 Jan 2019, 4:38 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap:

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Postby keithjs on Sun 06 Jan 2019, 5:53 pm

Pen Pusher wrote::clap: :clap: :clap:

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I'll second that!! A stunning piece of work and a credit to everyone involved.... :worship: Would love to have a look for real sometime... :heyhey: :whistle:
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Postby Amp on Sun 06 Jan 2019, 6:19 pm

Congratulations on a great job - it looks wonderful. That the room remains itself was quite remarkable, but restoring it to such a standard is fantastic.
Hopefully it will be treated with respect over coming years and non-serving people will get the opportunity to witness the results of the hard work.
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Postby D90Man on Sun 06 Jan 2019, 7:19 pm

An outstanding piece of work and dedication by Phil (Graf Zeppelin) - the quality of the result is testament to hours he has put into this project. I can only hope that our support of the NightShoots has in some small way contributed to the result.

Phil - you rock - :rock:

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Postby TJJ on Sun 06 Jan 2019, 7:46 pm

Congratulations on completing an outstanding project. I was fortunate to have a tour around the control room when it was still a building site, after an LUAWG meeting at Northolt, and it was impressive even then.
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Postby Graf Zeppelin on Sun 06 Jan 2019, 8:25 pm

Thanks for the kind words gents. Although the room looks finished there is still a lot to do. I have just started the cabling work to connect the Tote Boards to the control panels on the dais. Then all of the phones need wiring up and there is DF tables to build for the ops room in the wooden hut where the workshop is at the moment. We also intend to get the period teleprinter running in our teleprinter room. I find it amazing how many people don't know what a teleprinter is/was! I must be getting old...... :sad:
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Postby TigerMeet4Ever on Sun 06 Jan 2019, 10:19 pm

Congratulations on the work done. Top ! :clap:
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Postby neville on Mon 07 Jan 2019, 8:19 am

Terrific acheivement, well done Phil...
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Postby Mike Dodd on Mon 07 Jan 2019, 2:21 pm

Superb job ! Well done to all concerned.
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Postby King Cobra on Wed 09 Jan 2019, 1:23 pm

Graf Zeppelin wrote:Thanks for the kind words gents. Although the room looks finished there is still a lot to do. I have just started the cabling work to connect the Tote Boards to the control panels on the dais. Then all of the phones need wiring up and there is DF tables to build for the ops room in the wooden hut where the workshop is at the moment. We also intend to get the period teleprinter running in our teleprinter room. I find it amazing how many people don't know what a teleprinter is/was! I must be getting old...... :sad:


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