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by hunterxf382
Fri 26 Feb 2021, 7:29 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 486
Views: 189290

Re: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project

Wow Graham, your work looks stunning mate!

Never mind that you treated us to an overload today with a double update ;)
I hope you gently clubbed those tiny rivets with an element of precision....lol

Those new placards look brilliant, and the panel looks amazing even without the gauges installed!
by hunterxf382
Fri 19 Feb 2021, 11:15 am
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 486
Views: 189290

Re: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project

I'm loving the attention to detail you're putting in to these panels! That dedication plaque had me googling of course - and I assumed you might already have been aware of this http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york43/hr946b.html Graham? Oh and one more thing - Meteors.... Your ...
by hunterxf382
Wed 17 Feb 2021, 10:29 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Coventry airport to possibly be turned into a factory
Replies: 19
Views: 2562

Re: Coventry airport to possibly be turned into a factory

Just a quick response - the Museum is on land that is independent from the airport land, long-term leased from what I recall briefly. That should mean that the artists impression proposal may well be accurate, albeit swamping the Museum with surrounding industrial property rather than a live airfiel...
by hunterxf382
Mon 15 Feb 2021, 10:40 am
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 486
Views: 189290

Re: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project

Blue_2 wrote:
Mon 15 Feb 2021, 9:56 am
Pete, you are a Bad Man for opening this can of worms! :joy:
Happy to help gain thread views Graham :) Even if it means discovering more potential cans along the way accidentally...lol :innocent:
by hunterxf382
Sun 14 Feb 2021, 1:13 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 486
Views: 189290

Re: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project

I think I'm glad to hear you already know these shops Graham! I say "think" cautiously as it might cause another tremble lol. Now I just happened to stumble on this online when searching for another image - and felt it worthy of a little caption perhaps? (runs for cover) "I don't care what you guys ...
by hunterxf382
Thu 11 Feb 2021, 9:17 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 486
Views: 189290

Re: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project

Couldn't resist looking up this shop myself - and now I fear Graham's wallet might take a hammering if he ever got the chance to visit as there happens to be a model shop right opposite (B&H Models) :) A look on Streetview https://goo.gl/maps/fgBLpXLovifXWtht9 shows them both to be a bit of an attra...
by hunterxf382
Mon 08 Feb 2021, 11:21 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: 80 Years of the Air Cadets
Replies: 28
Views: 1366

Re: 80 Years of the Air Cadets

492 Sqn in Solihull for me, which led directly to me joining the RAF in 1978. Flew Chipmunks from Shawbury, Venture Motor Gliders from Cosford, and during a summer camp at Odiham - two flights in Wessex, amongst many air experiences back then. Sadly I'm old enough to be have scared to death firing t...
by hunterxf382
Sun 07 Feb 2021, 5:30 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 486
Views: 189290

Re: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project

Thanks Graham - it's often the case of variations of panels for different engine fits, I was just curious as always ;) I know that panel is going to end up of your usual very high standard of restoration as befits all your projects so far, and that's what matters most! Lighting the panels as you des...
by hunterxf382
Sun 07 Feb 2021, 1:01 am
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 486
Views: 189290

Re: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project

Graham -are there many variations on Halifax FE panels I wonder? This photo exists from the IWM collection and shows some subtle differences in layout. It does however clearly show those gauges installed behind the panel rather than raised - something I had not seen before either if I'm honest? http...
by hunterxf382
Fri 29 Jan 2021, 8:59 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 486
Views: 189290

Re: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project

More excellent updates Graham..... I reckon I've got you and your team sussed now though ;) As normal service cannot be resumed for the foreseeable etc etc, I spotted that slowly but surely, more and more 'bits' of 788 are making their way out of the hangar and on to various homes. So my sneaky thou...
by hunterxf382
Tue 19 Jan 2021, 9:05 pm
Forum: Heads Up/OTT
Topic: Big rumblies
Replies: 5
Views: 1218

Re: Big rumblies

From facebook:

Castlemartin range is hosting a training exercise today with F-15'S from RAF Lakenheath Suffolk 48th Fighter Wing.
Due to the weather conditions you might not be able to see them, but you will certainly be able to hear them!
by hunterxf382
Sun 10 Jan 2021, 10:44 pm
Forum: 'Golden Oldies' Photos
Topic: Phantoms in a Glasgow scrapyard April 1992.
Replies: 13
Views: 1490

Re: Phantoms in a Glasgow scrapyard April 1992.

I'm only going by the following link, but that indicates the Renfrew Rd scrapyard surely?

https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/location/G ... 0Scrapyard
by hunterxf382
Thu 10 Dec 2020, 11:13 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 486
Views: 189290

Re: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project

What a fascinating review that is Graham! Looking back over the year like this just shows how much you've achieved in the somewhat limited time available for you and the team on 788! Great progress has been made for sure - and if Covid hadn't got in the way, I wonder how different the end of the yea...
by hunterxf382
Sat 05 Dec 2020, 5:46 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 486
Views: 189290

Re: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project

Graham, your updates throughout 2020 have been very much appreciated, as well as the effort put in to continue work as and when able during this difficult year. The humour still shone through with the escapades of a certain mascot (incidentally where is it spending Christmas then if the Museum has s...
by hunterxf382
Sat 28 Nov 2020, 6:54 pm
Forum: General Photography
Topic: Gloucester Cathedral
Replies: 4
Views: 507

Re: Gloucester Cathedral

Wow, that's quite some model! Not having seen one before, I had to google it and saw that card kits are available - is this an example of one? The details are amazing and must have required some concentration to figure out. As for the rest of winter - oh heck, why not just expand to the rest of the ...
by hunterxf382
Sat 21 Nov 2020, 10:35 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Westland Wessex HU.5 XS484 History
Replies: 10
Views: 1170

Re: Westland Wessex HU.5 XS484 History

Wyvernfan wrote:
Sat 21 Nov 2020, 7:03 pm
Thanks Pete. Any idea which squadron that was?
I've no idea I'm afraid...

In the continued search however - a photo showing it flying as part of a 4-ship at Farnborough, not just on static display (it did both)

https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1627881
by hunterxf382
Sat 21 Nov 2020, 6:48 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Westland Wessex HU.5 XS484 History
Replies: 10
Views: 1170

Re: Westland Wessex HU.5 XS484 History

As I have an interest in Wessex - I had a look around and found this link which shows a colour shot taken in 1964 (the year of delivery) in these colours: https://picclick.co.uk/Original-colour-slide-Wessex-HU5-XS484-203102476073.html And also noted it appeared at Farnborough that September too! htt...
by hunterxf382
Tue 10 Nov 2020, 9:34 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 486
Views: 189290

Re: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project

Well there was me thinking you might have deserved a months rest from activities around 788, but it seems not if you intend to build that panel. At least access is about 100% easier than on the aircraft this time - so in theory it should be therapeutic to complete this? Well one can live in hope ;) ...
by hunterxf382
Sun 25 Oct 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Ian Allan Birmingham - Closed
Replies: 12
Views: 2209

Re: Ian Allan Birmingham - Closed

There is some good news for Birmingham lovers of Ian Allan! The former Assistant Manager set up a new store barely one year ago, tucked away in the city centre, and is fast gaining a great reputation as word gets out - helped by some recent local media coverage too! Tornado Books & Hobbies is pretty...
by hunterxf382
Thu 22 Oct 2020, 11:31 am
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 486
Views: 189290

Re: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project

Yet again another great update Graham... and good to see excellent progress being made despite the torture of restricted access and design :) Mind you, you owe me a new coffee mug and keyboard when I saw the second photo in your update, as I laughed out loud and succeeded in illustrating how far hot...
by hunterxf382
Sun 11 Oct 2020, 11:15 am
Forum: Aircraft Modelling
Topic: Academy 1/48 Hunter F.6
Replies: 4
Views: 461

Re: Academy 1/48 Hunter F.6

That's a very tidy and well finished model indeed Derek! Small point though, as I'm a Brawdy veteran with a huge Hunter database... XK149 as you've modelled her would be from the 229 OCU era at Chivenor when she was a straight F6 with no modified tail brake chute etc. Once she arrived at Brawdy, con...
by hunterxf382
Sun 27 Sep 2020, 8:40 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 486
Views: 189290

Re: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project

Blimey Graham, progress is coming along in leaps and bounds! Fantastic result from your trip down south too!

Rather pleasing to see the result of the kidnap Version 2 as well.... those Buccaneer gang will soon learn ;) I trust the required quantity of Jaffa's has gone up to a suitable amount now :)
by hunterxf382
Sun 27 Sep 2020, 8:02 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Shackleton MR3 WR985
Replies: 11
Views: 1245

Re: Shackleton MR3 WR985

From this interesting album over on Flickr, you can see that the Meteor (WL332 by the way), had been moved back in August, although it's current whereabouts are unknown judging by the rapid destruction taking place on the site judging by some of the photos... https://www.flickr.com/photos/152150614@...
by hunterxf382
Fri 25 Sep 2020, 8:35 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 486
Views: 189290

Re: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project

Good grief - if things are that serious over some Jaffa cakes that anyone should need to call in the SAS I think I'll just deliver a jumbo pack to Graham myself if he should appear down at Coventry anytime...lol Imagine the consequences if there was a rationing at the supermarkets of Jaffa cakes whi...
by hunterxf382
Sun 06 Sep 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 486
Views: 189290

Re: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project

I have no idea what it was for (being a "rigger") but the port lower intake on "Winston" had an evil bacon slicer at a 45 degree angle which wasn't so obvious when crawling underneath - and hurt just as much as the IFF ;)