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by hunterxf382
Tue 20 Feb 2024, 10:48 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 1328
Views: 598452

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

Wow that electric string part of the project is quite the challenge!
Nice progress being made with the additional manpower available - and more steps towards the end goal!

Catching up with previous updates - nice to see some Chippie progress too!

Keep up the good work all of you!
by hunterxf382
Wed 14 Feb 2024, 7:44 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 1328
Views: 598452

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

Cheers TT! Wondered if anyone was paying attention out there! Always paying attention here Graham, as well as over on that facial reference paper reading material thing folk rave on about. Still full of admiration, still amazed at the progress, still noting the other fleet airframes popping up from...
by hunterxf382
Wed 14 Feb 2024, 5:59 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Manchester Airport Runway Viewing Park Aircraft
Replies: 13
Views: 3068

Re: Manchester Airport Runway Viewing Park Aircraft

A quick update on the aircraft at the Manchester airport RVP. Our volunteer team is now 26 strong and around 12 or so turn out a couple of Saturdays a month in all weathers. Nimrod MR.2 XV231 has been given a fair amount of attention recently, especially the exterior. Lots of washing and we've star...
by hunterxf382
Wed 17 Jan 2024, 7:52 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 1328
Views: 598452

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

I reckon Graham's just secretly found an unloved single seater, hacked the nose off, and convinced us he built a 'replica' in the form of a 'rig' only because he left off the damaged outer skins where the chainsaw marks were.... You can't fool me with that ultra-realism looking just like the real th...
by hunterxf382
Tue 16 Jan 2024, 10:30 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Shackleton WR963 - [Official Topic]
Replies: 505
Views: 282431

Re: Shackleton WR963 - [Official Topic]

Brilliant progress update there Graham - we're getting used to how comprehensive your updates can be regardless of the airframe concerned... I feel a tad guilty that I could not offer any help for 963 but sadly my health isn't what it used to be when it comes to clambering all over her like I used t...
by hunterxf382
Sun 14 Jan 2024, 12:00 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Berlin Airlift
Replies: 5
Views: 736

Re: Berlin Airlift

In her former identity flown by Air Atlantique out of Coventry as G-AMPZ and wearing her military serial KN442, this airframe was well known to have documented history of taking part in the Berlin Airlift. I haven't seen the actual paperwork, but here's a potted history of that airframe online: http...
by hunterxf382
Mon 08 Jan 2024, 7:32 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 1328
Views: 598452

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

I would just like to say Graham how much I admire and respect this wiring work that is ongoing on 788. A very daunting prospect must have faced you when you first saw all the cut looms and/or missing chunks. Most restoration would involve existing but potentially corroded wiring, but you took on a h...
by hunterxf382
Thu 04 Jan 2024, 6:01 pm
Forum: Heads Up/OTT
Topic: Final Hawk T1s from RNAS Culdrose
Replies: 7
Views: 4273

Re: Final Hawk T1s from RNAS Culdrose

Eurodemobbed reminded me of this this evening when looking at the mass exodus of Sea Harriers this year from Culdrose to St Athan, there are some photos of it online preserved at Culdrose last year, but no idea where it is on base, or if visible from outside, can't find it on Google Maps satellite ...
by hunterxf382
Fri 29 Dec 2023, 2:30 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 1328
Views: 598452

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

Don't forget hunterxf382 that Graham does actually have one extra day of 'Jaffa-eating' (my Bad!) I meant fixing stuff on Feb 29th 2024. :wink: Well that's it then.... absolutely no excuse whatsoever for 788 not to be ground running by the year end now! That extra day has tipped the balance already...
by hunterxf382
Fri 29 Dec 2023, 10:57 am
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 1328
Views: 598452

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

Blue_2 wrote:
Fri 29 Dec 2023, 7:45 am
Breaks? What are these breaks of which you speak?! 🤔
Ooooh I'm sorry.... my bad lol

Jaffa's eaten during 'slightly slack' periods with a much needed brew then? :rofl:
by hunterxf382
Thu 28 Dec 2023, 6:12 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 1328
Views: 598452

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

It's funny Graham, but despite following along with all the updates as they happen; by the time you post your yearly round-ups like this - it seems that so much more work has been carried out in the quest to transform 788 into a thing of beauty! Quite an achievement indeed, and you and the rest of t...
by hunterxf382
Tue 19 Dec 2023, 5:52 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 1328
Views: 598452

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

Pete, you know where you can stick your RB199's, preferably with the thrust reverser buckets deployed for maximum discomfort! Bit harsh lol Just think of the improved spectator impact... the availability of spares etc...lol Oh well, at least I raised a response ;) On a more serious note - I do reca...
by hunterxf382
Mon 18 Dec 2023, 8:38 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 1328
Views: 598452

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

It really is one of those issues I can't decide, there's pros and cons to each which is why I've put it to you lot! 5944, Mercuries do sound good... but Derwents sound even better! The devil in me says use the soundtrack from the mighty RR RB199 Graham ;) You know you love a good Tonka soundtrack.....
by hunterxf382
Tue 12 Dec 2023, 8:40 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 1328
Views: 598452

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

That replica windscreen is a work of art! So realistic and perfect for the purpose... Although I am now doubting your intentions and reckon you're secretly starting to produce a clone of 788 bit by bit, starting with the cockpit 'rig' which will fool many, and slowly working backwards until you have...
by hunterxf382
Sun 10 Dec 2023, 8:51 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Can you identify a part?
Replies: 7
Views: 2002

Re: Can you identify a part?

Comet102 wrote:
Sat 09 Dec 2023, 8:32 pm
Someone on Facebook believes it's a Engine Control Quadrant from a Westland Lynx.
I would say that's a perfect match, even the levers!
Take a close look:
by hunterxf382
Mon 04 Dec 2023, 11:09 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 1328
Views: 598452

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

Graham (and team) - I appear to have missed a few updates with the passage of time, so I've binge read back all of them just in case I may have missed something important over on your facebook offerings. I don't envy you at all when having to deal with the cold weather and metal skinned aircraft bit...
by hunterxf382
Fri 15 Sep 2023, 10:52 pm
Forum: Heads Up/OTT
Topic: Bronco Demo team spotted over Kent
Replies: 2
Views: 1794

Re: Bronco Demo team spotted over Kent

Returning home to Belgium after a trip to Gloucestershire Airport
by hunterxf382
Mon 11 Sep 2023, 4:02 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 1328
Views: 598452

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

TEXANTOMCAT wrote:
Mon 11 Sep 2023, 11:58 am
Jaf-fa Jet :clap: Jaf-fa Jet :clap: Jaf-fa Jet :clap: :)
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
by hunterxf382
Fri 08 Sep 2023, 2:10 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 1328
Views: 598452

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

It felt like a privilege back then to be fair. We knew how special these two were in their twilight years, and always treated them carefully! At least my Halton trade training felt more appropriate on old kites like these. We had our legendary "Puddy" Catt flying them too, who's presence h...
by hunterxf382
Thu 07 Sep 2023, 6:59 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 1328
Views: 598452

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

I have a get-out clause on that one then Graham ;) Brawdy's 2 Meteors were maintained and flightline crewed by the small crew of us on our VASF section - Winston being our target-towing aircraft of course. It formed part of our role as we were also responsible for 4 x JP's as well. Kind of a mini-sq...
by hunterxf382
Wed 06 Sep 2023, 4:45 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 1328
Views: 598452

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

I will get there to see all this handiwork one day Graham ;)
I'm wary though of feeling rather old if you insist that ex-Meatbox crews sign the panel - having worked on the infamous "Winston" and "Clementine" at the end of their service lives of course (up until 1982)....
by hunterxf382
Sat 02 Sep 2023, 9:01 am
Forum: IWM Duxford Events
Topic: QUERY: 1996 Classic Jets - the airliners
Replies: 5
Views: 3125

Re: QUERY: 1996 Classic Jets - the airliners

According to the caption on this - there were 22 Airliners in total!!!!

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by hunterxf382
Wed 30 Aug 2023, 5:16 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 1328
Views: 598452

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

Been a while since I commented on progress Graham, what with a busy summer getting the better of me etc etc, but now that I've caught up with the many many updates on work, I'm smiling at the temporary results of the eviction process which gives a tantalising glimpse of what is to come ;) Almost loo...
by hunterxf382
Tue 09 May 2023, 7:39 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: UK Heritage Aviation Trust
Replies: 451
Views: 290711

Re: UK Heritage Aviation Trust

Meet & what....lol???????? :rofl: :rofl:
by hunterxf382
Mon 06 Feb 2023, 9:01 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: A-W Meteor NF.14 WS788 Restoration Project
Replies: 1328
Views: 598452

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

More excellent updates coming faster than I could read them Graham! You and the team are certainly getting stuck in despite the chilled air and frequent downpours that fail to stop you in your tracks much if not at all! I do like this accessible cockpit idea as I know all to well that full cockpit a...