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Post by Rev Light » Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:41 am

Actually it was nice to sit in all these cockpits and press all the buttons and pull all the toggle switches, even the red ones and those surrounded by yellow and black. In my days in the RAF, this was a bit of a 'no, no'....As you can imagine!

Also I am particularly interested in the older British types, which in my day, were either already out of service or heading that way. However, there were still many of these airframes in the training establishments. As an ex Flt Systems technician, I did my final 'airfields' training on these types, Canberra, Argosy, Shackleton, Hunter and Gnat, to name but a few. My final board was to identify and fix a gyro compass fault on a Shackleton....

Any way I could not help myself when I got home from work yesterday. So it was out with the palm sander and the fibre glass. Left hand corner - removed all the paint and a surprising amount of filler encompassing all the cracks plus an inch. Two layers, as the car was once 'very brown'. Then a rather thick layer of glass mat and resin - but not quite as thick as all the filler that was removed.
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Post by Rev Light » Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:31 am

More pictures. this time on the driver's side. Radial cracks can be made out in the underlying fibre glass. New layer of matting applied to cover.

Time for some rubbing down and filling before some temporary paint.

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Post by peter freeman » Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:08 am

Tidworth Incident sounds like a film title



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Post by Rev Light » Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:38 am

Like the Yangste Incident?


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Post by scmarf » Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:00 pm

'The Tidworth Thunderbolt' (showing me age?) :lol:


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Post by Scimher » Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:32 pm

Neat work!......A few years back, dear old Big Sis would 'pop' her bonnet if she got hot & disgruntled :roll: - it never flew open & was always held on the catch, though...



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Post by Rev Light » Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:40 am

Did the repair on the front of the bonnet, which had been there for some time.

The Matt black is a temporary finish, applied with a brush, for the short/medium term and looks okay from a distance. But there are compatibility issues with the feathered edges of the underlying paint, so really should have removed all the Russet Red paint before I painted it black. But it is supposed to be temporary.

It has, however, given me the confidence to tackle some cracks on the nose section of the car. So, onwards and upwards.

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Post by Smiler » Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:17 pm

Wish I'd seen this post earlier, you were in my neck of the woods (I work at Boscombe Down). Would have been nice to remind myself what a complete Scimitar is like.

Scimilar to our Scimitars, the intakes on that Scimitar cockpit are reproductions made of fibreglass! :)


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Post by Rev Light » Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:48 am

Smiler,

I used to work at Boscombe Down myself until 2001. I was there for 5 years at the HSMU (Harrier Software Maintenance Unit).

Me my old boss at Old Sarum, and my old Station Commander.....Both retired, but keeping busy.

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Post by Smiler » Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:43 pm

Ah, up round by EFDC/NDT building? I've been at Boscombe on and off since 1991!

Scimitar is looking very smart by the way. The matt black bonnet doesn't look too bad either,


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Post by CNHSS1 » Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:57 am

Ivraced at Boscombe Down early 2000s! Great event, wish they still ran the sprint here now :cry:


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Post by Smiler » Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:14 pm

There were a couple of events held thereat the odd weekend. I was working in the Hangar next to the 'paddock' area one weekend.
I heard that they were stopped due to the amount of FOD left behind after the event.


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