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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:01 pm
by Mayfly
keep at it Gaz you're doing a good job :ymapplause:

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:42 pm
by Gaz
Mayfly wrote:keep at it Gaz you're doing a good job :ymapplause:



Cheers MF ;)

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:17 am
by Delhud
Sadly I can only watch your progress

Bit too far to commute


Delhud

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:19 am
by Dan4th
Delhud wrote:Sadly I can only watch your progress

Bit too far to commute


Delhud


Well, yeah, but you could always go and Visit
once in a while...........

I'm sure they'd put you up and feed you, Delhud.

Or is that put UP with you??????????

Either way, it might be a fun weekend.

Danf.

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:32 am
by Xplumberlives
Dan4th wrote:
Delhud wrote:Sadly I can only watch your progress

Bit too far to commute


Delhud


Well, yeah, but you could always go and Visit
once in a while...........

I'm sure they'd put you up and feed you, Delhud.

Or is that put UP with you??????????

Either way, it might be a fun weekend.

Danf.





Darnforth, the Forum Fixer! ;)

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 3:05 pm
by Gaz
Anyone who might be popping over from the Lightning do this Saturday, you might want to bring a torch. I can have the lights in the cargo bay on for a little while but, as I'm sure you can imagine, they hammer the battery. I'll be putting some of those touch lights in the bowels of the aircraft but they're not brilliant.

Hope some of you come and keep me company :D

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:36 pm
by Gaz
Just got back from Bruntingthorpe. Done a bit of cleaning ready for tomorrow and heaved the battery (And I do mean heaved! Bloody thing's heavier than my son) up out of it's hole, down through the bowels of the aircraft and into the boot of my car, it's on charge now so should be good for tomorrow.

Look forward to seeing some of you tomorrow!

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:43 pm
by Mayfly
Hope you get lots of interest Gaz :ymapplause:

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:46 pm
by Jigsaw
:ymapplause: Excellent stuff. Keep up the good work mate.
I am determined I will get there sooner rather than later.

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 4:01 pm
by Gaz
We had a fantastic turn out yesterday. I reckon over 100 people wandered over from the LPG do (Which was ace BTW!!). I had offers of help in several forms. Cash, time, materials, even one or two contacts I should investigate. I even managed to squeeze enough juice out of our little battery to show everyone the cockpit in all its glory.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to come and see us, it was appreciated! :)

Just as I was locking up....

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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 4:30 pm
by MadNaddy
Glad you've got some interesting leads little bro.

That pic is lovely!

Hugs xxx

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 4:49 pm
by Mackrick
Nice photo Gaz ... keep up the good work.

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:11 pm
by Mayfly
Thats good news Gaz - pleased for ya ;)

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:33 pm
by RLN
Thanks for showing us the Guppy, Gaz. Shame my pictures didn't turn out :( I think your battery held up well, considering.

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 11:40 pm
by Cluny
Thank you for the show round yesterday Gaz B-)
Btw
Forgot to mention this but have you thought about getting in contact with Atlantic Airlines at Coventry as another source for engines ?
They're breaking up another Electra for spares and ofcourse Electras are powered by the same Inverted T56s as used on the Guppy , they might have a few non airworthy examples lying around /:)

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:50 am
by Dan4th
In a Year Or Two............



























Image

Right, Gaz?????????? Here's to ya!

Danf.

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:09 pm
by Gaz
Cluny wrote:Thank you for the show round yesterday Gaz B-)
Btw
Forgot to mention this but have you thought about getting in contact with Atlantic Airlines at Coventry as another source for engines ?
They're breaking up another Electra for spares and ofcourse Electras are powered by the same Inverted T56s as used on the Guppy , they might have a few non airworthy examples lying around /:)



Cheers for that bit of info, Cluny!! I had no idea they were breaking an Electra up. I'll e-mail them now!!


And Danf.........Wouldn't that be nice!!!!! :D

The problem we have is that the last time the cargo door was opened, they didn't remove all the ballast (About 2 tonnes of sand) from the nose, consequently, when the door was finally prized open, the weight bent the hinges, probably, beyond repair. Once we have got round to re-distributing the ballast along the entire length of the aircraft, we'll see if we can fix the hinges, if not, if we ever want to taxi her, we'll have to weld it closed.......permanently! :(


PS: Anyone want to buy me a Christmas present :D
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Gemini-Jets-Sky40 ... 5ad229f384

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 10:54 pm
by 320psi
Looking good matey, keep it up old boy ;)

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:14 pm
by Vulcan Bomber
Gaz wrote:
Cluny wrote:Thank you for the show round yesterday Gaz B-)
Btw
Forgot to mention this but have you thought about getting in contact with Atlantic Airlines at Coventry as another source for engines ?
They're breaking up another Electra for spares and ofcourse Electras are powered by the same Inverted T56s as used on the Guppy , they might have a few non airworthy examples lying around /:)



Cheers for that bit of info, Cluny!! I had no idea they were breaking an Electra up. I'll e-mail them now!!


And Danf.........Wouldn't that be nice!!!!! :D

The problem we have is that the last time the cargo door was opened, they didn't remove all the ballast (About 2 tonnes of sand) from the nose, consequently, when the door was finally prized open, the weight bent the hinges, probably, beyond repair. Once we have got round to re-distributing the ballast along the entire length of the aircraft, we'll see if we can fix the hinges, if not, if we ever want to taxi her, we'll have to weld it closed.......permanently! :(


PS: Anyone want to buy me a Christmas present :D
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Gemini-Jets-Sky40 ... 5ad229f384



Would that be why the door isnt closed properly now then?

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:19 pm
by Gaz
Vulcan Bomber wrote:

Would that be why the door isnt closed properly now then?



Yes, exactly. It's a bugger too because it lets the rain in

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:19 pm
by Gaz
Typical isn't it?!?!

I get to Bruntingthorpe, I get my overalls on, I mask of an area of propellor ready for painting.....

And it starts hammering down!!! I give it 20 minutes, it doesn't stop, I decide to leave! :D

I did do some cleaning up though, there was a bit of litter from Saturday that I couldn't see at the time and, alarmingly, some burnt matches were in the nose section (I only looked because I could smell em), it looks like they'd been thrown in there. Luckily, it's pretty damp in there. It's not worth thinking what would have happened if one had caught.

I know who was in there after us, so, I'll be having words.

Website coming soon!! (Thanks Andy ;) )

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 6:51 pm
by Sickbag_andy
Gaz wrote:Typical isn't it?!?!

I
Website coming soon!! (Thanks Andy ;) )



I've now got it built but at the moment it's only available as a piggy-back onto my tennis club site that I run.
I've bought the domain name and hosting and have uploaded it but now need to wait for the settings to propagate before it will work (hopefully tomorrow) if you can't wait and want a preview, here's the link to the temporary location: http://www.gosfield-tennis.co.uk/super% ... 0index.htm

I've also set up a forum so that questions etc can be put to the team as well as anything else that grabs one.
link : http://superguppy.yuku.com/

If anybody else has got some good pics i'd appreciate them please, e-mail me at andyjgoldsmith@googlemail.com I've found some nice ones on the web but need to ask the owners if I can use them (time!)

btw the site name will be http://www.superguppy.co.uk when it is live

EDIT - just gone live about 15 mniutes ago! link: http://www.superguppy.co.uk/

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 7:24 pm
by Saracenman
looks good! :ymapplause:

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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 7:34 pm
by Gaz
Yep, exactly what we needed!!

Cheers Andy!!

Re: Super Guppy Restoration

PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 8:33 pm
by Mackrick
looking good :ymapplause:

Linky in the top please Wedgy :D