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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Mayfly » Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:47 pm

You don't want to get me started on this subject ~x( X(
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Gaz » Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:48 pm

Bubbles wrote:Had a very busy day today.

Drank some coffee, showed a few people around, drank some more coffee, showed a few more round, watched Clive fly his Gyrocopter, eat Dickons cakes, had some coffee. Oh and got scared a bit by a Jet Provost.


Didn't know you were up there today mate!

So, Clive does actually use his gyro then!?!? Pics??


Did they manage to find the keys? I put a big enough label on the hook!
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Bubbles » Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:54 pm

Was a last minute decision to go, have even more time on my hands now :(( i unlocked today so no trouble with the keys, some pics from today

Clive taking off.
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Flying high.
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Phil Ridell's Pitts.
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I think he was using me for target practice.
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As you can see i had a very busy day.
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Saracenman » Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:58 pm

like the autogyro :ymapplause:

some years ago i had ideas to learn to fly one of those :(
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Bubbles » Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:01 pm

Clive built it himself, they can cost around £50,000 and its harder to get the licence for them nowadays. you need a PPL with a gyrocopter extension.
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Gaz » Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:51 pm

Well, Ian, must have, worked like a bitch today:

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He'd gone before I got there but all the green has gone off the engine cowlings! Good work mate!

I've almost finished sanding the orange bits. Hopefully, next week, I'll get the primer on.

Things are bubbling away behind the scenes too. I'll update when we know for sure ;)
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby RLN » Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:57 pm

Good news, Gaz. Look forward to having a look at the LPG do.
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Gaz » Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:08 pm

RLN wrote:Good news, Gaz. Look forward to having a look at the LPG do.



Well, if you come and find me I'll open her up ;)
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Xplumberlives » Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:44 pm

Gaz wrote:
RLN wrote:Good news, Gaz. Look forward to having a look at the LPG do.



Well, if you come and find me I'll open her up ;)



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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Gaz » Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:36 pm

Xplumberlives wrote:
Gaz wrote:
RLN wrote:Good news, Gaz. Look forward to having a look at the LPG do.



Well, if you come and find me I'll open her up ;)



Shall I bring my own CANOPENER?



No need, I have a key.
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Dan4th » Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:13 am

Here's a pic taken by IA Forumeer Round_Engine back in 2003:

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Airbus-Skylink/Aero-Spacelines-377SGT/0375037/L

GAZ: I have some info for you -- will send a PM later today.......

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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Mayfly » Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:19 am

I know there is only 1 super guppy left in operation, operated I believe by NASA,

but what other very similar looking aircraft are still flying? I ask because about 6-9 months ago I saw something very similar very high - 30-35,000ft fly over my house going from north west - to south east - it certainly had the guppy styling about it.
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby IanM » Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:32 am

Mayfly wrote:I know there is only 1 super guppy left in operation, operated I believe by NASA,

but what other very similar looking aircraft are still flying? I ask because about 6-9 months ago I saw something very similar very high - 30-35,000ft fly over my house going from north west - to south east - it certainly had the guppy styling about it.


Probably the Beluga

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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Mayfly » Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:34 am

thanks Ian it could well have been
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Gaz » Thu Oct 22, 2009 1:05 pm

Ok, so the weather was against me a bit yesterday, so, I did some, long overdue, cleaning in the cockpit. I don't think it's ever been done before. My poor rag didn't know what had hit it!

Pilot's side console before:

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And after:

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I know it looks the same on the photos, you'll just have to take my word for it!


Top of the panel, before. This was really bad. Rotting flies and moths and I'm pretty certain, some authentic former pilot saliva!:

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After. Again, not really noticable on the pics, but, I did do it.....Honest!

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We're still waiting for news about our possible new(ish) nose leg.

David Walton has just bought a job lot of aviation grade cleaning agent. I'm hoping for a barrel or fifty!


Danf, I look forward to hearing from you!
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Saracenman » Thu Oct 22, 2009 5:22 pm

you'd best not let the missus see your cleaning abilities Gaz! even IF there's no before/after difference! =))

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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Mayfly » Sat Oct 24, 2009 3:06 pm

yeah I can just imagine it - Mrs Gaz, here Gaz just dust the lounge for me ------ look of utter shock & misunderstanding crosses his face =))
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Gaz » Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:52 pm

Mayfly wrote:yeah I can just imagine it - Mrs Gaz, here Gaz just dust the lounge for me ------ look of utter shock & misunderstanding crosses his face =))



Ah shut yer face! :D


Anyway.....


So, despite the weather doing its best (It was bleedin windy up there today!), we got some decent work done.

Dickon has stumbled across some sheet aluminium. Along the very bottom of the fuselage and around one of the engine cowlings, there is some fairly major puncture wounds in the aircraft's skin. Dickon has measured all of the fissures and will now cut some ally to rivet in place and patch the holes. It probably won't be a permanent fix but it will stop the water getting in for now.

A lot of the work to do was off the ground but with the wind being so strong we decided against going up the riser and do some work at ground level.

Me and Ian set about the main landing gear. It had got in an awful state after she was last moved, off road, by accident! Before:

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And after some serious scrubbing:

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And after an age of prep work, I got to do a test section of the "Orange Bits"

Before, but, after being primed:

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After:

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We were pretty happy with the outcome so, if the weather behaves, I'll crack on with it on Wednesday.
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Saracenman » Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:57 pm

:ymapplause:

it's work like that which makes it seem worthwhile - there's nothing like hours of invisible work to dampen the spirits :(

looking good Gaz

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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Xplumberlives » Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:59 pm

Gaz wrote:Image



If I bring my old floats round could you brighten the tips up for me? :ymapplause:
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Gaz » Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:07 pm

Yeah, SM, it was nice to do something that seemed like REAL progress.

XP, I thought most of your old floats were hanging from the trees, on the far banks of, several, fisheries around Cambridgeshire after many years of wayward casting.
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Xplumberlives » Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:09 pm

Gaz wrote:XP, I thought most of your old floats were hanging from the trees, on the far banks of, several, fisheries around Cambridgeshire after many years of wayward casting.



No, you'd be wrong again! =)) =)) =)) =)) =))
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Gaz » Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:19 pm

Xplumberlives wrote:
Gaz wrote:XP, I thought most of your old floats were hanging from the trees, on the far banks of, several, fisheries around Cambridgeshire after many years of wayward casting.



No, you'd be wrong again! =)) =)) =)) =)) =))


Oh no, that's right, you do most of your fishing in Northants!! :D
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby MadNaddy » Sun Oct 25, 2009 8:06 pm

This is all very impressive little bro - well done to you and the gang :ymapplause:
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Gaz » Thu Oct 29, 2009 1:47 pm

The weather did behave! For once!

Before:

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And after running out of, both, paint AND daylight:

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It'll need another coat or two but I'm happy with it!
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