Super Guppy Restoration

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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Iggie » Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:12 pm

Lookin' good Gaz!!

When will Dexter be allowed to help? :D
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Gaz » Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:33 pm

Iggie wrote:Lookin' good Gaz!!

When will Dexter be allowed to help? :D



He's already been up a couple of times. Once he's walking properly, I'll get him up a ladder
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Iggie » Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:41 pm

Good Man!!
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Gaz » Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:35 pm

Gaz wrote: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!



PS: If anyone knows of a generous, aviation loving, paint company, let me know ;)
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Gaz » Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:11 pm

I was on my own up there today. Most of the things that need doing require two or more so I just did some cleaning, oh yeah, someone has been smoking in the cargo hold, it stank of cigarette smoke and the floor was littered with ash and cigarette butts, I'm not impressed!!

Other than that, I measured up for my winter project. I'm going to make some new chocks. We're only using the flimsy old spring loaded ones and when the wind blows hard she don't half dance about on them!
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Xplumberlives » Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:12 pm

Gaz wrote:I was on my own up there today. Most of the things that need doing require two or more so I just did some cleaning, oh yeah, someone has been smoking in the cargo hold, it stank of cigarette smoke and the floor was littered with ash and cigarette butts, I'm not impressed!!
Other than that, I measured up for my winter project. I'm going to make some new chocks. We're only using the flimsy old spring loaded ones and when the wind blows hard she don't half dance about on them!



I thought you kept the old girl locked up! So look within, it must be one of the "volunteers"!
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Mackrick » Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:16 pm

Nice little update Gaz.

Any chance of some more photos showing the work thats required ...
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Gaz » Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:34 pm

Xplumberlives wrote:
Gaz wrote:I was on my own up there today. Most of the things that need doing require two or more so I just did some cleaning, oh yeah, someone has been smoking in the cargo hold, it stank of cigarette smoke and the floor was littered with ash and cigarette butts, I'm not impressed!!
Other than that, I measured up for my winter project. I'm going to make some new chocks. We're only using the flimsy old spring loaded ones and when the wind blows hard she don't half dance about on them!



I thought you kept the old girl locked up! So look within, it must be one of the "volunteers"!



Yep, she is locked so it was either one of the museum curators (Who have a key) or me! I'm certain it wouldn't have been one of my lads. Only one of them smokes and he knows I'd kick his arse if he smoked in there, don't you Gregg!?!? ;)


Mackrick: I'll sort out some of the surveying photos I took and photobook them. Watch this space...
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Gaz » Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:39 pm

Had a fun afternoon at Bruntingthorpe today. The RAF police were there and asked if they could plant explosives on the Guppy for the dogs to find. I said yes and connected the power so they could see what they were doing. Fascinating to watch, they were there all afternoon so I didn't get much done and the cockpit now smells like wet dog, but, I was glad I could help.

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I've collected some more bits of "homework". We need new pitot covers made and the intake covers could do with a sprucing up.
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Saracenman » Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:26 pm

those dogs are superb aren't they? :ymapplause:

did they get their muddy paws all over your newly-cleaned areas Gaz? ;)

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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Gaz » Thu Nov 12, 2009 10:07 pm

Saracenman wrote:those dogs are superb aren't they? :ymapplause:

did they get their muddy paws all over your newly-cleaned areas Gaz? ;)

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Yeah, the dogs were great. Only one missed the TNT and that was because she was only 6 months old and it was her first day.

No mud, luckily, but there is dog nose slime all over the windows!
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Saracenman » Thu Nov 12, 2009 10:27 pm

"dog nose slime" - PERFECT description! =))

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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Dan4th » Fri Nov 13, 2009 12:53 am

Saracenman wrote:"dog nose slime" - PERFECT description! =))

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AND a great name for a Band, too!

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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Gaz » Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:10 pm

We have a problem:

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The wind blew the rudder beyond the stops. She won't move on the pedals alone. Our steps aren't 30ft high.

These things are sent to try us!!


On a lighter note. We think we have found the relays for the ground power supply. Hopefully if we change them she might run off of ground power and we won't have to keep charging the battery :)
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Xplumberlives » Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:15 pm

Good luck!
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Saracenman » Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:16 pm

wait for the next high wind and turn Guppy appropriately ;)

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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Mackrick » Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:18 pm

What no gust locks ?
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Gaz » Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:23 pm

Mackrick wrote:What no gust locks ?


It blew them clean off! We found them quite a way from the back of the aircraft
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Mackrick » Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:24 pm

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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Vulcan Bomber » Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:16 pm

At least she didnt take an oil barrel in the side this time!!!!!!
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Gaz » Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:26 pm

Vulcan Bomber wrote:At least she didnt take an oil barrel in the side this time!!!!!!


Well, yeah! Small mercies and all that :)
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Spitfire » Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:08 am

Very remiss of me - this thread has passed me by and I've never even opened it :ymblushing: :ymblushing: :ymblushing:

I have just read all 4 pages and it's totally fascinating :ymapplause: :ymapplause: You are doing a great job - I am really so annoyed that I live so far far far far away :)) :)) ;)
I'd love to 'play' at BIG aircraft restoration although its obviously hard work it must also be huge fun :p

I don't seem to have gleaned from the text the real answer to what those props are hanging off - did you ever find out?? Do they turn at all or are they fixed??

Anyway - more power to your elbows and keep up the good work - most impressed :D

BTW I loved that video of the cockpit electrics - looks like Fylingdale Early Warning in there :D How do you begin to understand it all ..... I have enough trouble with AC & DC :ymblushing: :ymblushing:
Oh - and MORE videos :p
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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Saracenman » Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:56 am

Spitfire wrote:........I have enough trouble with AC & DC :ymblushing: :ymblushing:


:-o

does the missus know about this? :ymsmug:

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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Xplumberlives » Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:46 am

Saracenman wrote:
Spitfire wrote:........I have enough trouble with AC & DC :ymblushing: :ymblushing:


:-o

does the missus know about this? :ymsmug:

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Re: Super Guppy Restoration

Postby Gaz » Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:43 pm

Spitfire wrote:Very remiss of me - this thread has passed me by and I've never even opened it :ymblushing: :ymblushing: :ymblushing:

I have just read all 4 pages and it's totally fascinating :ymapplause: :ymapplause: You are doing a great job - I am really so annoyed that I live so far far far far away :)) :)) ;)
I'd love to 'play' at BIG aircraft restoration although its obviously hard work it must also be huge fun :p

I don't seem to have gleaned from the text the real answer to what those props are hanging off - did you ever find out?? Do they turn at all or are they fixed??

Anyway - more power to your elbows and keep up the good work - most impressed :D

BTW I loved that video of the cockpit electrics - looks like Fylingdale Early Warning in there :D How do you begin to understand it all ..... I have enough trouble with AC & DC :ymblushing: :ymblushing:
Oh - and MORE videos :p



Thanks for the nice comments!!

It is harder work than I thought it would be, I mean, I knew it wouldn't be easy but standing out in the weather for, nearly, 15 years, has taken it's toll. We are learning as we go (The avionics manual from boeing helps!!) and having a laugh at the same time :)

The engines and gearboxes were yanked almost as soon as she landed. The props sat on the ground for a while before being hoisted up and attached to steel plate. One of them turns (The one I painted :) ) the others are fixed.
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