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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby Kermit » Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:50 pm

Excellent blog ! Had a great time exploring it, very good indeed.
And nice to have you back, methinks IA should descend on Elvington to see/ hear Lindy in March, any takers ???
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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby Sploosher » Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:37 pm

Kermit wrote:Excellent blog ! Had a great time exploring it, very good indeed.
And nice to have you back, methinks IA should descend on Elvington to see/ hear Lindy in March, any takers ???



me, myself, and I are game............ ;) ;) ;)
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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby Xplumberlives » Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:13 pm

Sploosher wrote:
Kermit wrote:Excellent blog ! Had a great time exploring it, very good indeed.
And nice to have you back, methinks IA should descend on Elvington to see/ hear Lindy in March, any takers ???



me, myself, and I are game............ ;) ;) ;)



Sounds like you just booked yourself three places on the trip! :D
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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby MOD » Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:55 pm

I also hope to get up there in March. ;)


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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby Jigsaw » Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:12 pm

MOD wrote:I also hope to get up there in March. ;)


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Me too. Really enjoyed reading the blog as well :D
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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby Dan4th » Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:35 am

I love what I've read so far.............

Give me a while and I'll read the Whole Thing!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby Blue_2 » Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:13 am

I'll pass on your comments to our blogmeister! I'm preparing an article for the blog about some unexpected discoveries on Lindy's airframe... I'll try to get some sort of confirmation this weekend of what date in March the anti-det runs are planned for and how much noise it's planned to make.
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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby Blue_2 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:14 pm

Despite the wintery weather it was back to business as usual yesterday, with 6 of us mustering to make sure Lindy wasn't being adversely affected by the weather. This was the sight that greeted us on arrival
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And the Nimrod was wearing a facemask too! Best thing for it, some would say...
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We managed to dig our way a little closer to Lindy...
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And encountered some fairly epic icicles on the wing trailing edge!
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We knocked off as much of the accumulated snow and ice as we could, as obviously it doesn't do the jet any good. Some of the icicles around site yesterday had to be seen to be believed!
We opened up and all was well, the cockpit needed little defrosting. Ian even brought a gift in the shape of an extended hydraulic hand pump handle, nice work mate! However, the houchin decided to play up and cut after 5 minutes warming up. A fuel starvation issue was the cause and, after a top up (of both the fuel levels in the tank and on my coveralls!) and bleeding the fuel back through the magic green box/random smoke generator was back on song. Wouldn't like to say what caused the fuel shortage, but the Houchin's tank was still a quarter full on Thursday...
Ground power was put on and, apart from as slightly bemused ADF, all was well. This could be because it's been a while since most of the avionics have been topped up with Nitrogen. We decided to retire for coffee and lunch, to give the outside temps chance to edge up towards 0 degrees C.
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It had been mooted that we'd do an anti-det run after lunch, so after eats we ventured back out, fired up the Houchin and de-blanked the jet. This was a slower and even more carefully executed operation than normal due to the ice and snow! Getting the ones off the plenum chamber vents was, er, interesting...
We decided to fire up the Artouste, do wet and dry spins of the main engines and give all the hydraulic services a good workout. It was my first time on the external comms, and apart from Ian standing on my long lead repeatedly all went well. Firstly the Artouste lit cleanly, then after it'd been given chance to warm up all the mains were wet run. Some functionals were then carried out on the flaps and airbrakes, on first deployment of the flaps they deposited a serious heap of snow behind the wings! Ollie got a free workout, wrestling the controls which can be a bit heavy until the oil in the PFCU's has warmed up. We then did another dry run of all the engines, then another cycle of the flaps before calling it a day. We retreated for a brew (earned for once!) while everything cooled down and discussed our future plans for Lindy. We may soon be embarking on a repaint if all goes to plan as she really does need it, and also we're contemplating changing the starter on no.1 engine as it seems to be getting a touch lazy and smokes a bit. Overall though, Lindy's got a clean bill of health, not bad for her age!
When we left the warmth of the NAAFI we got her all blanked up snugly again... then the sun came out!
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A cold, but successful weekend. Hopefully the white stuff will be gone from HQ Yorkshire Independent Air Force by next Sunday as I've a growing list of jobs waiting to be done. In the meantime keep checking the blog as we've some nice new titbits added. Though I feel I must warn you, the photos Christine's added to the 'spares recovery' article are not for the faint-hearted, and I don't just mean because of Andre's dodgy early 90's hair! :D
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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby Dan4th » Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:57 pm

Those are some Great Shots, Mister Blue.......

What are you considering for a paint scheme?

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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby Xplumberlives » Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:48 pm

Another nice report! :ymapplause:
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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby Jigsaw » Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:36 pm

Thanks for another great update :ymapplause:
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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby MOD » Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:54 pm

Thanks again Blue_2 for the great updates and the blog stories. ;)


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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby Sploosher » Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:15 pm

MOD wrote:Thanks again Blue_2 for the great updates and the blog stories. ;)


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+1 to that..... ;)
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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby Blue_2 » Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:13 pm

Dan4th wrote:
What are you considering for a paint scheme?


I'm afraid you'll just have to wait and see! We know what we'd like to do...

Glad you all like the update, I can't claim the credit for the blog but I am preparing a little something for it, as are a couple of others on the team.

Just a reminder well more an ever so subtle plug really, Sunday March 4 is the provisional date for the next anti-det runs of the Victor and Nimrod. Full engine running is the intention...
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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby Blue_2 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:09 pm

19/02/2012 update
Well today couldn't be much different to last week, look at the weather!
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We got ground power on and, taking advantage of the nice weather, I climbed up and opened up the plenum to let it air for a bit. We had green visitors too!
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Andre testing the compasses.
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Speaking of the compasses, has anyone got one of these, a TACAN/ADF indicator? Our P1's one is getting a little lazy.
We also did a battery change, we swap batteries regularly to keep them all in good condition
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I also took a wander to the hangar to see progress on two of the DH inmates. The Devon is looking really good, see the newly trimmed out interior
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Outside, she's had a damn good polishing
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And has all 3 legs on. She's not far off ready to roll, a credit to all the guys who've been busy on her.
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The Mossie is also making steady progress, Grant and Brian were busy playing with the electrics on her today. The engines look very nice
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An unusual view of her
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I also had a nosey at another classic piston engined machine that should soon be rolling
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Again, a massive credit to all the hangar team involved in this project, specially those who like us braved the cold weather over winter.
On the way back to the jet I got a couple of shots of Kim basking in the sun
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Even the Meteor 14 looked almost cheerful, unusual for the poor thing
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Rich had a go with the manual hyd pump. We like to try keep the pressures up, but seeing as we weren't running the hyd pumps it has to be done mandraulically. Using Ianf's mighty extended handle is far easier we've found!
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We are doing a spot of crew training too, behold our new Nav. Radar!
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More next week...
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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby Xplumberlives » Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:18 pm

WOW! what a difference a week makes! :-o

Thanks for keeping us up to date B2 :ymapplause:
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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby Jigsaw » Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:36 pm

:ymapplause: :ymapplause: :D
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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby MOD » Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:59 pm

Thanks Blue_2. I love seeing the w.i.p in the hangars :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause:

Nice to see some blue sky as well.


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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby Dan4th » Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:27 pm

Nice to see, all of it!!!!!!!!

When does your "Hooters" sponsorship
kick off :D :D :D :D :D :D ?

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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby Blue_2 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:54 am

Glad you like the updates on the activities in the hangar chaps, although I'll concentrate mostly on Lindy I'll keep popping over there for a look-see and pass on any developments.
The owl is our mascot, only recently returned after those dastardly Nimrod types abducted him. They think their monkey is safe, the fools... :))
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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby Blue_2 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:47 pm

new goodies on the blog folks! :)
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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby MOD » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:26 pm

Blue_2 wrote:
Dan4th wrote:
What are you considering for a paint scheme?


I'm afraid you'll just have to wait and see! We know what we'd like to do...

Glad you all like the update, I can't claim the credit for the blog but I am preparing a little something for it, as are a couple of others on the team.

Just a reminder well more an ever so subtle plug really, Sunday March 4 is the provisional date for the next anti-det runs of the Victor and Nimrod. Full engine running is the intention...


I vote for 231 in the Texas deployment markings :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause:

Hemp, or Gulf War Pink is sooooo yesterday!!! =)) =))

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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby Xplumberlives » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:33 pm

MOD wrote:I vote for 231 in the Texas deployment markings :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause:

Hemp, or Gulf War Pink is sooooo yesterday!!! =)) =))

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Pictures PLEASE! :D
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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby Dan4th » Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:49 am

YES!

I'd like to see that, too!

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Re: Victor K2 XL231

Postby Ramshornvortex » Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:24 am

Pictures PLEASE!


I'd like to see that, too!


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