Mignet Flying Flea G-AFFI

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Re: Mignet Flying Flea G-AFFI

Postby Blue_2 » Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:55 pm

Ground running and taxying only. Quite keen on staying alive! ;)
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Re: Mignet Flying Flea G-AFFI

Postby Blue_2 » Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:57 am

24/07/14 Update

The little Flea has seen a bit more progress this week, I wasn't in as I was at a wedding in Staffordshire. While I was in that bit of the world it would have been rude not to pop across to the RAFM Cosford, and look what I found there!
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As my Mrs spotted, the mighty Flea is also immortalized on the windows of the museum cafe too!
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Back to G-AFFI, I sort of mentioned in my last report that the Flea's upper wing had suffered a misfortune. Unfortunately somehow the wing had been knocked or something (I guess nobody will ever own up; hey ho...) and ended up with its trestles pushed up through the upper wing surface fabric. Fortunately the main spar stopped the damage being any worse. You can imagine my delight at discovering this damage, I'm sure...
Anyway, Rich was in at the weekend and very kindly sent me a couple of photos of the wing now well on it's way to recovery, courtesy of Marie!
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I'm hoping to get this wing in paint soon, then back on the aircraft and out of harm's way...
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Re: Mignet Flying Flea G-AFFI

Postby Blue_2 » Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:33 pm

28/07/14 Update
I hoped to get the wing panted and on the Flea yesterday but, as you can see, it still requires more doping and attention to the repair near the port wingtip. Looking much better though!
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The fuselage is up on trestles once again; I've taken the wheels off for a tidy up as our French chap Kevin offered to give them some tlc before he returns to France this week.
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Re: Mignet Flying Flea G-AFFI

Postby Blue_2 » Thu Aug 07, 2014 12:37 pm

07/08/14 Update- the Flea Lives! (sort-of...)

I didn't visit the museum over the weekend, partly due to injury and other commitments, however 3 days off work seemed to offer an opportunity for some gentle Flea-fettling. My first priority on Monday was to get the wing upper surface painted, and the wing back on the aircraft and out of harm's way...:rolleyes:
Having replenished my stock of rollers, I found where the fairies had hidden my paintpot and cracked on. Here, the starboard half of the wing is painted. Taking the picture with paint-smeared hands also resulted in half my phone being painted also!
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While I had the paint and rollers out I decided to paint the silver bit in the middle of the tail logo. I had brought my modelling masking tape for the fiddly job of masking the logo up, as normal museum-issue tape is far too thick.
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Soon both sides were done! I intend to repaint the logos themselves too, once I find the correct shade of blue.
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After lunch the bright aluminium paint on the wing had dried nicely
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So I enlisted the help of Brian the Tractor God and our new tame French engineering student to lift the wing into place, after which we wheeled the Flea out for a dust-off, some daylight and fresh air for the first time in a few weeks. The upper wing underside still needs painting, but I can do that at my leisure.
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Also in this shot can be seen the refurbished mainwheels, one of the last jobs our previous French student did before he returned home last week. Merci, Kevin!
I climbed up on the wing of the Hunter to get a different angle on the 'Flea.
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Tuesday, we decided to start working towards first start. As the weather was good, we wheeled her outside again. She did look rather good in the sun! And received a surprising amount of attention from visitors too.
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First job was to re-fit the fuel tank tap, which despite being a fiddly job Brian and I managed with little drama. The new fuel line was then plumbed up, and the tank filled. Next we gave the engine a drink of oil, cleaned the plugs, and decided to see if she'd go. Unfortunately she showed no signs of life, we couldn't get a spark so we decided to leave it until Wednesday when our resident Genius of the Electric String, Ken, would be on site. I did get on with the job of rigging the upper wing though, after our new Frenchman restored 2 turnbuckles donated by Graham of the Dakota team I was able to get the rigging 'summat like'.
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The wing control cables still need rigging though; their adjusting components require more of a bath in penetrating fluid before they'll play ball.
So yesterday the weather didn't look too hopeful for taking the Flea outside to play. Things soon brightened up though, so we wheeled her out after Ken had taken a look at the Magneto. He declared it serviceable, however he diagnosed a fault in the mag switch which we rectified and soon had a healthy spark once Brian had cleaned up the plugs
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We took her out, had a few goes at starting and indeed got a few coughs and some life out of her! She seemed to be firing, however only on one cylinder. Further experimenting was curtailed by a heavy shower which snuck up on us
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So that was the end of the day's play really.
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I reckon she has an iffy HT lead, so if we can acquire a new pair for her she should be fine. Watch this space.
Finally, a 'pilot's eye' view from the Flea
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Re: Mignet Flying Flea G-AFFI

Postby Dougs » Fri Aug 08, 2014 7:56 am

wow she is looking very good indeed nice work. :)
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Re: Mignet Flying Flea G-AFFI

Postby Vulcan Bomber » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:37 pm

Looking at it outside Graham, do you fly them things with your feet hanging out, underneath it...? looks cramped at best!
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Re: Mignet Flying Flea G-AFFI

Postby Blue_2 » Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:24 pm

No, the intrepid birdman's feet go forward into the fuselage, under the engine. Even for a 6-footer such as me once you're in it's surprisingly comfortable and roomy!
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Re: Mignet Flying Flea G-AFFI

Postby Blue_2 » Wed Sep 24, 2014 2:24 pm

I was caught in the act of removing the little Flea's carb on Sunday!
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Don't worry, I've not nicked it to flog on eBay! I've removed it and taken it home to overhaul it in the comfort of my own workbench.
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Re: Mignet Flying Flea G-AFFI

Postby Spitfire » Wed Sep 24, 2014 2:30 pm

Excellent updates ...That's a lovely wooden prop ... :D
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Re: Mignet Flying Flea G-AFFI

Postby Blue_2 » Thu Sep 25, 2014 4:04 pm

It is. I had to bolt it back onto the aircraft before it wandered, seeing as someone took a fancy to it... X(
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Re: Mignet Flying Flea G-AFFI

Postby Vulcan Bomber » Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:10 am

Graham you were obviously lying when you said you fitted in there comfortably!! Did you mean it fits in your pocket comfortably?
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Re: Mignet Flying Flea G-AFFI

Postby Blue_2 » Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:41 pm

A comfortable fit is involved somewhere in proceedings...!
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Re: Mignet Flying Flea G-AFFI

Postby Spitfire » Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:05 pm

We await video of the first start up .... :D :p
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Re: Mignet Flying Flea G-AFFI

Postby Blue_2 » Tue Dec 02, 2014 12:23 pm

01/12/14 Update

The little Flea has moved house! She has left the HP building and moved over to the T2 Hangar, where she can be found in some illustrious company
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She has her carb fitted once more. So come Spring, she will hopefully sing! Or at least cough and splutter grumpily into life...
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Re: Mignet Flying Flea G-AFFI

Postby Blue_2 » Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:59 pm

2/3/15 Update

Nearly time for the little Flea to come out of hibernation, and out from under the Halibag's wing!
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On Saturday after the Dak run I finished reassembling the carb and the float chamber, lubricated and routed the throttle cable, and test-routed the nice new HT leads.
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She's about ready to go, once I can get her outside...
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Re: Mignet Flying Flea G-AFFI

Postby Blue_2 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:41 pm

23/03/15
Oh look, the Flea has been moved much closer to the hangar doors now...
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That's handy...! ;)
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Re: Mignet Flying Flea G-AFFI

Postby Spitfire » Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:26 pm

Nice looking car in the foreground ;) :D
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Re: Mignet Flying Flea G-AFFI

Postby StevenAL » Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:58 pm

I am one of the original three members of Yeadon Aeroplanes responsible for the building of G-AFFI in the early 1970's. It is good to see the Flea looking so well and the work which has been undertaken on her. I have photographs of it at various stages of construction which may be of interest. If you can contact me I will e-mail them to you.

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Re: Mignet Flying Flea G-AFFI

Postby Vulcan Bomber » Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:31 pm

What's been happening to the little bundle of Joy Graham? It all went quiet.
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Re: Mignet Flying Flea G-AFFI

Postby Old Rigger » Sun Sep 25, 2016 6:35 pm

Popped into the Malta Aviation Museum at Ta' Qali recently and saw this and thought it might be of interest:

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