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Mop and bucket

Postby Spitfire » Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:46 pm

Is it just me .... really .....

I am sick to death of hearing how clean the Vulcan is - it must have been sprayed and polished to death :(

Every time I go on Facebook there's somebody else cleaning or spit polishing the Vulcan X(

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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Ramshornvortex » Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:37 pm

XH558 has to be very shiny in order to allow it to slide through the air with as little friction as possible.

This is because it has to make do with four Olympus 201s which barely produce enough thrust to nudge the Vulcan into the air - so they have to make every effort to ensure that the aeroplane will be able to fly (just).

Now, if only they had Olympus 301s, they wouldn't have to worry about making the airframe slippery.... :ymdevil: :ymdevil:
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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Bubbles » Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:37 pm

Don't read it then. Simples. :)
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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Vulcan Bomber » Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:55 pm

Indeed, no one is making you read it......
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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Sooty655 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:53 pm

Ramshornvortex wrote:XH558 has to be very shiny in order to allow it to slide through the air with as little friction as possible.

This is because it has to make do with four Olympus 201s which barely produce enough thrust to nudge the Vulcan into the air - so they have to make every effort to ensure that the aeroplane will be able to fly (just).

Now, if only they had Olympus 301s, they wouldn't have to worry about making the airframe slippery.... :ymdevil: :ymdevil:

After all the polishing that has been done, XH558 is now so shiny it could probably even manage with Conways. :YMSICK:
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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Dougs » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:59 pm

Sooty655 wrote:
Ramshornvortex wrote:XH558 has to be very shiny in order to allow it to slide through the air with as little friction as possible.

This is because it has to make do with four Olympus 201s which barely produce enough thrust to nudge the Vulcan into the air - so they have to make every effort to ensure that the aeroplane will be able to fly (just).

Now, if only they had Olympus 301s, they wouldn't have to worry about making the airframe slippery.... :ymdevil: :ymdevil:

After all the polishing that has been done, XH558 is now so shiny it could probably even manage with Conways. :YMSICK:

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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Spitfire » Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:11 pm

And Lo ... someone taketh the name of XH558 in vein .... and the forum doth spring to life :D :p

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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Dee » Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:09 am

I take it your having a POP at me then Spitfire. Lesser mortals like me are proud to be able to get our hands on this ICONIC aircraft. As has been said if you dont want to read about it bloody well dont!!!! X( :ymdevil:
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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Spitfire » Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:42 am

OOOppps - raw nerve ;)

Not having a POP at anyone in particular Dee ... and I don't see how me having a contrary opinion makes you 'lesser mortals' ...and it must be huge fun crawling all over the old lady ... I was just commenting on the inordinate amount of stuff I've seen on Facebook of late concerning cleaning and polishing :p

I am sure everyone is doing a grand job and as you and others have instructed, I'll make a concerted effort not to read the Facebook timeline entries if they concern cleaning and polishing in future :p :D

It did get some funny posts on the forum though :o)
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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Ray C » Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:26 am

Sooty655 wrote:
Ramshornvortex wrote:XH558 has to be very shiny in order to allow it to slide through the air with as little friction as possible.

This is because it has to make do with four Olympus 201s which barely produce enough thrust to nudge the Vulcan into the air - so they have to make every effort to ensure that the aeroplane will be able to fly (just).

Now, if only they had Olympus 301s, they wouldn't have to worry about making the airframe slippery.... :ymdevil: :ymdevil:

After all the polishing that has been done, XH558 is now so shiny it could probably even manage with Conways. :YMSICK:


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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Dee » Thu Apr 10, 2014 4:40 pm

Im nearly sick to death of posting this but it has to be done :ymdevil: Ive spent the day cleaning 558, so there!!! :ymdevil:
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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Jakspeed » Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:08 pm

Dee wrote:Ive spent the day cleaning 558, so there!!! :ymdevil:


Me too! Had a brilliant day buffing and scrubbing!!! ;)
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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Jigsaw » Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:24 pm

=)) =)) =)) =)) =))

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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Kermit » Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:58 pm

Well done Dee, Jaks, and all who actually get off their backside to help !! :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause:

Some of us actually appreciate a shiny, clean 558. ...... :)

Very well done indeed :ymapplause: :D
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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Mayfly » Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:44 pm

Now you know why when on the VDF she was painted in polyurethane paint. I know the reason it has to be done but shiny aircraft some how just look wrong [IMHO of course]
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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Spitfire » Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:08 pm

I agree - there is something very endearing about an old aircraft carrying a 'used' look - scuffed - and functional :D

Just look inside XH558's cockpit - that's her real character ... ;)

But if that's what turns you on then jolly good show to all of you :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause:
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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Sploosher » Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:37 pm

Jakspeed wrote:
Dee wrote:Ive spent the day cleaning 558, so there!!! :ymdevil:


Me too! Had a brilliant day buffing and scrubbing!!! ;)


I really enjoyed the 3 days I spent cleaning her 3 years ago................. \:D/

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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Sooty655 » Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:48 pm

Spitfire wrote:I agree - there is something very endearing about an old aircraft carrying a 'used' look - scuffed - and functional :D

Just look inside XH558's cockpit - that's her real character ... ;)

But if that's what turns you on then jolly good show to all of you :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause:

Well, if large sheets of matt black aluminium turn you on that's fine, but I'd rather see a cockpit with all the real bits still installed. :p
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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Spitfire » Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:18 pm

Sooty655 wrote:Well, if large sheets of matt black aluminium turn you on that's fine, but I'd rather see a cockpit with all the real bits still installed. :p


You know what I meant ... :p

Just look at the edge of the instrument panel .... very 'used' ...and original ;)

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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Mayfly » Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:17 am

Whilst talking about shiny things to help saving fuel was or is that protective coating going to be applied on the leading edges again?
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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Bubbles » Fri Apr 11, 2014 1:04 pm

Yup. Dee and her gang were doing it yesterday.
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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Crew chief » Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:28 pm

Well hats off to Dee and her chums for giving 558 a scrub and polish. Having washed a Vulcan quite a few times in the past it has to be a labour of love otherwise you wouldn't do it.558's shiny paint job does serve a purpose it require less maintenance during the season with most of the crud and cr@p not sticking to it which can only be a good thing for a display aircraft.

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Re: Mop and bucket

Postby Mayfly » Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:46 pm

Thanks Bubbles a timely question then.
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