The framework for 3 of the flight deck floor panels have been produced with the initial trial fit shown in the pics. The windscreen de-icing pump located to the left of pilots seat with the Oxygen economiser placed under the floor.
Also now complete is the undercarriage selector down lock. The last items fitted are the set spring and the handle which was cast by East Coast Castings of Watton.
The undercarriage selector down lock continues to make progress. The dome handle requires casting along with the addition of the set lever spring and minor adjustments.
The other components have been assembled such that the lever can operate through its 3 positions, Undercarriage up, Undercarriage down and protected from up selection and in the cocked position for take-off where the undercarriage can be selected up.
The lock mechanism was introduced to prevent unintentional retraction of the undercarriage on the ground.
A recent purchase has been a set of flare tools from Stakes Ltd to produce the correct shape of lightning holes found in many of the structural items. The dimple effect around the holes is not common on British aircraft, hence the need for this special purchase, and we suspect the original was constructed with American supplied tools.
The Team would like to thank the sender of a recently received package containing 2 BA bolts. However, there appears to be no details of the sender with the package, therefore, if the sender would like to contact the Team secretary, (details on the site) we can acknowledge their contribution to the Project.
Most recent addition to the Throttle Box is the Brake Level, yes yellow. The level was made using a lever loaned from Parham Tower museum as a pattern.
Also a recent visit to the Fenland Museum produced the elusive Starter Panel label plus a rudder pedal with part of the strap still attached, both will now be used as patterns for the project.