Project Update May 2019

Due to a glitch in the web site 18 months worth of progress updates are no longer available, therefore this update covers several of the activities from this period. They include the coupe panel for the floodlights, centre floor panel, flying control lock attachment lugs, pilot’s escape hatch refurbishment, aircrew de-icing control panel, prop feathering panel, manufacture of components for the elevator control levers, pilots footrests progression, and manufacture of components for the Sutton harness release mechanism. 

A special thank you from the Project to those who have assisted us, including East Coast Castings Watton, Bedford Model Engineering Group, Bruntons Cables, Sorin, RAF Museum Store Stafford, North East Land, Sea and Air Museums Sunderland.

Seat Cushions and Progress Up-date

Thanks to a donation from the Stirling Aircraft Society, we have been able to get the Pilots’ seat cushions manufactured with enough leather left over to manufacture the Navs seat cushions and the Bomb Aimers ‘couch’. These are as close to the original as we can get based on photo evidence and personal recollections. We’d like to thank the Society for their donation and hopefully our connection will be closer in future.

A new bracket and slider for the U/c indicator switch is in progress, originals of which are as rare as rocking horse poo.

The 1st Pilots control column fwd stop assembly, which is yet another example of Shorts (over) engineering is taking shape. The 2nd Pilots’ is yet to do and then the 4 off sloping footrests.

 The rudder controls between Frames 3 and 6 have been connected.

Finally a great thanks to Dormer Drills who have shown an interest in the Project and have kindly donated a selection of drills and cutting fluids to us. 

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Cockpit Floor / Lorenz Gauge and Seats Progress

Recent work has included the completion of the Lorenz Indicator mounting (thanks to East Coast Castings of Watton for the mounting), continuing production of the cockpit floor panels (the centre panel has the edging applied along with the positioning of the de-icing pump on the Port side and the production of pilots’ seat cushions and backs template.  The leather seat and back cushions will be manufactured by a Cambridge company, however, they don’t come cheap but are an essential component for cockpit authenticity. A sponsor for these would be most welcome.



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Flight Deck Floor and Lorenz Gauge

The Flight Deck Floor continues to make progress, photos show the undersurface of the panel details, edging strips are in production and the protective covering will follow.  The panels will be adjusted to fit the final cockpit contours.

 The Lorenz Gauge components are nearly ready for assembly.  The gauge having its own anti-vibration mounting.  The mounting casting was produced by East Coast Castings of Watton Norfolk.

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Flight deck floor & Undercarriage selector lock – Update

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. 


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Undercarriage Selector Down Lock

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.


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Recent Purchase and Hatch Refurbishment

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.

We have also started to refurbish the pilot’s escape hatch was requires replacement Perspex.DSC03378 DSC03376 DSC03310 DSC03298

Team Visit to RAF Cosford

On 2 March six of the team were able to visit the RAF Museum Cosford Sir Michael Beetham restoration centre.  The Hampden forward fuselage build giving much inspiration on what can be achieved!!!IMG_6571

2 BA Bolts Recieved

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.


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Pilots’ Instrument Panel

To show our recent progress Kev has mounted the pilots instrument panel in a representative position on the cockpit support framework.DSC03133DSC03130DSC03131