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by quicksilver-wsr
Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:27 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Quicksilver
Replies: 688
Views: 341038

Re: Quicksilver

Two more quick points - then I've got to go ... For readers of this forum who perhaps don't understand the significance of what John Stollery was objecting to when he raised eyebrows about Donald filling-in the spaces between the sponson-arms to help get K7 on the plane (sorry if I'm being patronisi...
by quicksilver-wsr
Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:37 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Quicksilver
Replies: 688
Views: 341038

Re: Quicksilver

Yes, Mike - good point ... But, lest this thread become a Ken-bashing exercise where once it was a Nigel-bashing exercise - which I'm sure no-one would want - let's restore the balance. Clearly, it isn't as simple a task as some people think to come up with a winning design. The "recent" history of ...
by quicksilver-wsr
Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:35 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Quicksilver
Replies: 688
Views: 341038

Re: Quicksilver

Reference the observation from “rob565” in a recent post … “Interesting and very informative stuff about your association with Ken Norris and the early history of Quicksilver . I am finding this thread both fascinating and highly beneficial in terms of improving my (previously poor) knowledge of you...
by quicksilver-wsr
Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:00 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Quicksilver
Replies: 688
Views: 341038

Re: Quicksilver

Back to technical matters relating to Quicksilver ... I didn't get chance to address a point made by Keith Mitchell about tailplanes - specifically, the need for a tailplane (to have or not to have) on a speed-record boat or car. I don't want to challenge any of the designers who have equipped their...
by quicksilver-wsr
Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Quicksilver
Replies: 688
Views: 341038

Re: Quicksilver

Yes, Rob - a good point, neatly phrased. Ken isn't around to put his point of view. But I knew Ken very well - at least as well as John Ackroyd did, and over a longer period of time of working intensively than just the year or so he and Ken were side by side when Ken was Project Manager of the final...
by quicksilver-wsr
Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Quicksilver
Replies: 688
Views: 341038

Re: Quicksilver

Poor old Ken. The whole reason I've avoided "the past" is to avoid dragging his name into the mire. What a guy! The man who did so much in the record-breaking field, and beyond, and encouraged and assisted so many people to get a toe-hold on the speed-record ladder. If Ken made mistakes, well so did...
by quicksilver-wsr
Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:37 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Quicksilver
Replies: 688
Views: 341038

Re: Quicksilver

As much as you have encouraged me to “tell all” on this forum, Bill, I do not feel that this is the place to stage my rebuttal of John Ackroyd’s warped account of the Quicksilver project in his otherwise very nice book, Jet Blast . I had the idea some time ago to start a new section on the Quicksilv...
by quicksilver-wsr
Mon Mar 01, 2010 12:44 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Quicksilver
Replies: 688
Views: 341038

Re: Quicksilver

A very sensible question, Malcolm. The answer is that the spaceframe/skin design that Ken wanted was utterly unbuildable, in the opinion of everyone who looked at it with a view to building it for us. Too complicated. Examples ... 1. Ken specified that there should be zero tolerance in the spacefram...
by quicksilver-wsr
Sun Feb 28, 2010 6:04 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Quicksilver
Replies: 688
Views: 341038

Re: Quicksilver

It's certainly true that you can't necessarily believe everything you read - not even in "factual" books. However, as an author by profession, I have to defend the print medium - at least in the sense of the quality end of the market; maybe not the tabloid end. Where would we be if we couldn't belie...
by quicksilver-wsr
Sat Feb 27, 2010 7:19 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Quicksilver
Replies: 688
Views: 341038

Re: Quicksilver

The possibility of BloodhoundSSC and Quicksilver taking records on land and water in the same year is certainly on the cards. No-one has a crystal ball to predict accurately how the two projects will progress ... whether one will succeed and the other fail, or both fail, or both succeed. Richard has...