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by kneeslider
Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:06 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: What have forum members been up to?
Replies: 1026
Views: 391520

Re: What have forum members been up to?

Nice one Bill, good to see you enjoyed your day out at Sywell! I've been flying too today. I decided that its high time I got myself a tailwheel rating, so I have been circuit bashing at Wellesbourne, in a PA18 Super Cub with a 150 hp donkey up the front. Its been great getting used to the vices and...
by kneeslider
Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:16 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Ping Pong Balls Question
Replies: 20
Views: 9793

Re: Ping Pong Balls Question

Those cynical folks might surmise that the rule change was as a result of lobbying of the governing body by the manufacturers of said balls, and resulted in a lot more ping pong balls being flogged to the punters. Marketing is the most devious of the dark arts or as a friend of mine calls them the '...
by kneeslider
Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:43 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Ping Pong Balls Question
Replies: 20
Views: 9793

Re: Ping Pong Balls Question

Apparently it was so that the game was slowed down slightly, and the balls were more visible for the TV cameras. Also the scoring system was altered from the first to 21 points to win a game, to first to 11. It was on QI, so it must be true. I should probably watch less TV and spend more time in the...
by kneeslider
Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:44 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 447008

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

Sobering reading, as always with an AAIB report. All aircraft are horribly unforgiving of anything at all which might lead to their demise. The old maxim of prefering to be on the ground wishing that you were up there, than up there, wishing you were on the ground applies. Complacency is the enemy o...
by kneeslider
Thu May 31, 2012 9:08 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 447008

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

My thoughts too Bill. I would have thought that any jet would be more than man enough to chomp up a couple of bags of silica gel. Still, a change in procedure, and having each bag attached to a piece of string wit a 'Remove Before Flight' label hung over the end of the intake would be a no cost, low...
by kneeslider
Fri May 18, 2012 11:15 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: What have forum members been up to?
Replies: 1026
Views: 391520

Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Nice to see some folks from here enjoyed their day out at Elvington! I would have been there, but unavoidable work commitments meant that I had to sit this one out. It would have been very tempting to turn up on my old 750/900ss Ducati to find out what it would do. Im sure that it wouldn't have been...
by kneeslider
Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:56 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: What price for a '50s record breaking hydroplane?
Replies: 7
Views: 3426

What price for a '50s record breaking hydroplane?

Hi there all,

Just happened across this this morning in the Telegraph, think that its worth the money?

And if so, what price K7?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/new ... -sale.html
by kneeslider
Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:33 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 447008

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

:lol: I forget the chap's name, but I know one of the Avro test pilots used to barrel roll every new Lanc he flew as a matter of course! And for all it's many faults, the Stirling was supposed to be the most manoeuvrable of the RAF's four engined heavies- apparently that could pull a turn like nobo...
by kneeslider
Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:48 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Drilling out blind rivets.
Replies: 4
Views: 3381

Re: Drilling out blind rivets.

I used to do that too, or use a bench grinder, and just do it by eye, which is OK, but now I bought something like this:- http://www.toolbaydirect.co.uk/catalogue/product/Drill-Jigs--Stands/289/Draper-Drill-Bit-Grinding--Sharpening-Attachment-3mm-19mm-44351-1180C/174023/ And it works a treat, you ha...
by kneeslider
Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:06 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Drilling out blind rivets.
Replies: 4
Views: 3381

Re: Drilling out blind rivets.

As Bill says, you can't beat turning the drill / cutting device / whatever slowly. Just because your electric drill will spin up to 15000rpm, doesn't mean that it's going to cut the hole any better or faster, just burn out your drill bits quicker. Trefelex or similar is your friend too, although I n...