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by kneeslider
Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:30 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Technical Talk
Replies: 911
Views: 391917

Re: Technical Talk

What you can't see from the photos is that at the back of the engine is a complete set of 1/5th scale working instruments along with lube oil tanks, electrics and coolant rad's. Nor can you see by looking that the magnetos each contain coils wound from the earpieces of mobile phones using wire 0.00...
by kneeslider
Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:54 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Technical Talk
Replies: 911
Views: 391917

Re: Technical Talk

Now that is what I call properly stunning! A H configuration, 24 cylinder two stage supercharged engine displacing 360cc! In a just world, that sort of skill should be worth a lot of money. I used to think that I was a handy engineer, but at best would probably just make the grade as a fitter, secon...
by kneeslider
Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:10 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!
Replies: 1086
Views: 454109

Re: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!

If you want to see just how 'green' the uk's power system is, then have a look here:- http://www.bmreports.com/bsp/bsp_home.htm And scroll down the page till you find the generation by fuel type table. It shows that in the last 24 hours, the contribution to total electricity demand from wind power w...
by kneeslider
Fri Nov 26, 2010 12:48 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: John Cobb- Crusader/Railton Special
Replies: 99
Views: 67537

Re: John Cobb- Crusader/Railton Special

With me was a friend who happened to be a metallurgist, he informed me that the car was starting to disintergrate and the alli outer was badly hardened[aluminium and its alloys have a habit of doing that] and was starting to crack. He said that she would probably go to dust if work wasn't carried o...
by kneeslider
Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:54 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: What have forum members been up to?
Replies: 1026
Views: 423642

Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Cheers for the plaudits Bill, I guess that now the challenge to keep current starts. I am lucky in that I did the majority of my training with mates who are proper commerical pilots, so I did a lot of instrument flying (if not in actual IMC) and going in and out of a whole variety of different airfi...
by kneeslider
Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:11 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: What have forum members been up to?
Replies: 1026
Views: 423642

Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Completed my General Flight Test today. After a lot of aggro, and a long, long time since I first took to the air. A couple of hours aloft with an examiner today to check that all of my training worked, and hadn't gone in one ear and out the other. Navigational exercise, instrument flying, position ...
by kneeslider
Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:20 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: What have forum members been up to?
Replies: 1026
Views: 423642

Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Fixed wing for me. For some reason, while I can see the point of Helicopters, they just don't do it for me. I would love to have a go at mastering the coordination required to fly one though. It's taken ages to get this far, I started learning to fly way back in 2001 and went solo for the first time...
by kneeslider
Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:02 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: What have forum members been up to?
Replies: 1026
Views: 423642

Re: What did you do at the weekend?

A bit of a late post I know, but last weekend, I completed my solo qualifying cross country flight, as part of my Private Pilot's Licence training! Enstone to Cambridge, Cambridge to Leicester, and then back to Enstone. 154nm in all. On the way into Cambridge, Cambridge Tower frequency asked if I co...
by kneeslider
Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:26 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Antiques Roadshow/Cockpit Discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 44503

Re: Antiques Roadshow/Cockpit Discussion

If you study the pics carefully you can see an opening at the base of the fin to vent the interior. How well it worked is anyone's guess though I reckon we're going to find out. Ta for that Bill, curious! The positioning of both the pitot head and the static vent would have had do be done with some...
by kneeslider
Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:23 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Antiques Roadshow/Cockpit Discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 44503

Re: Antiques Roadshow/Cockpit Discussion

I wonder if K7's Pitot head suffered any issues with water ingress leading to instrument error on the ASI? Come to think of it, as a Pitot head measures the stagnation pressure, and would need to have the static pressure subtracted from it to give the dynamic pressure (the actual air speed). So, doe...