Bluebird & Other Scale Models

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Re: Bluebird & Other Scale Models

Post by Mike Bull » Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:07 pm

Better explain again then- it was near enough three years, and it was virtually all of us.

As they say in the films- you weren't there man...

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Re: Bluebird & Other Scale Models

Post by midlife » Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:27 am

Ouch , that was only part of the conversation Mike, he knows about all of the team, we've been through the team page several times. He absolutely refuses to accept that BFG stands for Barry From Grimsby!
He wants a searching hat like Bill's & wants to drive a fire engine like Fireman Sam when he grows up.
We also went to the Lakeland motor museum today, the only thing he wanted to see was the K7 from Across The Lake, he stood there mesmerised for a good 10 minutes, his attention span is usually only around 30 seconds normally, so it must have been a profound experience for him.
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Re: Bluebird & Other Scale Models

Post by Renegadenemo » Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:06 am

Me trying to explain to my 3 year old grandson that a guy called Richie spent 2 years sweating blood over the sponsons...
John and Rich did the internal structure - about 200 parts per sponson. I did the welding and much of the tin bashing on the upper fairings. We all skinned them and Mike and BFG were on it from the get-go but specialised in detailing the wedges and stabilising fins as the job neared completion. Rich proved himself king of the Helicoils on that job too. And that's without MKW Engineering's £20k contribution in machining the wedges after ThyssenKrupp donated the material.

They are exactly to the drawings and the result of a huge team effort. We're very proud of our sponsons. But, yes, technically a guy called Richie did sweat blood for two years over them... :D
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Re: Bluebird & Other Scale Models

Post by Richie » Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:51 am

I can't talk about it.....it's too soon.

It's the tolerance factor (on top of the convoluted design) that killed us.
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Re: Bluebird & Other Scale Models

Post by Mike Bull » Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:12 am

Renegadenemo wrote:
Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:06 am
John and Rich did the internal structure - about 200 parts per sponson.
...once the whole team spent months making those parts! Just for myself, I remember marking, cutting and bending bulkheads, and later on cutting the corners out for those pressed inserts...and damn near killing myself repeatedly jumping down on the guillotine to cut out that stupid-hard spar frame material...and just about everybody helped with making those heavy welded attachment angles...the list just goes on and on. THEN we had a huge pile of parts that nearly drove John and Rich insane to assemble! :lol:

(I'm pretty sure that if Ken Norris was still around, he'd be looking at them and wondering what else he could put in there! :lol:)

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Re: Bluebird & Other Scale Models

Post by wbjohn » Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:17 am

i don't recall helping to build any sponsons, possibly similar to a trauma incident, my brain has erased those years from my memory.

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Re: Bluebird & Other Scale Models

Post by Mike Bull » Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:19 am

wbjohn wrote:
Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:17 am
i don't recall helping to build any sponsons, possibly similar to a trauma incident, my brain has erased those years from my memory.
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Post by Renegadenemo » Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:03 pm

I remember watching Rich make a beautiful new section of sponson top for the left hand side... then I turned up the smashed original and began cutting lumps out of Rich's work and throwing it away to let in my scrap. He wasn't best fussed, I recall. :lol:
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Bluebird & Other Scale Models

Post by midlife » Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:29 pm

I'm really really sorry for bringing up such an obviously traumatic experience for everyone, I'll go & sit on the naughty step for half an hour & I promise to read the above posts to my grandson, as written, to ensure that he understands that it isn't just Richie that wears his underpants on the outside
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Re: Bluebird & Other Scale Models

Post by Renegadenemo » Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:05 pm

It's the tolerance factor (on top of the convoluted design) that killed us.
Or, put another way, trying to perfectly mate the underside of a 12 foot fabrication to a 6 foot wedge machined from a solid billet to within 1/100mm... twice!
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