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Post by Terminator » Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:43 pm

To some people out there today's pic of the day could possibly look boring. But to me personally it is the workmanship of pure genius and also a work of art all in one. Having only been involved briefly with the sponson work to date myself, to finally see the first one of many frames to be assembled is hard for me to put in to words. So god only knows how good it feels for the guys that have been doing the majority of the work to date on the sponson rebuild. There is light at the end of the tunnel boys and a bloody long tunnel at that I hear you say. :D
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Re: Pic of the Day

Post by Moonie » Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:23 pm

Great news some of the original right hand sponson has been saved and will be put back where it belongs 8-)

Is this material recovered after the accident or from the lake bed during the recovery?

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Post by Mike Bull » Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:00 am

It's all material that Bill and Co. recovered from the lake bed. We're still interpreting what we've got but there's certainly a majority of the right hand sponson top there- possibly just the very front and the outer piece that had the infinity symbol on it are absent, as well as some formers. I was thrilled when we pulled it all out of the stores the other night and realised just how much of it there was! :D

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Post by Renegadenemo » Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:48 am

It's another peculiar effect of the boat hitting left-side first. The left-side sponson top was left either floating due to trapped air within it or what sank was soon recovered by the navy divers from the main crash site. The right-side, however, like everything else from that side, was blown out by a massive hit from the left and fluttered away pretty much as a group of parts to an area of the lake where the navy never looked.
Thirty-four years later it showed up as a massive sonar target so we gathered it up and stashed it away over a decade ago then, to Mike's absolute amazement on Thursday, when the time was right, we trotted out an entire sponson top.
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Post by Mike Bull » Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:13 am

Of course, I'm now convinced that the Grand High Wizard Of Tin here-
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-has probably got Lord Lucan and Shergar stashed away somewhere too! :lol:

I'm not sure how much of the left sponson top was recovered- there was the big chunk of course that had the infinity symbol on it, which also still had the rounded rear end attached as well, so that was quite a big bit. I've seen a colour shot of a very mangled piece that is clearly sponson top, but it's just too difficult to place it from one photo. Whether the Navy divers ever got the centre portion of the left top, I don't know? The very front of the left sponson top- the absolute first point of impact with the water of course- was still in place when the sponsons were towed ashore, ironed completely flat-
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Post by Mike Bull » Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:53 pm

The subject of the current POTD, seen just over 46 years earlier...
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The sponson tops were made from two pieces welded along the top centreline, and tore in two largely along this joint in the crash- The 'DO NOT STAND HERE' lettering was just outboard of this join. The 'A' is one of the better examples of a surviving letter, and the sharp eyed will see the tiniest hints of the bottom of the following 'N' as well.
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Post by Richie » Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:24 pm

What's the white square thing to the left Mike ?
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Post by Mike Bull » Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:14 pm

It's surface corrosion matey, where a piece of paint had come away previously. The whole 'A' more or less fell off too, leaving the same white crystalline surface. The whole lot is in the stripping bath now- once all that nasty blue sludge is washed away, we can see the metal and start listening to it! :D

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Post by Richie » Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:18 pm

Can't wait !
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Post by Renegadenemo » Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:58 pm

It's more the sort of metal that you tell it what to do rather than listen to it - fortunately. If you get springy stuff you have to hold it and pop it back and forth and flex it for as long as it takes to diagnose just where the stretches and awkward bits are. A strtch and a shrink can often be difficult to tell apart and we've seen parts of the boat that have been hit hard enough to shrink the metal.
But the sponson tops are made of butter, which is why you're not supposed to stand on them, so the metal can be pushed about by hand and shrinking it is a doddle. Looking forward to mending what's there.
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