Yesterday was definitely a ‘keep the hangar doors closed’ on a wet and miserable day with snow and sleet showers. It felt quite snug in the hangar, at least compared to outside.
The refurbishment of the LCP cabin ‘attachments’ continues. Such tasks always take longer than you think but we are getting there. The objective is to get everything in A1 condition before refitting along with a complete set of ‘bits’, rivets, nuts and bolts washers etc. so refitting will be a straight forward task on the day. This week’s photos shows a few of the tasks carried out on Saturday:
Duct Cover Securing Plate – An example of a metal fitment used within a duct cover. In this case both bolts were so badly corroded they sheared when trying to remove them, the remains being hacksawed off. Attempts to drill out the old bots got nowhere so the plates, there are two of them, will be remade in aluminium.
Half a Duct Cover – A salvaged cover that is replacing a missing cover. To complete the refurbishing of this item the missing hinges have to be replaced along with the badly corroded and missing rivets.
Polished LCP Canvas Support – Neil continued with his mission that he should be able to see his face in all metal items before they get repainted!
Away from the hangar the purchase of ‘bits’ continues including new pop rivets, nuts and bolts, etc. One change being made is that all the original nuts and bolts securing the canvas frames that had castellated nuts secured with split pins will be replaced with nylon lock nuts and washes will also be nylon instead of metal. A decision partly due to our lack of engineering facilities to drill bolts to take split pins.
Also away from Cosford: The development of a PeriBus simulator continues apace and nears completion. The purpose of the simulator is to create a test rig for the testing of the I/O cards for the Argus 700 where addressing and data can be set to exercise functionality in I/O cards. The current status of this project is that the PeriBus simulator is about to be connected to a spare Analogue box to see if it can provide an input that can be seen by the Serial to Parallel Converter card in the Analogue box. Watch this space!
The simulator was not run on Saturday but a fan heater was run in the LCP to warm it through.