All awning frames on the LCP roof have now been replaced, Neil C refitted the two rear rows and Dave S the front two and here you can see the two reassemblers showing off their handy work.
This photograph shows the awning frames being put to good use and supporting a temporary dust cover for the LCP.
The plan is to provide the correct canvas awning, as it was in service, but this is not an immediate task as more attention will now be focused on the T86 radar (that you see ‘hiding’ behind the LCP) and getting that to a ‘public display’ standard.
The simulator was run during the week and remains serviceable.
Delighted to say that a team member came up with the goods having found this illustration.
Apparently they were fitted to LCPs at RAF Bawdsey in 1985.
We are investigating the procurement of a new roof awning for the LCP but no idea how the original looked. We are interested in the awning that covered the complete roof rather than the two strips that covered the joins.
Does anyone have a photo of the awning fitted?
Has anyone seen an LCP with the full roof awning fitted?
Any information would be most welcome.
Another Saturday and another step forward. Two tasks were focused on, refitting the awning rails to the roof of the LCP cabin and refitting all the roof catches on the front of the cabin. Time was also available for some paint touch up.
As previously stated it is not a case of simply refitting items as all threaded holes have to be re tapped and plain holes reemed out which is where the time goes.
Fitting the awning rails also needed a puzzle to be solved as to which rail goes where as there are different sizes of rails and two types of mounting bracket with left and right variations! The photos show the LCP cabin with rails and catches fitted and detail of a roof bracket with two of the original bolts to illustrate the condition of the fittings that have been refurbished.
Next week, the remaining roof awning frames will be refitted. The LCP is starting to look complete again and getting the fittings back on the LCP removes the risk of them getting damaged, lost etc.
Another good day on site returning the fittings to the LCP cabin by the two Pete’s, Pete H and Pete M. Pete H says that in the photo above he was cleaning sealant from the chrome lock covers and not polishing the LCP [Ed. I think he found a finger mark!]. As the LCP is being hand painted we can leave some shiny points of interest unlike when in service when the LCP was simply sprayed all over, we are dealing with exhibition standard here.
The focus was on the side awning rails and the roof catches. Refitting is not straight forward as rails are unique to each position so there is a bit of working out to do. All bolt and machine screw holes need reeming out and threaded holes have to be re-tapped to clear paint, old sealant and corrosion.
New leather securing straps for the awning rails have now been sourced, here is one in position but not yet secured to the cabin.
All cable duct covers are now refitted. Two of the covers for the firing lines cable ducts have been replaced with two salvaged from LCP Ser. No. 1006 due to the original covers being bent.
The rubber plug and socket covers still need refitting, they have all been refurbished and have new lanyards so at some stage it is a case of refitting and attaching the lanyards.
Pete M gave the simulator a good run through and all remains serviceable.