At long last we are starting to put paint back on the T86 radar instead of taking it off! Unfortunately this doesn’t mean that all the repaint preparation is complete, it isn’t. What was achieved was the priming of the T86 trailer’s wheels, a specialist vehicle chassis primer was used, a task that took several hours. The six wheels are now ready for a top coat and are looking good after removing loose paint, vegetation, corrosion and then corrosion treatment. The photo below shows the result of the day’s work which also included priming the receiver cover from the aerial assembly.
OK, so there are seven wheels in the photo, one is a spare we have acquired. An interesting point on the wheels. When the T86 was recovered it ended up with one wheel from a T83 radar and while the T86 wheels are bog standard steel the T83 wheel is bronze!!!
The tyres are another matter, several have perished quite badly (not surprising for their age) and replacements are being sought, part worn is OK as the T86 trailer is no longer road legal. Tyres are: Dunlop B6 10.00 x 15 14 Ply.
One of our many challenges has been to find the correct paint colour for touch up and repaints in the T86 cabin, drawer fronts etc. It is not RAF Blue Grey! Anyway, a couple of tester pots were procured for what was determined to be the nearest match and the results are shown in the photo. There are two colour ‘splodges’ on the piece of trunking cover in the image, A = Dark Admiralty Grey and C = Dark Camouflage Grey, the light grey is primer and nothing to do with the colour match test. One challenge being the grey paint used in the T86 cabin does have slightly different shades depending on what the item is! In the photo the ‘test piece’ of trunking is laying on a cover from C Rack and to confirm that Dark Admiralty Grey is the correct match there is a splodge on the cover between two rivets – can you see it?