The LCP main door lock is badly worn after many years of use (obvious statement) To keep the original lock in use it was sent away to be refurbished by a locksmith who fitted new key pins to the lock but the barrel itself is badly worn and guess what, there are no replacement locks of this design to be had. The lock still works (just) but then we have a problem with the cam behind the lock not engaging correctly. We have yet to secure the lock correctly in the door handle (I obtained the wrong size grub screws). We are following the rule that it’s easier to take something apart than to refit it! The accompanying photo shows Dave reassembling the door lock in the door handle.
When the T86 was in open storage, before we took possession, it was not secure and hence visited by metal thieves who smashed off the three on-launcher reference aerials (waveguide horns). Fortunately we were able to source replacements but now have the problem of removing sheared bolts. The attached photo two shows the problem of the sheared bolts, these being the last two to be removed.
Yet more painting was carried out on the draws from the T86 and a Ward Leonard. Two accompanying photos show ‘painting in progress’.
The Ward Leonard is being painted in original Dark Bronze Green, the original colour of Bloodhound ground equipment. The paint ordered was to be Satin, as marked on the tin, but it looks gloss to me!