Besides the on-going painting on the rear of the T86 cabin which is now almost complete many other refurbishment activities have been taking place, several away from the Cosford site. The accompanying photos show some examples, a refurbishment of a T86 door buffer,
new fabricated replacements for cable support brackets
and vehicle reflectors.
The original cable support brackets were beyond refurbishment as can be seen, the reflectors were manufactured by 3D printing as replacements were not available. A total of twenty two reflectors have been manufactured for the T86 and LCP.
The main LCP door received its final top coat of Deep Bronze Green, its original colour, the ‘wear and tear’ dinks and dents from the years in service have been left.
After testing the ‘unserviceable’ Instructor’s keyboard off-site it was refitted to the display console in the LCP and worked perfectly! A ‘no fault found’ occasion; it originally stopped working, was removed for testing, no fault found, replaced in the LCP and it works!
Away from Cosford
Various Farnell G Series power supplies are used on test rigs and also act of spares for the LCP. One of the test rig power supplies went up in smoke last week, nothing serious just the usual RIFA filter capacitor.
This was an event that takes us back to when the refurbishing and repair of the Bloodhound simulator started. Before we could power up the computer, I/O systems and display console a total of fifteen Farnell power supplies had to have all their RIFA capacitors changed, otherwise they would all go up in smoke. A total of ninety capacitors were changed; access was not at all easy!