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Old 09-26-2007, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by stinkweed007 View Post
All motorcycles aside.. (I ride too, Ninja ZX-6)

Get any more flights in Bill?
Hi Stink, Bill has informed that WG1 has been posted, could possibly arrive tomorrow, I will let you know as soon as she arrives.

Hey I just walked into my conservatory and she is siting in there ! My wife signed for her this morning while I was sleeping (I'm a n/shift worker).

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Old 09-26-2007, 02:32 PM
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WOOOO HOOOOO!! hows the weather? Chance of a flight sometime today??
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:05 PM
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Not a hope ! Strong winds, temp has dropped around 8 degrees and it is raining Winds from the north have arrived early.

I have opened the box and she looks fine, Bill did an excellent job with the bubble wrap and also with the repair to the elevator.

I will charge the batteries and hope for a flight with English Electric on Saturday, inbetween I can organise my landmark shots.
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Old 09-26-2007, 09:48 PM
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Tis makin way, really impressed!! Weirdly the weather here in Ireland is pretty good but I guess as soon as it arrives, thunderstorms! lol!! Hopefully get it flying in Phoenix Park or the Curragh race course!! Jack
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Old 09-26-2007, 10:39 PM
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Hi Jack, just after I had posted above we had a monster hailstorm, my bud is on the west coast of Scotland at the moment and he couldn't believe it as it is quite mild up there. I believe the moisture is coming off the North sea and mixing with the previous ambient air.

We have a pretty good forcast booked for the weekend though so WG1 will be high above the Medway towns here in Kent.

Your venues sound pretty good, have you created any interest locally?
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Old 09-27-2007, 12:58 AM
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Very cool! She's moving along.

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Old 09-27-2007, 03:04 AM
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Yah,
Sounds real good Pablo..
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Old 09-27-2007, 02:16 PM
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Ok so 20 mph+ winds again today so I thought that I would post a few pics of WG1 just so that everyone can see where she is.

Billmac supplied the excellent bubble wrap protection sleeves for the wings etc. These pics may also help anyone who has problems re-packing WG1. I couldn't resist putting a few British artifacts on the table for the first shot

Please note that the batteries are lose as I had removed them for charging yesterday.

The weather is to become more settled for Saturday so we should be ok to fly then.
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Old 09-27-2007, 02:57 PM
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I am of the opinion that the shipping carton will not be able to hold up for the entire voyage. I'm sure this has been discussed, but probably some craftsman, not too far ahead on the journey, should be constructing a more durable container. (Coroplast comes to mind, because it is light, but there are other possibilities). I would be pleased to do that job, but am afraid we are too far down the line, (2 central, west-coast, USA WG1 pilots, pictured below, at the U.S.A.F. 60th Anniv. Memorial, last week).
I didn't get to start out with them, in 1947, they wouldn't let me enlist until I was 17, in 1949.
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Old 09-27-2007, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by pablo27 View Post
Ok so 20 mph+ winds again today so I thought that I would post a few pics of WG1 just so that everyone can see where she is.

Billmac supplied the excellent bubble wrap protection sleeves for the wings etc. These pics may also help anyone who has problems re-packing WG1. I couldn't resist putting a few British artifacts on the table for the first shot

Please note that the batteries are lose as I had removed them for charging yesterday.

The weather is to become more settled for Saturday so we should be ok to fly then.
Nice pics Pablo. Next time would you show page 3 of the Sun newspaper?
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Old 09-27-2007, 03:55 PM
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Hey Grasshopper don't tempt me
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Old 09-27-2007, 04:30 PM
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Hey Pablo,
Good pictures... Looks like WG1 is in pretty good shape for the amount of miles it has already traveled. Our fellow Wattheads have done a good job of protecting it during its trip.
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:03 PM
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Regarding replacing the box when this one becomes a little more worn - it would be very simple to transfer all the foam pieces into a similar sized box/container. Stink's layout can be copied quite simply, I can't see a need for any elaborate design now that the bubble wrap is doing a good job protecting the wings.

The only tricky assemblies to protect are the elevator and tail, as they are very easily damaged. I will wrap these in a very thin foam sheeting that we use at work, over the top of the bubble wrap.
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:21 PM
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Hi Pablo,
I have a question. Are there any stickers etc inside the box? If so, We most likely would want to cut them out so they can continue the trip with WG1. What do you think?
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Airhead View Post
Hi Pablo,
I have a question. Are there any stickers etc inside the box? If so, We most likely would want to cut them out so they can continue the trip with WG1. What do you think?
There aren't any at the moment no, but I remember Stink saying that it could be decorated if we so wished, so that would have to be a consideration. Perhaps we could use something else to put momento stickers on/in.
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Lancer31 View Post
I am of the opinion that the shipping carton will not be able to hold up for the entire voyage. I'm sure this has been discussed, but probably some craftsman, not too far ahead on the journey, should be constructing a more durable container. (Coroplast comes to mind, because it is light, but there are other possibilities). I would be pleased to do that job, but am afraid we are too far down the line, (2 central, west-coast, USA WG1 pilots, pictured below, at the U.S.A.F. 60th Anniv. Memorial, last week).
I didn't get to start out with them, in 1947, they wouldn't let me enlist until I was 17, in 1949.
Hey Lancer,
My Daughter is currently stationed at Nellis in Las Vegas. She is there to enjoy the celebration..
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:51 PM
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Hey Lancer,
My Daughter is currently stationed at Nellis in Las Vegas. She is there to enjoy the celebration..
That is good! We had a very busy 3 days in DC, and missed the ceremony at the new monument, but the flowers on the wreath were still fresh! (See pic).
Please tell that good daughter of yours how proud this old vet is that we still have fine young people willing to step forward to help keep our wonderful country free!
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Old 09-27-2007, 08:37 PM
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The box...

Ok, heres what we will do, After Ireland, Jack will send WG1 back to me, I then will make a new box, out of that plastic stuff from mail baskets. Leave the Bubble wrap inside, I will use that too (I should have done that in the first place)

Once I have completed that, I will send her on to Switzerland to continue the route. This is exactly why I wanted to "go once around the block" in Europe first.. So we could see how it all plays out.

An interesting point about the inside decorations. I had offered that Idea because WG1 would probobly Not remain in my possesion at the completion of the project. So I was going to keep the box as my little trophy. Throw some stickers inside the box... those that you would want to decorate the inside with, I will put them inside the new box and send her on...

Suggestion, when Signing WG1 with the marker, write on the top side of the wings, and put the stickers on the bottoms. Writing on the fuse will come off real easy, and writing on the bottoms of the wings could get smeared or scratched on even a good landing. The stickers will look great for in flight photos and will protect the underside of the control surfaces.

But DONT forget to put a flag on her before she leaves your country.

Cool?
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Old 09-27-2007, 08:44 PM
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Ok Stink that's all cool, I will be on the hunt for Dutch, Belgian and English flag stickers on Saturday. I am going to meet up with EE in Rochester, which is a tourist haven, hopefully I can find a sticker shop there.
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:07 PM
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Pablo, hope you have better luck with the stickers than me. I scoured all round Scarborough, a seaside town, but could not find a stick on Union Jack
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:14 PM
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I have found that big gas stations have alot to choose from... truckers... excuse me.. lorie drivers like to decorate their machines...
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Old 09-27-2007, 10:02 PM
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Originally Posted by billmac55 View Post
Pablo, hope you have better luck with the stickers than me. I scoured all round Scarborough, a seaside town, but could not find a stick on Union Jack
Ok Bill, we have the Dickens festival in Rochester and various other tourist gatherings there, so I have high hopes of finding a sticker/s, this could be a harder mission than sending a plane around the world. I will stop off at a couple of garages on the way down to have a look too.
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Old 09-27-2007, 10:13 PM
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Cool!!

Hey Pablo, yea weathers sounds fairly bad and "unflyable"!! Anyways enjoy your flight!! Jack
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Old 09-27-2007, 10:26 PM
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Cool!!

Hey Pablo, yea weathers sounds fairly bad and "unflyable"!! Anyways enjoy your flight!! Jack
It's settling down for the weekend, 13 mph winds tomorrow, 6 on Saturday, that should be fine, there will be showers though.
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Old 09-27-2007, 10:30 PM
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Yea, but has the weather reports.....always been right?? Im guessing, no, so theres still hope!!
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