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 Post subject: a scrapyard from long ago
PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:24 pm 
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I found these old pictures the other day and i just thought you all might would like to have a look?
looking back i wished i had taken more photos but my time in the yard was always limited , it was`nt one of those yards you could hang around in all day.
If i was lucky ,i might get in once a month or maybe every two months , it was a busy yard and they did`nt tolerate people just wandering around.
With this is mind i tried to save as much as i could but when you are at college you generally dont have any money...........such is life :(


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 Post subject: Re: a scrapyard from long ago
PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 6:23 pm 
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hi colin howards was a great scrap yard .like you I had no money to buy anything at 13 years of age.
when I first went there in 1963 you could crawl under the scrap heap into the fuselages .
later I got some gear from there what you have seen on are web site .need to up date are site and put the rest on are site .have a good new year. ta malc
http://historicaviationmilitary.com/


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 Post subject: Re: a scrapyard from long ago
PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:42 pm 
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Hi malc , like you say if only you had a bit more money at the time plus the means to move and store it some where!
The thing i do regret is not photographing the B17 bomb bay ,an alloy drop fuel tank and all those B17/B24 undercarriage legs.
You obviously saw even better stuff than me , especially all those new prop blades and ball turrets.......ooooooooh if you could only turn back time! :(
I read some where that the RAFs very last Hampden bomber ended its days in this yard and the Jap zero cockpit which is now on display with the IWM also came from here?
The IWM also got the marauder fuselage and the ball turret which is now fitted to the former Mary Alice.

What little money i had at the time i managed to save the following , .50 cal flexi tracking , .50 cal mg mounts , B17 top turret ,B24/B26 top turret (there was two others and more complete under a pile of scrap which sadly i could`nt save) ,.50cal ball socket ,30cal ball socket (now with the desert rat restoration team) , marauder tail , marauder bomb door , marauder prop blades along with P47 prop blades ,the large wheel you can see in the pictures , some large oxy bottles ,B17F frontal mg mount , radio operators mg mount , bomb clamps and the remains of a b17G nose section which i had to break up into manageable sections as it was badly damaged.
Heres a few more pictures of some of the stuff that i managed to save and besides this yard there was unimetals in failsworth and mr brierlys on the other side of town with new P&W cylinder heads and new B17 tyres , like i`ve said if only i had some money!.........never mind i got what i could :)


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 Post subject: Re: a scrapyard from long ago
PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:04 pm 
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Wow. In what year(s) were you able to find this sort of gear? I'm guessing very early 70s?


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 Post subject: Re: a scrapyard from long ago
PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:35 am 
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Would love to get my hands on one of those MG mounts. :roll:

Is one for sale? :D

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 Post subject: Re: a scrapyard from long ago
PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:11 am 
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Hi mike ,Hi tony , i used to call in the yard from 1980 through to 1990 , the yard is still there but its completely cleared ,most proberly waiting to be redeveloped into yet another housing estate?
Unfortunately mike i need all the mounts that i have ,in fact i am one short , there was one on ebay only the other week ,i thought you was the winning bid......guess not!
If i come across any more mg mount bits i`ll give you a call.......colin


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 Post subject: Re: a scrapyard from long ago
PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 3:21 pm 
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ballturret wrote:

there was one on ebay only the other week ,i thought you was the winning bid......guess not!



Didn't know it was there? :(

Please let me know if any more come up. What was the winning bid?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:12 am 
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May need the loan of one of these mounts to hopefully re-produce a few?

Apart from the molded parts (I know a place who can do them) the overall system shouldn't be to hard?

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 Post subject: Re: a scrapyard from long ago
PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:05 pm 
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Hi mike
I was thinking the same thing!.........a guy at work could most proberly make a split rubber mold of the back end and then use that to create a lost wax pattern , there will be a certain amount of shrinkage but i think within acceptable proportions?
I will have a chat with him to see what can be done.....colin


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 Post subject: Re: a scrapyard from long ago
PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 6:39 pm 
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Those old snaps are fascinating, do you have anymore showing all that junk piled up?

Thanks for sharing them.

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