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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:59 am 
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There were only a hand full of vehicles at the show, a number of re-enactors, some displays and the "Seatones" trio providing the live 1940's music. On day one, in addition to my Jeep, there was one other Jeep, belonging to a friend, a Dodge WC51 owned for only a couple of weeks by its new owner, an MG sports car and a couple of vintage bikes.

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The loco operating during the weekend, was the 1948 built Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0 Saddle Tank. It was modified with a lower cab and coal bunker to operate from the Lambton coal drops at Sunderland. The coaches in use were British Rail Mk1 types, in "Blood & Custard" livery. They were built during the 1950's, the main era the railway is focusing on. The vehicles were all parked beside platform 1 while the loco shed had been partially cleared to allow a stage and dance floor to be built.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:05 am 
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There's lots of other rolling stock and locos on side, some of which are operational, some under restoration or awaiting their turn. Several items are privately owned and kept on the railway.

This is the railway's other operational steam loco, a Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T, which was built in 1917 for the Port of London Authority.
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The Home Guard/LDV group had a small display, but frequently paraded around the site making demonstrations.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:08 am 
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On Saturday evening, I went for a wander around the site to have a look at what other rolling stock was there, but out of clear view of the normal public areas.

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On Sunday, the MG didn't turn up but was replaced by another classic. There was also an early Land Rover showed up, along with a friend who brought his Dodge Weapon Carrier. The small trailer fire tender that had been at Bowes the week before also showed up on Sunday.

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'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:14 am 
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A group from Blyth Battery built an air raid shelter and allotment some time ago which made a nice addition to the 1940's event. Despite a moderately cloudy forecast for part of the weekend, both days saw decent periods of blue sky and sun enough to give a good tan!

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The June 1944 papers are full of the latest "Brit-Entry" news!!

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We've now got one weekend off from the 1940's before we're back with the Breighton Aerodrome Summer Fly-In on July 20/21st.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:45 pm 
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July 16th/17th - Coil/King Lead Modification

Over recent weeks, the Jeep engine hasn't been quite right, sometimes running a bit rough and down on power. I wondered whether the cylinder head gasket was failing again or whether the valves needed adjusting. All the plugs were a bit sooty, the front two more so than the others. A compression test showed the cylinder pressures all ok, though the front two were a little lower than the rear two. The valve cover came off and the valve clearances adjusted.

The French Solex carburetor mixture can't be adjusted. It's not designed to be adjusted, presumably so soldiers in the field don't mess around with it, so why did it appear the engine was running rich? A poor combustion would do it, but what would cause poor combustion? All the plugs were fairly new and the leads tight on the plugs and also tight into the distributor. The king lead from the distributor was also ok, but then I realised that it was loose in the coil.

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On removal, I found the coil socket and lead were all covered in carbon. It wouldn't firmly click into place and it was just the friction of the rubber cap holding it in, but obviously not making firm contact, hence the arcing in the end of the coil. From memory, it was never a positive click when the coil was replaced in 2018. It was all cleaned out and put back together with a drop of glue on the rubber cap, holding it onto the lead.

A test drive to get some fuel, showed the engine running fine and with perhaps a bit more pull than before. So the problem seemed to have been fixed, but how to stop the lead creeping back out.

The following day, I made a composite glass/ply/glass bar that slotted over the king lead. Two springs from the bar, attached to holes in the coil bracket, pull this bar with a little downward pressure to maintain positive contact of the lead into the coil. I may yet paint this black, but will eave it alone for now for further testing.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:24 pm 
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Real Aeroplane Company 30th Anniversary Fly-In - July 20/21st

2019 marked the 30th Anniversary of the Real Aeroplane Company at Breighton Aerodrome. This year's Summer Fly-In was to celebrate this anniversary along with the 4th International Buckerfest Fly-In ( covered in a separate report ).

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Leading up to the event, the weather forecast wasn't great, but it slowly improved closer to the weekend.

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Saturday was gusty and had some heavy showers, so flying was a bit slow paced, especially in the morning. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance was one movement, there to collect a cheque for over £8600 raised by a Breighton pilot in a sponsored sky dive.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:28 pm 
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There were a number of twin engined aircraft there for the weekend, including an orange and white Beechcraft which was a new addition to the Real Aero collection. A de Havilland Rapide and another Beechcraft C-45 were there, both of which have visited before.

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The C-45 gave an impressive display upon arrival.

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'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:32 pm 
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There was a great variety of aircraft there, both home based and visiting aircraft. Due to the weather around the country, the arrival of visiting aircraft was slow until later on Saturday when the rain showers reduced in number.

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Several military vehicles also attended the event. There were several Jeeps, a few Land Rovers and a Volkswagen 181, the military version of the VW Trekker. The vehicles were displayed at various locations along the airfield.

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'58 Hotchkiss Jeep 'Follow Me' Jeep, '44 Dodge WC51 'Flying Control' truck
'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:36 pm 
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By Saturday evening, the weather had improved giving us blue sky, though still quite a stiff breeze. My Jeep was joined outside the hangar by "Hocus Pocus", the Jeep belonging to Patrick Smart who also had his Bristol Hercules aircraft engine on display.

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There was a DJ, a band, food and a bar set up, plus one of the pilots doing a stand up routine. The party continued until 2am.

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'58 Hotchkiss Jeep 'Follow Me' Jeep, '44 Dodge WC51 'Flying Control' truck
'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:49 pm 
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On Sunday, the wind was steady and more gentle and allowed much more flying. Both Beechcraft flew again and the Miles Messenger flew a practice display for an airshow next weekend.

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This Chipmunk is the oldest still flying, serial number #11
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While looking like a modern design, the aerobatic Falco F8L design is all wood and first flew in 1955.
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Arrow Active II
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Further pictures can be found here.....
http://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2019/breighton.htm

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'58 Hotchkiss Jeep 'Follow Me' Jeep, '44 Dodge WC51 'Flying Control' truck
'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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