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Author Archives: Ken Fern

One Whole Wing

With the completion of the wing ribs joining the three spars each side, the two wings have now become one with the addition of hefty central wedges.  Though the originals were cut from one whole wood block, these have been …
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Comet Racer Project Facebook Group 2015

In June our Comet Racer Group now has over 80 members who contribute very regular exchanges of information and ideas.  Since the start of the group, we have added information and photos of all the 5 Comets, including findings about …
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Rib to Spar Brackets Manufacture

John Badger and Martin Walters have been working on these fittings that will eventually hold engine and undercarriage to the wing. They are working off the original drawings but having to rediscover many of the manufacturing processes using their experience …
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Wing Assembly Progress

The full wing assembly is now progressing using all the parts constructed so far which means other work like metal fitting and builds for engine mounts can continue.  Both wings are made at the same time with a joining section …
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Wing Ribs

Young volunteers Jodie, Michael, Robert and Jago initiated the marathon ply and spruce wing rib making (pairs 9 – 20!) just before sitting their GCSEs in June.  These ‘engineers in the making’ have been donating their Thursday evenings all year, and …
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Comet seats

We have just had another seat made to match the original we have for the project. It was made for us by Mick Sharpe from Western Coachworks in Mickleover Derby. He has made a great job of it and it …
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G-RCSR

There are now 2 Comets at Derby, Ken Fern brought his replica DH88 Comet G-RCSR to the airfield to carry on working on it alongside Black Magic. Why not visit Derby now, the only place in the world where you …
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Window seals for the Canopy

Woolies of Peterborough a major supplier of Trim and upholstery fittings for classic and vintage cars has helped us with the supply of the special sliding window seals we need for the canopy. www.woolies-trim.co.uk

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Rollover Jig.

David Amis has kindly supplied us with one of his rollover jigs for the fuselage so we can easily turn it over to work on. Specifically designed for the classic car restoration market these jigs can also help in the …
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WELDING – Feb 2013

Don Yates has joined our volunteer team as resident welder. He is retired and spent over 40 years working for the railway as a welder latterly in the instructing roll so is very experienced. We are sorting out his CAA …
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