Rib to Spar Brackets Manufacture - 19/02/2015
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 and skills. One issue seems to be that modern metal is less compliant than the original material and getting the exact angles needs a combination of careful thought and brute force!
Wing Assembly Progress - 15/02/2015
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 in the middle. This means the full length of the workshop is needed!
Wing Ribs - 25/07/2014
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 are now looking forward to learning metal working skills on the project in the summer. Thanks to Peter Kirk for keeping an eye on the youngsters’ production, and for completing the rib pairs in their absence.
Comet seats - 30/08/2013
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 is another step towards getting the cockpit completely fitted out.
G-RCSR - 30/07/2013
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 can see 2 DH88 Comets.
Window seals for the Canopy - 24/05/2013
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
Rollover Jig. - 03/05/2013
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 restoration of aeroplanes, have a look at http://www.rolloverjigs.com to see how these work. Thanks Dave.
WELDING – Feb 2013 - 28/02/2013
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 welding approval certificates , which will be a formality after seeing the quality of his work, ready for the next jobs on the Comet.
WING SPARS - 01/01/2013
Work is progressing well on the wings with the first main spar almost complete and our team of volunteers are working on the wing ribs in anticipation of starting to assemble the wings as soon as all the spars are finished. Once again we are grateful for the help given by all our sponsors but in particular we must thank Dynea UK Ltd for the supply of the glue being used.
Frost - 11/06/2012
Frost Auto Restoration Techniques Limited Have kindly donated the sheet steel we need for the canopy window slides