Diary December 2014

Bit of a sour note behind this month’s diary, unfortunately. For those who don’t know, we’ve had a bit of shenanigans with our favourite museum these past few weeks, which is why there’s been no diary for a while. Out of the blue we suddenly came under pressure to sign a contract that’s been languishing in a drawer since early 2012 and when it proved untenable because it robbed us of our volunteer…


Diary September 2014

Another quite brief entry as we’ve been very busy Bluebirding of late. The verb, to Bluebird… we conjugate it all day long. The old girl is getting very exciting nowadays as lots of parts begin to come together but we’ll revisit the small matter of our big tin boat in due course because from ordering material and hardware to putting rivets or bolts into a finished part can often take months and…


Diary August 2014

We’ve been in the silly season of late – all our staff have been holidaying so there’s been very little baddacoodering. It’s impacted the Bluebird effort too. First there was Richie’s little tank, which we were all delighted to see on its way to the show, then we’ve lost everyone one by one to natural summer attrition so we’re only just getting back into it so only a short diary this time…


Diary June 2014

First off – a sincere thank you to all the good people who take the time to comment on our project on the various forums… Yes, I know, the correct pluralisation is ‘fora’ but  dumbing-down is the order of the day, which is why Facebolleaux has taken the place of going to each others houses for a brew. But, seriously, we do take heart in your comments because we’ve been an awful long time gaining…


Diary May 2014

Last month we were all Bluebirded-up and barely touched our Barra’ but then in a peculiar twist of circumstance we find the situation reversed this month with nowt to do on the big tin boat and loads of ‘cool aeroplane’ to be getting on with, as Hayley calls it.

Things were running slowly because before we could inch forward a step we first had to assemble all the ribby-stringery bits inside…


Diary late April 2014

Sorry we’re a smidge late this month, or last month… Sometimes time just runs away with us. And there’s not much to report either but that’s not to say we haven’t been busy. For those who’ve just tuned in the deal was always that we’d continue to prepare Bluebird for her homecoming whilst using any downtime – of which there has always been very little – to build a Baddacooda. But what actually…


Diary March 14

Some of you just aren’t getting this, are you? OK – let me explain. The thickness of our tinware is measured in Standard Wire Gauge, or SWG for short. All of our bolt fixings are either BA or UNF. Our material spec’s are to DTD or the old L-standards and our rivets are in sizes ranging from 3/32nd of an inch to 5/32nd. Our aeroplane was built and then forcibly dismantled again…


Diary Feb 14

Right – that’s the sticky-up bit done, bar the snagging, and we’ll show you that in due course. But it was always going to be a bit of a cheat because, apart from the squished leading edge, there was hardly a mark on it. The elevator was challenging, mainly because we had to tame the material, but at the end of the day it’s about six million widgets flying in close formation so if it’s a bit crooked…


Diary Jan 14

It was much too cold in the Barra’ shop over Christmas.

 

We’ve hung a thick, clear plastic curtain over the gap that the brick-doctors knocked in the wall, you see, and it lowers Aerospace-Rob’s core temperature on a Saturday to the point where he can listen to ball-chasing competitions on the ‘wireless’ so if he’s not in one variety of artificially induced coma he’s in another,…


Diary Nov/Dec 13

 Where the hell did November go? I sat down to write this month’s diary and it’s not this month, if you know what I mean. Someone said, ‘when are you going to update your blog?’

Can we just get something straight here; ‘blog’ is no more a word than ‘crimbo’ or ‘chillax’. We civilised folk refer to ongoing notes of one’s life and times as a ‘diary’.

And why is the world of aviation…


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