Diary Oct 2013

Only a short piece this month as we’ve been thoroughly Bluebirded-out and, as you know, the Barra’ project must fit around our primary objective to get the big tin boat working and back on the lake.

It was mentioned last time that perhaps we’d not made it obvious that we are also the Bluebird Project, though I suspect this won’t have escaped many of you. But, for the sake of being thorough,…

Diary Sept 2013

We’ve received lots of very positive support for our little Barra’ project, which is nice. We tend to view the poor old thing with mild pity. An unloved, unwanted and uncared-for lump that didn’t fly very well but always tried its best.


Diary August 2013

Work continues on our Baddacooda but how it works is this – if a job looks like it’s going to throw problems our way we go for it first so we know all bases are covered and we’re not going to have to fess-up at some future date to not being able to do something crucial. The museum needs to know quick-as if there’s going to be a showstopper so we make it our business to go looking for potential culprits.


Diary July 2013

We must be halfway convincing with this aeroplane mending lark because we’ve not only still got the rent coming in from the museum but a few people have also mailed to say how their granddad drove a Baddacooda (that’s how my five-year-old Emily pronounces it) in the war and how we absolutely must keep at the job and see it through in honour of all the boys and girls who flew them. We’ll take that…

Diary June 2013

Our elevator was rather well received but along the way we discovered that unbending crashed scrap is not a typical way of recreating an aeroplane. Strange, is that, because it’s quite a bit easier than making a new one. For some inexplicable reason, even when the thing doesn’t have to fly (and that is obviously a different kettle of Barracuda fillets) what aeroplane menders…

Diary May 2013

It began over a pint… I’d been presenting to students of museum conservation, as had my pal, Dave Morris, of the Fleet Air Arm Museum, and it was thirsty work. For his part he’d led a volunteer team that spent four years carefully removing paint applied in the eighties from a Corsair to reveal its original, wartime scheme – the only example in existence.…

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