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130. End of an Era (probably)


This week has seen the completion of most of the work on the flying surfaces. We’ve managed to re-cover one wing, finish off all the ribstitching, apply rib and edge tapes throughout. There are still inspection openings to be fitted to the wings, and they’ll need a couple of final coats of dope to be applied, but we’re going to leave that until we see what (if anything) can be done with the wrinkles in the fabric.

But when Theo brings the wings up to the fuselage on Bank Holiday Monday ready for the LAA Rally the weekend after, it’s likely to be the last time they’ll be down in Dorset, and poor Theo’s going to be suffering withdrawal symptoms.

First Blood. Cutting wood for the first time.

First Blood. Cutting wood for the first time.

I checked the photographic record, and we first started cutting timber in November 2009, so Theo’s had bits of Bristol Scout here for nearly five years, and the house is going to feel very empty; in particular, the space behind his sofa that has housed the wings for so long.

There will still be plenty of work needed, but he’ll be coming up to Shropshire for it, and in the meantime he’s going to be getting plenty of time in on his own aircraft to keep his flying skills honed for the date we get to fly the Scout…

We finished up the last bits in perfect time on Saturday afternoon, leaving time for us to pop up to Spetisbury Rings, the ancient hill fort just above the village, where Theo’s stepchildren had organised Music and Merriment, a one-and-a-half day music festival raising money for the local hospice in memory of their mother. It was an astonishing feat of organisation for two people, and – with the co-operation of the weather gods – a HUGE success.

Music and Merriment on Spetisbury Rings

Fridah night -Sunset

Friday night – Sunset

Music & Merriment on Saturday morning as the crowds started to build

l Music & Merriment on Saturday morning as the crowds started to build

The fantastic stage

The fantastic stage…

... huge, appreciative attendance...

… huge, appreciative attendance…

... and a great line-up of bands. This was Thirsty Man.

… and a great line-up of bands. This was Thirsty Man.

It was a wonderful way to round off a successful week.


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  1. Congratulations on flying the Scout.
    Some questions: The prop cover? How made etc. Fuel tank test? How were you testing it?
    Thanks, and cheers.

    Ed Storo (Bristol Bulldog builder, and ‘Brisfit’ pilot)

    • The propeller cover was made out of thin plastic foam – can’t remember where it came from. It’s proved a little bit vulnerable, mainly because it’s difficult to attach stuff to it securely.
      The air tests on the tank are done by making a jig that seals the lid with a small bore tube coming out of it, and then blowing into the tube as hard as you can – using your tongue as a pump. That way you can generate the 1.5psi that’s required. Then a 50:50 mix of Fairy Liquid and water brushed round all the joints with a paintbrush. Any leaks will show up immediately as bubbles.

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