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Short Belfast - ground clearance height?

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I've reached the stage in my build, of a WM Short Belfast, where the wheel assemblies need fitting, but I don't know the underbelly clearance height.  I could estimate from the instruction sheet but this is not to scale.  Can anyone please assist with details of the definitive measurement?

 

Thanks

 

Mike

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48 minutes ago, bootneck said:

I've reached the stage in my build, of a WM Short Belfast, where the wheel assemblies need fitting, but I don't know the underbelly clearance height.  I could estimate from the instruction sheet but this is not to scale.  Can anyone please assist with details of the definitive measurement?

 

Thanks

 

Mike

Mike, I cannot give it to you in feet/inches/metric as it depends on freight/fuel load carried etc but I do recall that a crew changed a main wheel at Luqa back in the sixties and tried to roll it under the fuselage.  It got slightly stuck but a well aimed boot shifted it.  So I would say that the height would be 1 x main wheel diameter plus or minus a bit.

 

Attached a shot of subject "Belf" :-

hHXNf8r.jpg

 

HTH

 

Dennis

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Hi Dennis,

 

The model will represent an unladen aircraft so, unless more defiintive information comes to light,  1 x main wheel diameter plus or minus a bit it is then.  :rofl:

 

Mike

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Mike, I am not sure how much it helps but Flight quoted 5ft 2.45in as the height of the sill and load floor above the ground and had scale drawings.  I emailed the pages to you.

 

David

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Hi Mike

           The GA drawing in the RAF servicing notes shows clearance between bottom of fuselage and ground of 2'6"

 

Can email you a copy of the page if you like

 

Best regards

Martin 

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Thanks everyone.  Martin, I was going to guestimate at 3.1ft (6.5mm at 1:144 scale) but your info of 2.5ft (5.3mm at 1:144 scale) would be more accurate.  Yes please to a scan of the page.

 

Thanks.

 

Mike

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51 minutes ago, sloegin57 said:

1 x main wheel diameter plus or minus a bit.

Don't confuse me with technical jargon!

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Nice picture, isn't the Cosford Belfast up on small jacks to relieve the oleos so might not help Mike with his guesstimations   :(

 

Is that my foot over to the left in front of the Hastings?

I think it might be, there deep in the shadows...

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2 hours ago, perdu said:

Nice picture, isn't the Cosford Belfast up on small jacks to relieve the oleos so might not help Mike with his guesstimations   :(

 

Is that my foot over to the left in front of the Hastings?

I think it might be, there deep in the shadows...

Fair point about the jacks and does your foot follow me around? ^_^

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6 hours ago, sloegin57 said:

Mike, I cannot give it to you in feet/inches/metric as it depends on freight/fuel load carried etc but I do recall that a crew changed a main wheel at Luqa back in the sixties and tried to roll it under the fuselage.  It got slightly stuck but a well aimed boot shifted it.

Dennis

Technical information doesn't come better than this!

 

I would agree with Perdu about the Cosford Belfast, the oleos have collars fitted.

Not sure about his foot though!

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To be fair (to me) my foot was frequently nailed into the footprint of the space below the nose of Cosford's Hastings

 

Over there, at the back, just by the BMP

 

I thought I caught a tyre saving jack too as well as oleo protection, but probably wrong on that

 

I do know the Hastings u/c was well lifted under the main wheel leg's feet

 

 

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According to the manuals it is 2' 6" clearance from ground to underside, and 5' 2 3/4" to the load floor.

In the GA (non technical) drawings the wheels are the same height as that underside clearance.

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Thanks James, I'll work to that.  Just trying to make some decals for the cockpit glazing at the mo'

 

cheers


Mike

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Very much look forward to seeing the end result Mike. I did mine about twenty years ago and I think it is well overdue for a deep check! Of course you know that as soon as you finish yours and perhaps mine gets a makeover, Roden  (please) or some other will come up with a nice injection jobby. I have discounted the Anigrand as too expensive and unconvincing in shape and details. Good luck with the build. 

Keith. 

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1 hour ago, Britman said:

...... you know that as soon as you finish yours and perhaps mine gets a makeover, Roden  (please) or some other will come up with a nice injection jobby.

I wish!  :pray: 

I have learned so much, whilst doing this build, about the aircraft; painting and decalling, that I would like to build another at some stage.  Second time around should make less errors and, if was anything other than vacform, shouldn't have the fit problems I encountered by over sanding.

 

Mike

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