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FAA Museum - any requests?

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Guys - I am going to the FAA Museum at VL tomorrow, armed with my trusty camera - I want a load of walkround shots (Swordfish, Albacore, Lynx, Sea King, Sea Fury, Walrus...)

I'll put them all up on here, but does anyone have any specific requests before I go - any "I just need a shot of the starboard oleo on a Corsair..." or whatever?

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A kind offer. Two thoughts:

The FAA Hellcat is a rare PR variant, equivalent to the USN F6F-5P. A question that comes up from time to time is what the areas around the camera ports look like (because the drawings are difficult to interpret). You might be doing someone a service if you could post up some nice clear pictures of the relevant areas.

Also, if they've taken the wraps off the Martlet I in the restoration shop (which I very much doubt!, a load of us on here would be very interested in colour photos of the original US delivery colours uncovered beneath the layers of later paint.

Many thanks.

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A kind offer. Two thoughts:

The FAA Hellcat is a rare PR variant, equivalent to the USN F6F-5P. A question that comes up from time to time is what the areas around the camera ports look like (because the drawings are difficult to interpret). You might be doing someone a service if you could post up some nice clear pictures of the relevant areas.

Also, if they've taken the wraps off the Martlet I in the restoration shop (which I very much doubt!, a load of us on here would be very interested in colour photos of the original US delivery colours uncovered beneath the layers of later paint.

Many thanks.

Noted on the Hellcat. Not holding my breath on the Martlet (though if it's visible, I'll take loads!).

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A very generous offer that I will take you up on! Since you'll be having a look at the Sea King, some nice detailed shots of the torpedo/weapon mounts under the sponsons and at the rear of the fuselage would be great as I have had real trouble finding useable ones anywhere.

Thank you very much in advance!

Mark.

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A kind offer. Two thoughts:

The FAA Hellcat is a rare PR variant, equivalent to the USN F6F-5P. A question that comes up from time to time is what the areas around the camera ports look like (because the drawings are difficult to interpret). You might be doing someone a service if you could post up some nice clear pictures of the relevant areas.

You can find some pictures of the camera ports on my website (where there are more pictures of all the planes in the museum)

http://www.museumplanes.com/plane.php?plane_ID=219&pic_nr=0

Michael

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You can find some pictures of the camera ports on my website (where there are more pictures of all the planes in the museum)

http://www.museumplanes.com/plane.php?plane_ID=219&pic_nr=0

Michael

Thanks for that. Especially the last photo: I'd never noticed that there was a ventral camera port before!

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A very generous offer that I will take you up on! Since you'll be having a look at the Sea King, some nice detailed shots of the torpedo/weapon mounts under the sponsons and at the rear of the fuselage would be great as I have had real trouble finding useable ones anywhere.

Thank you very much in advance!

Mark.

Again, noted - though I very much doubt there will be aft weapons stations fitted; in all my Sea King experience (2,000 hours+ on type, 820 & 819) I never saw the aft weapons stations fitted; the Sea King 5/6 already had major C of G problems because of all the added gubbins in the back from its design era... without adding a torpedo or two that far aft. We had to work out CofG for every sortie and empty the tanks in a certain order as it was.

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Guys - I am going to the FAA Museum at VL tomorrow, armed with my trusty camera - I want a load of walkround shots (Swordfish, Albacore, Lynx, Sea King, Sea Fury, Walrus...)

I'll put them all up on here, but does anyone have any specific requests before I go - any "I just need a shot of the starboard oleo on a Corsair..." or whatever?

A very kind offer!

I wouldn't mind, if you'r passing, a couple general overall shots of the Seafire if possible.

I took my Farther down last year and took hundreds of pictures but I transfered them all to a brand new server hard drive when I came back. Just before my weekly auto back-up the new drive failed!!

I managed to recover everything up to the Seafire (one of the main reasons for going!) but everything after that has been lost.

Don't worry if you can't do it, I'll try to get back down later this year.

Rick.

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Guys - I am going to the FAA Museum at VL tomorrow, armed with my trusty camera - I want a load of walkround shots (Swordfish, Albacore, Lynx, Sea King, Sea Fury, Walrus...)

I'll put them all up on here, but does anyone have any specific requests before I go - any "I just need a shot of the starboard oleo on a Corsair..." or whatever?

Please could I have a pic of the Bristol Centarus engine? I can't get to museum due to my new born son!

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... if they've taken the wraps off the Martlet I in the restoration shop (which I very much doubt!, a load of us on here would be very interested in colour photos of the original US delivery colours uncovered beneath the layers of later paint.

Kind of - you can actually see it now, but only through glass from afar.

FWIW, here you are!

Martletwing_zpscc330053.jpg

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Please could I have a pic of the Bristol Centarus engine? I can't get to museum due to my new born son!

Here you go. The light isn't fantastic for photos in there; the one of the rear of the engine is with flash, and the other without - so you might want to play with white balance in photo editing software if you are looking for 100% gospel colour info.

Centaurus1_zpsd5019e93.jpg

Centaurus2_zps6882d59d.jpg

Centaurusrear_zps78d5af08.jpg

It really is one hell of a beast, isn't it?!

Edited by Ex-FAAWAFU

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A very kind offer!

I wouldn't mind, if you'r passing, a couple general overall shots of the Seafire if possible.

Rick - really sorry, but I didn't see your post until after I got back, and since the Seafire is miles down my stack at the moment I didn't take any!

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A kind offer. Two thoughts:

The FAA Hellcat is a rare PR variant, equivalent to the USN F6F-5P. A question that comes up from time to time is what the areas around the camera ports look like (because the drawings are difficult to interpret). You might be doing someone a service if you could post up some nice clear pictures of the relevant areas.

Hellcat camera ports:

1. Port side

Hellcatport_zps1e068748.jpg

2. Starboard side

Hellcatstbd_zps489ebd8d.jpg

3. Ventral

Hellcatventral2_zps0c644719.jpg

I also took dozens of Lynx, Sea King, Albacore, Sea Fury & Vixen shots - I'll do them in slower time in the relevant walkround area of the site.

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Here you go. The light isn't fantastic for photos in there; the one of the rear of the engine is with flash, and the other without - so you might want to play with white balance in photo editing software if you are looking for 100% gospel colour info.

Centaurus1_zpsd5019e93.jpg

Centaurus2_zps6882d59d.jpg

Centaurusrear_zps78d5af08.jpg

It really is one hell of a beast, isn't it?!

It is! My granny used to build them during the war ( the cylinder sleeves ) and loved the sound of them being tested!on

Thanks for the pics I shall show her this week!

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Hellcat camera ports:

Excellent stuff: many thanks. They should nail the subject once and for all. It's the relationship between the strengthening panel and the oil deflector that's diffficult to interpret from drawings unless you have some idea what they're supposed to look like.

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Hope you don'y mind me joining in here? I work at the museum & only just seen this posting!! Will try & get pics today of Seafire & Seaking requests.

Dave

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Is there a Scimitar at the museum? I'm in need of some photos & details if anyone could oblige? :wub:

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Is there a Scimitar at the museum? I'm in need of some photos & details if anyone could oblige? :wub:

There is a scimitar in the museum, but its at the darkest end of the carrier deck so its very difficult to get useable pics from.

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It's a bit of a PITA that, innit? Could really do with some though :(

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Thanks for those :)

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Hope you don'y mind me joining in here? I work at the museum & only just seen this posting!! Will try & get pics today of Seafire & Seaking requests.

Dave

Dave,

That is much appreciated!

Mark.

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Hope you don'y mind me joining in here? I work at the museum & only just seen this posting!! Will try & get pics today of Seafire & Seaking requests.

Dave

Dave,

Now there's a fund-raising opportunity for the museum........ a range of super-detailed 'walkround' photo CD's.

If you have the resources, do a set of good photos of all aspects of the exhibits - including well-lit cockpit shots - and market them as individual photo CD's.

I'm sure there would be a market for them - albeit rather specialised and small - but a market nonetheless.

I won't charge much for the idea...... :whistle:

Ken

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A very kind offer!

I wouldn't mind, if you'r passing, a couple general overall shots of the Seafire if possible.

I took my Farther down last year and took hundreds of pictures but I transfered them all to a brand new server hard drive when I came back. Just before my weekly auto back-up the new drive failed!!

I managed to recover everything up to the Seafire (one of the main reasons for going!) but everything after that has been lost.

Don't worry if you can't do it, I'll try to get back down later this year.

Rick.

Hope these OK Rick?

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DSCN0200_zpscd9ccedb.jpg

DSCN0201_zpse8166933.jpg

Dave

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A very generous offer that I will take you up on! Since you'll be having a look at the Sea King, some nice detailed shots of the torpedo/weapon mounts under the sponsons and at the rear of the fuselage would be great as I have had real trouble finding useable ones anywhere.

Thank you very much in advance!

Mark.

Here you go Mark, hope they're of use?

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DSCN0203_zps46c249f6.jpg

DSCN0204_zps7dfb766e.jpg

DSCN0205_zps7ef2cf57.jpg

Dave

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