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Wessex HC2 Crab Cabs Pt II (Fly Wessex - why wouldn't you?)

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Can’t speak for the Crabs (though I’ll be very surprised if they’re any different), but you definitely tried to keep windows as clean and unmarked as humanly possible.  After all, they weren’t there for a wee bit of jolly sightseeing; in some circumstances having a less-than-perfect window would be very bad news indeed.

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I think a small caveat to my remarks about the nose filter is called for

 

I have not (yet) looked closely at the delightful recent offerings in 1/144 scale which look especially nice

 

Just far too small for me to see, let alone build

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4 hours ago, Ex-FAAWAFU said:

Can’t speak for the Crabs (though I’ll be very surprised if they’re any different), but you definitely tried to keep windows as clean and unmarked as humanly possible.  After all, they weren’t there for a wee bit of jolly sightseeing; in some circumstances having a less-than-perfect window would be very bad news indeed.

Squirty bottle with soapy water and a roll of Kimwipe were never far away from Walter's windows, particularly after a wash and PX which was carried out every week!

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8 hours ago, perdu said:

Wonderful work on handles and assorted associated greeblies too

 

thanks Bill.  greebles is fun

 

 

7 hours ago, TheBaron said:

If we're going to be exchanging wildfowl, that last update merits at least a Woodcock!

 

:rofl2:

 

 

6 hours ago, Ex-FAAWAFU said:

Can’t speak for the Crabs (though I’ll be very surprised if they’re any different), but you definitely tried to keep windows as clean and unmarked as humanly possible.

 

Fully understand though to be honest I can't remember ever specifically washing the cabin windows other than a grubby wipe with the sleeve of my overalls.  That being said, we did wash & PX those mechanical wonders with alarming regularity 

 

 

1 hour ago, AndyBunney said:

Squirty bottle with soapy water and a roll of Kimwipe were never far away from Walter's windows, particularly after a wash and PX which was carried out every week!

 

I guess we must have but I can't remember it.   Maybe it's been erased from memory 'cos of all those horrid head lubes 

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When we got the Wessex's in for servicing they were generally in a disgusting state.

Especially the transmission deck and underneath. Grass & debris glued on with Hydraulic fluid!

All sorts of fluids had to be used to clean them. Most of which have now been banned from use.

These were the days before the invention of the jetwash though.

Windows got polished after a servicing (Greygates plastic polish, anyone?) after that the Sqn were on their own.

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Naval cabs generally got washed regularly to get rid of the salt, so on the whole stayed pretty clean

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as did 28's - the oggin in HK was never more than a mile or two away so plenty of salt wash to keep at bay

 

 

 

4 hours ago, Pete in Lincs said:

Greygates plastic polish, anyone?

 

arghhhh I remember an early job on my first posting was to polish all the fuselage windows on the Nimrod.   Give me wire locking any day

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22 hours ago, Ex-FAAWAFU said:

Can’t speak for the Crabs (though I’ll be very surprised if they’re any different), but you definitely tried to keep windows as clean and unmarked as humanly possible.  After all, they weren’t there for a wee bit of jolly sightseeing; in some circumstances having a less-than-perfect window would be very bad news indeed.

As a spotty LAC I was once told by a grizzled old snec that as long as the jockey could see out of his window he didn’t give a s**t about the puddle of oil/fuel under his cab. This was true until a particularly obnoxious 7 sqn (who else?) crewman made it his mission to complain about every stain/puddle he could see when doing a crew in, often using his fingers to scoop the offending fluid up for a sniff check - after a while his flying gloves began to smell of stale wee!

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