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tonyot

Pre War Bristol in Colour,......Filton, Blenheim`s etc!!

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1 hour ago, Max Headroom said:

It’s a Percival type. A Mew Gull or Proctor.

 

Trevor

I would have thought it unlikely to be a Proctor as the first flight was not until October 1939 at that time and definitely not a  Mew Gull. I still reckon it is a Vega Gull of which the RAF had a few (15)

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I haven't seen the Hart, whereabouts in the film is it?  There is however a yellow Tiger Moth just before the end of the flying sequence.  Agreed about the Vega Gull.

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15 hours ago, lasermonkey said:

@dogsbody I did some screen grabs of the film, as there were some lovely scenes and I thought they were worth saving for posterity.

In the factory. Note the primer colour. It seems to change appearance somewhat, depending on the lighting

Hope this helps,

Mark.

 

Dude! That's awesome! Thank you so much.

 

 

Chris

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We can probably date the film to August 1939.  N6217 is near the end of the batch N6140 to N6242, delivered April to August 1939.  P4834 was the 10th of the next batch, delivered from August to October 1939.  So maybe the roundels were painted onto the fuselage before the camouflage, and they got slightly out of sequence in production, or Bristols had more than one paint shop and one of them wasn't up to date?    Anyone know the construction numbers/dates of these Blenheims?  But they certainly should have had the A roundel at this time.

 

Interestingly, P4834 was one of a consecutive batch of five that went to the RAE, and four of them then went to fighter squadrons.  Early conversions?

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That's a wonderful film, thanks for posting! For those who know Bristol and Filton, it's amazing how rural the whole area looks in the footage showing the air test!

One for the really observant - who spotted the Beaufort nose? I suspect filmed accidentally - the prototype flew in November 1938 so surely it must have been relatively secret still?

 

(2:46 for those who didn't see it)

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30 minutes ago, Vulcanicity said:

One for the really observant - who spotted the Beaufort nose? I suspect filmed accidentally - the prototype flew in November 1938 so surely it must have been relatively secret still?

 

(2:46 for those who didn't see it)

Good spotting! Must admit I missed it first time around as I noticed that the rudders and elevators were pre finished in camouflage when being mated to the airframe.

 

Trevor

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Tony, thank you for sharing, that is absolutely brilliant footage!      As a Blenheim fan that just made my day :).

 

Thanks to John D.C. Masters too for his free VPN tip,  I installed one and managed to view the footage based in Belgium :).   

 

Cheers,

 

Walter

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On 1/24/2019 at 7:09 PM, John D.C. Masters said:

If you download and install a VPN (usually free) then you can change your ISP to the UK (or anywhere in the world for that matter) and watch this video, or indeed any national broadcast.  Their computer will think your computer is local.  

That tip (eventually) worked a treat John.. many thanks. I can now strike that off my ‘reasons why I should live in the UK’ list! Modern Technology - marvellous ain’t it?? 

 

Now back to the video, I was quite surprised to see footage showing Type A roundels on the upper wing surfaces on one of the Blenheims, could this have been earmarked for Coastal Command? I would have thought red/blue B type would have been common practice for Bomber aircraft. Anyway, thanks again for the video link and VP tip fellas.. 

 

Cheers.. Dave 

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A fantastic find. I will spend hours pouring over the video looking to see if my grandfather makes an appearance somewhere! 

 

The colours are fantastic, and the image showing the rudder etc pre-painted is very interesting. 

 

Oh for 1/10 of the aircraft shown in the factory scenes surviving to this day for restoration.

On 1/24/2019 at 9:27 PM, Vulcanicity said:

That's a wonderful film, thanks for posting! For those who know Bristol and Filton, it's amazing how rural the whole area looks in the footage showing the air test!

Unrecognisable now, it’s all Cribbs Causeway shopping centre and houses!

 

On 1/24/2019 at 9:27 PM, Vulcanicity said:

One for the really observant - who spotted the Beaufort nose? I suspect filmed accidentally - the prototype flew in November 1938 so surely it must have been relatively secret still?

The Beaufort nose was a great spot, I saw it first time around but the date didn't click until I read your post!

 

Matt

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Brilliant, even though there was some stop start issues with the video I even love the door to door salesman and the Bananas. One thing springs to mind is that everything was so clean, more so than I would have thought. But I suppose it was really.

 

BTW again I had no problems seeing it despite being in Ireland. Not sure why. Maybe because I'm on Virgin media or perhaps the website includes us. I don't care as long as I see it.

 

Films like that really bring the era to life in a way we hardly realise. There was colour before the 1940s.

 

 

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