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Pete M.

Vickers Vincent 'walk-around' Part 1.

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Hi to all. Here's some detail photos of the Vickers Vincent NZ311 (ex-K6357) being rebuilt to static display condition at Dairy Flat in Auckland, New Zealand.

Some of my pics are not the greatest, but I don't claim to be a good photographer!

The hanger where she is being built unfortunately has green coloured skylight panels, and the whole area is bathed in a weird green light which it's a real b**** to remove from the photos!

I hope they will be of use to anyone building a Vildebeest/Vincent.

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Starboard side engine cowling and pilot's cockpit area.

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Starboard side centre section and wing root.

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Wheel spat.

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Undercarriage leg.

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Cabane struts and upper wing centre section.

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Starboard undercarriage leg, struts and oil cooler.

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Looking up into the pilot's cockpit - the quadrant and arm are for seat adjustment.

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Starboard centre section details.

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Looking up at the forward undersides of the nose - the 'hole' is for the bomb/torpedo aimer.

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The bomb aimers control switch panel on the starboard side of the 'hole'.

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The aimers instrument panel - more instruments to find for this as yet - once again, there's the good old brass light switch!

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Looking up through to the rear of the 'hole' and the centre section internals.

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Looking forwards and up to the rear underside of the pilots seat showing the mountings, and some of the cockpit controls.

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Fuzzy view of the lower centre section details.

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Tail wheel and strut, starboard view.

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Rear fuselage and fin port side view.

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Tail wheel and strut, port view.

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Fuselage details, port side. Note stitching.

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Port side centre section.

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Fuselage internals, looking forward from the port side. The trailing aerial drum is in the foreground, not mounted as yet.

Cheers, Pete M. :beer:

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And here's the second lot.

Oxford, Hind and a few Anson pics to come soon. :popcorn:

Cheers,

Pete M.

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Centre section internals again, looking forward.

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Port view looking up at pilot's cockpit area. The bracket and stud are for the exhaust pipe mounting.

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Fuselage internals looking aft.

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Port main wheel.

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Pilots cockpit looking from port.

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Starboard underside view of pilot's cockpit area.

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Port underside view of pilot's cockpit area.

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Port main wheel and undercarriage strut details.

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Fin and rudder details.

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Hatch details, starboard rear fuselage.

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Hatch details, port rear fuselage.

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Starboard nose and 'Peggie' details.

Note: the guys are still looking for an exhaust collector ring for the Pegasus to help complete the restoration.

Cheers,

Pete M. :beer:

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Did they give you any idea when it would be finished and is the hangar open to the public, especially those who might have travelled 12,000 miles to get there?

Andy

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Did they give you any idea when it would be finished and is the hangar open to the public, especially those who might have travelled 12,000 miles to get there?

Andy

Hi Andy. No, no estimate as yet to when she will be completed as they are still looking for many parts, including an exhaust collector assembly for the 'Peggie' and lots of other bits and pieces.

They have several sets of wings to use, but it's all those little bits that are needed.

The collection is not open to the public, only by special arrangement, which I can sort out for you no problem if you are planning another trip out here. :winkgrin:

Cheers,

Pete M. :beer:

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Hoping to, our problem is with Caiti going to Senior school in September we are limited to the school holidays which is winter on your side of the world if we want a long trip. So watch this space.

You coming over for Telford soonish?

Andy

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Hi again. Attached are a couple of Vickers GA drawings for the MK.II and the Mk.III Vildebeest. Note the differences in many items, specially the ailerons!

The final pic is the pilots instrument panel, which didn't appear to change between marks.

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If any of you would like larger versions of these, and the two cutaway's I've found, mail me at mossong@xtra.co.nz and I'll send you the link to them.

Cheers,

Pete M. :beer:

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