Prentice has a good scrub & brush up
Story added on 19th August 2007
Perhaps not the most viewed aircraft on site but the Prentice does represent a lot of peoples first flight experience, so despite the problems inherent in trying to keep some of the fabric from disintegrating we lavish attention on her from time to time trying to maintain her togetherness and dignity with speed tape. The glazing is in less than mint condition and occasionally this has to be repaired, but she still stands on her own legs and maintains good tyre pressures month after month. The Gypsy engine has some compression and we regularly turn the prop to prevent any valve stickyness from happening. So by giving her a good scrub down and a coat of paint we are continuing in a long line of previous museum volunteers in keeping her looking good.
Every day we walk past our Canberra PR3 WF922 and it still sits there patiently waiting its turn for some attention again. So not being able to resist a short rest from painting everything in sight we knuckled down to do all the things that needed doing both above and under the bonnet. Couple more pics added of the port Engine.
A thorough corrosion check has been carried out and apart from a very minor re-occurance of Mag alloy corrosion in the stbd under carraige well that was treated, all was ok. The stbd side of the fin which had been re-fabriced 2 years ago needed a new coat of paint as it continually faces the sun from mid-day on. Then a complete "t" cut of the top fuselage brought back that shine once again that had been dulled over by the Midlands weather.
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