Duxford Bimble's ~ December 2012

Saturday, 1st December 2012

Winter has now well and truly arrived with freezing conditions with a bit of sleet falling as I walked in from Whittlesford Station. Since my last visit, the 27ltr/1,760hp Rolls Royce Merlin 724-1C, V12, engine in the Old Flying Machine Company P-51 'Ferocious Frankie' has been removed. It'll probably be a couple of months before the replacement powerplant is installed as it only went off for refurbishment a couple of weeks ago. The  P-40B that has been a temporary resident in hangar 3 with the OFMC, has now returned home to The Fighter Collection in hangar 2. The Ambassador is now sporting a pair of rudders and looking more complete. The only other notable change has been the Victor which is now back inside in the AirSpace restoration area. The move was achieved with the return of  'Christine' the big bright yellow Dennis-Mercury 20 ton Aircraft Tractor on loan from the Yorkshire Air Museum near York. She was sitting in Hangar 5 awaiting her return north.

Camera Used: Sony NEX-5N with a Sony 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 E & a Sony 10-18mm f4 OSS lens.

Tuesday, 4th December 2012

Winter maintenance on the Catalina and B-17 'Sally-B' is continuing with the 'Dummy' chin turret of the B-17 having been removed. DHC-1 Chipmunk 22A/(G-ARMG) was in residence with The Old Flying Machine Company and having what looked like its engine removed. The Historic Aircraft Collection Hawker Hurricane XIIa/Z5140/HA-C/(G-HURI) could remain at Duxford for a while now as it failed to sell at the Bonham's auction the day before. The VC-10 shot was a bit experiment as I was shooting into the sun and used the tail to block it out which gave me more or less a black silhouette. I then used a process called 'Fake HDR Using Blend Mode' to see how much detail I could retrieve from the dark shadows.

Thursday, 6th December 2012

Apart from a bit of snow left over from the day before, the only changes have been in Hangar 5 where some of the Lambeth exhibits have been repositioned with 'Ole Bill' the 1911 London bus having moved into Hangar 4.

Thursday, 13th December 2012

I was going to have a Friday visit but with the forecast for rain all day decided to take advantage of the sunshine and visit a day early. A good decision as the Mk 1A Spitfire arrived from Lambeth (Covered in 'IWM Museum Aircraft'). Apart from that it was just a question of staying warm as I wandered around looking for photo opportunities as not much else is happening with a wind down for the Christmas Break..

Saturday, 15th December 2012

With the prospect of a bit of sunshine and a mini-heatwave with the temperature in the high single figures, compared to the previous week freezing temperature’s, I thought I’d take advantage of the weather conditions for an unplanned visit. Wasn’t expecting much to be happening but there were quite a few GA types flying around and the owner of the bright yellow Texan decided to give it a spin after it had received it’s Certificate of Airworthiness the day before.

Wednesday, 19th December 2012

With the dust having settled in the cockpit after its move from Lambeth, the anti-radiation ‘Silver Duvet’ around the cockpit of the Spitfire Mk.1 in hangar 5 had been removed with warning stickers in its place. TFC are slowly getting back to normal after clearing out the Museum storage buildings on the north side of Duxford, where they held their overflow stock & parts, and stacking the various engines and other bits and pieces on the shelves around their hangar. There was a bit of an aircraft shuffle around in Hangar 3 following an engine run on Tuesday of the HAC Nimrod, the engine was inhibited after that to protected it over the winter period, and the T9 two seat Spitfire flying on a private function.

Friday, 28th December 2012

123rd and last visit of the year. I was expecting it to be a reasonably quite day at Duxford but by lunchtime, the car park was nearly full. Fortunately I arrived when doors opened so managed to get a few people free shots. Taken with a 10-18mm lens at the 10mm wide angle setting so a bit of distortion in some of the airframes.