Amazing day

Today was an amazing day. We had “Radar” and his colleagues here at home.

For those who don’t know, Radar works for TV One here in New Zealand and does all sorts of funny and fascinating documentaries.

This season he is doing a series of historical episodes, and one involves a Bleriot that flew in Auckland in 1914.
So one day last year I got an email from his boss, a TV productions man in Auckland 🙂 He asked if they could use my Bleriot for some filming. The pressure went on, and last weekend I installed the engine, ready, well visually ready for the recordings.

It was such a nice day, nice people, and all went so well !!!

Here are some photos, and special thanks to Radar, Ruth and Peter the 4 camera people and the 5 actors. Well done !!!

Oh yes I was dressed as well, as a newspaper reporter. Can you spot me ?

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A day we won’t forget, really great !!!!

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New dashboard look

Here is the new dashboard. A walnut look dash board. I have cut out all the instruments and switches that I am going to install for now.
Just ignore the rivets that hold the aluminium sheet behind the vinyl. It’s sort of obvious from here but when in the pilot seat you hardly see it.
Also have a look at the fuel gauge on the right 🙂 A bit hard to see, but the clear tube in the fuel gauge has a label behind it with diagonal black and red lines. This will clearly show you the difference between “fuel” and “no fuel”.
The switches are for the anti collision light, two for the magneto’s and on the far right the key switch.

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Also I put some “3M Safety Walk” on the foot step.

Just a bit more paint and that’s done as well.

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Veneer disaster

A bit of a disaster. I noticed this a few weeks ago.

The Rimu veneer on the dash board split in half and when hot it shrink-ed and at night it came back again. A few days ago my dad removed it, cleaned the glue, and today I put the Walnut vinyl, the same as on the fuselage. Looks OK, but there are rivets on the aluminium, that you see. Its OK I think, you just need to ignore them……….. Just little bumps.