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Anyone feeling flush? Lancaster Bomber Cockpit

Old 16th Nov 2022, 22:10
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Anyone feeling flush? Lancaster Bomber Cockpit

Lancaster front end up for sale, built by a retired Engineer, it is superb, check the link for photos and film. It deserves to be in a museum.

Lancaster Bomber Cockpit

an full-size exact replica of a Lancaster Bomber cockpit section, handmade by the vendor – fitted with all the correct WW2 equipment, the major equipment being in working condition.
The vendor, Norman Groom, an 85-year-old retired electronics engineer who also served a 5-year engineering apprenticeship – took six years to build the 15ft long front section started in the early 1990s. He was inspired after bumping into an acquaintance at an Aero Jumble Sale who was building one out of old bomber pieces. Having been an Engineering Apprentice, Norman decided that this was something he could do too – but differently. He wanted his to look original so made it all from scratch, learning new skills. including aluminium casting in order to do so.

Despite being busy with other hobbies, Norman spent thousands of hours building the plane and was lucky enough to have out-of-hours access to the Lancaster Bomber housed at the Imperial War Museum in London where he was able to get access and take close-up photographs and measurements ensuring that, together with many original Avro drawings he had acquired, all his dimensions and his own drawings would be accurate. Back in the early 1990’s equipment was still available on the WWII surplus market or aero jumbles but nowadays virtually impossible to find. The completed section was built offsite (which had been built in three basic sections) and was transported by Norman and his friend on a two-wheeled trailer towed by his car to the Pitstone Green Museum in Leighton Buzzard where it has been ever since. It has proved a big attraction at the museum, especially the Merlin engine sound simulator. This allows visitors to start and run all engines up individually to full power using the appropriate starting controls and throttle controls. The power levels are not too dissimilar to those of real Merlin engines.

Norman says, “Not only did I want to build an exact replica, but I was adamant this should be a showcase for the WWII electronic equipment I had acquired and restored to working condition using simulators of my own design." This included the Radio operators’ radio and transmitter, the Gee MK2 navigation aid, the H2S MkII Radar/Fishpond and several other smaller items. I am confident that with the amount of research and detail that went into the build, every rivet is in the right place! Looking back, I don’t know how I did it when I was so busy with other things, but I am delighted that I achieved my aim. All the wartime equipment is, as it was and in working order and I very much hope that a specialist museum will be interested in preserving it for present and future generations and to understand the incredible progress made in WWII electronics during those war years.”
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Some of the Pics.

















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Absolutely stunning.
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I feel slightly less accomplished about the 2,000 piece jigsaw I completed recently. That is stunning.
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Agreed, needs to be in a museum. East Kirkby maybe?
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That AMAZING works puts Airfix kits into a whole new world of ... whatever.

Congratulations, Sir.
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Did you watch the film of it running?

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That needs to be treasured. I have that horrible feeling it will end up in some tech-billionaires "study". The place it naturally belongs is at the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln. If anyone finds themselves near Lincoln, I can recommend it. A humbling experience.

Website: https://internationalbcc.co.uk/
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Magnificent, incredible work

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Instant nostalgia !
K'sar in the 50s and the last of the Lancs was scrapped locally, when the Lincolns, then the Shacks took over. We needed a local CW radio setup for short range comms so the 54/55 were stripped out. Inside a Lanc with OAT at well over 100 was ... interesting !! Piccy 5, above, shows the working area !
Quite exceptional engineering skills which ought to be treasured but will never (in this country) be accorded the esteem reserved for unmade beds !
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That is absolutely outstanding.
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" I have that horrible feeling it will end up in some tech-billionaires "study". "

at least it would be kept running - too many historic things go to museums who lack the funds, the technical abilities or the interest to preserve things properly
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What is the switch marked "DANGER". I have itchy finger syndrome!
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See here at 06:30
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Fantastic engineering and dedication! Anyone notice that the control wheel seems to be upside-down? I've never seen a yoke that rotates a full 180 degrees from neutral. Not nit-picking, just curious.
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There is also the replica front end (WOp and forward) of Lancaster R5868 PO-S which was built by Martin Wiloughby whose father, Ted, was the junior member of the original "Sugar"s groundcrew. Sugar was the first Lancaster to achieve 100 Ops and is preserved in the RAF Museum. The cockpit is on wheels and Martin used to take it to airshows etc and charge £1 to look around it (for charity of course). Martin's health now means that the cockpit is permanently placed at the AVRO Museum at Woodford.

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Lancaster front end up for sale, built by a retired Engineer, it is superb, check the link for photos and film. It deserves to be in a museum.



https://www.flintsauctions.com/aucti...p=50&pn=1&g=-1
. . .. It has now been withdrawn from the auction!
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