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Vickers Wellington (Brooklands)

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I've been meaning to post these pictures for a while, and finally got round to it!  I visited the aviation museum at Brooklands in the summer, fantastic place which includes vintage cars, racing cars, buses, motorcycles etc as well, but pride of place (besides Concorde!) is their Welllington.  This gives the background:

 

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These are iPhone pictures taken in fairly poor light, I've tried to clean them up as much as possible:

 

And here she is in all her glory:

 

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I don't think for one second that we'll ever have a Wellington in our scale, but I know there are some Wimpey enthusiasts on site so thought they may be interested - 1/48th build?

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Well worth visiting chaps.  A few other notables from my camera that caught my eye:

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and how to make a wooden prop:

 

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and if you're an old fart they take pity on you and let you sit in a Harrier cockpit!

 

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Richard, I assumed that was a flare chute but I could be wrong. I was able to hold my phone inside the geodetic structure to get some internal shots, the “chute” appears to be next to (again what I assume) is the Elsan! Draw your own conclusions. :hmmm:

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Wonderful aircraft, legendary recovery and epic restoration.

My wife and I once made a boat trip on Loch Ness, the water is very stange, black and very choppy that day.

You really thought something was lurking beneath the waves. While the other tourists were looking for Nessie

I asked the captain about the Wellington. He was very puzzled as people are only interested in the "monster".

 

He happend to be a diver during the recovery and had some very nice stories to tell. I was glued to his lips you might

say.:D

Great trip that was. Although I didn't have time to look around for Nessie.

Cees

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42 minutes ago, monthebiff said:

Very nice pictures of probably my favourite British bomber Max, thank you for sharing. Now if only we had one in 32nd scale . ...  

 

Regards. Andy 

The Wellington was such an important aircraft Andy wasn’t it, initially as the most effective bomber with the Stirling until the Lancaster and Halifax came on stream, then latterly and crucially at Operational Training Units where the various trades that made up a bomber crew were brought together and started working as a team. Bit of an unsung hero really. 

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6 minutes ago, Shoggz said:

Thanks for posting Max.

 

Gosh, it has certainly come on since my Dad and I went to see it 15 or so years ago.. it was just a collection of geodetic shapes back then!

 

And the bonus Rich is that there’s the forward half of a Wellington Fuselage in the new hall that you can walk through, complete with cockpit, IP etc., nav’s position and w/op’s too. They are all protected (understandably) by perspex so photography is difficult but fascinating to see nonetheless. 

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Indeed Alex. I had a friend, now sadly deceased, who was a rear gunner. One of his biggest fears he told me was going through the fuselage to his turret, apparently the walkway was quite narrow and he feared losing his balance and putting his foot through the fabric. Little bit of a line shoot I suspect on Dennis’ behalf but food for thought nonetheless. 

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Great photos, Max!   Thank you for sharing.  It's definitely an interesting machine for certain.  Amazing that it's one of the survivors of the Battle of Heligoland Bight.

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