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English Electric Canberra (B 57) in bronze..

Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by grumpy32, Nov 27, 2020.

  1. grumpy32
    Joined: Apr 1, 2010
    Posts: 239

    from Australia

    Today an old friend who was in the RAAF (24 Sqn) long ago gifted a cast bronze model of a English Electric Canberra bomber. It had been cast by another RAAFie, a warrant officer so I'm told, but never finished.
    So now I have it. Just some fine grinding, filling and polishing. A nice mahogany and polished stainless pedestal. It should look very nice... 20201128_124533.jpeg 20201128_124508.jpeg

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  2. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 1,613


    Looks pretty good rough, also
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  3. I remember when I was in the Navy in the early 1960's I worked on the transient aircraft line in Key West Florida and we had a couple of these aircraft stop in on their way somewhere.They weren't the English Electric version but the ones built by Martin-Marietta in Georgia and known as the B-57. I forget what engines they used but they had a most unique method of starting them. They didn't have electric starting motors but used a can of smokeless powder about the size of a gallon paint can that was inserted into the front nacelle of the engine and ignited. This directed force spun up the turbine to operating speed and fuel was introduced and ignited.
    I remember that if it didn't start on the first try you had to wait a certain period of time before trying it again. Cool model! I have some wooden aircraft models that my uncle built while he was still in junior high school back in the 1930's. He went on to work for Boeing in Seattle as an aircraft designer in the 1950's. I'll have to post some pictures of them.
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