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    Do we have any experts on the components of Frazer-Nash turrets on here (or contact details for someone who is)?.

    The reason I ask is that I have been contacted by a researcher in Holland who has some aircraft parts which he believes are from a FN turret and would like confirmation that they are.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

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    Pending the arrival of a more sensible response, you could try contacting the Air Gunners Museum at YAM:

    http://yorkshireairmuseum.org/exhibi...er-collection/

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    Thanks Jonny; I will try that route.

    It reminded me that there is also an Air Gunner Association (which I think is still up and running) which may also yield results

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    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Hello

    There's an Aircraft gun turret group on Facebook with good specialists :
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/gunturrets/

    Joss

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    Joss

    Thanks for that lead .... I will follow it up

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    I can put you in touch with someone, pm me your email and I'll ask him to contact you. (He's made CAD drawings of most FN5 components to make replica parts for museums). You may be interested in the models I've nearly completed - after 4 years - of a pair of FN5's from a Mk1c Wellington. Lots of films and stills of the builds at my youtube channel - search YT for "Fidd88". If you're able to post pictures of the wreckage concerned, I can probably help with the FN5, and I have a fair bit of knowledge of other FN turrets.

    Last edited by 1bfts25course; 13th January 2020 at 17:24.

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    I have sent you an e-mail

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteT View Post
    I have sent you an e-mail

    Regards

    Pete
    Cheers, I look forward to hearing from him. Sorry to be "mysterious" about the contact, but he's had some turret wreckage stolen I believe, fortunately after he'd done the CAD drawings, so he's understandably a little circumspect about giving out his details.

    Further to my post, the model turrets feature pneumatically operated elevation of the gun-cradle, with electrical switching to prevent over-runs, a fully working and correct collimating gunsight which is mechanically linked in the same manner as the full-size turret to the gun-cradle, so it remains parallel to the guns, and is adjustable for "zeroing" purposes. The model consists of over 1200 parts per turrets, of which around 1/3rd are M1 machine-screws, washers nuts etc. Virtually no glue has been used anyway, due to the considerable difficulty in sequencing the build. No original technical drawings exist that I or others can find, so it was largely reconstructed by brute repetition and reference to photographs over 4 years. The turret doors have operating latches, and bolts, and all lights and lamps within will operate. The spring-loaded ammunition tank covers operate as per the original, the guns feature working actions and were to make an audible sound when cocked, however this did not work correctly. The eventual intention is to film in flight via FPV cameras, the front turret being a pan/tilt view independent of turret movement, and the rear-gunner having an "at the sight" view. I'm currently working on the cupola "plexiglass". As the model will eventually be a Polish example of a Wimpy, the principle "cautions" on the doors are additionally rendered in Polish.



    Many more films of bits and pieces of the build at my YouTube channel

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