February 14, 2020

Time to get started

We’re not yet out of the woods weather-wise by any means but we haven’t been subjected to the monstrous storms that northern Europe has had to face and there’s now definitely a whiff of spring in the air. Indeed, although I didn’t see them myself, Sophie and Wim reported yesterday that they’d seen flocks of ‘grues’, storks, heading northwards over their house on their regular spring migration from Spain and north Africa, and that’s a sure sign that winter proper is over.

We’ve had a few drizzly days lately that have deterred me from wanting to do much outdoors, but today and for the next two days at least, we can expect a spell of dry, sunny weather which will provide an excellent opportunity to get started on the things that I need to do. And the first of those is to get my Savannah and Weedhopper out of the barn where they’ve stayed over the winter and get them thoroughly cleaned up and ready for the new season.

This is especially important for the Weedhopper which I need to get ready for potential sale as soon as the weather is good enough for it to be viewed and taken for test flights so although I didn’t intend to start work on it today, this afternoon I took it out of the back of the barn where it’s been behind the Savannah and swapped the aircraft around so I can make an early start on it tomorrow with bucket and mop.

Here’s a shot of the Savannah moved from its original position with its tail forward in the front of the barn to the back. It’s much dirtier than it appears in the picture being coverd in dust, rodent droppings and bird poo.

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And here are some shots of the Weedhopper.

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It doesn’t look too bad from its right hand side but the shot taken of its nose from the left shows how messy it actually is. It also needs to have a layer of grime removed from its interior. That won’t be difficult, though, as it will only need a wipe over with a wet cloth as it’s just dusty and not oily.

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And finally some shots of both aircraft back in the barn. They fit in together quite nicely so long as they are carefully pushed up tightly together.

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I’m hoping to be able to get both aircraft cleaned up tomorrow but I doubt that I’ll be able to fly either this weekend as I checked today and Malbec, which was quite firm when I returned from Egypt, is now too soft and soggy again. Patrick had flown in in his autogire today, which can be seen in some of the Weedhopper shots, and I noticed that it had created some quite deep wheel ruts, so regular use of the runway is unfortunately out for the moment.

But I’ll be happy to see the Savannah and the Weedhopper both cleaned up and ready to go. I’ll put them back in the barn with the Savannah to the rear for now while I contact the Weed’s potential buyer from last year. Hopefully he’ll still be interested and we’ll be able to start moving things along 😉