Teamwork, cooperation & reverse engineering.

Some may have noticed that there were a few wing spar fittings showing in a previous post, these are the fittings that we’ve been trying to source for several years, and key to completing the reverse engineering of the wing for JP843.

We have been very fortunate to acquire (on loan), not only fittings, but the complete joint assembly for the wing attachment points along with the tailplane spar fittings. This was only possible through the very generous loan of parts from the Hawker Typhoon JP600 recovery in France, by Mr. Pierre Ben.

The parts are being used by our friends at the Jet Age Museum, and by ourselves, to completely reverse engineer each joint. It’s been an effort by many that we are all very thankful for.

To remove the wing pins, the Jet Age team requested the assistance of their sponsor, SAFRAN, and their 50 ton press.

It took 35 tons of force to get the pins out, and when they did let go, it was with one heck of a bang!. These efforts allowed the shipment of key components to our shop here in British Columbia. While the main cockpit spar sections remain in the UK, we have the pin joint assemblies here in our shop where they are undergoing full measurement and CAD design work. Upon completion, all of the data we generate will be shared between our two Typhoon groups to help Typhoon advancement as much as possible. The original parts will be re-assembled and returned to France for display.

Ian Slater with all the parts disassembled, ready for measuring & reverse engineering

For further information on JP600 how these part were recovered, please take the time to Visit Pierre Ben’s fantastic website ( link below)

https://www.somme-aviation-39-45.fr/dossiers-decouvertes/typhoon-xp-k-jp-600-toeufles-english-version.html

2019 Update – work continues – 3D CAD

It’s been a little while since we have updated our website, but that does not mean that work has stopped on the typhoon, far from it. The team has been busy sourcing parts, working on tooling, fixtures & jigs, drawing up parts etc.

I have recently joined the team, to help out with social media & website updates, so that Ian Slater & the team can get on fabrication, engineering  & parts restoration.

Please find as follows an update of work in 2019.

3D CAD Work – Nicolas’s work on drawing up components continues. Many days & weeks of work can go into creating these images, but they are more than just that. The output from these then goes into the fabrication of parts, jigs & fixtures.

Rear flexible mount for the Napier Sabre – composed of steel parts, aluminum parts and of course rubber
– Grey parts are the elements with original drawings available
– Red parts are 3D scanned parts from our sponsor E3D
– Yellow … No drawings
Front Windshield – 1.5″ of bullet proof glass at 35 deg angle

Getting back at it!

I must apologise to all of our project followers, as several team members (myself included) have had a bit of a spell of personal matters to attend to, resulting in minimal public activity since 2017. In addition, it’s been a while since I’ve managed to update our web page, partially due to the issues above, and partially due to my learning curve to the new site that was launched in 2017!

2019 has been very busy here in the shop, primarily building fixtures for the forward monocoque, radiator fairing, and general flight control fixture that can be used for several assemblies (elevators, rudder, fin, tail planes, ailerons, flaps, wing tips), and a huge fixture table that will be used to build the cockpit section on. We were very fortunate to have three of our designers working away on data while things were quiet, which really helped me jump back into production here in the shop. My sincerest thanks to Nicolas Walter, Martin Oldfield and Bruce Slater for their persistence during this time.

With the main fixtures ready to go, we’ve also started production on fuselage frames and radiator fairing frames (the latter you may remember from a few years ago). As this work moves forwards, preparations are being made to bring in the materials needed for cockpit production; so things are really cooking!

Aside from design and shop work, some areas can still be a bit slow, a the full team isn’t quite back at it yet. I’ve removed sale items from our webpage due to the time it was taking me to process orders, and will be looking at some better alternatives to help raise funds for materials being used in the construction. I may soon be looking for a dedicated volunteer who is tech savvy, that would like to help out with social media and fundraising, as this would really help get us in front of more interested people, and would let me stick to the metal work! If you, or anyone you know would be interested in doing this, please let me now by contacting us through this page.

Regarding the web page, there are some updates that I just can’t do; like update our sponsorship information. We now have e3D Technology doing reverse engineering and scan work, 3D-CADD Services doing CAD design work, and Sealand Aviation who has been providing logistical support, and CNC router service! One of our more skilled members will be along shortly to update the webpage with new logos as soon as they are ready.

I will leave you all with this, and promise to be a bit more involved with the web page as things progress (quick updates are always available on our facebook page).

Thank you all for your patience,

Ian

The wing sections have safely arrived at the shop

The wing sections have safely arrived at the shop, the 4700 Km logistical issue being solved with the help of many wonderful organisations, groups and individuals;
Avro Fabrication, Baron Equipment (North Saanich), Halifax 57 Rescue, The Bomber Command Museum, Canada Spitfire, Ocean Trailer of Calgary, and of course, East West Trucking for all of their help in moving these items to our facility. The support of each of these organisations was absolutely critical in the safe transport of these rare components.
These wing components represent the bulk of the closed structure, and will be used in conjunction with our scans of Typhoon MN235 and original construction data to reverse engineer new wings for Typhoon JP843.

Storage building upgrades

Our Storage building is now wired, vented and fitted with shelving units (a big thanks to team member Cam Wallace for the amazing shelves!). Components are now being moved in as part of our re-organisation project in the shop.

Cockpit, Monocoque and Fin, Sabre & Shop Closure

Cockpit:

Nicolas Walter has been hard at work building recently reverse engineered components (e3D Technology) into his CAD design of the Typhoon’s cockpit, as you can see in the image below, these parts represent some of the most important components of the assembly and provide many of the answers needed to complete critical fixture design work for the area. Nicolas has also included some of the surviving Typhoon JP914 parts, which were kindly loaned by Jocelyn Leclercq

Monocoque and Fin:

With the addition of Martin Oldfield to our design team, December saw the start of design work on the rear monocoque and fin structure. The work is progressing very nicely, and design completion is expected to coincide with the forward monocoque.

Sabre:

With the disassembly work now complete on the Sabre IIA supercharger, the main components have been sent to e3D for reverse engineering work.
The engine itself is also slowly coming apart, also with the intent of reverse engineering each component.

Shop Closure:

Typhoon Legacy Co. Ltd. remains closed for tours while we prepare the shop for construction of fixtures and structure, we appreciate your patience during this period, and will update this page as soon as viewing can resume.

Cockpit Jan 2017

The team at e3D Technology Corp.

The team at e3D Technology Corp. have been working diligently to reverse engineer many key surviving parts for the restoration of JP843. The attached images show some of their work on the primary fittings which will be used by our team to complete the cockpit fixture design before moving on to make new components.

Due to the very high tolerances required for such critical machined parts, the team at e3D set their equipment to adjust for the thermal expansion of each material being measured before collecting data. The larger external surfaces were then measured with 3D scanning equipment, and the critical bores and angles were measured with a FARO Arm CMM. Upon completion of measurements, the data was combined and built into a production ready CAD file which was thoroughly inspected and verified to be well within the manufacturers tolerances before release.

When measuring such old components, corrosion and wear may hide the true dimensions; we are very fortunate to have enough surviving data and a sponsor with the skills and cutting edge equipment to ensure the original design is adhered to!”

e3D Technology Corp. Website

e3D Team

Hawker Typhoon Spar Fitting

Typhoon Wing Month

It appears as though October is international “Typhoon Wing Month”! During October of 2015 we were able to complete the important task of scanning the wing of MN235 in Ottawa; and this year during October, we were able to secure almost 14 feet of surviving Typhoon wing structure! The JP843 team pulled all stops to make this acquisition happen, and the fruits of these combined efforts will be amazing when combined with the scan data.

We take great efforts as a team to only collect surviving parts if they will be needed for reverse engineering where drawings are missing, primarily because almost every part will need to be built new for this airworthy restoration, but also because many of these items would be better suited as memorial displays in Museums. Every effort will be made to preserve this amazing collection of original parts once we are done compiling the required data for our work on JP843.

Recovered Hawker Typhoon Wing Sections

A new JP843 Project sponsor

We are delighted to announce that e3D Technology Corp has come forward to be a service sponsor for the restoration of Typhoon JP843.e3D is an engineering company which specialises in the handling of complex 3-dimentional shapes using sophisticated digital technologies for design, quality and measurement. With their extensive engineering experience, and with equipment at the forefront of modern computerised technology, the team at e3D have the exacting skills and capabilities required to not only reverse engineer the critical machined fittings and components for JP843, but to also calibrate our jigs and fixtures. We will follow up this announcement in the coming weeks and months with detailed descriptions on the services e3D provides, and how these services will be used to significantly advance the restoration work on Hawker Typhoon JP843.