Thursday, May 27, 2010

Split-S turns and Split pins

It takes a while but I have finally discovered what a Split-S Turn actually is. I had been thinking in the horizontal rather than the perpendicular - and now of course it seems so obvious.  For those who are still in the dark, think of an Immelmann Turn but in the opposite direction.  If you're still no wiser then Google it!  However it was actually a Frenchman, Adolphe Peroud, who was apparently the first one to perform the manoeuvre way back in 1913.

What has this to do with Split Pins?  Nothing really, except that you need them to retain all those little studs that keep the bracing wires in place -as well as other essential pieces of hardware. Not such a problem except when the aforesaid little studs are located in REALLY awkward places where dainty female fingers would come in very handy.  Needless to say neither Brian nor myself own such appendages so there was a fair bit of muttering going on last week!

The weather has now decided that it is time to turn to winter so the chances of completing our painting outside now are getting more and more remote. Must investigate alternative sites so that I can progress with the jigsaw sooner rather than later.  Must take a few more photos to show the 'before' and 'after' efforts. Next time, maybe.

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