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Making the Merlin
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peter scott



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 12:11 pm    Post subject: Making the Merlin Reply with quote

http://youtu.be/-fo7SmNuUU4
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter,

Thanks for posting this. My dad who was from North Wales came to Scotland in 1939 to seek work at the Rolls Royce factory in Hillington but was not selected. Undaunted he went across the river and got a job in the Singer sewing machine factory in Clydebank where he spent the war making machine guns.

I was at the old RR plant last week with my grandsons. Most of the buildings are now gone but the one that we were at is now an inside go-cart track.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

47Jag wrote:
Most of the buildings are now gone but the one that we were at is now an inside go-cart track.

Art


There are some interesting industrial buildings in that area from the 1930s.

e.g. The Luma Light Bulb Factory


Further away in Prestwick there's the Palace of Industry building moved from the 1939 Bellahouston Exhibition.



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Luma Light Bulb Factory on the great Western Road in Glasgow is now apartments.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The crankshafts for Merlin engines were forged flat and then heated and twisted before going off to be ground and machined.

That is a great video you found Peter. The Merlin was a certainly an icon engine but perhaps over engineered for it war time role. Or was it this degree of design that gave the planes their advantage ?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

47Jag wrote:
The Luma Light Bulb Factory on the great Western Road in Glasgow is now apartments.

Art


The one in the photo is south of the Clyde at Shieldhall on the way out to the airport near the M8.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luma_Tower

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter,

You're right. I stand corrected Embarassed

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more info on the Merlin and Ford's involvement.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/12/04/1165783/-The-WW2-Shadow-Factory-system-Ford-built-Merlin-engine-MOSI
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well off subject, but the Boots factory at Beeston in Nottingham, has some of the best 'Art-Deco' buildings around, with many shots of Poirot, and other 1920 period shots filmed there.
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