Friday, 29 November 2013

The first of the new frames plates nears the completion of the profile cutting machine at Stephenson Engineering (Manchester).
This momentous occasion is the commencement of the frame assembly programme that wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our loyal members and donors.
The second frame plate will be profiled today (Friday) at Stephenson Engineering and the both plates dimensionally checked. The task of welding in the new horn guides, which are already at Stephenson’s, can then begin. This will be followed by a thorough Non Destructive Test (NDT) including Magnetic Particle testing and a Dye penetration test. This possibly all sounds very simple: but when you consider that the frame plates need to mounted vertically to allow access to both sides to allow balanced welding procedures to avoid distortion to the frame plates or horn guides, it becomes apparent that it is not so simple after all.
After this is completed the plates will then still need to be drilled, with all holes being undersize by 1/16th of an inch, ready to go on to Ian Riley’s works for fitting of the frame stretchers.
I think it is safe to say that as of Thursday 28th November 2013 the future of Hengist is assured. The build programme has started in earnest.
There is still time to get your name on our Frame Appeal wall of honour by becoming an individual donor, or better still if you are not already a member, please ‘Join the Clan’ and set up a regular standing order – the “Cost of a Coffee” a week would be a most valuable contribution. See our website,, for details of how to join us in our adventure. The dream is becoming a reality.

Together we can achieve the extraordinary.