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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Anderson Shelter Restoration: Day 8, 9 & 10

The last 3 days have been spent putting the finishing touches to the previously restored panels, and in some cases, giving them a second coat of silver top coat to produce the desired finish. 

With these completed, there are now only the remaining 3 curved side panels left to restore, and the rectangular back pieces to be fabricated from new corrugated metal sheeting, once again donated by Roland from Plymouth City Museum.

Unfortunately, the final 3 panels are probably the worst effected by rust, as can be seen in the picture. The panel shown has been cleaned up with the wire brush / angle grinder, and then rust protected; but there is still a lot of repair work to do. We will begin repairing this one tomorrow, and possible make a start on the next one.

The picture below is much more pleasing; this is a view of the restored and painted panels inside the garage. No further work is required on these panels.

As well as all the restoration work,we have also been busy preparing the raised beds ready for planting. Some of the children who attend the school's holiday club very kindly gave the outside of the beds a coat of wood preservative on Tuesday afternoon, and they now look significantly better as a result. Well done guys!

Another piece of good news; I heard today that we are to take delivery of our aircraft parts (fabricated by the apprentices at Babcock Marine, Plymouth) at the end of next week - these will then need spraying before installing them as a permanent 'Battle of Britain' feature in the 'Dig for Victory' garden.

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