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    Posted: 27 Apr 2011 at 13:54


Lt Col Bob Gardner

Circadian (UK) Ltd, Barnsdale House, Barnsdale Mews, Campsall, Doncaster DN6 9RH

This is a five part series to complement the recently published book on propellers. I have had a sight of the first two volumes on CD. They are about the Three Design Authorities and makers from Aircraft Construction Co to Boulton & Paul (vol 1), and from British & Colonial to the Falcon Airscrew Co (vol 2), and will continue in the next three volumes to cover all the makers so far discovered.

It is important to know that Bob produced a CD on this subject about three years ago, that ran to the equivalent of 200 pages. This work when complete will be about 800 pages long, so much of the content is new.

When the War started, there were only about 20 prop makers in the UK, so the government, from 1916, had to recruit other firms used to woodworking and mass production on an industrial scale. Firms like Maple & Co, H.H. Martyn & Co and White Allom & Co, who redecorated part of Buckingham Palace. Some never went back to their pre war existence – for example, H.H. Martyn co-founded the Gloucester Aircraft Co. These works not only describe the rude mechanicals of prop making, but also the background of the firms involved, the whole upheaval of the transition to war work, the effect of the loss of staff who joined up, and the general unrest in Europe which led to a restless and confrontational workforce.

The volumes will be hardbacks, printed on art paper, profusely illustrated and a pleasure to handle like the previous productions. They are individually printed to order, and are only available from Circadian as above. The first two appear in November and would fit nicely into my Christmas Stocking! I want to add that further items are going to be produced including a complete list of every Bristol aircraft from 1910 to 1920, CDs on British, French and German drawing numbers and prop data, and a copy of Ruston & Proctor’s day book listing the individual details of all 1051 aircraft made. These are essential reference works of a very high standard.

GM Volume 41 Number 4

Edited by AndyK - 28 Apr 2011 at 14:00
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