Work In Progress
It was on eBay and it followed me home. Honest.
What more could you want for a shed?
It's the nose radome from a Vulcan bomber. Yes, that Vulcan. The honking great big one. My garden shed will be nuclear-capable.
This piece is the lower section of the nose, the piece that's removed in the first photo opposite. To allow the radar to work, it was made of fibreglass instead of aluminium.
13'6" long, 8'6" diameter. 290lbs (allegedly)
Can't tell you the original registration number yet...
Garden shed / Summerhouse.
Raise it on a dwarf brick wall. Glaze one end and fit glass doors. Leave the inner frame visible above (behind glazing) in all its punched and perforated aluminium goodness.
So this is it!
It's ridiculously long. Overall width is about right, height is adequate with a bit of a wall, but it is going to stick out backwards a lot.
The grille just visible at the open end is an air outlet. In service any leaks at near-supersonic speed would have tended to pressurise it and risk blowing it off! So there's an escape route for the air. Just how much pressure builds up inside a perforated radome?
Obviously it needs lifting up by a couple of feet, hence the dwarf wall idea.
Visible at the far end is the notch where the TFR (Terrain Following Radar) originally sat, in its own "thimble" radome.
Pressed aluminium and flanges and rivets, Oh My!
Main construction is ½" fibreglass, still in pretty good condition. It should refinish and paint up beautifully.
The "box" visible at the bottom edge is a rainwater gutter! With a little tiny drain tube and downspout too (remember this whole thing is upside down). Originally the rescue kit access door filled the square notch above this, and it probably didn't seal perfectly. I rather like this idea of internal back-up guttering. Maybe I should install it in the house too.
A close-up shows the large number of chunky aluminium clamping points on the inside fram.