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    Just working my way through a whole host of subjects cos i've just joined but would like to add that YES they are Nissen huts; you can tell by the corrugated IRON, not asbestos covering. Plus the door and two window arrangement in typically Nissen. FWIW

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    It is usual to refer to Nissen covering as 'corrugated iron' when it fact it was corrugated steel. I don't know how this misnomer came about but it is was probably coined very soon after the material became available.

    OK. Just found that the material was invented (in Britain) in early 1800's and was - originally - made from wrought iron.

    But then, at one time, all vacuum cleaners were referred to as 'Hoovers' and all ball pens as 'Biros'!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PETERTHEEATER View Post
    It is usual to refer to Nissen covering as 'corrugated iron' when it fact it was corrugated steel.
    There's aome people on here as nutty as some of us .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carnaby View Post
    There's aome people on here as nutty as some of us .
    And if we checked your favourites would that link be listed in them??

    Actually knowing the dates and types of simple things like this helps date structures both in old photographs and real life buildings.

    I suspect the "iron" bit stuck due to the rusty finish that is so common.
    Must find out when zinc plating started on these sheets and how long it lasts before rust sets in.
    Didn't the French make vans out of the stuff?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PNK View Post
    And if we checked your favourites would that link be listed in them??
    Absolutely - from today! Though I note the website hasn't been updated for quite a while.

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    Wasn't Harrington mainly a large city of tents early on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carnaby View Post
    There's aome people on here as nutty as some of us .

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    Where do you find 'em Carnaby!?

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    Pat, an old post I know but I am interested in your 1940 Hornchurch plan. Any way you can share it and have you updated it recently? I have a 1942 Hornchurch plan that I intend to detail when I get the time. Not sure yet what software to use but I have a CAD plan showing all buildings with most Ministry drawing refs.

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike L View Post
    Pat, an old post I know but I am interested in your 1940 Hornchurch plan. Any way you can share it and have you updated it recently? I have a 1942 Hornchurch plan that I intend to detail when I get the time. Not sure yet what software to use but I have a CAD plan showing all buildings with most Ministry drawing refs.

    Mike
    Hi Mike,

    Sorry, have only just seen your post!
    All I had to go on was a couple of photos of the airfield from the 'Battle of Britain Then and Now' book together with the descriptions from this and other texts. There is a book on it... Second to None: A Pictorial History of Hornchurch Aerodrome Through Two World Wars and Beyond, 1915-1962 which I don't have yet and may yield better information.

    I modelled it a few years ago now but from what I remember it didn't change a great deal throughout the war years.

    I'll see if I can dig out the scans again, or do some more (it's a very big book and a bit tricky!).
    I'd be very interested to see your plan if too you could post it please.

    Cheers,

    Clive

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