79. Tools


Brown and Gammons Ltd.

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Contact name: Ron Gammons

18 High Street, Baldock,
Hertfordshire, SG7 6AS,

Tel: +44 1462 490 049

Fax: +44 1462 896 167

Email: sales@ukmgparts.com

Website: https://www.ukmgparts.com


Brown & Gammons sells sets of BSF ring, set and socket spanners.

Coburg Components Ltd.

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Alexia House,

Glenmore Business Park,

Portfield Works,

Chichester, West Sussex,

PO19 7BJ,


Tel: +44 1483 266 787

Fax: +44 1483 266 788

Email: info@coburg.co.uk

Website: https://www.coburg.co.uk/en/catalog/thread-inserts


Coburg took over the business of Hillcliff Tools who made thread repair kits and related supplies in Whitworth, BSF and BA sizes.

David Porter

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Contact name: David Porter

The Old Granary,
Holly Lane,
Temple Bruer,
Lincoln LN5 0DF

Tel: +44 1522 810 840

Email: dh82a@tiscali.co.uk


David Porter owns and is rebuilding a Tiger Moth and has made available for sale reproductions of the tools that were furnished with de Havilland aeroplanes in the 1930s. These include plug and magneto spanners, the Autocleen filter spanner, the valve spring compressor, the set of 3 cylinder barrel spanners, feeler gauges and various more standard tools which once formed part of the DH kit. The tools are available individually, as a special tools set or as a full set. Further details on price and availability from David

Flying Restorations Ltd.

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Contact name: Steve Roberts, Martin Kimm

Shed 9,

Home Farm,

Old Warden Park,


Bedfordshire, SG18 9DU,


Tel: +44 7792 745 902

Mobile (cell): +44 7720 681 642

Email: flyingrestorers@aol.com

Website: None


In 2013, after 30 years as part of the famous SkySport team, Steve Roberts and Martin Kimm launched Flying Restorations to continue the antique aircraft services that made SkySport’s international reputation. Will supply engine stands, etc.

John Harley

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Contact name: John Harley

The Crossway, Billericay,
Essex, CM11 1EZ,

Tel: +44 1277 657 726

Mobile (cell): +44 7951 218 272

Email: johnharley-@hotmail.com

Website: None


Ever struggled on your own getting your Tiger Moth out of the hangar? Here is a solution – John Harley has recently (6.2006) launched production of his unique all steel purpose designed Tiger tow bar, which features 180° turning range for tight manoeuvres and pneumatic tyres for easy handling. You can even chose the colour.

John Harley also makes a special aluminium tool for tightening – or undoing – Tiger Moth fuel tank caps

Tracy Tools Ltd.

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Unit 1, Parkfield Units,

Barton Hill Way,

Torquay, South Devon, TQ2 8JG,


Tel: +44 1803 328 603

Fax: +44 1803 328 157

Email: info@tracytools.com

Website: http://www.tracytools.com/


A family owned business with extensive stocks of cutting tools, including for BSW, BSF and BA sizes.

Vintage Engine Technology Ltd.

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Contact name: Paul Sharman, Director

Fullers Hill,

Little Gransden Airfield,


Bedfordshire, SG19 3BP,


Tel: +44 1767 651 794

Fax: +44 1767 651 794

Email: mail@vintech.aero

Website: None


Vintage Engine Technology has become a byword for excellence in the reconstruction of Gipsy series engines – and many others. After the retirement in 2017 of founder Mike Vaisey, Paul Sharman, long time Director of the company, has taken the lead role.