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  2. Guy Martin - Mk IV Female Tank replica

    It is very impressive and I enjoyed the programme. I was a little disappointed to hear the narrator state that Chasestead produced all the smaller parts including gun mounts as that was not true. I made all four complete gun mounts together with the drivers controls. (B stands for brake, Guy) At least we got a mention in the credits!
  3. In Australia

    A friend of mine owns these 2 truck. A 1912 Napier and a 1914 Fiat.
  4. Guy Martin - Mk IV Female Tank replica

    I did watch Guy's programme last night and rather enjoyed it. To be honest, not driving through Lincoln was eminently sensible in my view as it was awful tight for space. I find driving the lorry through crowds on a rally field is pretty scary so taking an unproven caterpillar with poor visibility through a confined space would have been foolhardy. A great shame though. Taking it to the battlefield instead was an excellent idea. My cousin, Lt Alfred Tripe, commanded 'Eclipse 2' at that battle so it meant a lot to me. Sadly Eclipse 2 was destroyed by an artillery shell exploding in the commanders position on the second day. I shall look forward to seeing 'Deborah II' in due course. Steve.
  5. Hello, I am restoring a Scammell Pioneer tank transporter and trailer. I am a good way through the work now but have a problem with the radiator as the bottom casting has been badly damaged by ice. Has anyone here got one of these they are willing to part with or know anyone that may be able to help? Thanks
  6. Generator

    This charging bord came with the remains of the generator , if there are some bits around to complete the generator I am always interested .
  7. Brooklands Museum Military Vehicle Day 19th November

    It was a brilliant day, loads of vehicles and the sun was shining. There are a few photos on their FB and Twitter sites. Someone lost a MK6 helmet near Tesco's, unfortunately by the time I recovered it several vehicles had damaged it, secure your kit better next time !!
  8. I bought a Shielder

  9. Radar Truck ?

    The truck seems too young to be for a mobile radar as early radars were fixed arrays, and the mast looks like it is holding a platform for maybe the mounting of a camera. The body seems like it is coach built for the purpose which makes me think BBC...does the mast look like it can go up and down...which would point to BBC unlikely to be radar but it could have been a small domed radar type, used for early fire control or aircraft location systems...
  10. WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    It's the grade though 216 and 218 are I think supposed to be a good one
  11. WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Your producing good work Steve... Carry on
  12. WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    I will try to keep this brief as it is rather off-topic, but as someone who did technical drawing at school in the 70s but never used it, and then went on to do 3D CAD as a job I might have some perspective. Don't think about 3D CAD as making a drawing so much as making the part. In fact it can sometimes be helpful to design the parts exactly as they would be machined. The fundamental operations in 3D CAD are revolve (lathe-like) and extrude (mill-like). Unlike with a real machine tool you have the choice of adding or subtracting material, rather than just removing. Usefully for making foundry patterns you can add a taper to the extrude operations for pattern draught. (The CAD tools also tend to have tools for adding draught to faces for this reason, but these tools might not always be able to "solve" the geometry) With engineering CAD you mainly use a dimensioned / constrained sketch as the basis of the operations (this is not the case in animation or flowing-shape product design). You can constrain lines to be tangent to each other or at right-angles etc, which is nice because the computer does a lot of the "solving" of the shape for you. If I was modelling the spider I would first draw a sketch of half the cross section of the rotationally symmetric part, then revolve it to get a plain funnel. I would then create another sketch plane on the open end, sketch a couple of circles linked by arcs, (dimensioned from the centre of the funnel) and extrude-cut that to make one hole, then pattern that x3 rotationally. The bosses would start from a sketch plane offset from the end of the funnel by the 1" dimension, again a circle dimensioned from the centre, and with a construction line from the previous hole to give an angular constraint. Extrude the correct distance and another rotational pattern. Then run round all the edges with the fillet tools to finish. It's literally 10 minutes work. Probably 45 minutes if you are getting the dimensions from a part rather than a sketch or table.
  13. Please also watch out in case Building Regulations are needed, a point which is some times forgotten, also if like another one you may need licensing.

    Past and present life I am afraid

    1. paulob1


      i have a full team working on it.  The building will need building regs and I think an ecology report and a transport report and a drainage report...all good though...

      we have planning policy on our side so we are very keen at the moment.


      thanks for the input...

    2. Surveyor


      If you need help re building regs give me a shout

    3. Surveyor


      If you need help re building regs give me a shout, just be careful re definitions, also if your building are historic there are some get out clauses in the Building Regulations

  14. Bedford MWC restoration

    Very reasonable indeed well done you Pete
  15. okay the plans are basically done and the application should be submitted some time early next year...I am hopeful that in 12 months the museum will be open, I will be retired and be focused on doing my museum every day of the week.. I have a few friends who have offered to donate vehicle to the museum, that is brilliant, they get free storage i get another item to display, its a win win situation. Just got to get the building up first...and then dig in
  16. RAF vehicle camouflage

    Bryan, Have a look at this for example from 1940. I have much better photos, that for the moment I cannot post here. I agree its not common to see black mudguards but the idea must have originated pre-war. At the moment my research shows Fordsons painted like this, with both balloon winch versions and the crash tender types having gloss black mudguards. But I have also seen a pre-war Ford Van like this too. The Fordson in photos on page 1 of this thread supports this too. I agree it was not common place and clearly black mudguards in the blackout did not help hence the added white over them to varying designs. So any clues as to why it was allowed?
  17. RAF vehicle camouflage

    Larry - The ballon winch at the Museum is in post-war colours And i assume you are referring to the Fordson crash tender you posted on the first page? If so i have some doubts about that picture, it feels like it is too much of a prepared publicity shot; in much the same way as in certain famous press shots of pilots they got hold of the best conditioned flying gear and each pilot took turns wearing the same kit for their photographs.
  18. Can you identify this chassis.

    Possibly an AEC 'Y' Type by the curve on the dumb irons.
  19. matador restoration.

    Nice 'n' shiny! Looking good.
  20. WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    I think the key is "getting the hang of it". Despite looking at a few Onshape tutorial videos, to an amateur who has never even used 2-D CAD (was a draftsman in the early 60's!), the learning curve looks mighty daunting. It's probably better to keep looking for original parts than to try and draw them up for 3-D printing of patterns, or simply use the parts from which to cast copies. Ian
  21. WOT 1 Down Under

    Yes this is the truck that was found in Mt Isa. Its is now in Brisbane.
  22. Yesterday
  23. WOT 1 Down Under

    Hi, I once met a guy from Mt. Isa in Queensland who had found one of these WOT1 airfield crash tenders, reckoned it had been left behind on a wartime airfield up that way. There is another which is restored with a flat tray body near Sydney and it was for sale, open cab same as yours. Regards Richard
  24. WOT 1 Down Under

    No what you see is what we got.
  25. Can you identify this chassis.

    The front chassis looks like heavy GMC. The rear wheels could almost be GMC front wheels - they don't look like rears to me - not for a heavy-weight chassis. Fronts reminiscent of thornycroft? Is it just cut down or is is the combination of two vehicles?
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