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  2. Hair Bear

    Spotted today....

    Tuesday morning, A303 heading west, a field gun and limber on an unusual 3 axle transit truck.
  3. Zero-Five-Two

    RAF Militant.....or not?

    I've only just noticed, there's no spare wheel carrier behind the cab, and the air filter boxes have been modified to sit on the cab roof
  4. Zero-Five-Two

    RAF Militant.....or not?

    I believe this is the RAF Gelsenkirchen Beast being mentioned earlier on. Seen here at a show on the old Kemble airfield, Gloucestershire 2010 or 11. Belonged to a Jasper Waite at the time. Used to be a battery charging unit when in service, but converted to show accommodation now. It's quite neat how the sides pull out to extend the body width.
  5. Today
  6. R Cubed

    Wanted Ally land rover panels

    I am not after body panels just bits say about a foot square flat and easily posted, the only problem they need to be Land Rover ally ie Birmabright because this is what I will be welding hopefully.
  7. Not sure about the electric set up but i like the look of the Ford / Bedford idea. i,m not after super light steering, i think it would just make the whole thing feel a bit vague . She doesnt like potholes at the best of times as there arent any shocks on the front end of a T and it tends to grab the steering a bit . I would just like to be able to go from lock to lock whilst manoeuvring without sweating. I have tried the old tricks ,like 10 extra psi in the front tyres The basic trouble is it isnt just the T showing its age!
  8. Braillescaledave

    RAF Militant.....or not?

    Ted, Suspect you may be right- They're listing a Foden 'F20' 3000gal refueller in RAF livery, (which as far as I know wasn't even a civilian refueller) as well as an Abion WD/HD 10 ton GS. Both census numbers are in the middle of batches of other vehicles within the 'AB' range. They've always listed the Nubian TFA 6x6 5 ton GS, which I didn't think got into production, let alone the RAF. Most of the stuff for the nuke convoys came from RAF Historical Society journal 35. Re-reading it the Airship who was reminiscing said that the Pantechnicon trailer could be towed by the Hippos, and Faldingworth often did that, whereas Barnham used the Scammell for the trailers.
  9. ARTBYDAVID

    New Silhouettes

    Thank you Most appreciated.
  10. ted angus

    RAF Militant.....or not?

    Firstly Thanks RadioMike for the list. Still don't know what to make of it unlessit was a Nuke transport proto ?? Dave, BW was Barry Wright; yes his research was pretty well spot one as he was in partnership with the late Mick Bell in much of his research and with Mick also producing an outstanding range of 1/76th drawings. You might know Dave that Mick was at one time an RAF Engineering officer. Sadly he was taken before his time to cancer. Sorry I digress. The 35 AL reg block area contains mostly ACB and subsequent tippers, I have the vast majority of BW's decal sets; 3 of the 4 AEC tippers 35 AL 56,7 & 9 are in one set- my guess somewhere in the gulf area or nuclear tests. However there is no 35 AL 55 in either his RAF set or his army sets that cover the militants. I will be bold here and say that MilMod have taken certain ex BW kits and stretched the various versions and accompanying decals into Fantasy land ! So I am very suspicious. I agree with your conclusion Dave other than I think the 4 tippers may well have been transferred to the RAF from the Army ? Turning to Nuke transport, I have seen several Barnham articles and mention of the Explorers but never saw one in such use; The Hippos on the other hand with their huge box like trailers were frequent visitors to Scampton as we were still the deterrent when I arrived there plus convoys often called into Scampton en route back to Faldingworth which was on our doorstep. The Hippos carried 2 rectangular 500 gal water tanks as ballast and as a supply for the Morris LD convoy tenders. That said I too hope someone comes up with photographs !! Ted
  11. Braillescaledave

    RAF Militant.....or not?

    Just found some info about nuclear weapons convoys- depending on what weapon was being transported, they would either be Scammell Explorer Recovery's towing a huge, enclosed and air-conditioned 2 axle trailer. Or specially modified Leyland Hippos 19H's. So if you have a Explorer that was based at 94MU RAF Barham, or 92MU RAF Faldingworth, then chances are they took part in nuclear convoys! No mention of any Militants....
  12. MatchFuzee

    Searching IWM Photograghs online

    Are you trying to search The Canadian War Museum’s and Library and Archives Canada and/or other archives? Another site that looks interesting:- http://www.ww2incolor.com/
  13. Braillescaledave

    RAF Militant.....or not?

    Considering my original question it might be worth summarising what there is. We have the following evidence for the possibility of the RAF operating Mk1 Militants:- Source: British Military Trucks of the Cold War by Les Freathy A FV designator (FV11022) for 'Truck, 10 ton, Heavy Duty Cargo, RAF, 6x6, AEC' Given that the RAF seemed to prefer vacuum braking, it is feasible that there would be a variant for the RAF. Source: VRNRAF Document by Unknown A series of census numbers (00AJ23-98) for 'AEC, 10 ton, 6x6, Signals Truck' As far as I'm aware the only 6x6's AEC produced were the O854 and the Militant series. A series of census numbers (35AL56-59) for 'AEC, 10 ton, 6x4, 3-way Dump Truck' Source: MilMod kits A census number (35AL55) for a Militant Mk1, 10 ton, GS, FV11022. MilMod kits are basically remastered BW Models kits in resin. As far as I know, Barry Welby was rigorous in his research. On the other hand... The 'Knocker' was a unmistakable vehicle, but no photo has so far turned up, nor any recollection. That being said, and as Ted pointed out upthread, 'Heavy Duty Cargo' was a euphemism for nuclear weapons. And the nuclear weapons transport convoys were possibly the least photographed of all military vehicles. The few pics that have turned up have been of the escort vehicles and crews. Even more so, there is no entry in any RAF Vehicle Data book, that I have come across, for the Militant Mk1. There are entries for the two tanker variants the RAF used appear. Still doesn't explain the census numbers for the signals trucks, but as I'm not sure of the provenance of the VRNRAF document, so it probably shouldn't be relied upon. The dump truck reference could easily be explained as the RAF ACB certainly had AEC 'Dumptruks'. Similarly, Although I have a high regard for Barry Welby- I do not know what his references were and therefore can't rely on him. So, in conclusion, I think it was unlikely that the RAF had any Militant Mk1s, other than the two tankers. Of course, now I've said that someone will produce a photograph.....
  14. radiomike7

    RAF Militant.....or not?

    From TrucksPlanet.com: The main post-war military AEC truck was the new cabover range Militant with military name FV-11000. In May 1951 the first 10-ton truck O859 Mk-I (FV-11008) 6x4 was presented. It has a GVW 20.7 tons, was equipped with a 6-cylinder overhead valve diesel engine A223 (11,3 l, 144 hp), 5 - speed transmission with optional 2-speed gearbox and a double main gear, pneumatic brakes and a spring suspension. The variant O860 Mk-I with a winch and 6x6 wheel arrangement also was producing. The next versions were producing: FV 11001 / 11002 : Ballast Tractor 10 ton General Service Medium/Heavy Anti-Aircraft 6x4 / 6x6. FV 11003 : Truck 10 ton General Service Crane Bridging 6x4 or 6x6. FV 11004 : Truck 10 ton General Service Tipper ( End Only ) 6x4. FV 11005 : Truck 10 ton General Service Tipper ( Three Way ) 6x4. FV 11006 / 11009 : Truck 10 ton General Service Fuel Tanker 2500 Gallon 6x4. FV 11007 / 11008 : Truck 10 ton General Service Cargo (14 ft / 16 ft) 6x4. FV 11010 : Tractor 10 ton General Service for Semi-Trailer 6x6. FV 11011 : Truck 10 ton General Service Crane Missile 6x6. FV 11012 : Truck 10 ton General Service Cargo Dropside 6x4. FV 11013 : Truck 10 ton General Service Crane General Purpose 6x4. FV 11014 : Truck 10 ton General Service Excavator 6x4 or 6x6. FV 11015 : Truck 10 ton General Service for 20 ton Trailer 6x6. FV 11016 : Truck 10 ton General Service Cargo ( 18 ft Dropside ) 6x6 Front hook 7 ton Winch. FV 11017 : Truck 10 ton General Service Self Propelled Launcher 6x4. FV 11021 : Truck 10 ton Tipping Platform, Self Loading, RE 6x6. FV 11022 : Truck 10 ton Heavy Duty ( RAF ) 6x6. FV 11031 : Tractor 10 ton General Service Light Anti-Aircraft 6x6.
  15. ted angus

    RAF Militant.....or not?

    Hi Mike, I don't know what to think; HD cargo was the named used to describe nuclear warhead/weapons transporters, the AEC models in service for many years were I think we have now established 6x4 Mammoth Majors. If there was a Militant then it may have been a prototype ?? I found on the net an FoI question re FV numbers HMG replythey do not have a list of FV numbers for vehicles only spare parts. I wonder if Bovingdon have a list- does anyone have contact there . regards Ted.
  16. ajmac

    Loyd TS&C T69261

    Glad to help save a Starter Charger Pete!
  17. radiomike7

    RAF Militant.....or not?

    Hi Ted, I'm showing FV 11022 as a mk1 Militant 6x6 RAF, do you concur? Mike
  18. radiomike7

    Power steering

    Have you looked at the way Bedford and Ford got round the problem using the existing steering box on VAL and D series? I cannot find a picture of the Ford but it is similar to the Bedford here: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=bedford+tk+power+steering+ram&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=Oew3mWD1Ns5ZTM%3A%2COSHep7bWNANkUM%2C_&usg=AFrqEzdc5cVlxB1qni6aNIyoFCmXTYKYIA&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjsgtL-7cbdAhWOXMAKHYlxAD0Q9QEwAHoECAYQBA#imgrc=Oew3mWD1Ns5ZTM: The actuating valve is built into the ram and you still have manual steering in the event of a hydraulic failure.
  19. Enigma

    New Silhouettes

    What's not to like, they are amazing!
  20. super6

    Power steering

    Have a look here https://uk.search.yahoo.com/search?fr=mcafee&type=D211GB0GLB3&p=electric+powernsteering+kits
  21. Nick Johns

    Clutch overhauls

    Clutch specialists "Clutchfix" http://clutch-fix.co.uk/
  22. Having been off the road for health reasons i am looking forward to getting out wih the Diamond T again. I am thinkiing of fitting power steering, either a full system or an assister ram set up. Has anyone done it?
  23. john1950

    RAF Militant.....or not?

    Yes, I claim old age brain fade.
  24. Yesterday
  25. Jessie The Jeep

    My Flying Control Jeep

    After the last wing walking flight, I brought the Jeep around to the PT-17 for some photos together. Due to the dark nights approaching, I didn't drive home on Sunday evening, but stayed until Monday morning. Later in the evening on Sunday, with a clear sky; I took some long exposure pictures, catching some aircraft and the Jeep with a starscape background. The security lights of the nearby compound provided ample foreground illumination. The stars show up far more in the full size versions, but most vanish once the image is reduced to 700 pixels to upload.
  26. Jessie The Jeep

    My Flying Control Jeep

    On Saturday early afternoon, I went for a short flight with Ray in the Piper Super Cruiser G-BSYG. The new hangars stand out clearly with their two tone roof panels, but they do create additional turbulence when there's a cross wind. On Sunday morning, it started showery and the wind picked up. It was more across the runway, making the wing walking flights more challenging for the pilot. Around two dozen classic cars turned up putting on a good show, and I parked the Jeep on the end of the row. Due to the cross wind, there was less flying on Sunday, though some did fly.
  27. Jessie The Jeep

    My Flying Control Jeep

    The wing walking flights were almost constant all weekend, with around 15 customers per day. Some people were waving constantly, some shouting with excitement which could even be heard over the sound of the loud radial engine! Saturday morning was quite for other aviation but things picked up around lunch with a number of visitors flying in plus some flying of aircraft based at Breighton. Three helicopters flew in, joining the currently non-airworthy Westland Wasp.
  28. marvinthemartian

    Martian Lights.

    This is what the bulb holder looks like, the larger 4" lens just screws into the threaded metal ring which gets fixed to the vehicle. This is a stop/tail light unit, has a two pin bulb holder. The indicator will have a different bulb holder inside, single pin. The front lamps could be a similar type, ie an indicator unit, single pin bulb holder, but with a 5w bulb and clear lens. Or the early trumpet type.
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