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    The Tank has entered the "Turret Receiving Bay" at the Tank Factory. First pic shows the "Hole" where the Tank will receive its' new rebuilt / refurbished basket and Turret. Then arriving overhead we have the whole ensemble , a good 3 tonnes.
    Slowly she enters the "hole" for her final resting place....touchdown! The tolerances are all so typical everywhere on the Val, being there is only 1/2'' clearance against any fittings that are already there. It pays to have the whole setup sitting pretty level off the crane . I will let the pictures do the talking. Cheers from The Tank Factory.
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    Default Re: restoration of a valentine MK5 tank started

    A milestone in a fantastic restoration. Great work.

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    Andrew,

    when we bought it we where not 100% sure what quality to get on the end of the day. Two years later we are very close to the finished project and we are pleasantly surprised on the quality and craftsmanship you have put into it. Looking forward to see it in real life soon.


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    Peter Hommes

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    Default Re: restoration of a valentine MK5 tank started

    Fantastic work!

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    Default Re: restoration of a valentine MK5 tank started

    A wonderful job!

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    Andrew,
    Make sure you leave your boots at the door, slippers only while you are inside now, you wouldn't want to dirty the interior as it looks spot on.
    Alastair

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    Wow, what a great looking tank now its finally ready-ish.
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    Default Re: restoration of a valentine MK5 tank started

    Beautiful work & pics, Andrew

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    Default Re: restoration of a valentine MK5 tank started

    Adding a few more of the last little trinkets to the stowage.... first we have period dated pick head , shovel and crowbar. Next is the 2" smoke bomb rack that's mount to the R/H side of the interior of the Turret. Last up we have the extra 2pdr stowage rack that is situated under the Commanders seat, this rack just clips to the internal sheet metal ring work. Cheers from The Tank Factory.
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    Testing and Trialling continues at night........cheers from The Tank Factory.
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