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  1. 3 points
    Take a look here: https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1727&context=tsaconf Dunlop. Neoprene rubber substitute. 'Camouflarge cloth' ....secret. Air Ministry Ballon Section built them, so did Shepperton Studios. Search Google widely and deeply and ye shall reap 'facts'. My interest is Force R, who whilst they were the masters of deception in WW2, were at some point brought back into play for the Cold War ...... certainly in Tripolitania in 1955 and as an overtly Royal Engineer unit were based in at least one regiment's base at one time (Homs, 3RHA) to utilise a new unusualy large purpose built aircraft-type hanger ....on the edge of the parade square to house what is anyone's guess as I can't track much in the archives remotely from the lands unfit for human habitation. I was alerted to Force R by a Veteran of 3RHA who was there and he told me that the unit was based in their camp and that personnel of Force R were not allowed to mix with the troops stationed in Homs as 'their work was secret'. They dressed in quasi-military uniforms and were 'scruffy'! What I have found out officially is that Force R were indeed in Libya to build dummy V Force bomber diversionary airfields in the desert .... as the real RAF Idris was a known diversionary real airfield for when the 'balloon went up'. The thinking is the large hanger was for constructing/inflating dummy aircraft ... the hanger, even I can remember as a child there in 1959-61 was huge and most certainly was big enough to house a blow-up Vulcan or two! Whether there ever were inflatable British jet aircraft at that time, or after I know not. The hanger was not used for anything after 1957 when 3RHA departed, seemingly 'empty' during 6 and 2RTR's time in situ though no other Veteran could tell me what the hanger was used for even if they could remember it being there. So if you know anything about dummy airfields, inflatable aircraft and Cold War deception in Libya, do please sing out.
  2. 3 points
    Yes it sure has! and I think I can Now Confirm that we are all agreed that we like and dislike Guy Martin, Like and Dislike the replica Tank, think that machines and systems are safer in the old days before health and safety and are safer today, we need more and less people in engineering and are pro and anti Europe, want to get rid of people who use their money to push technology forward and also want to keep them. I'm Glad that's all now settled, better close this thread off before it gets out of hand!
  3. 2 points
    I replied to a earlier thread on this subject and at that time could not add any thing to it other than what i knew at that time since then l have been put to gether a list of RAF MU's AAW's AVD BVD RVD and there locations several things have come to light concerning the numbers allocated to them one location can have two or three different numbers on the same site or in a area covered by one area command BURN near YORK and BARLOW near SELBY had the same 41 AVD were is this taking us well up to now with what i already knew i have found one hundred locations and B42 was located at WALLINGTON in the uk ps at the same time DIAMOND Ts were under going rebuilds at the same time
  4. 2 points
    The EMER for the Gun tank say 810 BHP at 2800 RPM and 1580 FtLbs torque at 2000 RPM. It is interesting that a Meteor has quite a lot of grunt at idling. The Conqueror ARV will neutral steer with the engine idling. The REME museum's Cent ARV has rubber pads on track and so will generally require a touch of throttle to neutral on tarmac. The cylinder heads on the M120 and the Meteorite are very different from a IVB with its more direct Merlin ancestry. As for he exhaust ports, they are different but I have no idea if they are better or not. John
  5. 2 points
    Sye wotherloik, but ee probly duz morn anyuvver geezer to bring in the punterz to see arr clobber an genrilly popyoolaroiz arr obbee . Dunnee? Gits moi vote evree toim. Innit. Muss go; jus seen a genyoowine Waffen SS toasting fork...........ow much?!! Eeemussbeavinalarf!
  6. 2 points
    Ah, parts from Jean Duchamps' emporium for the restoration of ex-French Enfields !
  7. 2 points
    You could try buying this book: http://www.bookworldws.co.uk/9011-tankograd-british-special-recce-p-3346.html others in the series are also good. Not sure why you need camo on your vehicle, with all those shiny bits etc?
  8. 2 points
    Well, it works! We have had some fun and games this morning but eventually, it went and I have some film files to post once I have worked out how to do them.. Idles nicely but dies when I try to open the throttle so I will need some advice about Solex carbs. More later! Steve
  9. 2 points
    My mate Brian built the engine up for me today, everything went well thank goodness. I Passed spanners, parts and mugs of tea 😎 Using the flywheel to turn the crank. Setting the torque wrench for the main caps. Using plasti gauge to check tolerances. Fitting pistons. Old sump used for protection while transporting then re fitting, all new core plugs fitted. Hopefully this should be back in the chassis tomorrow afternoon.
  10. 2 points
    Well, we have had a productive day but, as usual, never quite as fast as we would like! Roy came over again with his big sash clamps and battery drill, both of which proved very useful. We started the day by screwing down the floor boards. This proved hard on the knees but with Roy's clamps to pull them all up, it all went well. When we reached the last plank, they were over-width by 3/16" so I ran a pencil along the last one and then planed it to fit. The challenge was in holding it but we pushed it up against the post of the garage and my big plane soon made short work of it. Mind you, this was helped by the quality of the timber which was beautiful. It is softwood but has a lovely straight grain and no knots. I don't know how Mark gets it. It certainly isn't from B & Q! A test fit and all was well. We removed the kerb rails so that Dad can paint them separately. Once that was done, we turned our attention to the water elbows. Dad drilled the bolt holes in the last one and it was fine, except that it fouled the radiator stay bar so I had to file a bit off the top. Eventually, all was well so all we need now is some hose and we can fit them permanently. That really will be a landmark event. It is back to reality tomorrow, getting ready for work, which is a great pity as I am just getting some momentum going. Oh well. Time to study the job list! Happy New Year everyone! Steve
  11. 2 points
    I finally got around to watching the whole programme on catch-up or iplayer or whatever last night. I think it was phenomenal - regardless of some of the comments on here - because a fairly ordinary bloke uses his celebrity, and the power of TV, to recreate something huge from 100 years ago and get it running with a lot of, widely acknowledged, help. His enthusiasm is infectious and, as he didn't know much about the scale and detail of WWI or H licences, as he learned on screen, he will have enthused others about the subject, engineering, welding, tanks in museums and more. The late Fred Dibnah didn't have the monopoly on being 'a bloke with a regional accent who liked British engineering history' and, as he's dead, the next generation needs a new folk hero. Then, finally, driving the tank at Cambrai, in my opinion, was far more poignant than threading it up a high street. The world is changing and we need to embrace that, in order to see the history that interests us is remembered. I can't wait to see the tank itself somewhere next year. JC
  12. 2 points
    I have explained this a couple of times now, but here goes again. We were forced to move away from our old server because it reached its end of life. The old forum system didn't work on the new server (and was outdated) so we were forced to make a choice: 1) We could either try and fix the problem, which could take forever and would be rather expensive 2) We could move to a new system. When moving to a new system there were two options: 1) Migrate to a new version of the old system, which would be expensive, risky and very time consuming for me and quite frankly, I don't have the time anymore to work on this forum for full days. 2) Migrate to a new system that has a future, is managed (meaning there is a team of tech guys behind it), and where the whole migration is taken care off. And this all would be at a company that we are already working with and have proven to be very reliable. Naturally, we went for option number two; why make life more difficult for us having to manage multiple forum systems? We don't and that is why we chose this. Now I want to close down this whole discussion about that the old system was better. This is it, this is the forum that we are going to use. If you have questions about why it works in a certain way, have a feature request or want to ask if we can change a setting then please do and I will do whatever I can to help out.
  13. 2 points
    Can you please expand to a non-techie , how the previous forum software was about to break ? Was it because it was no longer suitable for hand-held devices ?
  14. 2 points
    Not that birthdays are that important but if the are to be displayed could they be DD/MM/YYYY rather than the US MM/DD/YYYY thanks.
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    Our valves were all made by G & S and the liners by Westwood. Both gave first rate service. Steve
  17. 1 point
    Belzona is excellent, and used in heavy industry. MoD use it and I have used it successfully in all sorts of applications. regards Richard
  18. 1 point
    Ian, if not loose on the shaft then it is possibly the bearing or clutch basket as you mentioned.........I'm sure I have a good used bearing here, plus a NOS clutch basket still in the wartime packing..........I'll have a rummage tomorrow in the workshop....... It's Steve Madden by the way.........
  19. 1 point
    Well there's an offer that beats trailering it to Bournemouth. Ron
  20. 1 point
    Hi Pete, Not immediately, to hand, I'll try to sort something tomorrow. Just to be clear, it's not mine but I do know the owner.
  21. 1 point
    Belfast - Sydenham bypass (near the George Best City Airport)
  22. 1 point
    I was browsing through the IWM archives and stumbled upon these. Not many registration numbers visible, just one partial for a Humber ___K08, and Saracen 83BA31, __BA09, 82BA85, 82BA87 and Land Rover 04DM24 . Still, thought it might be of interest. The depot still exists, although in much modified form. Although captioned as Takali, the area is in Attard, 2 miles south of Takali. Anyone with a better zoom can possibly drag up some more Humber registrations https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098903 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098903 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098877 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098900 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098733
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    Well, this weekend happened and I'm pleased to say we nailed it. Took 2 trips, yesterday, with the car delivering all the bits. Bit too much weight carrying both hubs and drums together. Early start this morning and cracked on, took all day but got the right result. Back plates and rear dirt seal first, and build from there. Son Stuart assisting, took a hub each and on we go Shoes next, then hub and drum Had a couple of minor issues, couple of blocked grease nipples, and one pair of shoes that just would not behave, but otherwise things went fairly well. Last job, wheels back on. We've still got to clean the rims, so they will have to come off again later. Haven't fitted the brake chambers or any of the linkage yet, either. I'm leaving them off for now to allow more room for chassis cleaning first. Just one downside! Having spent most of the day bent over in this sort of position, and lifting heavy drums and hubs, the old spine is protesting violently this evening. Don't know about "the joy of movement" the joy of sitting still is pretty good just now, along with some "medicine" to numb the pain.
  25. 1 point
    Hi 11th Armoured, Thanks for the info and the 'links' - yes pun intended 😀
  26. 1 point
    Just to confirm, checked the Fox CES list and stock no. 5120-99-827-5311 comes up. Check this link, lo and behold the NSN is allocated to FV774783 , result! https://www.iso-parts.com/NSN/5120-99-827-5311
  27. 1 point
    Lot of hard work to get it fixed, hope it works after all that effort. OC-600 is just a heavy gear oil. The OC bit stands for Oil Compounded. You don't need to be looking for anything too fancy, a straight forward 75W-80 will do the job. Your local commercial motor factors should have something in stock
  28. 1 point
    Pretty sure that no 9 are the four bars that hold the four wooden 100-125 Ah battery boxes into their frames. If the Morris mirrors MWR practice, there should be four frames with eight long threaded rods to which are welded large wing nuts. These screw down onto those bars to hold the batteries in place.
  29. 1 point
    Hi Pete, I have this original Sept 1943 Chrysler Corporation of Canada "Operating and Spare Parts Manual 200 Gal. Water Tank Mounted on Dodge T222 4x2 Chassis". Do you have one? If you are interested please pm me.
  30. 1 point
    You could try an in-distributor condensor replacement before committing to a rebuild. http://www.brightsparkmagnetos.com/easycap/index.htm Personally I don't like to see magnetos converted to coil ignition. A magneto in good condition provides an excellent spark and they are very reliable.
  31. 1 point
    Hello fellow shielder owner. I have a drivers manual on its way to me, should take a week or so. when it arrives i will let you know and email a copy. In exchange will you then send me a copy of the technical description as i do not have one ? Regards Dale
  32. 1 point
    Chris, main gearbox uses engine oil, SAE 50.
  33. 1 point
    The 'Bling' Ferret may well have suited the taste of the guy who built it, but it was for sale on and off for more than 10 years without finding a buyer. If it was left stock it would have sold no problem. This is the point I was making about keeping all the parts.
  34. 1 point
    Well that's bad luck and good luck, isn't it? Bad luck it didn't work first time, and good luck that nothing got ruined. I'm not seeing anything on there that won't respond to a re-size, clean, and polish, but maybe some of this rings might not be safe to re-use?
  35. 1 point
    It is a sad time, my condolences. Your memories of him are priceless and keep him with you.
  36. 1 point
    I'll enjoy watching this restoration. This superb Dodge was at the Dieppe commemorations last summer
  37. 1 point
    Thanks Tomo. I'll remember that! We have had a nice day., all bright and still and not cold. I have been pressing on with the hand controls and linkage. First part was to cut the throttle shaft and advance tube to length. Once the tube was to length, I soft soldered the advance lever to one end and the operating lever to the other. The throttle shaft runs up the inside but the tube rattled far too much so I turned up a couple of brass bushes and pressed them in. Trial installation with the levers at the bottom. The actuating collar at the bottom was pinned on and a suitable spring placed between the two collars to keep the actuating levers in contact with the quadrant. Then the hand throttle linkage was made up along with the advance linkage. I still need to connect the pedal and add a return spring. It was all surprisingly time consuming. In the mean time, Father has put two more coats of paint on the wings and Tim has been filling stauffers, a very messy job. Foot throttle, wiring and timing tomorrow and then it is the moment of truth! Steve.
  38. 1 point
    It's still a BS381 colour. Dark green.
  39. 1 point
    Once you open up the hubs, look for any bearing numbers on them.
  40. 1 point
    they are ex Dutch army bowsers , still used up to the 80ies
  41. 1 point
    Then finish in whatever colour is required. I didn't take a pic with the shiny new discs attached, should have done to show completion.
  42. 1 point
    Or monkeys (Mandrill bending)
  43. 1 point
    I agree. There doesn't seem much point in making a replica if you can tell it from the real thing. I found a picture of my 50 Cal. gunboat prototype for 'Dunkirk' and one of a finished 50 Cal. that was used on the boat in an anti-aircraft role for the Sandwich 40's weekend. There was a 20mm Poulsen, three Lewis Guns and my 50 Cal. all making a lot of noise...great. The other two 50 Cals. shown on the boat were also made be me. The mount was made by a local blacksmith. The third picture is an 'empty shell' 50 Cal. and mount made to complete the weaponry on a mates Alvis prototype seen at Tanks Trucks and Firepower last year. Jon
  44. 1 point
    That's going to make one hell of a Snowmobile!
  45. 1 point
    I am mainly into WW2 but loved to see the postings in this thread. Thanks for sharing!
  46. 1 point
    Hi 1068, You came to the right person, it was rebuilt at 44 District Workshops REME, Ashford, Kent. Land Rover and Bedford engines of all variations were built on the engine line for very many years, as well as other makes and types of engines. I was on the line around 1974 to 75, when I first started work there.. regards, Richard
  47. 1 point
    Guy Martin, and Chris Barrie share one thing in common. The pure joy they display when playing with mechanical toys of whatever sort. Certain other TV Mechanical Experts, seem so far up themselves that if anyone says 'There is a diffrent way' all the toys go out of the pram! I'll take Guy Martin anytime.
  48. 1 point
    Time to move this thread back to the front ! I made a video of the inertia starter in action on my 1943 Federal 606.
  49. 1 point
    I'd completely forgotten about this tractor. I did little digging, and chassis number N244 was assigned RAF registration 63AN61, supplied to contract KM/2E/536/CB 21(c)2. It was taken on charge on 19th February 1969 and assigned the same day to Brize Norton. This is the only movement on the record card until it was struck of charge on 29th September 1987.
  50. 1 point
    It's working Joris. Just a matter of becoming familiar with it, now if I can work my %^&&& Smart phone!
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