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    Jon, Simply amazing. You are talented beyond belief! I have been following you since you were just building the turret, and when you started on this endeavor after the volume of encouragement to do so, I couldn't have been more excited. You are getting so close, and you have to be applauded for your commitment to staying as close to authentic as possible. I can't wait to see the hull mated with the turret, and even better, one day moving along on it's very own set of tracks. Keep it up brother...you're truly an inspiration! -Tom
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    your hood number will be 20704655 built April 1945 under contract w-33-019-1885 chassis range from mb431301 to mb438041
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    Snowy from Tin Tin? I,ll get my coat
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    As an inservice weapon It is presumably still clasified as a Restricted Document so excempt from the FOI Act.
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    If no-one on here has one it's worth trying a Freedom of Information request to the MOD. Andy
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    The rear window recess I did took ages and lots of bad language! It looked really great when complete and with paint on it. The problem came when we fitted the rear window in its new channel, it sat proud by a good few mm at the bottom corners. Because there was very little pattern left I based the bottom corners on the top ones, the shape was right but it didnt take into account a slight camber on the actual metalwork on the back of the cab!! It was too late to do anything the the painted metal so we ended up very very carefully using a file to take some rubber off the window channel, in the end we did enough to make it fit and it does look right. I totally understand frustrations in this sort of situation and think all the more when you see results like you are getting.
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    Thanks Tapper, it feels very close and yet there are still several major hurdles to negotiate but that's all part of the challenge. Time for an update me thinks. I have finished the engine cover although I have cheated and used 1.6mm steel sheet for the covers to save weight. Around the opening of this cover there is a radiused section, best shown in this picture. Also there is a 15mm gap right around the covers, too big a gap to be just clearance. I had assumed that it was a rain water channel but the more I studied the pictures I realised that the reason for the large gap and the radiused section was to allow air into the engine bay around the sides of the covers but I assume, not allow splinters to enter. On the original tank the two covers were not locked together, the lower over had no locking mechanism being held in place by it's own weight and the top cover having a locking mechanism. In my tank the covers lock together, as the lower door is not heavy enough stay in place on it's own. The radio operators escape hatch mow has it's latch and handle. Next to the radio operators chair there is a wall which is part of the engine bay bulkhead which for some reason is cut across at about 45 degrees Most probably to give access to the engine bay from inside the tank. Most of the pictures that I can find show this as being a bolted in section apart from one that shows it as having a hinged access door. I decided that as my ignition coil and amplifier are situated in this area a hinged cover would be a very good idea. When I made the radiator hinged cover, I made it as a two piece assembly. Once the hull top was in place it became obvious that it wouldn't close and should have been made in three sections. The only thing that then concerned me, was would it block the radio operators escape hatch. Once I had altered it, it became obvious that it tucks away nicely out of the way. The radio aerial on the panzer 2 is raised from inside the tank using this device. The handle is rotated up to raise that aerial and rotated down to lower it. The end of the handle is sprung so that when it is in the raised position it locks it's self in position, to lower the aerial you pull the end of the handle out and rotate it down. The unit to the right of the main unit contained a rotary coupling for the cable from the aerial to the radio apparatus. The shaft going between the rotating unit and the aerial outside the tank would have been in two parts and insulated so that the operator didn't get a shock when he touch the handle. In mine the shaft is in one piece. The radio mast was attached to the shaft via a coupling. This is the one on the Panzer ii in Bovington. And mine. When the mast is in the down position, it lays in a wooded tray that is bolted to the track guard. Sorry that it was such a long update, I get carried away or as my darling wife says, I should be carried away. Jon
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    Thats a neat piece of metalwork, from experience getting the shape/contour of window or screen recesses is quite tricky. I had to fabricate a complete rear screen recess on one of our lorries, it took a lot of patience and in the end a few attempts!
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    Barry, my Modified stoves all have that burner
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    Now youโ€™ve practised on your own body you can sort mine out Duncan!!!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘
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    Thank you Pete, I find researching stuff like this fascinating, especially when its family or vehicle related!! Kevin.
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    Cracking bit of work there, especially the home made bending jig. As you say never throw anything out, it might be useful later. Not trying to pick holes, here, but a sensible question. Did you attempt to treat the rust on the inside of this panel? And if so, how?
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    From what I have been told the lorry and itโ€™s contents have been found, Apparently in a layby and no damage to the cargo. Police are there and hopefully they may catch the scum who did this. But, Iโ€™ve taken it as a wake up call for the security of my stuff!
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    Lovely work there Pete. As they say "It's a bit like eating an Elephant, one small mouthful at a time". ๐Ÿ˜ฆ That windscreen surround & scuttle will be a test. Watching with great interest regards Pete from OZ
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    Sorry these have taken so long but it's only recently while extracting some hay making equipment that I've had a chance to get anywhere near our old Karrier (or remains of). I seem to remember there was a query about the prop tube, anyway our chassis still has it fitted, hope pictures are helpful/of interest. Keep up the great work! Regards. Ed.
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    Is it one of these types you're after?
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    Can you clean up those casting marks as one appears to be the letters JAC. If so it is a foundry name. I have JAC marks on some Thornycroft parts and have found the initals on other castings of the time. Doug
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    My gut feel is that the open spoke wheel is the earliest, then the very closed wheel then the two round hole wheels. My reason is that the brake ventilation holes get steadily larger which I think would be the natural evolution. The closing of the open spokes and then somewhat opening them up again could be for casting quality reasons. I wonder how many people will notice that you have odd rear wheels when the bus is being displayed ! David
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    The Clansman PRC344 is a 2W UHF AM transceiver intended for FAC use. As such, there is nowhere within its range that it is legal to transmit. In fact, of all the Clansman equipment, this is the one where transmitting can at best get you into legal trouble, at worst endanger aircraft and lives. But you say, I would NEVER transmit! Well, maybe not deliberately, but who hasnt turned a switch the wrong way accidentally? How easy is it to catch the pressel on a handset? And what about inquisitive fingers from the public at a display when your backs turned? There are no 'power on' lights on this to show your not just playing with a switched off set! It is very easy to ensure you stay legal with the 344, regardless of whether you have a handset, headset, remote radio attached, or select BEACON mode, you simply need to disable the transmitter. So, how do we do this? Surely it needs a technician? Well, no. The PRC344 is a modular system, and provided you take care, this is a very easy fix. We just need to remove a pair of numbered plug-in modules! First, remove the battery! On the larger side cover (not the switch side), remove the 14 hex bolts and lift off the cover. On the plate with the switches underneath, you will see a U shaped section of thick stainless steel wire, clipped over a screw in the middle and with its ends going into two holes. Lift this up with a screwdriver near the screw, and it will come off - this is the module removal tool! Now, locate module 3 (all modules are numbered on their tops), you will see it has holes in the corners. Insert the ends of the tool in these holes, and gently pull. The module will come out. Check it says Amplifier Direct Current on the side (to make sure you havent pulled out the wrong one!), and put it away somewhere safe (so you can put it back if you sell the set). Then, locate module 8, and extract that. Check its says Regulator Audio Level on it to ensure its the right one. Put that in the same safe place as module 3. Replace the extractor tool, making sure it is securely clipped down (if it comes loose inside it will cause big problems!), and refit the lid, making sure to put it back on the way around you removed it, as there are foam pads attached that hold the modules down. This should be easy, as there is a long dessicant canister attached in one corner, and a diagonal cut in another, that matches the diagonal on the body. Tighten up the bolts. Your set will now work just as before, only it will not transmit. Module 3 is the Direct Current Amplifier. It is responsible for providing the control voltages that activate the transmit amplifiers, and switch the antenna relay. It also provides the sidetone on transmit (audio feedback to the headgear). Inside it, there is a logic control gate, which will only activate if it gets a Phase Lock signal from the synthesiser, indicating that the frequency is stable. By removing module 3, there is no logic control, so no control signals to the rest of the transmitter. With only module 3 removed, switching to beacon mode will still activate the Tx RF Oscillator and Driver circuits (these are hard wired into the set). As a result, there will be a slight leakage of RF energy. This is very low level, but may be detectable ( I can detect the emission from my set on a commercial scanner many tens of meters away!) so in order to be absolutely safe, removing module 8 disables the beacon oscillator and Tx microphone audio stages. And after this, you still have an original condition radio, that will still receive properly. It will still look just as good at a display or show, but now you dont have to worry about accidentally calling in an air strike! Martin G7MRV
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    From the Wikipedia page: Andy
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    Yep, really nice and, as Ferg and Terry said, good to see one in post-war British colours. 10 68
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    Well done , looks great and as already said itโ€™s great to see a differently painted and marked jeep ๐Ÿ‘
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    Nice! Such a refreshing change from all those Screaming Eagles wannabees!
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    You could always try the QRL/Notts Yeomanry Regts museum at Thoresby Hall Courtyard. They might be able to help further.
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    I do not know if this helps if it is in deed a 2nd army carrier RC stands for trooper commander battery C
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    From some pictures seen on this forum; I made a 3D model of the Dodge light repair truck.
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    Its not taking any hurt in the shed.
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    Sorry no idea, the above picture was given to me by a friend. There is another picture found on this forum of the Tilling's chassis and a little of the removed body in the background, as before location unknown.
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    Western Desert German War Graves, North Africa Western Desert
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    It's great, and often overlooked, the important contribution to keeping historic information which would otherwise be lost. Kudos to you Wally, your friend and everyone who squirrels away stuff that would otherwise be lost to history.
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    Can you offer any history of the bus body, I think I recognise it, from many years ago, may be the one I recovered, from the Hogs Back, was behind a butchers, and was put on a Tilling's chassis. here in Colchester,
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    The bus is going to be sympathetically restored using as much original wood as possible in the body with the addition of a new top deck and staircase. It wonโ€™t have a super paint job as originally the khaki green was literally painted on with brooms and slapped on as best they could. We will do what we need to do but she will keep her โ€œ battle scarsโ€ of 105 years๐Ÿ˜
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    The bends could not have worked better. Now just to trim down to size and weld in the mounting plates and bolts. Attached Thumbnails
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    Where did they carry all of this kit as looks to be quite a lot? What are the leather straps for, saddle bags/panniers?
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    Started the final machining up the first of the two Radiator Filler Caps
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    Hi Mike, This picture will explain the codes of Solex carbs for you:
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    I also see an Instruction book for a WOT1 on Ebay, Item number 353105280796.
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    Hi Seamus, Itโ€™s good that youโ€™ve had the same experience as me, and that youโ€™ve found a solution. Of course the good thing about using cellulose thinners is its dirt cheap. I was talking to another a friend yesterday about painting and he does a lot priming at his place of work because they do blasting and he said he painted some railings once when there was snow on the ground and got a lovely finish. Think my previous idea that the warmer the weather the better was probably wrong. Iโ€™ve got a batch of small bits to do for the Scammell so Iโ€™ll try the cellulose thinner. Cheers, Richard
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    Interesting use of the Ford script 'F' on the conversation plate.
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    Any more news on the engine, Rick? Andy
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    Perfect for Caption competion! ๐Ÿ˜ The company also made Stretcher trailers and for various fire kit.
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    Yes, I can take them to work and scan them then email them to you. No problem but might take a couple of days.
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    I did take some when the car was in the garage but they came out too dark. I will push her outside and take some better ones.
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    Mike, are you in touch with a Dave Stapleton? he emailed me some years ago, as I do have some more info on AFS Matchlesses, below a little extract of an email he sent me back then. "Contract One: Ministry of Supply - 8 Matchless Motorcycles - June 1953 โ€“ LYO 840 to LYO 847 (this is the order on the scan you posted) Contract Two: Ministry of Supply โ€“ 85 Matchless Motorcycles โ€“ March 1954 - NYV 252 to NYV 336 Contract Three: Ministry of Supply โ€“ 50 Matchless Motorcycles โ€“ July 1959 - WXR 551 to WXR 600 Contract Four: War Office โ€“ 192 Matchless Motorcycles โ€“ March 1960 - XYM 501 to XYM 692 Contract Five: War Office โ€“ 60 Matchless Motorcycles โ€“ September 1960 - 391 ALD to 450 ALD Contract Six: War Office โ€“ 44 Matchless Motorcycles โ€“ January 1961 - 450 BGJ to 493 BGJ Contract Seven: War Office โ€“ 20 Matchless Motorcycles โ€“ July 1961 - 525 BYV to 544 BYV The dates shown are when production commenced, so the orders could have been placed one or two months earlier than the dates shown." There is more info, also about Ruddington disposals, but am not sure if I can divulge all this on a public forum. See 2 scans of some info that I have in my database. You can always contact me for more info, and Dave's emailaddress. Cheers, Lex
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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-52883299 I have just read this on the BBC news, its a lovely story to see something like this saved. Strangely enough, I actually passed the lorry carrying it down to Devon whilst on my commute to work the other day! Kevin.
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    The London General Omnibus Co. 'B' type - straight from the 'Western Front' ,well not quite . Faced with the disposal of over 2500 vehicles from 1919 onwards these being replaced by the larger 'K' and 'S' types. Some of the newest examples were offered for sale first as complete vehicles in good order , at least 32 found there way to Australia some even with their double deck bus bodies still fitted . Gradually sales dwindled and by the end most were broken up for scrap. A few survived a couple more years as works transport during 1927-29 when AEC moved from Walthamstow to Southall. Richard Peskett.
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    Thanks Brian, Very useful, have saved it. regards, Richard
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