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  1. mike25470

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  2. An artillery computer/calculator. I believe it was used for the 10.5cm Le.F.H.16. Looks like it is in very good condition.
  3. Interesting. Still wonder why there was a need to use a mic in that orientation rather than the more usual "lick the front of the lollipop" as in the No7 mic. Anyway, good spot. Regards Mike
  4. Hi PackHow75, I was puzzled by these right angled rubber thingys so had a good rummage on the internet. I found this extract from EMERs showing WS22 set up for artillery use. It looks like the right angled rubber mouthpiece is used on the microphones item 20 and 24 with the remote control units. The significance of having the mouthpiece at 90 degrees escapes me though, but can understand the need for one because of the LOUD NOISE going on. Have seen plenty of pictures of item 17 with the straight mouthpiece on the internet, but not the bent one. May also have been used in other applications as well, but this one is good enough to satisfy my curiosity for for the moment Regards Mike
  5. Spotted these this morning whilst looking for something else. Advertised as NOS No19 set rubber microphone mouthpieces, box of 3, £10 BIN, postage free. The part number shown is YI ZA 12354. There are a few boxes available. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/19-SET-Microphone-Mouthpiece-Rubbers-3-PCS-in-Original-Sealed-Box-New-Old-stock/153031252241 There are also a couple of right angled 19 set rubber mouthpieces for sale at £10 for the pair. Not sure what the application was but may be in a vehicle borne set The seller also has a Larkspur headset, Larkspur microphone, Larkspur interconnection box, various radio valves, crystals and other components mostly NOS. The spare parts may be of use to anybody trying to breath a spark of life back into an old radio set. Usual disclaimer - no connection to seller, just passing on information Mike
  6. I had to chuckle when reading your comment about the unreliability of "official" drawings, there is nothing worse than reverse engineering a design from an old drawing/illustration/photo and producing a CAD model, then comparing it against a newly found reference, only to find they disagree. Having been there myself I can well imagine the sotto voce anglo saxon mutterings that might have crossed your lips on such occasions. Coincidentally, the 75mm gun/mantlet interface has been on my list as well but for another vehicle (AEC Mk3 armoured car), so this thread has been very useful. My thanks to all that have contributed. I visited Bovington some time ago and measured the 75mm barrel and muzzle brake on the wall display, albeit using the front face of the breech as my reference point, but my dimensions are pretty much in accord with yours. Ref your question regarding the breech, I found some interesting pictures of the gun and breech disassembled here, which may be of interest http://www.armourinfocus.co.uk/churchill/restoration/turret/gun/index.htm. I think this page might be an orphan from a migration to a new web site, nevertheless, it san be navigated using the back link at the bottom of the page. I am not sure how practical it is for you to get to Bovington, but they have the QF 75mm on an instructional mounting in the WW2 tank hall. It has easy visual access to the underside of the breech to take pictures and measurements (within the limits of creaky knee joints etc), but much easier than in the confines of a turret. Unfortunately it does get moved around from time to time, and is generally tucked away in a quiet corner! If Bovingtion is out of range for you, I would be happy to take some photos on my next visit, probably in the next week or so. regards, Mike
  7. Spotted this one by chance. May be of use to someone restoring/owning a "heavy". No connection to seller, just passing intel FWIW. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/253411379869?rmvSB=true
  8. Hello Terry, It seems we have similar interests. My father entered boy service in the early 1940s and went on to serve in the REME until 1968. I recall him bringing a Scammell home on a couple of occasions to have a hurried snack and cup of tea before setting off on an evening recovery job. I was allowed to sit in the cab and keep watch (under dire warning not to fiddle with anything) while he had his tea and the reward was a ride down to the main road. Probably all against Queens Regulations, but it was a very long time ago. Sadly he passed away before reaching retirement and like yours, spoke little of his experiences, other than the humourous ones. Regarding scale drawings. You might like to try googling "scammell scale drawings free". This should take to a modelers tribute forum to a well-known British firm, where you might find something useful. (Dear moderator, hope this doesn't infringe any rules, but please let me know if I have strayed) I wish you the best with your Pioneer project. It sounds like a fitting tribute to your father and all who served in them during difficult times. Regards Mike
  9. Hello everyone I joined this forum a while ago, but haven’t got round to introducingmyself, so here goes. I have recently retired and am getting older, greyer andgrumpier by the minute – but the inner child remains active. Having been in thedefence sector in an engineering role for most of my working life the odd militaryvehicle or two have crossed my path, not to mention frigates, destroyers and aircraftcarriers (when we still had some). I spent many happy hours at Chertsey havingmy fillings vibrated out on the Setts and Pavé test tracks or going throughthe gloop at long valley in FV432s and being paid for the privilege. I was a memberof the MVCG back in the 80’s and occasionally drove a Dingo, Bedford OYD andother small vehicles for friends. Careerand mortgage took over and I left the scene so to speak, but the interest neverfaded, I just looked from afar. I have returned to motorcycles (inner child) and am countingthe “sleeps” to go before picking up a new Beemer, which I will use to travelto a few more shows this year. I will beeasily recognised: a) Old, grey an grumpy looking b) In motorcycling kit – very loud fluorescent yellowjacket c) Prowling around furtively looking at AECMatadors with camera, notebook and tape measure in hand Ah! Ha! You are all thinking he’s got a Matador fetish. Notquite. Whilst I would love to own such an iconic and purposeful looking vehicle,the Domestic Management Executive (DME) to whom I report would have a majorsense of humour failure if I rolled up in one and left it in front of thehouse. I can hear her cries “its too%&@ZZZ big”. So, I (or is that the inner child) have decided to build aradio controlled AEC Mk 3 Armoured Car in 1/6 scale as a retirement project,hence the interest in Matadors since they share the same innards. DME seems happy enough with that, but hasn’tquite worked out that at 1/6 scale it is still quite big, but at least it can fitin the shed. Gotta build a proper man-shed too. Currently working on the model design and spending far toomuch time at Bovington, but they are so helpful and the reference library is anabsolute treasure trove of information, particularly technical handbooks. Receiveoccasional reminders from DME that I need to be getting on with other things….decoration,house refurbishment, the garden…etc. Anyway that’s enough of me rabbiting on. Look forward tomeeting you all at the various shows Mike
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