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  1. surprising that one in " museum condition" sold for only 700 quid 5 years ago. I would have expected more? Were these used throughout London during the Blitz? http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/1938-coventry-climax-fsm-type-series-2-fire-trailer
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    Another DUKW accident

    I know of only one that went down specifically because of possibly rough water / bad weather , but really the primary cause seems to be over-loading. 24 soldiers with their gear + a 75mm cannon? Wow http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2416371/Italian-Lake-Garda-hold-remains-24-drowned-US-WWII-solders.html This story in Missouri is especially sad because as someone else mentioned, this just keeps happening. Someone sent that vehicle out into an oncoming storm, and is criminally responsible IMHO.
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    Russians recover Shermans

    man these things are now all over russia, one even got an airplane ride over 7 time zones. Russian must be nostalgic for the good old days when the USA wasn't run by lunatics http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/73-years-late-an-american-tank-sent-to-stalin-is-almost-ready-for-first-mission-on-russian-soil/
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    Wheatcroft Collection

    very good news. FB is better than nothing but really it sucks , not a true replacement for a dedicated web-site with hi-rez photos and a nice lay-out.
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    Wheatcroft Collection

    it's time, their old web-site was last updated 10 years ago. for anyone interested, the Paul Allen collection seems to be growing in leaps and bounds too, although nowhere near KW's at this time
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    Panzer 2 turret

    I fab small things all the time but things on this scale, in a garage no less, are just amazing. here's a little inspiration from some guys who do PzII Luch's to order Panzer II 20mm Kanon.mp4
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    Stug III - Ausf D

    looks like mr. Phillips has his stug on Milweb . A little surprising, but it will be interesting to see where it goes and even more so what he decides to restore next http://www.milweb.net/webvert/a2998/92824
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    Russians recover Shermans

    looks like they got at least 3 from this latest effort, maybe 4 . AFA ownership, any military vehicle recovered in Russia, or Russian territorial waters, is property of the government. In this case, it's their Navy doing the recovery. Must not be too rusty if they could spin the turrets around.
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    Russians recover Shermans

    amazing to think those shermans were brand new when the ship was torpedoed. They basically went from the factory to the sea-floor. supposedly 32 in total, so 29 still down there. I wonder how many more they will winch up, but in 2015 when they pulled up the first one, story said there were 2 more that "could be recovered"? here's the first one
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    MK3 Covenanter restoration

    If it's an it's an Iron block and Iron heads (which it appears to be), then as long as you have the Camshaft, crank, and connecting rods it's useable. Remaining mechanical parts can be made within a reasonable cost, at least reasonable in terms of Uber-rare historic MV terms. one concern is carburetors/fuel and ignition system, is any of that stuff there? grandson of Henry Meadows, John Meadows, appears to still be around, there's a site dedicated to some goofy little car called the "frisky" built by Meadows in the 60's. Maybe a place to check for leads on CAV12 parts? http://www.meadowsfrisky.co.uk/page3.htm
  11. Coventanter ! , another one? The Valentine was a helluva project, no idea these things were so complicated, here's a quick before and after to wrap it up August 2015 May-2017
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    MK3 Covenanter restoration

    I just read up on the history of Meadows, never heard of them before but they were such an important player in engine design and production for half a century. Based on what I could find the 16 liter DAV 12 cylinder was designed specifically as a tank engine? Today a flat-12 cylinder is pretty much standard MBT propulsion, does anyone know if Meadows design was the first to do this? If so it would be a pretty important historical piece in and of itself. hopefully you can restore it? Other than the blown-off vale-cover on one side and knackered valve gear, how bad is the rest , have you had a chance to go deeper? The Covenanter though, what a strange machine. Hard to imagine they made 1,700 of these things and only 4 or 5 left in the world. Rick this might be the rarest vehicle you'll ever own!
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    Mystery Object - SS Thistlegorm Cargo

    the parts are crudely cast, looks like a sand casting. Some kind of steam valving, maybe spare parts for the ship. Not necessarily the Engine, but since it used a triple expansion engine, maybe low pressure waste steam used to heat the ship? The square end looks like it could hold reed valves (check valves).
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    Italy to ban all Nazi symbols

    that's what I thought at first too, but at 2nd glance, is the 2nd coming of Hitler/Mussolini really the most worrying possible future development for the European populace or Italian government? I can think of a few far more dangerous outcomes. I think what it comes down to is Italy simply putting forth a politically correct front to protect it's Tourist Industry, the so-called " service industry" , employs 3 out of 4 people, and having people selling Nazi symbols on the beach is not helpful. As someone pointed out earlier, it's an interesting contradiction from all the "Soviet Union nostalgia" you see for sale in greater parts of Eastern Europe and Russia. At any rate, I don't see Italian police kicking down doors and raiding private collections like they do in Germany. Folks will just need to remain discreet with their stuff , which is typical anyway. Most collectors are caught in this interesting paradox where they want to share their collection with the world but rightfully fear a backlash / unfair judgement of being " Nazi revisionists/revivalists" , when in fact this element is a tiny minority IMO.
  15. not clear if this will affect historic artifacts like helmets, swords, daggers, flags etc. but if it does then we could be seeing a surge of that stuff on the market coming from Itlay as collectors are forced to get rid of their items https://www.rt.com/news/403233-italy-law-fascism-souvenirs/