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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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!
  9. 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).
  10. 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.
  11. 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/
  12. another Diamond T 980 restoration

    the frame and suspension look fantastic Are you making your own castle-nuts on the mill?
  13. that sounds like a huge PITA, on top of traffic, planning your trip, making appointments, etc. you now have to worry about charging stations along the way every day! just couldn't do it :-( I don't carry a cell phone for just that reason, it's like a tether , an electronic device that controls me instead of serving me IMO an acceptable EV would be one I charge twice a week, Like Thursday night and Sunday night. I commute 54 miles a day, so the new Leaf with 235 mile range would fill that requirement quite nicely. I hope my next commuter car is an EV, hopefully one that still has a brake pedal every time I have to do an oil change, which is quite often as we both drive a lot, I dream about saying goodbye to the oil , the filters, the disposal of old oil, all that. It's fine for a hobby vehicle, boats, off-road, MV, etc. but tired of oil and gas for every day use
  14. I replied to this before I saw Teletech's post but yeah, this article is pretty full of holes. I wouldn't be one bit surprised if A lot of this stuff is put out by the Petroleum industry. I also don't believe they will ban petrol , but it could become harder to get. The market will drive it, if 9 out of 10 cars drive by the station what's to keep that business open? Only so many sodas and bags of pretzels you can sell in a day, and people only buy those after they stopped for fuel they certainly don't. A 30 amp outlet is standard, it can accept a 75amp for the "super charge " feature which rams the battery full in 2 or 3 hours. I don't think many buyers opt for this feature simply because the cost of running 75 amp to a garage would be tremendous, I don't know about over there, but any new home here is now built with central heating and air conditioning, 150 to 200 amps is standard . You could plug in 2 Teslas into dual 30amp outlets in literally every house at night when there is excess charging capacity and it wouldn't make a dent in the power available I don't know why this is missed as it's an obvious point, but Ecars get charged at night. There is so much excess capacity at night that some Hydroelectric plants here use that power to pump water back upstream not sure what new car you can get over there for $15K, here even a new Fiat is $17K. The new Nissan Leaf is £21,680 for the 24kWh model. That's about $27,400. , same as any new mid size sedan. goes 245 miles on a charge too :red: absolutely true Tony, making any new vehicle consumes an absurb amount of energy. I read a figure somewhere that if your going from a typical 25 to 30mpg gallon sedan to an EV, you would need ot drive the EV something like a million miles before the energy savings balance out. The most environmentally friendly thing you can do is keep an old car on the road, simple as that. Generation is also a problem, wind doesn't blow much at night and the sun certainly doesn't shine. But if we can generate clean during the day and only use fossil at night, that would be a good change no? don't worry, there are and will be plenty of things that will only work by burning fuel. Airplanes for instance, you will never get a 767 off the ground on electricity. International Ocean freight is probly another, oh and the most important one of all, no Main battle tank will ever charge into the fray on a battery :-D holy crap, they even took out the brake pedal http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/142169-new-nissan-leaf-unveiled-improved-design-more-power-and-235-mile-range
  15. good eye Simon, we know that train-loads of French and Czech vehicles were shipped East for Barbarosa, not hard to imagine Scammells from Dunkirk going along. I read a figure of 65,000 vehicles abandoned by BEF (Book: British Military Trucks in Wehrmacht Service - Tankograd)