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    Armour in Germany and the Law

    On another forum, someone asked a question regarding a proposed new German law regrading owning of armoured vehicles. This was the reply from a German forum member. "It is a new regulation with the War Weapon Control Law (Kriegswaffen Kontrollgesetz) It started in September 2018 and is active. If you have a motor vehicle, that is armored and fell under the war weapon law, you have to register it and ask for permission to own it. No matter it is deactivated cut armor, or not in driving condition. You are not allowed to drive it or export it. Only on your own property. Storage is only allowed when you have a fence or a closed building around it. You are not allowed to let children under 18 acces to the vehicle. Every Armored vehicle, that is closed around the driver, and on the top of the driver fell under the war weapon law. If the police can simply shoot on the driver with normal ammunition, it is not under the law. Battle Tanks and Armored Self Propelled Howitzers are completly forbidden, you have to fill concrete into the engine compartment if you want to keep the. No driving allowed at all." I wonder how long it will be before it is law in the whole EU. Jon
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    British Army Robot Wars

    All of which would be totally useless as if there were a major conflict conscription would be introduced. According to CMV this month, in 2018 there was a joint exercise between the Russians and the Chinese forces in Siberia and Mongolia, taking part were 300,000 troops, 36,000 tanks and 1000 aircraft. You cant honestly think, that apart from the nuclear option, there is any chance of those pathetic remote controlled tanks, that would be made hacked and made inoperable anyway or costly technology that we cant afford, can have any chance of success. When it comes to war, a great general once said that God sides with “whichever side has the biggest battalions”.
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    Morris C8 gs data plates

    Its a long shot but would it possible for someone who owns a Morris c8 gs 1944, to take a picture of the small brass data plates on the engine cover in the cab. I need the wording and the overall size of each, please. Thanks, Jonathan
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    Armour in Germany and the Law

    As I said, just about everything worth collecting. I wonder what they are offering in compensation to the owners of any of the above, if they are now forced to dispose of their collections. I don't know how true this is but it would appear that the German government is also trying to introduce a law "to make criticising the government on such things as immigration policy a criminal offence". Orwell was right, just out by a few decades!
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    42 GMC cckw

    In that case, when I finish my Bedford QL portee, will I be legally allowed to drive it MOT exempt with the 6pdr on the back cargo bed or will the 6pdr have to be physically bolted to the cargo bed, therefore becoming a fixed part of the lorry. Jon
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    Armour in Germany and the Law

    Some one kindly sent me a link its all in German which I cant understand. if you scroll down about half way there is a list of forbidden items. I have google translated bits and it would seem that everything worth having is banned but you are allowed to breath. https://www.bgbl.de/xaver/bgbl/start..._1547491088119 §4 Verbote (1) Kindem und Jugendlichen ist der Umgang mit unbrauchbar gemachten Kriegswaffen verboten. (2) Der Umgang mit einer fahrfähigen unbrauchbar gemachten Kriegswaffe der Nummer 24 der Kriegswaffenliste oder mit einer fahrfähigen unbrauchbar gemachten Panzerhaubitze der Nummer 31 der Kriegswaffenliste ist verboten. (3) Es ist verboten, 1. eine unbrauchbar gemachte Kriegswaffe der Nummern 29, 30, 37 oder 46 der Kriegswaffenliste für Dritte erkennbar zu führen oder 2. mit einer fahrfähigen unbrauchbar gemachten Kriegswaffe der Nummern 25 bis 28, 31 - ausgenommen fahrfähige unbrauchbar gemachte Panzerhaubitzen -und 33 der Kriegswaffenliste umzugehen. Satz 1 Nummer 1 gilt nicht für die Verwendung bei Filmoder Fernsehaufnahmen oder Theateraufführungen. (4) Die zuständige Behörde kann im Einzelfall eine Ausnahme von den Verboten der Absätze 1 bis 3 genehmigen, wenn besondere Gründe vor1iegen und öffentliche Interessen nicht entgegenstehen. These are the now forbidden items: Quote: IV. Kampffahrzeuge 24.Kampfpanzer 25.sonstige gepanzerte Kampffahrzeuge einschließlich der gepanzerten kampfunterstützenden Fahrzeuge 26.Spezialfahrzeuge aller Art, die ausschließlich für den Einsatz der Waffen der Nummern 1 bis 6 entwickelt sind 27.Fahrgestelle für die Waffen der Nummern 24 und 25 28.Türme für Kampfpanzer V. Rohrwaffen 29.a)Maschinengewehre, ausgenommen solche mit Wasserkühlung, b)Maschinenpistolen, ausgenommen solche, die als Modell vor dem 2. September 1945 bei einer militärischen Streitkraft eingeführt worden sind, c)vollautomatische Gewehre, ausgenommen solche, die als Modell vor dem 2. September 1945 bei einer militärischen Streitkraft eingeführt worden sind, d)halbautomatische Gewehre mit Ausnahme derjenigen, die als Modell vor dem 2. September 1945 bei einer militärischen Streitkraft eingeführt worden sind, und der Jagd- und Sportgewehre 30.Granatmaschinenwaffen, Granatgewehre, Granatpistolen 31.Kanonen, Haubitzen, Mörser jeder Art 32.Maschinenkanonen 33.gepanzerte Selbstfahrlafetten für die Waffen der Nummern 31 und 32 34.Rohre für die Waffen der Nummern 29, 31 und 32 35.Verschlüsse für die Waffen der Nummern 29, 31 und 32 36.Trommeln für Maschinenkanonen VI.Leichte Panzerabwehrwaffen, Flammenwerfer, Minenleg- und Minenwurfsysteme 37.rückstoßarme, ungelenkte, tragbare Panzerabwehrwaffen 38.Flammenwerfer 39.Minenleg- und Minenwurfsysteme für Landminen VII. Torpedos, Minen, Bomben, eigenständige Munition 40.Torpedos 41.Torpedos ohne Gefechtskopf (Sprengstoffteil) 42.Rumpftorpedos (Torpedos ohne Gefechtskopf - Sprengstoffteil - und ohne Zielsuchkopf) 43.Minen aller Art 44.Bomben aller Art einschließlich der Wasserbomben 45.Handflammpatronen 46.Handgranaten 47.Pioniersprengkörper, Hohl- und Haftladungen sowie sprengtechnische Minenräummittel 48.Sprengladungen für die Waffen der Nummer 43
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    Armour in Germany and the Law

    I am quite surprised at the lack of interest in this subject as it will have major repercussions for our hobby and there must be quite a few people who would be financially affected if it were to become law in the UK. Maybe the subject title doesn't appear relevant enough to the UK. Jon
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    Armour in Germany and the Law

    I don't know if this is true but someone has just posted that it is already proposed as a EU wide law. How scary is that. Jon
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    Armour in Germany and the Law

    But will it make any difference, as I understand it, with the current deal we will have to abide by EU law and look what has happened with the deactivated gun laws. The future doesn't look too bright. Jon
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    morris C8

    I will try and do something Marc but I am not quite sure how. I suppose I could cine the visuals and then tape the sound using my real to real, try to match the two then workout how to digitise it all. I haven't mentioned the state of the cooling system, it was full and I am not exaggerating, of rust and general crap, the steel pipe work looked fine until I tried clean them up and as you can see from the picture the only option was to make new ones. It took hours to clean it all out. I think I have at last fabricated the last two components, I couldn't really save much of the original parts, only the catch and clasp and the spare wheel bracket. Onwards forwards and backwards, Jon
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    morris C8

    I am just in the process of getting my next project ready to go in the workshop, so I thought that I would share some pictures before it is stripped down. I have had it for a couple of years but needed to get the HUP finished first and now seems about the right time to get the project started. Its a 1944 but with a steel rear body. At some time the rear body has been chopped and someone has repaired it and added a new floor. The engine is seized solid but its still a wonderful old vehicle and compared to the HUP, very complete. Jon
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    British Army Robot Wars

    Until the ammo runs out and who will pay for the robots when cannon fodder is readily available at very little cost and as in life, eventually he who has the most toys dies. In ww2 the Germans had the most advanced conventional toys but the Russians had the most tanks and lots of human fodder that they didn't mind expending. Technology is all well and good and exciting but costs, I wonder how many T72 you could buy for 1 challenger.
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    British Army Robot Wars

    God help us if there was ever a war, the MOD wastes money like water. In a major war the army with biggest battalions and most tanks will win.
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    morris C8

    I am glad to report that after a frustrating day chasing different problems, the old girl coughed back into life at 7:30pm. She sounds lovely and quite and the oil pressure is perfect. Jon
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    Mystery Krupp ((?) vehicle

    It doesn't look German to me, more like a modified Citroen. Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    To be honest I didn't know where to post this so.... It started with a conversation regarding me making a tank, well I cant afford to buy one, so making would be the only way that I would get one. I have always fancied a Panzer and the thought was to build a wooden turret for displays but the plan went wrong. At a show I bought a magazine for a KWK30 2cm cannon and the die was cast, a Panzer 2. First I collected all the relevant information, sizes, pictures etc. and then my imagination got the better of me. Why not build one out of metal and then, if I got round to it, it could go on a chassis. So metal it was but what about the observation hatches, surly they would have to open and how does that mechanism work and what to sit on in the turret, and how are the guns held in place........................you get the idea. Anyway I hope that you like it so far. Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    The two engines, Russian and British, failed for the same reason, lack of adequate air filtration. In both cases it would appear it was either because the filtration wasn't good enough, the connection pipes weren't long enough or because of the incorrect use and adjustment of the pipe connection retainers, they weren't doing the jubilee clips up properly. Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    The report states that for the first 900 miles the ground was very wet and heavy and there after dry and dusty. The amazing part is that the engines only lasted for an average of 1734 miles. Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    I Have to confess, being the sad individual I am, I enjoy reading technical books and I have especially enjoyed the series by P.M.Knight. Anyway I digress, This is just for reference, I had to skip through the four books I have to find it, I knew which ever book I started with, it would be in the last one. Page 137 in his A15 Cruiser book. Taken from field trial report FT911 14th August 1943. "The TD507 Malleable cast iron (MCI) tracks achieved their expected average life of 1500" (miles). I not suggesting anything, just that they had a degree of success with that grade of cast iron and the steel tracks only seem to have lasted for the same mileage. Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    Happy Christmas to all!!!!! Thanks for the ideas, reply's, in the end they will be cast steel, whether new or original I don't know, where from, I have no idea but that's for next year. Thanks for the idea and offer Highland Laddie but I must confess, I have never understood the concept, maybe I am old fashioned or stupid. The project will, I am determined, get finished, as long as I don't suffer a serious bout of death. When? when it does, I am in no hurry. Every little component or assembly takes time, especially as there are no drawings. Part of the problem is determining how an assembly actually works so that it can be replicated and as I don't have the opportunity of stripping these assemblies down or x ray eyes, it takes some time to construct something that will actually work and that's before I start making the assembly. Sometimes I find a picture / drawing, in my dreams. Have a good one, Jon
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    8 Cylinder Torpedo Engine - Restoration

    Fantastic topic, I have learnt something new today and I look forward to following the restoration. Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    Match, Thanks for the link, after Christmas I will make some phone calls. Highland Laddie, I assume that you are Scottish, well the scots are renowned for being, lets say prudent with their money, so am I, in fact I haven't got any. I am not going to spend a fortune on it, that's the whole point of the exercise. My time costs me nothing, the most expensive item so far is the steering box and I will do my best to ensure that I stick to that principle. I have a track link, a little bent but straight ones are readily available. Thanks for the ideas so far my minds racing I keep coming up with ideas then finding reasons why I can't use them. Having read the black knight series of very good books, on the development of several ww2 tanks, I see that every manufacturing option was explored, including malleable cast iron and fabricated links and its the fabricated option that keeps me awake. They didn't last long, I will have to find the information again, but they did last and if they are fabricated in the correct way, with enough strength built in.... We are not talking about a 30 ton monster, and we are not talking about racing around at 30mph, 5mph would be fast enough time to sleep on it again.
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    Panzer 2 turret

    Thanks for the lead, I will follow it up. I know all about the costs of dies for aluminium die casting as I was a development engineer in a foundry for 13 years. Being cast iron, these would be sand castings with the relevant finish machining, its just a shame that so much of the British casting industry has gone. In actual fact, a thought has just passed into my tiny brain...……... Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    BRDM, where did you go to get yours cast, any information on the company would be appreciated. David, you are of course correct, much the same principle as the lost foam process and I would agree that no one is going to tool up for that process for 230 links. I am coming to, I my opinion, the 4 most expensive parts of the project, the tracks, having the polyurathane applied to the wheels, the springs and the final drives. The springs, I think I have a plan for, the rest is some time off but I need to start considering my options and I can do that as i finish the Morris. The finished article, well almost. I have still got to make the end cap and the oil seal retainer for the rear of the bearing housing.
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    morris C8

    That's one of my worries Marc but in reality they aren't as far forward as they look. According to the maintenance manual the H/T leads should have a 15000 ohm inline resistor between the end of the H/T lead and the top of the spark plug, does anyone have any ideas where one might acquire some.
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