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  1. Just for completeness .... 6 years on and eventually I purchased the Ferret in question. It still had the GPMG mount installed and and no gun. I managed to acquire an approximation of an L37 ..... it is a basic steel replica. Not perfect, but at a good secondhand price, so can't grumble. I did pass up a deact L37 at quite a reasonable price, which I am kicking myself about now. I'm now working on converting the replica to oxy/gas operation.
  2. Just to further complicate an already fuzzy area..... If driving in an arena ..... an area where the public are excluded ........ the RTA does not apply..... thats kind of fairly clear...... You may or may not be insured at that point ........ I have investigated a number of military insurance policies and more than one of the popular brokers is selling this policy. It is underwritten by Lloyds too!! But specifically EXCLUDES arena events. Any arena, any parade, however tame..... excluded.... no insurance. Have a prang with another vehicle and you are not covered. No fully comp... no third party...... if it caught fire and burned to the ground..... tough..... excluded!!! Strangely this is not mentioned in their Policy Document..... Sadly, until you need to claim.... you don't know......
  3. That's brilliant, thank you. I did a search, but obviously not well enough..... Just for the record...... the shortest poles go from the ridge to the corners and the long poles join together to form the side rails.
  4. Hey, probably a stupid question but.... I've just bought a 9x9 tent and before I try to put it up and look a total numpty.... Which poles go where?? I understand there are long poles and short poles...... which are which?? Cheers Dean
  5. I've been told that putties went out as boots went from 8 hole to 10 hole??? I'm aiming for late 80's, so longer boots, no putties..... would trouser twists be in use, or just trousers folded into boot tops??
  6. Hi, Dean here....... new to military vehicle ownership. Just bought myself a nice Ferret. But alternative vehicles are not a new thing to me..... My Dad has always owned a steam roller all my life, so I'm familiar with the rally scene and to some extent the engineering background. As a teenager I rebuilt 1950's cyclemotors and used them as daily transport.... 280 mpg.... even more when they broke down and had to be pushed home. I have had various classic cars over the years, mainly Triumph. Herald, Spitfire, GT6, 2500....... In various states of repair.... barn find to concourse winners. I also enjoy wasting time and money on my boat..... a classic 1970's twin diesel sea-going cruiser. Say Hi, if you chance on me at a show.... hope to be at Wickstead and War and Peace..... if I can work out how to get the beast there. Stop by for a brew or a beer.
  7. Absolutely spot on information... many thanks...
  8. Hi, Dean AKA G7PFN here..... not really done much with my ticket in recent years.... Just acquired a Ferret and intend to put a 353 in it as soon as funds recover. It currently has a Clansman intercom system so will integrate well. My be tempted on to the 4 and 6 meter bands then!!!
  9. Forgive me if this sounds like a noob question... cause it is!! I have recently acquired a Ferret that spent most of its days with the BAOR. It is painted, quite accurately, in it's 1980's colours when it was with 12 Field Royal Engineers (Nova Scotia). I would like to collect together the correct uniform of the period. But don't know exactly what I am looking for.... photos of the period show a variety of combinations. As I understand it so far:- Dark navy beret with RE badge. Operational Wear Green T-Shirt. DPM Jungle Shirt??? With 4 hole stitched buttons not webbing. DPM Combat Jacket With 4 hole stitched buttons not webbing. Either DPM Combat trousers OR Plain green trousers???? (Lightweights?) 10 hole boots Barrack Dress Green shirt Woolly pully Not sure about the trousers..... No2 or Lightweights?? Boots. Stable belt or Webbing??? Would rank insignia have been slides on shoulder epaulettes, any stripes on arms??? How much of that is correct????? Would there have been a cold weather option for head gear or gloves? Would a reconnaissancedriver in a Ferret have worn webbing???? Or just used the pouches as storage? Tear me apart..... but be gentle...
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