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  1. I am pleased I bought my copies years ago - as I recall I paid exactly 1/20 of current values, £10 or £15 each. (Did you realise that at least some of the extra papers with the Mk III book relate to the 17pdr SP, the Archer?) You don't have either a Mk IV or a mk VI/VII Valentine parts list do you? These are the only ones I am short of for the full set.
  2. Here goes! Imperial (feet, inches) of course.
  3. I think I have tracked down the info you need. I will (try) post later.
  4. When the virus is over, the Bovington Tank Museum Archives have full documentation and can supply photocopies. What are you looking for specifically?
  5. I have just bought and collected the Stalwart. Big job!!
  6. I know this may sound a bit odd but I usually work the other way round; show organisers tend to contact me and ask me to attend their show. I can't manage all requests maybe due to time or maybe travel costs but I try to agree to attend as many as I can (it is only a hobby after all!) It is very rare that I am actually looking around for a show to attend so if I haven't been asked then the question as to whether I intended to go or not doesn't arise. I have to say that I thought the Victory Show was an absolute cracker, pity it rained so much when I was there.
  7. No, haven't been asked to go to the Victory show I am afraid.
  8. I thought it was never left alone to be honest so there should have been someone about, pity you missed us!
  9. Yes, I have agreed to go to the Overlord Show. You going?
  10. Yes, that is what I was referring to. "Land" tanks are sometimes told to go for a specific distance on a particular compass bearing so to ensure accuracy, the turret is put into the straight ahead position and the compass adjusted for maximum accuracy but this is not the case with Valentine DD tanks. Their operational orders would be to attack a particular bunker etc, probably in view. The approach swim however was always done on a compass bearing and while swimming, the Valentine DD would have its turret reversed, hence my suggestion that the compass would be adjusted with the turret reversed and a special tag issued to note that fact. The reason I queried rather than stated it is because my tank does not have such a tag although all the others seem to be present. (Sherman DD did not have this problem, they floated with turrets to the front)
  11. I have always wondered if the Valentine DD model had a similar tag but marked as "turret must be to the rear" so as to allow using the compass afloat?
  12. I have only just seen this query. I have had a dingo for nearly 30 years and can only agree that they are wonderful. They are simple to operate and maintain (compared to other ww2 armour!) but spares are no longer plentiful. Major problem in using them is the lack of tyres. They use solid 7:00 by 18s which are all but unavailable so you need to bear the tyre condition in mind when looking for one to buy and also consider seriously limiting the annual mileage driven.
  13. Only just found this thread. This Guy Quad Ant spent 36 years about 10 feet away from my Valentine DD tank as both were in the Ellard Collection from 1948 and were sold 10 July 1984.
  14. Not 100% sure that I am still alive but it seems probable. Change of phone lost my HMVF password but if you keep trying, you guess it eventually!
  15. Hi Bob. Would the 434 owner be interested in a straight swap for my FV438?
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