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  1. 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.
  2. No, haven't been asked to go to the Victory show I am afraid.
  3. I thought it was never left alone to be honest so there should have been someone about, pity you missed us!
  4. Yes, I have agreed to go to the Overlord Show. You going?
  5. 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)
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. Hi Bob. Would the 434 owner be interested in a straight swap for my FV438?
  11. "Donated" is not an accurate word!! I borrowed one from a diver in 1987 to act as a master for me to cast a copy from and my tank has been using this copy ever since. A different one of the recovered propellers was offered for sale recently by the son of the late diver who found it in the 1970s. My bank account balance confirms it was not "donated" but purchased. I did agonise somewhat about whether I should buy it (grave robbing etc) but finally decided that as it had already been recovered, it was better in my possession where the memories will be preserved rather than as a shiny object on someone's wall. 6 tanks were sunk at Studland and a 7th was abandoned when it became lodged on the training bank. This tank later floated off and was sunk by the Navy to prevent the secret getting out. All 7 were blown up in 1988 by the Royal Navy because live, fused 75mm HE rounds were being brought up and sold by divers. All DD Valentines are of riveted construction and the charges very largely blew most of them into individual plates although the last 2 received smaller charges and both only had their turrets blown off. One turret landed back in place (almost!) and one landed upside down alongside. Six men drowned, only one body was ever recovered and identified but human remains have never been found in any hulls so they are not technically war graves Due to the damage and corrosion, whole recovery would be almost impossible and any attempt at restoration would be almost akin to complete recreation with just a few original parts..
  12. There are four altogether. The rear two are the same (thin) ones on both the MkII and MkIII. Sorry, no idea about the MkI. The MkIi had thin front two and the MkIII used the weight saved by not having an armoured roof by just about doubling the thickness of the front two to increase mine protection for the crew. A bit later, MkII vehicles lost the armoured roof and at least some were then fitted with surplus/salvaged MkIII thicker ones. In any case, they are a pain in the ass getting in the way of maintence so I leave mine off all the time
  13. I have a couple. I think I have an aluminium and also a bronze one. Both are stamped with vehicle info on scrapped vehicles. PM me, mentioning how many "monies" may be on offer? Cheers.
  14. Anyone know who is running it? John Allison is listed but contact address seems to be Rex's old address............
  15. I am similarly in need of this item. I have even resorted to trying to make a case to go around broken Bakelite pieces recovered from a wreck. A complete one or any parts would be welcome. I have drawings and pics to help anyone else to make a copy but it is a nightmare, even with some internal parts. Cheers
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