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Alex van de Wetering

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About Alex van de Wetering

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    Hoofddorp, The Netherlands
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    Industrial Product Designer

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  1. With all the political campaigning going on all the time, I wanted to attempt the same for the Wings and Wheels event in Belgium. I have been going there as a spectator for years, but over the past few years the number of vehicles coming from the other end of the channel has reduced...so here is an attempt to put the event back on the radar and hopefully get some more special MV's from the UK to the event....No, I am not in any way involved in the organisation of the event, I would just like to see some more vehicles from abroad. The Wings and Wheels event is held in Ursel, Belgium, about halfway between Gent and Brugge, and close to the Oostende ferry. The show is held on a former NATO airfield and it's a mix of Military vehicles, re-enactment, Militaria fair, but also classic cars and flypasts of planes. August 10 & 11 2019 For those interested....have a look here: http://wingsandwheels.be/nl/ https://www.facebook.com/WingsAndWheelsUrsel/ entering the event is pretty cheap and Belgian hospitality and beer is always good. So, If you are looking for a test-run for the XXXcorps event in September....this event is the show to do so! Alex
  2. Keep up the good work, Guy! It's not much, but I stumbled upon this IWM picture last night. IWM B 14960 source: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205196110 Alex
  3. Excellent progress again, Guys! Thanks for keeping us updated with all these recent jobs......very inspiring as usual. I love the work on the prop shaft. Did you line up the flanges on the ends by eye? It probably doesn't even matter if they are not "clocked" exactly the same, but it's probably is more satisfying if they are! regards, Alex
  4. Pete, Attached are two pics of another D15 GS with round roof hatch in Alkmaar, Holland, 8 may 1945 source:https://www.regionaalarchiefalkmaar.nl This could be another D15 in Canadian service, but you just can't be sure without seeing the AoS. The census number starts with "Z", not "CZ", but than again we have seen numurous pictures of Canadian vehicle census numbers lacking the "C". Alex
  5. Pete, Picture attached. Picture taken in Nijmegen, Holland, presumably first half of 1945 Source: http://www.noviomagus.nl Alex
  6. Pete, Good to see you started a blog for this one! I will certainly be following this thread as I have always had a soft spot for the Canadian Dodges. I think I have a picture of a D15 GS in Canadian service somewhere.....but indeed, that's the only I have found so far of a D15 in Canadian service. It seems the Canadian did use quite a few D60L GS trucks, as they do come up in pictures. Alex
  7. Could be a still from a Pathe movie, maybe? They do look a lot like LVT's though, not Neptunes like in the other pics of the breach. Alex
  8. Guy, excellent work, as usual. It's great to see the progress on the rear body. Here is another period picture, this time taken in Wormerveer, Netherlands 1945 source:https://beeldbankwo2.nl/nl/beelden/detail/265162b8-025a-11e7-904b-d89d6717b464/media/2cdc506f-7180-86fd-a1e2-6d33bfa3b8a0?mode=detail&view=horizontal&q=wormerveer&rows=1&page=1 Alex
  9. Two pictures from the web source: http://militarymashup.com/index.php?m0102003 The picture with the military Police one with the fancy two-tone (or even three?) paint job is taken in 1952. source: http://dodgewc.frbb.net/t4966p15-enfin Alex
  10. What an awesome find! Maybe rubbing it down with some "Julien" rust converter would help bring out the markings? Congratulations....a rare truck! regards, Alex
  11. Robert, Hmm...I certainly hope not. I asked the Dutch BKT importer at the time and they said there was no problem or risk in fitting tubes in a tubeless tyre. However they only had the 8ply tyres in stock....that's how I ended up at big tyres in the UK, as they did still had some 6 Ply tyres in stock. Here is the of BKT, which shows the load and speed rating of the Sand Star tyres. https://www.bkt-tires.com/en/pattern/sand-star You will note that they have them available as Tubeless and ones intended for use of a tube (TT). However, when I contacted them earlier this year they didn't have any 6PLY tyres in stock at the factory and they weren't planning on doing a new production run anytime soon....unless they would receive an order for at least 100 tyres. Maybe you are lucky and they have done a new run recently. Sadly, I wasn't able to find any tubes with a 90 degree valve....nor any 9.00x13 liners. I used tubes with a straight valve in stead and 15inch liners that were cut to suit. Alex
  12. Robert, I bought my tyres earlier this year from BIGTYRES in the UK (www.bigtyres.co.uk). They are BKT Sand Star 6 ply...and as far as I know they are the only brand and ply currently available that are not marked as implement. BKT also have a 8ply and 10 ply option, but these are implement. The tyres however are Tubeless, but I just fitted inner tubes. See, the thread on the MLU forum for more info:http://www.mapleleafup.net/forums/showthread.php?t=478 Alex
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