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Tony Lawrence

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About Tony Lawrence

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    Warrant Officer 1st Class
  • Birthday 09/26/1947

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    Surrey
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    Model shop owner (Dorking Models)

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  1. Tony Lawrence

    War & Peace Revival - 2018

    As most people will know, War & Peace evolved from the annual IMPS club show that was first at Tenterden and after a few years at the Whitbread Hop Farm. In 1994 it was renamed as Back from the Beaches, followed in 1995 by the Victory Show. We then came up with a new name for 1996 (courtesy of either Nigel Hay or Keith Palmar) of War & Peace. It was still the IMPS club show and our Events Secretary, one Rex Cadman really had the bit between his teeth and continued to try to enlarge the show. In this he was rather successful and by the late 1990's the show had grown to three days and then five days. It was then we (as the IMPS committee) decided the show was too big for an amateur group and Rex took over the show professionally. IMPS were paid a retainer and provided the core of the organising team but the responsibilities (and potential liabilities) were removed. IMPS members still retained the rights of a club show, namely free entry and it remained part of the club entity. The rest is history. This is the first year since the beginning of the show (35 years) that I have not brought a vehicle to W&P. I went as a MOP on Wednesday and to the IMPS evening on Thursday where many of us, old and new members reminisced. Even Rex was there, having had to pay £20 entry. Hopefully in the future things will get better.
  2. Tony Lawrence

    10cwt mortar trailer.

    Yes they did - possible mystery solved.
  3. Tony Lawrence

    10cwt mortar trailer.

    Deepcut have many of the key cards - go online and quote the X number or post war number and they will tell you if they have any info. If they have it will cost you £25 to get a copy .
  4. Tony Lawrence

    10cwt mortar trailer.

    The rope hooks on the corners of the chassis are also on the 4.2" mortar trailers, as well as the cleats on the woodwork so nothing unusual there.
  5. Tony Lawrence

    10cwt mortar trailer.

    Contract number is definitely correct for a GS No. 1 trailer. The chassis number is unusual ( A3253/879 ) as every chassis number I have seen have been OE ******. The data plate is also unusual in that all my Orme Evans (OEC) plates are stamped steel whereas this one appears to be cast brass. Also the X number does not appear to be in the sequences quoted in the 'B' vehicle WD numbers (Rob van Meel's reprint). Nothing like having a little mystery!
  6. Tony Lawrence

    10cwt mortar trailer.

    Could it not be Orme Evans - definitely wartime as it has an X number.
  7. Tony Lawrence

    Spotted today....

    Just seen going clockwise on the M25 near Cobham services, two Renault FT17 first war tanks on a low loader.
  8. Tony Lawrence

    REME Lightweight Electrical Repair trailer

    Two more unidentified tools (at least to me). It is good to find people interested as I seem to have zero interest at home (my wife doesn't understand me!)
  9. Tony Lawrence

    REME Lightweight Electrical Repair trailer

    All very well but when one does not know what they are to start with (and as you know I am a bear with little brain.....)
  10. Tony Lawrence

    REME Lightweight Electrical Repair trailer

    These are some other strange tools I have cleaned up, including some sort of puller with a WD arrow. These tools all came with the trailer - I do not know if they are part of the original fittings. Any ideas would be welcome.
  11. Tony Lawrence

    REME Lightweight Electrical Repair trailer

    The project is finally finished except for the tilt which I am having made but this will take several weeks. My son-in-law helped me put the valve grinder back on the trailer. It is so heavy that an engine hoist was employed. The still has been left as it was except for adding some lettering to the outside and renewing the instruction plate by scanning it into my computer and a friend photoshopping it to re-vitalise the peeling off paint. I then put a printout back over the original using Tackiback film so that I still have the original underneath. I have not taken this apart to renovate as there are asbestos panels surrounding the boiler. I nearly threw away the old padlocks but luckily I didn't as when cleaned up one proved to be an original with WD stamped on it. All the various tools that came with it are cleaned up and put back in except for the strange item in the photo - what is it? I am hoping to have it at Capel along with the welding trailer and possibly the 4.2" mortar trailer as well. I won't take the compressor trailer out until the engine is finally running.
  12. Tony Lawrence

    REME Lightweight Electrical Repair trailer

    With the advent of good weather the restoration has come on in leaps and bounds - photographs are the best to show progress. I have kept the original wood even though it is not in the best condition (but it is imperial measurements). One interesting thing is the use of Phillips screws. One or two could be put down to later replacements but the main box is completely constructed using these screws as are many of the other wood units (such as the rear tool drawer) and footman loops attached to wood. The other puzzle is the electrics. There is an obvious line of cable clips taking the main trailer cable to the rear of the trailer and a set of double size clips from the rear to the convoy light underneath. Logic says that the main cable goes to the rear and a small Lucas junction box fixed to a plate on the rear chassis member. From this a cable returns to the convoy light but why have a junction box. There is no apparent set of holes that would fit a rear light or trailer plug as on other trailers or any type of switch. All these parts are listed in the parts list for this type of trailer but there appears to be nowhere where they were fitted. Any ideas?
  13. Tony Lawrence

    Tony Lawrence

    Can anybody identify this light fitting - it looks like a motorcycle tail light or an instrument illuminating light. The characters on the side are FV14933 Dropbox.exe
  14. Tony Lawrence

    Other uses for tanks

    I came across this link on another forum but on this snowy day it made for some interest. http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=265109 I wonder how many are still around
  15. I would have thought this was an exercise behind the front line - nobody appears to be fitted out for combat. As this appears to be Sicily or Middle East it still does not answer the question about use in Northern Europe but whether the paras used them in Palestine after the war?
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