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About Jessie The Jeep

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    100th Bomb Group HQ
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    Aviation, MV's, Photography, Model Railroading, Astronomy - oh, and I don't do 'friends lists'!
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    Model Maker
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    http://www.sacarr.co.uk

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  1. Jessie The Jeep

    My Flying Control Jeep

    Shortly after these pictures were taken, the speaker and mount were removed to give the mount a couple of coats of varnish to seal the wood. It will be refitted later once it has had time to fully cure.
  2. Jessie The Jeep

    My Flying Control Jeep

    The 1/8 inch plywood is a sung fit between the radio and the washers, so it shouldn't vibrate loose. With a good fit confirmed, the side of the Jeep was refitted. The speaker only covers a small part of the rear window and doesn't block the view of other traffic.
  3. Jessie The Jeep

    My Flying Control Jeep

    Here you can see the slots in the mount prior to sliding it down into place. The next picture shows the speaker mount and speaker in their fitted positions.
  4. Jessie The Jeep

    My Flying Control Jeep

    October 4th - Speaker Mount A 1/8 inch plywood mount was made along the lines of those fitted in B-17's. So that I could still access the inside of the dummy radio, it was to be removable if needed. Three bolts were fitted into the back of the radio, with a nut and washer tightened on the outside. On top of those was another nut with a large washer soldered onto it. The first nut and small washer, spaced the larger washer away from the radio back, allowing the speaker mount to slot down into position.
  5. Jessie The Jeep

    My Flying Control Jeep

    I haven't finalised the mount and position in the Jeep yet. It needs to be removable to allow the dummy radio to tip open to access the storage below it and the rear Jeep locker. I think I'll make some wooden trays like in the Dodge, which will slot onto the Jeep side panel, but lift off again when needed. I'm very pleased with the look of the completed speaker.
  6. Jessie The Jeep

    My Flying Control Jeep

    A small aluminium plate was cut for the data plate and a waterslide decal made with the data on. this was screwed in place with some tiny screws. The whole speaker was then given a sprayed satin clear coat.
  7. Jessie The Jeep

    My Flying Control Jeep

    Lots of cellulose high build primer was applied to fill the grain on the rest of the box and an aluminium lid made. Once all sanded, filled and sanded again and it was all smooth, it was given a sprayed coat of hammer finish hammerite. The front was drilled for some screws, which on the real speaker hold the speaker to the front panel and the front onto the case.
  8. Jessie The Jeep

    My Flying Control Jeep

    October 3rd - Signal Corps Speaker In the Dodge, I have an original Signal Corps speaker connected to an amplifier and MP3 player. This plays air traffic conversations to bring the non-functioning radios to life. I wanted something similar in the Jeep, but without the big car battery and amplifier needed for the large original speaker. For the Jeep, I decided to make a dummy speaker in which I could hide a small amplified speaker and MP3 player. So off I went to the scrap wood box to have a dig around and see what would be useful. I found some 9mm MDF and 6mm ply, plus some aluminium sheet and steel perforated sheet. The box went together fairly quickly with a large circular hole in the front. The steel mesh was epoxied to the inside of the hole. The aluminium sheet was slit with a cutting disc in three places, to allow the louvres to be pressed in. This was then epoxied to the front of the box.
  9. Jessie The Jeep

    My Flying Control Jeep

    A week after the Breighton weekend, I had a school visit followed by the Tanfield Railway 1940's Weekend. We had four vehicles at the school for the Year 6 history lesson, three of which are seen here. Both our Jeeps went to Tanfield. This was probably our last event for 2018. It's been a great season. We've taken the vehicles to seventeen events starting in April with the Yorkshire MVT Crank Up, clocking up a little over 1500 miles total for the year, divided between the three vehicles.
  10. Jessie The Jeep

    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    This was probably our last event for 2018. It's been a great season, helped by the good Summer weather, although a few shows have seen rain for part of the day. We've taken the vehicles to seventeen events starting in April with the Yorkshire MVT Crank Up. "Jessie" has clocked up 1126 miles so far this year, "Hope" has 234 miles, while "Faith" the Dodge has only done 172 miles, making it just over 1500 total for the year.
  11. Jessie The Jeep

    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    Little legs had plenty of friends to play with during the weekend and they were all dressed as evacuees. Tea parties, playing conkers, blackberry picking and riding the train were amongst the activities that kept them all busy for two days.
  12. Jessie The Jeep

    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    After one performance at Andrews House station, I asked the "Seatones" to join me at the Jeep for a brief photoshoot. A couple of those photos can be seen below. There was also a rather interesting 1939 folding caravan on display in the show field above Marley Hill yard. It never went into production due to the outbreak of WW2.
  13. Jessie The Jeep

    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    There were a number of military vehicles there on Saturday, along with many re-enactors and some dioramas, but on Sunday, it was only our two Jeeps and a couple of civilian vintage cars. Another Jeep turned up briefly, then vanished again a little while later. The railway didn't want to invest too much into the first event after such a long break, so were only running one locomotive, but since the event went so well, with the car park full both days, they hope to run two trains next year. The dioramas and displays were spread around the site, with some in the Marley Hill carriage sheds, on the show field and at the stations. This one was at Andrews House station.
  14. Jessie The Jeep

    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    The school visit was just the first of three days out with the vehicles. Next was Tanfield Railway. Tanfield Railway 1940's Weekend - Sept 22nd & 23rd After a 12 year break, the 1940's Weekend returned to Tanfield Railway!! It was great to have the event reinstated again. It was only our fourth event in 2005 when we got our first Jeep. Here's a picture from that show where I also had my R/C B-17 on display.. Despite the odd shower, it was a great weekend with musical entertainment in Marley Hill carriage shed, Andrews House station and East Tanfield station. The MV's were parked on the field above Marley Hill yard, along with the field kitchen and a few dioramas.
  15. Jessie The Jeep

    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    After lunch, we headed back to the field and John the Kubelwagon owner, gave a talk of some of his German kit. Miss Dodds, the class teacher, had a go driving my GPW around the field next before we headed back to the classroom. Because the various talks had gone on longer than anticipated, I shuffled things around and did a talk and practical about messages, codes, semaphore and Morse code. This took us to the end of the day. When school finished, two other teachers wanted Jeep rides, one of whom also had a go driving. The rain kept away apart from one brief sprinkle and I think we all came away having learned something new. It was a fantastic day enjoyed by us all.
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