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About Jessie The Jeep

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  • Birthday January 1

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

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  1. My dad wouldn't have been born and my granddad would have been about 17 for the 1909 Bell Trophy, but I'm not sure what connections he would have had in Tyneside to put him into a shooting competition.
  2. I struggled to find any decent image of th RAF crest. That was all that was useable. Don't know about the Wellys. EDIT - Had another search for RAF crests today and still can't find anything suitable.
  3. Next trip to my dad's house in Beverley, I need to bring the Typewriter home to make some headings for each section of the album.
  4. As can be seen in the Sunderland Flying Boat image, each corner has two little flaps which made an ideal pocket to catch the edge of the corners on the opposite page. There was only one solution, a little PVA glue under each one. 150 photos, 600 corners, 1200 little paper flaps to lift and glue down!! A little cross eyed, I finished them last night. I also unbound the album, and added a little PVA glue along the edges of the pages at the binding end, hopefully preventing the pages fanning. It was all tied back together this afternoon and I'm very pleased with the finished result.
  5. December 8th - RAF Photo Album Update I Finally finished assembling my RAF photo album, but it took quite a while longer than expected! Each page has three photos with traditional photo corners, although I added some glue to the backs of the photos. However, because of the way the album is bound, the pages could slide over each other a little, like an old fashioned fan opening. This caused the photo corners to tangle up with each other!
  6. Can anyone tell me anything about this coin/medal? I found it while clearing out my dad's house. One side has "The Bell Medal" while the other reads "Presented by The Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs" No idea about its age or where it came from. EDIT - I found this on a collectors website "Presented by The Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs. This is the term they used for small bore rifles. The first medals specific to competitions appeared in 1907, 1908 and 1909 for the Queen Alexandra Cup, in 1909 for the Bell Trophy and Dewar International Match, and in 1911 for the Daily Express Competition. Attractive Award medal. "
  7. We were now into mid June with six events and several airfield visits undertaken. The Tanfield Railway Steam Gala was a week after Northallerton. We took my daughter's "My Little Pony" model railroad on day one and the Jeeps on day two. Barnard Castle was another week on and a trip out for the Dodge again. One more week took us to Bowes Railway and Springwell Village 1940's weekend. The first weekend in July saw a new local event at Aln Valley Railway. We then had a weekend off prior to the Breighton Airfield Summer Fly-In. The event at Croft Circuit in August, was the last one after a ten year run. Ten days later I was at a photoshoot to raise awareness of a WW2 site at Boldon, that locals want to restore as a museum. Both Jeeps were at Beamish for their four day 1940's event at the end of August. Another new event was a 1940's day at Sandtoft airfield in Lincolnshire in mid September. My last public event as at Tanfield Railway again, this time for their 1940's weekend in September. Our last event in October, was more of a private display, visiting Blackfell school again.
  8. As in previous years, I've made a picture summary of this year's season in my MV's. It's been a very busy year, attending 17 public events and had 5 other outings, photoshoots and historic sites, split between my three vehicles. This year, I've dropped the colour pictures in favour of a vintage photo album look. We started out at the beginning of February, playing out in the snow. I missed the York Crank up due to illness, so my first event was in late April, at the Heugh Battery in Hartlepool. Next was Durham City 1940's Day in May. "Against the Odds" was the following week at the Yorkshire Air Museum. Another week on was "Blyth Battery Goes to War." To finish the non-stop events of May was the "Lanc, Tank & Military Machines" at East kirkby airfield. From there we continued South to Suffolk, staying with Clive Stevens for a few days. "Jessie" was in good company. We did a bit of airfield touring. The 95th Bomb Group airfield, Horham was one of those near by. I visited one of my old R/C B-17's which has been living at the 100th Bomb Group Museum at Thorpe Abbotts for 24 years now. We made it back home during the first week of June, in time for the Northallerton 1940's day. See the next post for part 2........
  9. The album has 48 sides, so having three photos per page gave almost 150 photos to cover various aspects of the RAF. I've gone for a 5 x 3 inch main picture, with a 3 x 2 and a 2 x 2 inch below. Looking through my dad's old merchant navy albums, many of the pictures are similar sizes and I recall him saying that larger prints cost a lot more to print! I've split the photos into a number of categories covering Bomber Command, Fighter Command, Coastal Command, Air and Ground Crews, Armourers, Vehicles, Crash and Battle Damage and 100 Group's Electronic Counter Measures and Clandestine Operations. The photos are currently being printed and should arrive in a few days. The last picture gives an example of a typical page but I'll add a heading to start each new section of RAF activity.
  10. November 24th - RAF Photo Album I've already got a US Army Air Force photo album, full of pictures from the 100th Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force. I decided that I could do with an RAF album for when 'Hope' is in RAF markings, to go along with the other photographic display items. I found an vintage looking album on Ebay and some paper photo corners. Since the album is quite small, I had to size the pictures fairly small to give a reasonable selection.
  11. Blackfell Primary School World War 2 Day - October 22nd In late October, we took both Jeeps to Blackfell Primary school for our annual Year 6 WW2 history day. Due to several factors, it was about a month later than normal and was very cold. It was just my two Jeeps there this year and several talks and demonstrations across the day. That was my last event of the 2019 season. There's always tinkering to do over the winter and I've just ordered some Ford and Willys filter decals to go on both Jeeps at some point too.
  12. Once home, Hope was covered in mud and grass cuttings from the field, so I got the hose out for a wash down before putting both Jeeps away again. It had been another great visit and I'm fairly sure everyone enjoyed the day. I'm pretty sure this was my last event of the 2019 season.
  13. When John finished, he fielded a number of questions from the class for probably around another fifteen minutes. By this time we were half way through the afternoon, so we dressed up Miss Dodds in all my flying kit to give her and the class an appreciation of its weight, bulk and the effort needed to work wearing all of this. From there, we spent the rest of the afternoon looking at the Jeeps outside, with the kids getting in a few at a time for class photos. I took Hope onto the field for a quick drive around to show them the Jeep in action, up and down the small hill between the two school fields, and leaving tram lines all over in the wet, soft grass! We returned to the the class for the last fifteen minutes and I fielded a number of general questions about World War 2 to finish the day.
  14. I had planned to have a talk about the German forces, but the guy had to drop out due to illness. Instead I did my 8th Air Force talk which I had prepared from previous years. This took us through to lunch. After lunch, John talked about ARP duties, evacuees, the home front, rationing, gas masks and the black out etc.
  15. Since Tanfield, Jessie has taken possession of the new light coloured canvas roof as it seems to go better with the light olive of the bodywork. I'll leave the darker original roof canvas with Hope. Still wearing the Red Cross markings, this time Jessie was also wearing the RAF markings on the side, back and front bumper, giving yet another slight variation in the look of the vehicle. Paul began the morning talks about the British airborne forces, taking the kids through the personal and field kit, before moving on to the weapons such as the Thompson, Sten and Bren guns. We finished off opening out a parachute which pretty much filled the school hall. That took us to morning break.
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