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  1. Jessie The Jeep

    My Flying Control Jeep

    Earlier this year, I started to change my Jeep more along the lines of a Flying Control vehicle. Lynne didn't want the whole vehicle checkered, so I started out with a warning checkered flag and Flying Control across the screen. This was seen on the 'Route To Victory' tour. In early August, after a bit of searching around, I picked up a second summer top for the Jeep for the bargain price of £20! That was painted checkered to help the overall impression, but Lynne still didn't want the Jeep to go checks. After joining a USAAF themed forum, someone posted some pictures of original Flying Control Jeeps, one of which shows a jeep with a checkered canvas, but the rest appears to have remained green. Now having seen an original like this, I felt happy to keep the bodywork of my Jeep green.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    We'll be heading back to Tanfield in September. After more than a decade, they are reinstating their 1940's weekend. That event was one of the first I attended with my Jeep back in 2005. Here's my B-17 Fortress and Jeep at the 2005 wartime weekend. One last look at the Marley Hill yard before I end this report. Next weekend is the Barnard Castle 40's weekend, but for that we are planning on taking the Dodge.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    Also on show at Marley Hill was Marley the pit pony. Marley pulled a 2 foot gauge coal wagon on several occasions across the day. We took a ride on the train, heading South through Causey Arch to East Tanfield. This was behind 'Austerity" class No.60. At East Tanfield, No.2 and "Sir Cecil. A Cochrane" were hooked up to the back of the train for the up hill journey to Andrews House. While stopped at Andrews House, the engines were swapped for No.3 "Twizell". We stayed on the train while the swapped happened before continuing North to Sunnyside. "Twizell" was run around the passing loop at Sunnyside to pull the train for the return trip back to Sunnyside.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    Here's some of the classic vehicles in the field next to Marley Hill. Several of the car owners had the polish out within seconds of parking up! Not something I've had to worry about with the Jeeps!! One unusual vehicle was a 2 foot gauge wagon, powered by a motorcycle. It is a reproduction based on a 1967 contraption built by volunteers working on the Festiniog Railway's deviation line.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    Many of the tracks in Marley Hill yard are full of rusting old locomotives, coaches and wagons. With time and money, many could be brought back to life, but due to the shear quantity of stock there, it could take many lifetimes! Andrews House station - the central and main station on the line.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    Tanfield Locomotives Sir Cecil. A Cochrane Keighley Corporation Gas Department No. 2 Joicey Collieries No. 3, Twizell Armstrong Whitworth diesel electric Reyrolles No. 2 ( on shunt release in Marley Hill yard ) National Coal Board, Backworth railway No. 49 ( on static display ) Sir Cecil. A Cochrane Joicey Collieries No. 3, Twizell Keighley Corporation Gas Department No. 2 At Marley Hill yard is a loco shed which is the oldest in the world still in use. The shed was built in 1854. There are various tools and machines along the inside and a forge at the far end. In the side buildings, along the North West wall, are machine shops for the manufacture and maintenance of locomotives. They include a huge lathe for turning the wheels and tyres on locomotive and wagon. National Coal Board, Backworth railway No. 49
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    A first for me this year was a look inside the Marley Hill storage shed. This has always been closed on previous visits, and I think is only open when staff are available. There are a number of projects in here including steam and diesel locos, wagons and coaches. While there was quite a lot in there, it is only a small selection of the rolling stock that is on site. The locos frequently changed duties across the day. Sometimes they were pulling passenger trains in addition to performing shunting demonstrations in Marley Hill yard. Every so often they stopped at Marley Hill or Andrews House to take on water and coal. The guest locos were No.60 'Austerity" class, a National Coal Board engine from Lambton Railway and No.15, a Central Electricity Generating Board loco from Dunston Power Station. No.60 'Austerity" class CEGB No.15
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    Tanfield Railway Steam Gala - June 17th Tanfield Railway - or waggonway as it was known at the time - was built in 1725. Its massive engineering was unlike anything else in its era. It was a triumph of engineering over nature, a clear signal that a new industrial age was upon the world, and that railways would play a massive part. It was first laid down more than a quarter of a century before the first railway officially sanctioned by government. This was over 75 years before the first steam locomotive and a whole 100 years earlier than the Stockton and Darlington Railway. Tanfield Railway is the world's oldest railway and will be the first railway to celebrate a tricentenary in 2025. We only had one Jeep at Tanfield this year. Daughter had a dancing practice late afternoon, for a performance at the Sunderland Empire in July, so Lynne brought a normal car to make a quick getaway. We arrived quite early in the Jeep, while the locos were still building up steam. The small diesel shunter was busy bringing the coaches out of the sheds to assemble the trains. As usual, the three Tanfield steam locos were joined by two guest steam engines for the event, all having connections to the local area and the coal industry. The pictures start with Andrews House Station, the central and main station on the line. "Jessie" was parked up on the hill top, overlooking the Marley hill yard. The other classic cars on show were also parked up on this field at the top of the bank down to the yard, loco and coach sheds.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    It was then that the heavy rain became torrential and my daughter and I ran for cover in the Jeep. The camera was struggling with the low light conditions at full zoom. The battle continued for a while but the rain was so heavy, and the crowds were all running away from the arena, the pyro guys just blew everything up and called the war won!! The soggy troops trudged back to their camps and a little while later the rain stopped and the sun came out. We went for one last wander around the site, and everywhere we went, re-enactors of all eras were hanging clothes out to dry on guy ropes and fences. We then packed up the Jeep flags and follow me sign and set off home, rather tired and needing a rest before the Tanfield Railway trip the next day.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    Late afternoon was time for the battle, and after some Russian troops went on patrol, the German forces began to marshal their troops. It was also around this time that the light rain started to get heavier. We watched from under umbrellas as the Germans battled the Russians and then the Allies started advancing across the field with the Chaffee tank and Jeeps. I filmed the Chaffee for a little while to catch it firing, and the fast frame rate of the video caught a nice sequence of the main gun firing.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    The North East Land Sea and Air Museum had their Morane Bullet replica on show too. It is now heading towards completion with the tail and one wing now covered in fabric. At 2:30pm, we took "Jessie" over next to the arena to form up for the convoy around the arena. The convoy started at 2:45pm and since we were at the front of the queue, we led the convoy around for four laps. Here's the view from "Jessie" prior to entering the arena.
  12. Jessie The Jeep

    My Flying Control Jeep

    It was moderately bright across the first half of the day, but quite windy, which pulled the temperature down. There were a few showers too, so I made the right choice not to camp, especially just for one night. There were quite a few German displays, all part of the Northern WW2 Association who also put on the main WW2 battle.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    "Frontline" Sedgefield - June 16th This was the third "Frontline" event at Sedgefield. My daughter and I were only going to attend on Saturday, but we did plan to camp over on Friday evening. However a wet forecast for Saturday changed my mind and I decided to just drive for the day and save having to pack away a wet canvas tent. As in past years, there were displays and re-enactors from many centuries. This year however, I didn't take as many pictures, and few of anything other than the WW2 displays. With the wet forecast, I also left my DSLR behind and just took the little compact digital camera. There were a decent number of military vehicles with both WW2 and post war. There were also classic vehicles on show at a different part of the show field. While wandering around the large site we caught some of the arena displays but not all the time periods. The Romans were impressive, but there were also medieval and American Civil War demos amongst others.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    This was the first really long run out for "Jessie" with the new coil, at 90 minutes each way. Thankfully there were no problems. The Jeep was however damaged by a member of the public leaning on the canvas half door and breaking one of the press stud fasteners. Soon after leaving Northallerton on the way home, I ran into heavy rain for most of the way home, so we were lucky it didn't get any further South. Further pictures can be found here - http://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2018/northallerton.htm
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    There were around two dozen vehicles on show, including a couple of traction engines. The high street was closed off to normal traffic allowing hundreds of members of the public to wander freely around the displays. There were also a number of stalls and live entertainment on a stage further along the street from the vehicles. At the other end was a fairground organ, driven by a generator on one of the traction engines. When standing in the wrong place in the street, the two sets of music conflicted with each other badly, so it may have been better giving each time slots to perform.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    Northallerton 1940's Day - June 10th It was a sunny start to the day at home as I left for Northallerton. It was forecast for sunny intervals all day, so I left the doors at home, taking the canvas half doors instead. South of Durham, I drove into fog and the temperature dropped rapidly. The rest of the trip there was very cold. It stayed overcast at Northallerton until about 11am before the sun finally broke out. Most of my pictures were taken in the morning gloom, before the public turned up.
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    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    The RAF hood markings and bumper markings were completed today.
  18. Jessie The Jeep

    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    Collected my new project yesterday, a 1943 Ford GPW with lots of 'f' marks. It was on Evilbay three times I think, and failed to sell, so I contacted the owner about a week after the auction to see if it was still available, and it was. Much as I don't want to, I think it needs a new tub. There are some body panels that can be cut out and sold on for someone elses projects, but the floor has all been bodged with flat sheet up to the kink where the pedals are, the rear panel is pretty poor and the rear wheel arches are somewhat see through where they join the floor! However, the mechanics are all there and turn which is a good start. Date Of Delivery is apparently May 6th 1943. It still has original gussets and f marked bumper, and a nice one on the front crossmember. The rad is stamped GPW f, engine is early willys, head cast GPW6050 f stamped, Carter W O carb. Right hand wing is very good, left has rust but both are f stamped. Original 'f' marked pintle hook, spare wheel carrier and fuel filter. Both marker lamps are 'f' stamped, along with most of the body handles and bolts. Still has the original windshield wing bolts and chains. There may be more 'f' marks, but it was dark when I got home so couldn't really look the Jeep over. While there's a lot to do, and plenty of small bits missing, I've seen worse come back to life! The project will probably be sold once complete.
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    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    Just humbrol enamel model paints, thinned and sprayed.
  20. Jessie The Jeep

    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    The Ford was given a wash down on Saturday morning to remove to building work dust ( despite being under a cover ), and both Jeeps were parked bumper to bumper for a first picture both in RAF colours. The afternoon was spent cutting stencils and painting the RAF and bumper markings.
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    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    A similar technique was used for the blue on the small roundels, but using a disc of magnetic plastic to cover the red and white areas of the roundel. The large roundel was just masked with tape and paper. The number 1 group marking is now painted on the bumperette. The two small rectangles are to cover the USA on the hood, and need RAF painted on once the olive drab has fully cured. The front bumper strip is also painted olive drab, ready for its markings. This is where things were left yesterday.
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    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    Things have been quiet for the Ford since January, though I've been to several events in my other Jeep and one in the Dodge ( YMVT Crank Up, Breighton Radial Fly-In, Yorkshire Air Museum "Against the Odds" and "Lanc, Tank and Military Machines" at East Kirkby - Photos all here - My MV Photo Gallery ). However, for the Croft Nostalgia show, we are creating an 'RAF 100' display to celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force. "Jessie" is going to be part of that display in the markings made at the end of last year. "Hope" is now also going to be in that display, and so another set of RAF markings needed to be made. For "Hope", the hood roundel is a bit more tricky, as the original 100th Bomb Group Station Photo Jeep had the star set so far back on the hood and body. For a painted star, this wasn't a problem, but it meant that the magnetic plastic roundel would be in three pieces, around the hinge and over the most uneven part of the 75 year old hood. The first picture below shows the plastic blanks ready for painting. To try and speed up the masking and painting, I used magnetic plastic masks for the 6 inch and rear bumperette roundels. A hole was cut to spray the red, while scrap paper covered the rest of the roundel. Gentle spraying pressure in light coats prevented bleed under the mask.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    Lancaster "Just Jane" moved around the airfield several times each day, giving plenty of opportunities for photographs. However, it was during an early morning toilet trip with my daughter that we saw the Lanc being towed out of the hangar. After waiting to see if the Lanc was left on the hardstand rather than the grass, we rushed back to the tent, and brought "Jessie" over for a quick photoshoot. That made the third Lanc photoshoot with "Jessie"; the other two being the Canadian and BBMF Lancs. It was a very enjoyable show, despite being struck down with man-flu on Saturday evening, which left me coughing my lungs up and other chunks for the rest of the weekend. In addition to the flying and vehicles, there were 1940's performers and dancing in the hangar and the museum itself to see. Put it in your diary for next year, you won't be disappointed. Further pictures can be found here - http://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2018/lanctank.htm
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    Monday was a bit more calm and had clearer sky, giving good light for pictures. The tank battle from Saturday was repeated again, and using video to capture the action, I was then able to use one of my astronomy programs to split the video into single frames of the Jackson firing, catching the muzzle flash.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    Around fifteen minutes after the BBMF display on Monday, B-17 Preservation brought B-17 "Sally B" over the field for their ten minute display. The sky quality appeared to improve for the B-17, and the display quality was far better too. B-17 Preservation pilots have always shown "Sally B" from all angles, and don't need to pull high G manoeuvres to do it. I just happened to pick three topside views here as I really like the faded patchwork paint.
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