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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.
  16. Blackfell Primary School World War 2 Day - October 22nd It was a really cold morning and Jessie didn't want to start. On and off across the year, the starter gear wasn't engaging when the starter button was pressed. It took a number of goes, having to wait for the spin to stop before each try. Something to look at over the winter! Lynne and I eventually got going and arrived at the school gates just before 9am. After being let in, we parked up behind the year 6 classroom as the field was fairly wet and being cut by the council.
  17. Except that Levisham station was renamed LeVisham for the event and was meant to be a French station in occupied Europe - hence the Germans. For me, the event lost its appeal a long time ago as less and less vehicls and dioramas attended each year. There use to be small dioramas scattered on just about every street corner, but they gradually faded away. I used to spend Saturday driving from one station to the next, stopping for a while, looking around and moving on. Then the stations became less friendly towards vehicle owners and I gave up on it. There are far better events around that are more welcoming to those that make the event happen.
  18. October 2nd - Fuel Tank Filter Since 2014, "Hope" has been driving around without the fuel tank filling filter. I had the main steel tube which was badly rusted, so it never got fitted. There was a filter on the firewall and modern fuel seems to be cleaner than I'm guessing wartime fuel was. The tank certainly looks clean after 5 years. A few days ago, I dug the steel tube out and placed it in an electrolysis bath to remove the crud and rust. After several hours, it came out looking pretty good. It had some surface pitting, but was still solid. However, the filter mesh on the bottom was split. An Ebay search revealed some 0.2mm hole brass mesh in an A5 sheet for a few pounds. This arrived today and a circle slightly larger than the tube was cut. The original mesh was trapped between a lip or ring of metal in the bottom of the tube. I couldn't tell for sure as it had been badly corroded. So I cut out the old mesh and filed the bottom of the tube free of the jagged remains. The outside of the tube was cleaned with a rotary wire brush and then tinned with solder. The new mesh was placed over the hole, flux added and solder applied, melting through the mesh to the tinned tube below, fixing it in place. A little dressing of the solder with a file and the job was done.
  19. The paint was left in front of a heater for a while to dry. Before fitting to the Jeep, I sprayed WD40 into the joint between the rubber seals and the frame, to try and get some behind the seals. The screen hinge was then greased and then it was slotted into place in the outer frame on the Jeep.
  20. September 29th The low spots were filled with polyester filler, sanded, primed and filled again and eventually the olive top coat was painted.
  21. After further electrolysis, the screen was removed and cleaned inside and out, showing the extent of the rot. The holes were filled with paint to try and seal the metal internally and the area was then baked in front of a heater. Originally I'd thought about using lots of small welds to fill the holes until I realised how big they were. I was also concerned about heat damage to the glass since it isn't removable. It was siliconed into the frame, probably by he French Army during its service rebuild. After getting a good look at the cleaned up holes, I opted for filling the area with a mix of epoxy resin and iron filings to reinforce the corner. This was left overnight to fully cure.
  22. After a little while in the bath, I pulled the screen out to check on the progress. A bit more wire brushing showed a very thin area which was ground out. The screen went back into the electrolysis bath again to work on this area. That's as far as I got today.
  23. September 28th - Windscreen Rust Treatment At the Beamish event, I noticed a patch of rust at the lower corner of the passenger side windscreen. The paint was blistering badly and the frame looked like it had spread apart a little, allowing the rubber seal to come loose at the corner. Other than a school visit in a few weeks time, the events are over for this year, so I have a bit of time to deal with it. At first, the inner screen wouldn't come out of the outer frame. It wouldn't lift up high enough to line up with the slot in the outer frame. I worked out that the bolts filling the holes where the original Hotchkiss screen supports were, prevented the screen opening enough. After they were removed, the screen opened fully and was removed. I used a rotary wire brush to cut through the paint and grind away the surface rust on the outside of the frame. It was then placed in an electrolysis bath to get deep into the rust, inside and outside of the frame. This is just the first step in the repair.
  24. The second box followed while the first was set aside to dry. The last stencils were on the lids and the boxes were then complete. They were left to harden overnight and the contents packed the following morning. The three finished camping crates. I've got quite a selection of boxes and crates now. In addition to the new .30 and .50 Cal crates, I have two astrograph boxes, two wooden crates made when I first got the Jeep, a .30 Cal tin and a first aid tin.
  25. With the insides sorted, it was time to make the outside look exciting! I used photos of real crates to work out a size for the text and graphics which were then redrawn and printed on normal paper. The paper was then covered in a layer of Sellotape which reinforces the paper and makes cutting delicate stencil bridges easier. They were all cut in one big session with a very sharp scalpel and then taped onto the box with masking tape. With everything taped down, I began painting using a tin of Humbrol model enamel and a cut down brush to stipple the paint through the stencils. Two coats of paint were applied which gave a reasonable but not too even a coating. The largest side of the first box was done first. After the stencils were dry enough to remove, I then touched up all the stencil bridges to fill in the gaps. This is because the original boxes were printed rather than stencilled. The end of the first box was done next.
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