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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

    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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

    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    After break, we headed onto the school field where Paul Browning then gave a comprehensive talk on his impressive collection of British Airborne kit and weapons. This took us right through to lunch.
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    I've been spending again! My '43 GPW

    A week after Beamish, I took the Dodge to the local aircraft museum for the Heritage weekend and then the following weekend, took the M201 Jeep to Breighton for their classic car show. Another week on was the beginning of three busy days. It started on Friday 21st with the annual visit to my daughter's school to talk to the Year 6 class about WW2. This was the fourth year for the visit, and each year, it has grown in size. Sadly, some of the people who originally wanted to come, couldn't because of work or mechanical failures, but we still had four vehicles on show and five lectures/demos in the classroom or on the school field. We parked up on the school field around 9am then headed inside for the first lectures. To start the day, John Stelling from the local aircraft museum gave us the history of RAF Usworth. It was our former local airfield and once an RAF Sector Station during WW2, although its origins date back to WW1. That was followed by my dad who gave a talk on life as a school boy during WW2. This took us to morning break.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    After the last wing walking flight, I brought the Jeep around to the PT-17 for some photos together. Due to the dark nights approaching, I didn't drive home on Sunday evening, but stayed until Monday morning. Later in the evening on Sunday, with a clear sky; I took some long exposure pictures, catching some aircraft and the Jeep with a starscape background. The security lights of the nearby compound provided ample foreground illumination. The stars show up far more in the full size versions, but most vanish once the image is reduced to 700 pixels to upload.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    On Saturday early afternoon, I went for a short flight with Ray in the Piper Super Cruiser G-BSYG. The new hangars stand out clearly with their two tone roof panels, but they do create additional turbulence when there's a cross wind. On Sunday morning, it started showery and the wind picked up. It was more across the runway, making the wing walking flights more challenging for the pilot. Around two dozen classic cars turned up putting on a good show, and I parked the Jeep on the end of the row. Due to the cross wind, there was less flying on Sunday, though some did fly.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    The wing walking flights were almost constant all weekend, with around 15 customers per day. Some people were waving constantly, some shouting with excitement which could even be heard over the sound of the loud radial engine! Saturday morning was quite for other aviation but things picked up around lunch with a number of visitors flying in plus some flying of aircraft based at Breighton. Three helicopters flew in, joining the currently non-airworthy Westland Wasp.
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    My Flying Control Jeep

    Breighton Aerodrome Classic Car Rally - Sept 15/16th As a result of the hot weather in the Summer, and not taking the Jeep to Breighton, I decided I would come back for the classic car rally weekend. I drove down on Friday 14th, taking a little over three hours to do the 105 miles. After I set up camp, I had a wander around the airfield for some pictures, taking in the gate guard which I haven't paid much attention to before. In addition to the classic car meet on Sunday 16th, there were wing walking flights all weekend, on top of a PT-17 Stearman Kaydet. The clouds began to break up as the sun was setting allowing some nice sunset pictures.
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    1944 Flying Control Dodge WC51 - The Story So Far

    Here's some views in the military vehicle Romney hut. First, a panorama from my phone. Two model cabinets celebrate the 100th anniversary of the RAF with models of many of the types flown on display.
  25. I've had the Dodge just over a month now, so I thought you'd like to see what I've been up to since I got it home. To start with, a few pictures of the journey home from Kendal on September 4th. It was 100 miles door to door and a 3hr 30min trip across the country.
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