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About chrisgrove

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  • Birthday 08/29/1941

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  1. The WW1 4.5 howitzer was a short barrelled weapon. It was also (converted to run on pneumatic tyres) used at the beginning of WW2. The later 4.5 gun was very similar to the better known 5.5 gun; same carriage but the 4.5 had a longer barrel (and obviously a smaller bore). It did not remain in service long as the shell was apparently not impressive in effect. Chris
  2. I'm sure you are aware of this, but you should decide at what period of its service your truck is to represent. The L number you have found would be the number it wore from manufacture until about 1949; the YX number would then be the number it wore from the change date until release from the Army. No way would it have worn both at once! Chris
  3. Hi My father (now deceased) commanded the AATDC (incidentally the Army Airtransport Training and Development Centre) during the time that this thread covers - about 1958-1960. Unfortunately, I did not even possess a camera in those days, so have no pics or docs from that time, though I seem to remember a photo of a Ferret which arrived on the ground without the benefit of parachutes. I later attended a UEO course at JATE, then at Abingdon.. The venturi on the Wombat pic above looks very short, though it opened sideways to load the round, as compared to BAT, Mobat and Conbat on which the venturi dropped down. Some nice pics above. Thankyou for those. If I do unearth any pics I will post them here. Incidentally, the Royal Engineers Museum at Chatham contains a large bulldozer rigged on an HSP, reputedly as dropped in Borneo to construct an airstrip. Chris
  4. While I am sure that a standardised Ram barricade item was eventually produced and fitted, I am equally sure that I have seen (in Northern Ireland during the troubles) different types of Ram barricadeson Pigs. Round bars, Square bars, etc. How about this one, though most of our pigs had the standard one (but several different patterns of mesh windscreen protectors). Chris
  5. Sorry, Old Git, can't really help. I was issued with a pair of these in the 1960s for an exercise in Cyprus in the summer, and by the end of three weeks the soles were worn out! I had them resoled, had a leather extension sewn round the top so that gaiters would stay on (and not just ride above them), and used them for some years, but I no longer have them. Chris
  6. My Dad's airborne helmet at about 1953-55 was certainly not gloss DBG! Olive drab matt it may well have been and the texturing looked as if sand (and not too fine) had been used. Chris
  7. Hi 10FM68 Wanting to make a model diorama featuring a mule carrying two hayboxes (That was what those huge rings on the side were for - to hook the thing on a pack saddle), I spent some time trying to find a haybox so I could measure it up. No luck at first. I made contact with the cook of a re-enactor group at the War and Peace Revival show (then at Folkestone Racecourse) who assured me that, while the 6 gallon dixies were still useful and thus available, the 6 gallon insulators were not, as better versions were used instead. I dod eventually get the dimensions I needed from a helpful gentleman in Canada who measured one up for me at his local scrap yard! I think there were several slightly different versions - not surprising considering how long they were in service.
  8. @surveyor Agreed! I was once, on attachment to a battalion other than my own, standing next to a No 1 burner in action. The colour sergeant had, in a somewhat foolhardy manner, stacked jerricans containing fuel next to the trench. The company were queuing for their midday meal. The burner caught fire, and suddenly I realised I was the only one left in the queue. All the others had legged it! Fortunately the fire was put out and normal service was resumed! Chris
  9. No 1 was generally known as a No 1 burner as it consisted of a burner unit which sent a jet of flame out. You needed several metal stands which were generally dug into a trench in a line. The flame jet went along the trench through the stands. Dixies stood on top of these. Lethal bit of kit, but served the army for a very long time! Chris
  10. Thanks MatchFuzee. Very helpful. I tend towards the Milicast version of the exhaust, even though Milicast, to my disappointment, only do the several 4x4 versions. If the exhaust came out as assumed by the Scaleline version, I am sure at least one of my pics would show it. But Scaleline appear also to omit the rather distinctive rear mudguards. Chris
  11. I am making a model of a Guy Ant 15cwt (4x2, not the QuadAnt, though that might be much the same), but none of the plans or photos that I have give even a hint of what the exhaust system might look like or where the end of the exhaust pipe might be visible (if at all!). I reckon that, probably, the system will be along the right side, somewhere between the prop shaft and the chassis member; the silencer will be somewhere between the two fuel tanks, and the exhaust will exit, pointing downwards, somewhere forward of the rear axle. Can anyone confirm this, or tell me what it really is like? Happy to get info on the Quad version(s) if info on the 4x2 is lacking! Chris
  12. As a modeller, I am pleased to see that you vindicate my thoughts that the central hinge and its associated strap on the tailboardis not exactly central, but offset just a little to the right. Those drawing modellers plans, and not a few modellers, have failed to notice that! Chris
  13. Thanks REME. Any idea what the lens diameter of the wartime version was? Chris
  14. Pictures of wartime vehicles showing the rear are rare! Was there a standard rear light for militay vehicles? Pictures of restored vehicles are no good as they invariably have updated rear lighting to make them road legal. And where was it placed? I do remember that only one rear light was then required. I am particularly interested in the Austin K2 and Bedford ML (and possibly the several Morris) ambulances, all of which had the same or very similar bodies. A photograph would be very useful. Chris
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