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  • Birthday 08/29/1941

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    Fishing, modelling
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    Retired Army

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  1. 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
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    Colour of 1955 HSAT Airborne Helmet

    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
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    British Army Stoves

    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.
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    British Army Stoves

    @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
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    British Army Stoves

    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
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    Guy Ant exhaust system

    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
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    Guy Ant exhaust system

    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
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    Bedford MWD restoration

    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
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    Rear Lights

    Thanks REME. Any idea what the lens diameter of the wartime version was? Chris
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    Rear Lights

    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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    Another NI Kit Query - Unusual Pack

    Just a suggestion. My regiment which was stationed at Palace Barracks Holywood in 1969 had recently, served in Hong Kong where an enterprising local, by name (phonetically) Sam Sing, produced a considerable range of webbing, of lesser quality than the issue stuff especially as regards the dye, but certainly including a pack larger than the standard 44 pattern one and more practical in many ways. It would not surprise me to learn that these soldiers were part of that regiment and that some of them owned Sam Sing packs and other webbing. Chris
  12. This should be a very simple answer to find, but I am not finding it simple! OK, I am making a model of the 25 pounder and its associated Artillery Trailer No 27. But the (few) plans I can find all vary in their depicted tyre sizes. I assume that the gun and the trailer had the same size of tyre, but what was it. Since I am making a model, I am not constrained by what is obtainable in this day and age, so what was the original tyre size? Chris
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    Land Rover Mk1

    I wonder what a Gurkha Landie was doing being parachuted! No chance of 'Just one more please'. Chris
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    Morris MRA1 1 Ton truck

    I can remember a situation on exercise in Kenya about 1961 when my Bedford RL went into a puddle right up to the cab door, stuck and entirely blocking the track. We tried to pull it out backwards but with no success. The only vehicle which was ahead of it was the Morris water truck which did successfully pull it out! So it wasn't entirely bad though certainly not the most comfortable ride! Chris
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