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  1. On the subject of ex-Beverley museum vehicles, does anyone know what happened to the Bedford RL water tanker with a mine protected cab that had been converted to a fire tender for use by the UN at Nicosia? I have a handful of photos of it, including one taken at the museum where it looked in need of some TLC..
  2. I don't know the official designation, but light stone with a mid brown disruptive camo pattern. A Google image search on "British Gulf War Uniforms" will get you plenty of photographs of the real thing.
  3. I have a photo of one on a museum exhibit. PM me if you would like a copy.
  4. Thought it might be Milicast. I have a couple of their Centurion Models and guessed that someone would be mastering an AVRE for them: something to look forward to. Are you planning to do the 105 AVRE as well, or is that not sufficiently different to make it worthwhile? If you have Terry Gander's book on the Royal Engineer's there is a good picture of the Giant Viper rocket system on page 76, and another of the box in which the explosive hose is carried mounted on the later four wheeled (ex Heavy Floating Bridge) trailer. I have a couple of photos of the later Python variant of this if they are of any use to you. Whilst it is no help with Giant Viper, John Church did plan of the four wheel AVRE trailer (FV2721).
  5. My old copy of British Military Vehicles 1971 gives the dimensions of the Giant Viper No. 2 Mk 3 as: Height, unladen: 1829 mm (72 in) Length: 5867 mm (231 in) Width: 2489 mm (98 in) Track: 2159 mm (85 in). Wheels are given as 800x20 divided type and tyres 1200x20 RF. Accurate Armours site has a few photos of their 1:35 scale model of the Giant Viper which might help. I've been after a 1:76 scale model of the Cent AVRE for some time - who are you making the master for?
  6. I'm also sorry to see you go. Although I wasn't able to contribute much I always looked forward to the new posts, both for the pictures and for the information that accompanied them. It is rare to find such a great range of in photos of in-service vehicles from 50s and 60s . I shall look out for your book.
  7. Thanks Richard, that's helpful. I knew the Bedford Tankers and the Bedford drilling rig used by the Royal Engineers also had duals on the rear, but I hadn't realised that the tipper did. I might have to go and revisit a model of it that I made!
  8. Most Bedford MK light recovery vehicles that I have seen have dual rear wheels, yet according to the sources that I have to hand the track measurement for these is the same as that for the standard Bedford MK cargo vehicle. A silly question perhaps, but can anyone tell me whether the rear axle on the light recovery vehicles, and other Bedford MK variants with dual rear wheels, is the same as that normal (four wheel) Bedford cargo? If it is, how are the dual wheels fitted, and how is it possible to do this without increasing the track measurement?
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  10. If you go onto the Braille Scale Discussion Group on Missing-Lynx.com - http://www.network54.com/Forum/47210 - and do a search for "Dorchester" sorted by date it will throw up a number of threads from November 2017 onwards containing information and photos of Dorchesters. You'll also find a load of posts prior to this, but I'm not familiar with their content. Hope this helps.
  11. If you want a comprehensive guide to the various types of leaf sprung Land Rovers (i.e. pre 90 and 100 models) used by British Military I'd recommend getting a copy of British Military Land Rovers by James Taylor and Geoff Fletcher, published by Tankograd. Its chapters deal with each Mark in turn and cover both standard general service and specialist vehicles. It also includes plenty of photographs.
  12. They were photos of an FV421 that I downloaded from the web and as I couldn't remember where from I was reluctant to post them in case they were subject to copyright. Having just done a Google image search I've discovered that I found them .... on this site. They are not sand coloured, but if you are interested they can be found here: http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/showthread.php?15341-Fv439-Ptarmigan/page2 The more that I look at them the more I think that the negatives have been reversed, and that it is the left hand side that is shown.
  13. Wonderful. The various pictures I have of 421s show that there were different basic designs, one with a single slope to the front, and this one where the section containing the windscreen is (almost?) vertical. Presumably one was a development of the other. If this is the case, does anyone know which is the earliest?
  14. Oh please let there be photos of the FV421 - they are even scarcer than those of the Cambridge carrier!
  15. FV402 Cambridge Carrier AOP by the look of it - a rare beast indeed.
  16. Many thanks - that's a great help, exactly what I needed. Bill
  17. I'm trying to work out whether the dimensions of a model of a Stalwart that I have are accurate and keep running into a problem regarding the length. All of the published sources that I have access to give the overall length of the actual vehicle as 6.350m but non make it clear whether this is with the swimboard in its stowed or extended position. Does anyone know for certain what the length of a Stolly is, either without a swimboard, or with one in the stowed position (the length should be more of less the same in either case). It would also be help to know the length of the load bed from the rear of the cab to the bulkhead that separates it from the section containing the air intakes/exhaust. The length of the drop down sides would do instead as this should be about the same.
  18. I came across a picture a while back of a FV432 in Aden that had been fitted with either a ferret or a Saracen turret over the commanders hatch. It was from a scan of an article, the text of which suggested that it was a REME fitters vehicle from A squadron QDG.
  19. If there were five of these vehicles serving with the Berlin Brigade and two of them were 22 XG 52 and 22 XG 48 it seems likely that the other three would have been 22 XG 49, 22 XG 50, and 22 XG 51.
  20. From information given on the MAFVA website (see http://www.mafva.net/other%20pages/VRNARMY2.doc ) it would appear that YD was used by the Army prior to 1950 to identify B vehicles vehicles first registered in 1949, together with earlier vehicles re-built during that year. Unfortunately no information is given on the specific vehicle types that used those letters.
  21. There's a photo of a Milan carrier in the July 1994 issue of Military in Scale, and another in the September 1983 issue of Military Modelling. I believe that the all that was done to convert the vehicle to the Milan role was to fix a special pallet into to the space between the rear of the cab cab and in front of the rear wheel arches. This held sixteen missiles in racks (four rows of four) and two firing posts. An antenna mount for the vehicle radio was fixed to the top of the pallet and protruded through the centre of the tilt.
  22. There are a couple still in use on the Thames. They are moored close to the southern bank of the river opposite Victoria Tower Gardens, between the Houses of Parliament and Lambeth Bridge. You can see them on Google maps using the satellite view.
  23. Does anyone have any more pictures of the type of Royal Signals half tracks shown in scott9643's post above?
  24. More likely to be a command rather than a REME version as willyslanks notes. The two REME repair versions were both post war conversions I think, and the design of the superstructure of both was different from that in the photo. The h/t in front looks as though it has either a 1st or 2nd Army Formation sign which adds weight to it being a command vehicle. There's a REME half track with jib in the REME museum collection at Borden.
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