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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    I quite agree, a particular bugbear of mine. Modern style lettering and numerals or even worse sticky back vinyl letters.... This is how it was done in the wild. Check out the Lyle's golden syrup tin and 'paint stirrer' Don't be afraid pick up the oversize brush with five bristles and have a go. It's more authentic! The original caption to this photo in an album I have is ' 'Razor' Gilette paints up his armoured car' It's a Daimler AC.
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    ws19 to variometer coax cable

    Kevin, I think I may have an original. Give me 24hrs or so to have a look and I'll message you. Regards Paul
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    RM Arctic Rucksack Waist Belt

    That's absolutely fine. It's the later pattern of belt. They are a fraction wider than the first type and apart from the diagonal loop straps are near identical to the early type. Funnily enough I have one with exactly the same repair, on d ring replaced in metal, the other is the original plastic. Must have been a stress point on the belt.
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    RM Arctic Rucksack Waist Belt

    Simon, There are two patterns of frame and two patterns of waist belt. Silvermans have the later type with diagonal loop straps added. On the original frames the shoulder yoke loop straps attached to d rings on the bottom of the frames. On the post 1980 variation the yoke loop straps just wrapped around the bottom of the frame but also passed through the diagonal loop straps on the waist belt to anchor everything together. The original waist belts are tricky to find and often in poor condition. Regards Paul
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    1957 Dated Trials 1958 Pattern Pack

    Thanks Simon, seems the only real difference on this set, Experimental No2, were the pouches, which were a different size, and the cape carrier which was slightly shorter in length. Regards Paul
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    1957 Dated Trials 1958 Pattern Pack

    Simon, are there any other differences? Size of any of the compartments for instance? Regards Paul
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Unfortunately, it doesn't specify which 'mechanically propelled vehicles' the matting was intended for. Interesting though that it appears to be so early, as 1907 is the date indicated by the List of Changes entry. Was it possibly used on cab floors? The black canvas is the only one noted specifically for MT vehicles. The LoC for this dates from December 1911, so is pre WW1! There are other colours listed as well as black for waterproof covers, though these were presumably general purpose items. There is a range of black waterproof covers ranging from 40' x 20' to 10' x 6' and an identical range described as 'Green, Oriental or Willesden dressed' Willesden canvas is that bright green colour which results from the application of copper sulphate based rot proofing applied to the canvas. Manufacturers vehicle canvas supplied with vehicles must have been patched up as required by units. Canvas was routinely painted during the war. Cutch (brown) is mentioned for darkening white bell tents for instance but ordinary camouflage paints were frequently used. The book lists 'Service Colour' which I presume is similar to the colour you use on your vehicles, a warm khaki drab. It does appear to confirm the use of celluloid for windows in canvas. There is mention of Isinglass, but seemingly in bulk form as it is listed with paints and solvents and it could be used for specialised gluing processes. There is no mention I can see of Mica. Regards Paul
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    I've just had a look through the 1920 edition of 'Priced Vocabulary of Stores' and the following entry might be of interest Tents, Marquee, Hospital, Small - Window, sheet horn non-inflammable celluloid This pattern of marquee was pattern sealed in early 1915. Though the vocabulary contains several references to MT equipment for lorries there is no reference to canvas other than 'Cover, Canvas, for MT Vehicles- 22' x 16' Black' Two other interesting entries are 'Matting, Rubber, pyramid pattern, for mechanically propelled vehicles. Length and width to be stated in demands' and 'Canvas, Prepared- 3 feet wide, for repair of tyres on mechanically propelled vehicles. Double Proof MKII, proofed both sides. Single Proof MkII, proofed one side' The matting and the Canvas Prepared were introduced in List of changes in July 1907, the MkII prepared canvas dates from July 1916.
  9. 41 Commando had these in NI circa 1977/78 mixed in with some of the original trials bergens from 1975. Only NI issue at that time I was told. It would appear several small batches were made around that time. I have a photo of a Marine from that unit using one. At the time they were well thought of as patrol packs, though obviously they were heavy and when better options became available they fell out of favour. Here's a photo showing a Falklands Task Force RE Sapper boarding QE2 in 1982, with a heavily laden GS Bergen. Note the later buckles on the side pockets.
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    MCC CDF Carb

    Try Carburettor Exchange in Leighton Buzzard, I have used them several times for Solex carbs. They have always done a very good job. He even had some NOS Daimler AC carbs a few years back. Not the fastest though, and I don't know what their current turnaround is like. http://www.carbex.demon.co.uk/
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Here's a link to the website of the supplier http://steveandjaneo.magix.net/
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    restoration of a valentine MK5 tank started

    Andrew, Couple of photos of a periscope brush which might be of use. Pretty simple items, dimensions should be obvious. Regards Paul
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    Curved Mirror Glass 6MT3 2540-99-803-0599

    Thanks both for the further information. The actual packaging is dated (on checking) December 1981 so slightly later than I'd remembered. As I say these will fit the WW2 Desmo type mirrors with a little trimming but as has been pointed out there were different makers. Thanks again Paul
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    Curved Mirror Glass 6MT3 2540-99-803-0599

    Excellent thanks very much. They are in 1970s packaging so figured something like that, but thanks for the confirmation. Cheers Paul
  15. I've done a quick NSN check but there is no detail as to the vehicle these were intended for. They will fit the old curved Desmo type mirrors though the corners need to be trimmed slightly. They are 3" x 6" Can anyone identify what the original usage was? 6MT3 2540 99 803 0599 Thanks Paul