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  1. I was stationed at RAF Marham between 1983 and 1985. It was home to two Tornado Squadrons (617 and 27) and two Victor (tanker) Squadrons (55 and 57) so I probably saw this one in service and flying....... The Victors at this time were in a transitional phase regarding paint........some were in the old dark green/grey wavy camo finish whereas others were being repainted at major overhaul time in the then-new "hemp" colour...... A magnificient, graceful aeroplane......
  2. Dispatch riders were generally issued with a revolver....however, before D-day at least these had largely been withdrawn to be replaced with Sten guns........
  3. Good luck with that Nitromors Tom....... It's not the same product as it used to be, doubtless due to all the "elf and safety" rubbish...... I bought a tin last year to replace my years-old can of the stuff. Wish I hadn't bothered as it took loads of the gell and simply ages to remove old paint contrary to what it used to do....... I went to a specialist auto-paint supplier in the end who sold me a professional paint stripper that did the job that the old Nitromors used to do.........
  4. Fibre section at the top Ian where the copper is crimped over........
  5. If it's mine you're referring to, they're not for sale otherwise I'd have stated such........
  6. Indeed, there were several manufacturer's involved in making these trousers over roughly a 10-12 year time frame and variations inevitably occurred. They were far baggier than the later TML's as they were designed to be worn over other trousers and therefore often worn in the field for comfort in place of the heavy green 1960 pattern combat trousers......the one's shown in my photos are at the very tail-end of production of the overall trousers, in the newer lightweight poly-cotton fabric......... The cloth loops (tapes) inside these and other trousers were intended for use with non-button attached braces (the type with either hooks or clips)......... I was issued with the new lightweight trousers during the very early 1980's and wore these whenever I could get away with it in place of the DPM combat trousers.........woolly pully, lightweights, DMS boots and puttees, a classic, comfortable and smart combination !
  7. The OG "X" fastening waist trousers were of 1950 pattern and remained an item of issue tropical clothing until the introduction of DPM camouflage clothing during the period 1975-76.........a similar version was also produced in sand colour drill, usually lacking the left leg patch pocket.......... The common alternative when you couldn't obtain the above were the "Trousers, Overall, Green"......these were supposed to be worn with the "Jacket, Overall, Green", both appearing during the early 1960's to replace the old battledress-style denim's..... The green overall trousers were largely manufactured in a heavy cotton drill fabric. They had side hip-pockets plus an open pocket on the rear right hip. During 1970-72 they were manufactured in poly-cotton (same fabric as the later lightweight trousers) and had gained an additional large patch pocket on the left leg...........the overall jacket (that also ended up in poly-cotton) and trousers were supposed to be replaced by the olive drab one-piece poly-cotton coverall's but both the trousers continued in use right up to the end of the 1970's by those who possessed them and the jacket right up into the 1990's by RM recruits...... Olive drab "TML's" (Trousers, Mens, Lightweight) in poly-cotton were introduced during 1972.....they were a new item and didn't replace anything. During the early 1980's the labels went "metric" and an additional belt loop was fitted, replacing the single rear loop with a pair either side........during the late 1990's the large left leg pocket was removed from the specification.......... Photos show a new pair of the green overall trousers made between 1970-72 in the new poly-cotton fabric.........
  8. I don't know who's the ML is seen next to the Auster, and whilst a nice restoration it isn't quite accurate if you're looking for a "factory" or "as issued" image of a wartime ML..........of course, once in service things did change occasionally... The one in the image lacks the blackout mask that would always be fitted....also has the addition of a rear carrier and support which was not specified for the ML......also, on WD versions the entire engine assembly was painted along with the silencer can and rear silencer (in either SCC No.2 brown or olive drab), only the two front down-pipes being dull plated plus the hand-change gear lever and link-rod........stand on the example shown is also post-war civvy, not the wartime type and the tank "C" number is incorrectly placed and in the wrong font.........finally, the bulb horn is missing from the handlebar....! I have three WD ML's in my workshop all correctly "factory" restored......
  9. As others have mentioned, getting back to the basics...... A deactivated firearm to whatever specification was applicable at the time of deactivation as certificated on the Proof House Certificate is in law no longer a firearm....it ceased to be so at the time of deactivation as the Proof House Certificate confirms....... Therefore, as far as I'm concerned my 1910-dated SMLE is in the same category as a garden spade, sledgehammer, or a food processor, etc, and no more or less dangerous......... You could argue that the shoes you wear were once part of a cow......or the car you scrapped years ago now forming part of the cutlery set you eat with.....same with my SMLE. It was once a firearm, but once deactivated to standards in force at the time and certificated as such, it ceased to be a firearm and is now simply an object............the key thing here is not the former firearm, rather the Proof House certificate....... The primary difficulty in enforcing any new law is that you generally need something to start with...... As things currently stand, there is absolutely no database in the UK of who owns what......sure, Proof Houses probably retained records of everything they have deactivated over many, many years but from there the ownership trail very much goes cold.....simply relying on the goodwill of law abiding individuals to declare any ownership would be an absolutely pointless exercise doomed to failure aside from requiring a vast, complicated administrative infrastructure to process such....... As a former long-serving copper, I see no reason to nowadays to interrupt my enjoyable retirement with yet more utter EU crap.......I'm off to polish my SMLE........
  10. Hi Chris, yes, the complete crank assembly is interchangeable between WD and civilian crankcases......... Talking of Flea crankcases, they also differ between WD and civilian but only internally.........images below show the WD crankcase on the left, civvy on the right......the WD version had less alloy in it's construction but the vital measurements for the crank of both types remains the same..... Ron, thanks for that. Better check my number !
  11. Thanks Ron, no, I didn't have any calls from Chris O.....! I must catch up with him soon...... I suspect the crank assembly that Hitchcock's have is a post-war type and as you say these are better and far stronger than the pre-war and WD type..........the entire assembly is hidden once fitted anyway.....you can still obtain conrods and roller bearings for the post-war Flea.......not so for the earlier type, including the rollers that are a peculiar length... In fact, the post-war "beefed up" crank assembly was actually designed/proposed during 1943 - I have the factory blueprints for it and they are dated ! Seemingly however, they did not switch over to the stronger assembly until civvy production recommenced in 1945, doubtless so as not to interfere with production.......
  12. Not sure Chris. Maybe give them a call tomorrow ?
  13. Chris, I notice that Hitchcock's Motorcycles currently have a used but good Flea crankshaft assembly on their website for £120 incl vat......
  14. Chris, you may struggle.......Hitchcock's (I think) did have the post-war crankpin and conrod but not the wartime type.........worth considering that the entire assembly is hidden once fitted and the post-war assembly less-fragile than the wartime version.....Hopefully though, any secondhand crank may only require the renewal of the roller bearings rather than the crankpin...! Also maybe try Burton Bike Bits.......they have an Enfield list on-line by original part numbers but it's often a little out of date.........
  15. Hi Chris. I know of at least three people also looking for a Flea crankshaft ! Best keep an eye on Ebay or similar as they do turn up every now and then......also keep an eye on Hitchcock's to see if they get any secondhand units in.......... If you are not already aware, note that the WD crankshaft assembly is not the same as the post-war civilian type........the WD version used different rollers, crankpin, conrod and crank webs...........they are narrower than the post war version which was "beefed up" in proportions........however, both complete assemblies are interchangeable although individual crank components are not...... As for pistons, you can use either the early pattern ones with "deflectors" cut into the top or the later "deflectorless" type.....but if using the former make sure you fit it with the deflectors facing to the rear............. Picture 1 - WD crank assembly and civvy assembly Picture 2 - close up of civvy assembly Picture 3 - close up of WD assembly
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