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  1. Thanks Nick and for the link. Looks like it would be a bit of a task to restore it. Are they rare?
  2. To add I have been told it’s a 1950s trailer towed radar
  3. Seen this over the Hogmore enclosure at the back of the Bordon REME camp. Anyone know what it could be. I think that the body on its side sat onto of the trailer. Not sure the vintage of the trailer by its wheels, could be commercial not military. The top on its side has a turret type base inside with wiring on drums and electrics. Need closer examination. My thoughts that it could be radar or radio or it could be tank training. Note it has a ladder at the side. What do you think. Any ex REME remember it. Now rusting on its side. Need to know before someone in local council gets it scrapped.
  4. I have discovered a target trolley made by Hudson of Leeds which is a non engine trolley not like the Wickhams with a Jap engine. This trolley operated by pulleys and cables from a engine driven winch house. These trolleys were designed and made up from the range drawings and specs and not supplied as a whole complete wagon or trolley only the parts were supplied from Hudson like the axial and boxes nuts bolts and accessories. Would anyone know who has the plans and construction drawing and lay out to such moving target narrow gauge ranges and details of winches and types of trolleys used. I may suspect the National archives or the RE museum may hold such documents, anyone know who else may keep them.
  5. Not sure if you know much about the Weald Foundation but they are restoring two Renualt FT tanks complete engine rebuild and newly made carbs, so anything is possible even better if you can get hold of original workshop drawings and cad the drawings.
  6. Nice to see these motorized trolleys,looks like a bit of fun to work on one. Still need to see a winch towed trolley with no engine. I Have a local range near me that used non motorized trolleys that relied on a winch house that operated 3 trolleys at different angles. I wonder if such trolleys drawings are in any of the archives or if Wickham made non engine trolleys.
  7. I have seen many Wickhams motorized trolleys but non of the winch pull ones that just had a flat bed. Didnt know that the motorized trollies had a fluid flywheel. It would be interesting if these winch engines were the same type made and used throughout the UK during the war.
  8. Dong a bit of Research on a old moving target range the Canadians tank crews used during the war. They referred to the range as the 30 yards range and as anti tank gun range as well. I believe 30 yard range practices were used for new recruits to get used to training and maneuvering on the coaxial machine gun in the tank before the practiced at much longer distances. I believe the tank gun scope was and machinegun was zeroed at 30 yards at smaller targets. Am i right or wrong, can anyone else enlighten me about the 30 yards range which i was told was still used after the war.
  9. Been following the thread about the EU deact proposals but all of a sudden disappeared or pulled from the site. Any reason or did someone complain to stop such idle chatter or has an EU sneaked in a law to ban criticism of the great EU republic and its most obeadiant servants who have gone further to implement it upon us.
  10. I know this is an old thread, I have just been given one of these masts and I am missing a couple of bits to it, anyone know where I can get spares, I am after the top 3 locking rings and the two guy plates and the bit for the top.
  11. I have for a few years been gathering information on the FT 17 tank, as much info as I can on the subject. This weekend I spent a Saturday afternoon with kind thanks to David of the Weald Foundation who showed me around the two FT 17s in their collection ready to be restored to complete working order for the WW1 celebrations, one of the FTs being a TSF radio model. I have learnt more in an afternoon about the FT tank than I ever have over a period of years, especially about its construction and the process of its forthcoming restoration. It was interesting to note how the armour plates had to be annealed to a mild steel state so the tank can be used in a safe way for its future preservation for many years to come. The armour becomes brittle over age as fragile like glass, similar to brittle cast iron and starts to form cracks in the plates, so it’s annealed to turn it into a mild steel state. After annealing the cracks are them weld filled David showed me how the annealing showed up the original marking used in the factory for construction of each plate that was most probably marked in chalk or paint that somehow etched into the plating. It was interesting to note that the armour was put together with bolts shaped like rivets made in a keyhole fashion, so the bolt is constructed with a small lug on the side that matches holes in the armour so the bolt stays fixed while the bolt is tightened up, a one man operation with a spanner. Using bolts rather than rivets would make manufacture much simpler. I was shown how the chequered floor plates were originally constructed, by hand using a punch (fly press I assume). They concluded this as the pattern of the plate seemed to run out to one side, as the factory worker grew tired and bored towards the end of finishing the plate. It was interesting to note at the time upon reflection that 97 years ago this tank was cutting edge technology like the space shuttle is today. This tank was built at a time in the horse and cart era, standing there looking at it did bring it home to you. It was interesting to see that the Weald Foundation had spent a lot of preparation time and money investing in castings for engine, gear box and wheel station parts and sourcing other spares in preparation when the restoration fully begins, hence the missing trackside to Bovington's own FT that was missing for a while. I believe that the engines will be the first stage to start in a few weeks’ time for its first strip down. Although the Weald foundation seems to be a bit like a secret society, it’s a very active organisation that is well known throughout the military restoration world with close links to big organisations such as Bovington, IWM and museums’ overseas. The reason for not being in the lime light is that they are so busy with a program of future restorations stretching to 2030; they have had no time to be more public with such a busy schedule to task. This is all about to change in a couple of months’ time as the Weald Foundation is going to form a membership scheme with 3 stages of membership, so members can see the weald foundation at work and interact with restoration activities. Membership 1 will be a basic membership that will give online access to restorations showing the latest blogs on the Foundations vehicles and restoration progress. Membership 2 (in limited numbers) will give members access to visit the collection and watch the restorations in progress and to get involved with projects etc. Membership 3 will be unlimited access (again in limited numbers) Those interested in the FT 17 tank and German armour, for more details about the Weald Foundation and membership contact David at wealdfoundation@aol.com.
  12. When I had a Ferret and I had to replace a broken stud I sharpened a tungsten tip masionary drill on the green wheel and drilled at a slow speed, worked fine, I drilled through and tacked behind and dressed up. If it breaks off again which they didn't, just drill out weld and punch out old stud.
  13. Thinking about getting a recoiless rifle for the display in either calibre, what do they go for these days?
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