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  1. I am not sure this has been thought out.... Surely it will spend most of its time falling into one or other of the two wheel ruts left by conventional vehicles...... I remember the Robin at Rushmoor Arena in the early 80's. That at least had a turret with a water cannon (well Water Pistol) Without such striking force I can't see this one going into production.......
  2. Not really a stencil though is it, more like freehand doodle.....
  3. I am not going into a long diatribe about the Japanese, but just browse these links and decide for yourselves if we really want to see Japanese Re-enactors... http://members.iinet.net.au/~gduncan/massacres_pacific.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_war_crimes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_731 http://www.pacificwar.org.au/WarCrimeIntro.html
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    432 road legal????

    Overall width Reg 3 Construction and Use Regulations " width means the distance between longitudinal planes passing through the Extreme lateral projecting points of a vehicle including all parts of the vehicle, any permitted receptacle which is strong enough for repeated use, and any fitting on or attached to the vehicle except a) driving mirrors b) Snow plough fitted to front c) Bulge in tyres due to weight of the vehicle d) Customs seals e) Lamps or reflectors fitted in accordance with lighting regs f) Side board lowered when stationary to load or unload g) Any fitting or receptacle which does not increase the carrying capacity of the vehicle, but which allows it to be transferred to or from a railway vehicle by a locking device and carried on a railway vehicle by use of stanchions h) Sheeting or other flexible means of covering or securing a load i) Receptacle with external width not exceeding 2.55m j) Empty receptacle which itself forms a load k) A receptacle which contains an indivisible wide load l) A receptacle manufactured before 30.10.85 not being a Marine Container m)A permanent crane, special appliance or apparatus which does not increase the carrying capacity of the vehicle n) Apparatus fitted to a bus to guide it by wheels bearing outwards provided it does not project more than 75mm beyond the side of the bus." Post boxes (what ever you mean by that) are not apparently included. A Bulldog does not appear to me to be legal width and is probably exempted width regulations by order of the Secretary of State, "for operational reasons" You cannot use a width measurement method as described by this chap. An army website lists Bulldog at 2.80m wide. ww.army.mod.uk/equipment/fighting-vehicles/1478.aspx Clearly the Mk3 is not within 2,55m! http://www.armedforces-int.com/projects/fv430_series_bulldog_armoured_vehicle.html http://www.military-today.com/apc/fv430_mk3_bulldog.htm
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    432 road legal????

    Where were you measuring, there seems plenty of projections, did you measure over these? The width measurement of a vehicle has to be taken between two imaginary parallel, vertical planes that completely contain the vehicle. The only thing allowed to project beyond this is bulge in tyres due to loading, or load lashings, chains ratchet straps and the like. (and more commonly driving mirrors) The Bulldog hull itself would have to be much narrower than 2.55m if when measured over all the visible projections the max overall width is still only 2.55m. I don't see that being the case.
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    Mystery Indian Army Item

    That would be a very hot curry then......
  7. Passes should be on the way to all who have applied. If anyone has good Hi-res photographs of their Diamond T they wish to offer for inclusion in the program, I would appreciate a good copy. If you can help please PM me and I will let you know an E-mail address where they can be sent. Thanks Mike
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    Compensation paid to Japanese POW's

    My Dad told me that The Aussies had at least one of the worst Guards at Changi. He was bundled into a dunny where he drowned, and sunk without trace. There were reprisals for the missing guard but because no body was ever found, the matter died down fairly quickly. Maybe the practice should have been more widespread.......Fortunately my father was saved from the Burma railway, a project that cost an estimated one life for every sleeper laid......
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    Compensation paid to Japanese POW's

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_government-issued_dollar_in_Malaya,_North_Borneo,_Sarawak_and_Brunei Well according to Wiki these notes were introduced from 19432 onwards and remained in use until 1945. They replaced the Malaysian dollar in Japanese occupied territory. Post 1945 The Japanese refused to honour these notes so they are therefore are not part of the £77.50 payment the Japanese gave my father in 1951.
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    Compensation paid to Japanese POW's

    And the other note is one cent!
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    Compensation paid to Japanese POW's

    so if the compensation would have been something like 77616 Yen, the 50 Cents is a tiny part of the total, so my Dad may have cashed the rest and just held onto a sample or two. In 1951, my father was courting, and presumably needed every penny he could get, however derisory he saw the offer......
  12. I am trying to find out what payment the Japanese government made to former POW's. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/48238.stm The above site indicates that £76 10s was paid to each former prisoner. It also indicates that this was in the 1950's. I as because whilst clearing my late Mother's house I have happened across some Promissory note (bank notes) from the Japanese Government. One is for 50 Cents, another is for 1 cent. I will scan one in shortly. Can anyone suggest how I can find the exchange rate for £76.50 into Japanese Cents in the fifties. Or can anyone suggest a website where I might find further info. I am trying to work out if there would have been other notes, but as yet I have not found them. I know that my father who had been in Changi since the fall of Singapore, and who came out 3 1/2 years later in very poor physical and mental health, having seen 1/4 of those around him die, thought the payment derisory and din't even bother to cash the notes. Are these notes rare? do they have any value today? I do not intent to sell them, they are part of our families history, but I was wondering in any museum might like to display them, or whether a good number of these notes have survived.
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    Minimum speed on highway

    I have seen the video's so I know it happens. This thread is an offshoot of an earlier one on making vehicles more visible to prevent rear ending. My point is that yes, try whatever you can but there are so many unexpected things happening out there don't ever believe you are now going to be accident free. Whether this is someone behind you fast asleep because they have ignored driver's hours, someone in micro-sleep for seconds, someone coming at you from the front because they have made a mistake, and driven down the exit slip, or have missed the slip and are reversing back down the motorway, or they are driving a stolen car etc and think they can lose the Police chase cars if they deliberately drive onto a motorway and drive against the flow. It all happens. driving is a risk, if you find the risk unacceptable, stop driving, you sure as hell won't alter other peoples behaviour r in some respects, just by putting reflectors or lights on the back of a military vehicles
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    Is this Oxford Blue?

    Having said that the E-charts are to my eye pretty good, when seen on a poota. They all pretty well agree with each other, and what I see of something like RAF Blue grey on the charts is what I get when I paint the colour.... Out of interest what is the alternator from? What age is it?
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    Sat night tank questions time! ...open a bottle and sit.......

    That will be the Italian Dieppe, not the French one....
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