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  1. RAF Vehicle Identity Required

    As i said before, as this is an SDF, i'd be very surprised if it wasn't a TRE vehicle for transporting/maintaining the gizmos. Also as a rough calculation, rounding the turret height up to 6 foot, gives a rough vehicle height of 8-9ft. Larry, is there a chance of getting a higher resolution scan of the image? Just so that it doesn't pixelate quite so soon when zooming in.
  2. RAF Vehicle Identity Required

    I've changed my mind about the rear, i think that that is an upwards hinged door; the engine for the Whitley is more inline with the vertical tail surface. But the "block" to the rear of the vehicle is likely something coming out from inside rather than a door as there is no gap between the object and the curve of the vehicle's rear near the roof. As an aside and to give a better impression of size, the top of the rear turret of the Whitley wasn't very high!
  3. RAF Vehicle Identity Required

    At the end of the day, identification aside, if this is one of the Special Duties Flights, it's very unlikely to be an RAF vehicle. The SDFs were RAF aircraft and Aircrew lent to the TRE and it would have been their specialists who dealt with the equipment aboard the airframes.
  4. RAF Vehicle Identity Required

    OK, time to sound like a raving loony, but.... After Larry's comment, i can't actually see a windscreen- just the side window. It might be just because it's a bad quality photo, but could it be a caravan with another vehicle parked behind with the bonnet peeking out? The "front" wheels are much larger than the "rear" wheels if it is a single vehicle which should narrow it down a lot. If it's a caravan with another vehicle behind then the bonnet hasn't necessarily been removed but that vehicle behind is darker and/or in shadow.
  5. RAF Vehicle Identity Required

    Of course, i could be wrong! It just seems about the right distance out from the fuselage.
  6. RAF Vehicle Identity Required

    No, i think that "lift up" part is the engine of the Whitley. Because of the curve of the rear body, i can't decide if that is in fact a door, or if it is another vehicle behind. But i would still go with Ted, it's probably a NAAFI wagon.
  7. RAF vehicle camouflage

    Larry, the photo of the fire engine could be any colour - the colour film of the period was notoriously bad and rarely gave the actual shade. I agree with Ted, the darker colour is probably Nobel's Dark Tarmac (a dark grey with a hint of blue is the best description). And i don't think that roundel helps too much given how much light is reflecting off it. As for the Trojan, firstly it is unlikely to have been an RAF one. It belonged to a teacher who rebuilt it and used it for jollies and going on school trips in the sixties. He donated it to the Museum. As for the colour, BS381 was an attempt to codify the colours in official use, as well as introduce new ones for various purposes.
  8. Guy Martin - Mk IV Female Tank replica

    (Going even further off topic) Something to bear in mind. If anyone has any links to museums, small or large, or private/public collections then get them to have words with local colleges and universities to find out if any of them offer relevant courses. Lots of them spend a lot of time trying to find suitable places for work experience/internship that is now an important part of any course - it gives the student practical experience. Or even better, if you or someone you know is an employer think about the apprenticeship scheme. The RAF Museum has had apprentices for quite a number of years now, particularly at the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre (their apprentices have won or come close to winning a number of awards). There were even a couple of apprentice aircraft technicians at Hendon a couple of years ago, at the end of their stint one stayed on as full time member of staff. The best way to get them interested is to show off what we have to offer, a la Fred, Guy and co; but the best way to really get them hooked is to let them get their hands dirty on the real thing.
  9. RAF vehicle camouflage

    Almost all the RAF vehicles (certainly all of those i recall seeing pics of) have Middlesex reg numbers.
  10. Oops!

    I've seen this more times than i care to mention. I've also been the one to stop it happening on a few occasions. My favourite was an article in the Daily Fail recently about a new book on 617 Squadron with a photograph of "Guy Gibson and his crew". The crew in question was Big Joe McCarthy's and the "Guy Gibson" which they identified (second from left or somesuch) was McCarthy's bomb aimer.
  11. I'd completely forgotten about this tractor. I did little digging, and chassis number N244 was assigned RAF registration 63AN61, supplied to contract KM/2E/536/CB 21(c)2. It was taken on charge on 19th February 1969 and assigned the same day to Brize Norton. This is the only movement on the record card until it was struck of charge on 29th September 1987.
  12. Crossley Q type 4x4

    There was (and i presume still is) a Crossley Q type tractor unit in the Shopland Collection, and crash tender on display at RAF Museum Cosford.
  13. RAF vehicle camouflage

    Ted - the Museum's balloon winch carries the roundel on the wing (not introduced until 41) and has painted, not aluminium, RAF letters. So it's more like a slightly incorrect post-war scheme. Although at the end of the day it's splitting hairs really. As for the Khaki, G3 is not Khaki it's Khaki-Green. Lord knows why they decided to complicate matters with a name like that (I assume they used that name, it's how I've always heard it referred to). Khaki is and always was Khaki as in Khaki Dress uniforms- a sort of Light Stone colour. The RAF seemed averse to using British Standard 318 colours at this time (which is different from BS318 including colours already used by the RAF) so the stores vocabs wont get us any closer to an exact shade. Certainly the photographs show a light colour, definitely not dark enough to be KG3. Besides, the RAF liked to keep it's members busy, including hand mixing each batch of of paint; and Mr Angus knows about hand mixing paint for use in the Middle East!
  14. RAF vehicle camouflage

    I've been laid up ill for the past few days so can't access anything i don't have at home, and oddly very few pictures i have here are Fordson types. I can't see any other types with black front wings in my pictures, but you're right it seems to be a Fordson thing, maybe because it was how they painted their civvy output? Maybe they are being knocked up on the same production line and the front wings came ready painted before attaching? I honestly have no clue, not having noticed this Fordson quirk before. Also if i recall correctly, the blue-grey paint at the time should be matt and the black on those looks like gloss
  15. RAF vehicle camouflage

    Larry - The ballon winch at the Museum is in post-war colours And i assume you are referring to the Fordson crash tender you posted on the first page? If so i have some doubts about that picture, it feels like it is too much of a prepared publicity shot; in much the same way as in certain famous press shots of pilots they got hold of the best conditioned flying gear and each pilot took turns wearing the same kit for their photographs.
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