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  1. RAF accumulator trolley

    I have to agree, i started looking into it a while back but didn't get far before having to put it on hold. The Mk5 trolley acc doesn't seem to have been produced earlier than 1945. I might have another look on my lunch break today and see what I find.
  2. WW2 bomb trolley wanted

    Alan, there were a few models of tractor made by David Brown during and after the war. Are there no clues on your tractor? The one in the photo above is potentially the right model for wartime although they carried on in production post-war. http://www.dbtractors.co.uk/ the VTK1/VIG1 were the wartime production, the Taskmaster based model (listed as Aircraft Towing Tracor) are the clearly post-war version.
  3. WW2 bomb trolley wanted

    Trolleys turn up every now and then, depending on which type you are after. Bomb casings are much less likely to turn up - it was far easier and safer to detonate or dump them than try and remove the filling. If any do turn up in a hedgerow you can guarantee EOD will be right round to ensure it goes off with the least amount of risk! And if you are aiming for WW2 please, please, please try to get the colour scheme approximately right, not the postwar scheme shown above.
  4. RAF Vehicle Identity Required

    Whether it was 2 or 3, it was certainly tinted by somebody who wasn't there at the time.
  5. RAF Vehicle Identity Required

    Richard - the WOT1 had vacuum brakes "on certain chassis only" according to the databook Lauren references above. The Austin K3YF 6x4 had vacuum trailer brakes as standard. For reference the Dodge VK62B 4x2 had a turning circle of 68ft. The Cheverolet 1543 4x2 was 60ft The Austin K3YF 6x4 was 57ft. The Fordson WOT1 6x4 had a turning circle of 64 ft to the right and 62 ft to the left.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. RAF Vehicle Identity Required

    Of course, i could be wrong! It just seems about the right distance out from the fuselage.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. RAF vehicle camouflage

    Almost all the RAF vehicles (certainly all of those i recall seeing pics of) have Middlesex reg numbers.
  15. 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.