Jump to content

RAFMT

Members
  • Content count

    357
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    1

RAFMT last won the day on November 26 2017

RAFMT had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

13 Good

About RAFMT

  • Rank
    Warrant Officer 1st Class

Personal Information

  • Location
    London
  • Occupation
    Historian

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. RAFMT

    RAF Vehicle Identity Required

    Wow, you go away for a long weekend and everyone has fun without you! 😉 I agree with the mobile kitchen trailer. As for what ASPs handled, it was "aircraft equipment and spares".
  2. RAFMT

    Dating a military registration.

    On top of that, with the RAF (and i guess the Brown Jobs?) different letter combinations were used to denote the role/type of vehicle so AA contains cars, light tenders and ambulances (as well as a few trailers i believe). The easiest way to date it would be to see if the Record Card survives.
  3. RAFMT

    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.
  4. RAFMT

    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.
  5. RAFMT

    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.
  6. RAFMT

    RAF Vehicle Identity Required

    Whether it was 2 or 3, it was certainly tinted by somebody who wasn't there at the time.
  7. RAFMT

    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.
  8. RAFMT

    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.
  9. RAFMT

    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!
  10. RAFMT

    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.
  11. RAFMT

    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.
  12. RAFMT

    RAF Vehicle Identity Required

    Of course, i could be wrong! It just seems about the right distance out from the fuselage.
  13. RAFMT

    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.
  14. RAFMT

    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.
  15. RAFMT

    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.
×