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  1. Hello all, For those who may not have found it already, I found this tonight, which may be useful in determining where your vehicle may have served, and what kind of uniform its crew might have been wearing; http://british-army-units1945on.co.uk/default.aspx
  2. I thought I would post some pictures of the kit I have been collecting over the past few months for my new Royal Engineers impression. I will start with the basic kit and uniform. The uniform is repro but most of the rest is original. I hope this will help anyone who is just starting out. I will also post the basic uniform and kit for the US infantry man in due course. I am not an expert on uniforms so please feel free to correct me if I am in error.
  3. A few weeks ago I attended the 40s weekend on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. It's a cracking little show (getting bigger each year!) and includes a fine selection of vehicles, dioramas, Lindy hoppers, 40s style musical entertainment (nice uniformed lady variety), land girls, and this year a steam threshing set and 40s fairground rides. I particularly enjoy the fact that they are expanding the civilian exhibit side of things including a nice display of 1930s/40s cars. They also have a great beer tent, but I wouldn't know much about that... I borrowed a half track to exhibit, and it was used as part of a little diorama along with a Dingo.
  4. Rare piece of kit in this condition on Milweb http://www.milweb.net/classifieds/large_image.php?ad=58145&cat=7 Nice finishing touch for a Jeep, might be time for some lucky buyer to get it in time for W&P
  5. In the end we decided to pay a visit to Chatham Docks on Thursday and stay pretty local to where were staying as the weather didn't look good for the day. Although at first I thought it was pretty pricey when I had a look for information in advance we actually had a pretty good day out with there being plenty to keep you entertained during the day. There were a number of interesting places to visit in the complex and I really enjoyed the tour of the HM Submarine Ocelot (wouldn't have been good to spend 12 weeks in those cramped conditions!). In a way (I don't know why) I was quite shocked to see quite a number of land based military vehicles in one of the sections of the dock. It was good to see these though as I had never seen them before and can add them to my collection of photos, even though they aren't really positioned that well. Has anyone got any information about the Matador? Below are a few pictures of the day out.
  6. Been discussed before and an article in this months Classic Military Vehicle magazine, but I have to say what a great day out a recent trip to Cobbaton Combat Collection near Barnstaple was. My 14 month old son and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves whilst his mum just followed behind wondering what all the excitement was about. She did however comment that there was a lot of items to look at, even if she did glaze over slightly! Well worth a visit if anyone is in the area. I will upload some pics when I get the memory card out of the other alfs camera
  7. Just found this site , thought might be of interest ......www.halftrackinfo.com
  8. This is by way of a walk around and explanation of the Stormer vehicle. There is to my knowledge only Dan in the UK and myself involved with them at this time. There are no manuals around as yet, maybe that will change. In the hope that this may be of use to other who follow, i'm starting this thread as a bit of colour on the vehicle and also to answer some questions. This will be the general section. Any particular issues that are ongoing I will post in a separate thread so as to easier file the various components for search in later time. I will be opinionated as I am often noted for, Im just being blunt. Hope some answers and enjoyment will follow. Robin
  9. Hi folks. On one or two forums there has been intrest in the unitary radio station as fitted, it seems mostly in the Half Ton Land Rover (Airportable FFR). I have promised to post a few pics. over the last few months. So I have decided to start a thread (hope in the right 'slot'). I'm starting with a few pictures of parts in mine that folks may not have seen before as they are easy to get thrown away. I bought mine five years ago for £20. Very lucky it still contained all the leads trays etc. allthough the trays were full of water. I will add more pictures as time permits. It would be great if others added to the information on this unit (my knowledge is not great) allso information and pics. of fitted Clansman and Larkspur radio equipment. Lets see if we can build up a good reference file for this important piece of Miltary history in the Landrover. Andy.
  10. Just received my copy of Frituur Zorro (which turns out to be an Austin K2 converted into a Begian mobile chippy!). This is a wonderful collection of photographs of military trucks seen in civvy use throughout Belgium, Holland and France post WW2. The images show vehicles just hanging around on street corners, or construction yards, scrapyards or garages. Primarily a photographic resource, each image is captioned in English. About 70% of the images are of American types, the rest being British and Commonwealth vehicles. www.frituurzorro.nl gets you to where you need to be! The two authors are to be congratulated on the excellent quality and consistency of images (in a very slightly sepia tone). They started snapping trucks in 1969 and travelled widely in Europe throughout the 1970's seeking out any remaining WW2 trucks - this adds up to a great record of how these vehicles were utilised post war in mainland Europe. The photo of a French garage owner standing proudly by his German Sd.Kfz.8 converted to a mobile crane is lovely! A second book is in preparation which will cover German and Italian types as well as more British vehicles. If only more enthusiasts would go to the trouble and expense to share their own resources by publishing books of this quality! Oh for a similar book showing vehicles in post war Britain.....
  11. A guy in the darts team gave me a book the other week http://www.amazon.co.uk/World-Encyclopedia-Tanks-Armoured-Vehicles/dp/0754817415/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1288612545&sr=1-7 Was well pleased with it & an excellent book on the face of it.. turned the pages to a vehicle I know well, the Fox CVR(W).. where it stated.. No there isn't.. they are storage bins.. if there authors can't get simple facts like that correct how can I have faith in the info about the other vehicles in the book that I know little about?? It seems they did little or no research on the vehicle & just presumed the doors to the bins were hatches for the crew.. wonder how many other vehicles in the book they just "Made Up" the info for from looking at reference photos without checking the facts.. I would recommend the book for photo reference but would take some of the facts with a pinch of salt.. you can get a copy on eBay for about £6.00
  12. Just bought a cheap copy of this book.. will interesting to see how many of the upgrades were ever implemented.. should be delivered in the next couple of days. Jane's Armour and Artillery Upgrades 1995-96 [Hardcover] Christopher F. Foss (Editor), Tony Cullen (Editor) Hardcover: 655 pages Publisher: Jane's Information Group; 8th edition edition (July 1995) Language English ISBN-10: 0710612559 ISBN-13: 978-0710612557 Product Dimensions: 32.4 x 22.2 x 3.8 cm. This guide to cost-effective upgrades shows how to upgrade obsolescent equipment to modern specifications for less than 70% of the cost of new vehicles. Detailed information is provided on over 300 manufacturers worldwide. Specifications, capabilities and compatabilities of almost every retrofit system available or under development, may be compared. Each entry provides a description of the system and its development history, specifications, status and the manufacturer's address and telephone number. Table of Contents Armoured fighting vehicle armament: weapons of 20mm upward; list of coaxial machine guns; vehicle mounted anti-tank guided weapons; automatic loaders and flick rammers. Ammunition. Armoured fighting vehicle protection: armour systems; smoke dischargers, grenades and decoys; laser detectors; fire detection and suppression. AFV engines, transmissions and powerpacks. Mobility: tracks; suspensions. AFV turrets and cupolas. Weapon control and stabilization systems. AFV fire-control systems. Land navigation systems. AFV optics: driver day and night vision systems; laser rangefinders; commanders' and gunners' day and night observation and sighting systems. Excellent copy of this hard to find, well illustrated book. Book is in undamaged, near new condition. All pages are crisp and clean. RRP £215.
  13. Has anyone watched this, hosted by Mike Brewer? http://www.yourdiscovery.com/web/frontline-battle-machines/ Along the same lines as Ross Kemp's series but focusing more on the hardware and the skill of the guys operating it. Well worth a watch.
  14. Hello, I recently received the gift of a Saracen MK 1-6 Manual. However, this manual didn't contain half a rainforests worth of trees - it is a digital reproduction. It also costs a fraction of its paper counterpart - at £9.90. The quality of the scans are very good and all manuals are fully indexed and searchable meaning its quick and easy to find what you are looking for. The added bonus is the Tank Museum receives a donation for every manual purchased. So far the company has produced User Handbooks for the following vehicles: Centurion MK 3,5 & 6 Centurion MK 7 - 10 Centurion BARV Charioteer MK 6-8 Cheiftain MK 1 - 3 Churchill III & IV Cromwell I Cromwell VII Cruiser Tank MK 1 & 1A (A9 & A10) Ferret Scout Car FV432 MK1 & MK 1/1 Humber Scout Car Saladin MK 2 Saracen MK 1 - 6 T34 Valentine X And technical handbooks for the following: Centurion Mk 1,2 & 3 Chieftain Mk 5-12 Churchill III-IV Saladin Mk 2 Even if you don't own that specific vehicle the manuals make interesting reading. I recommend people visit their website for further details: www.afvhandbooks.com Many Thanks, FB
  15. If you attended this event with your MV then you might like to know that my complete review of the event is now online: http://www.simonsfotos.co.uk/c1891072.html
  16. The last surviving teacher from the Freckleton Air Disaster has died aged 91. Doris gardeners life was spared as she was visiting her sick mother on August 23rd 1944, when a plane crashed onto Freckletons Holy Trinity School killing 61 people. The young teacher returned to the school to find a scene of total devastation.The crash killed 38 of her pupils, 2 teaching colleagues, and a number of RAF staff and American airman .A thanksgiving service will be held next week. For information on the disaster check out below.. . www2.blackpooltoday.co.uk/slideshows/freckleton
  17. Some interesting pics of early vw s and hitler on Volksworld web site .....
  18. I read a letter in Practical Classics magazine last weekend, about cleaning rusty items with Vinegar (the stuff you put on chips). The writer of the letter had cleaned surface rust from a fan he had just bought. It sounded interesting (and Cheap) so I tried it. I used 2 large washers with surface rust to use as a trial. I bought a pint bottle of Vinegar from Asda for 13p and put some in a small dish with the washers. I left them for 12 hours and then cleaned them in water with a washing sponge. I was amazed how they came up - the metal was clean and ready for painting. I will now try other items. Some points to remember - 1. Do this outside undercover, as the Vinegar smells. 2. Wash and dry the items thoughly in water afterwards to get rid of the vinegar and prevent more corrosion. 3. It will clean light surface rust, but that is all. 4. Make sure the bowl/dish you use is big enough and has enough Vinegar to cover the items to be cleaned. I am yet to try whether Brown or Clear Vinegar is best, but Brown certainly works and is cheap. Try it on a test sample and see the effect - let us know how you get on.
  19. Tuned into BBC2 Genius Of Design prog. 8.00-9.00 tonight about 1/2 way through - tail end of British wartime poster design. This segwayed into fascinating look at tank design, going from Tiger 1 to T34 then to U.S. airplane production and Liberty ships, then Kriegslok German freight loco. Well worth a look if repeated - no idea what was in first half! :-)
  20. Went to Haworth this morning to the 40's weekend and had an enjoyable time. Plenty of nice Jeeps, a nice Mack NO and many other well presented vehicles and people... Strange how there are always so many middle aged chaps dressed as US airborne soldiers...
  21. Back in March on a bitterly cold windy day, I was fortunate to be able to visit the very extensive REME Historic Vehicle Collection which is housed within the SEME base at Bordon. On arrival I was greeted by ex-REME (though to them they are never EX-REME!) Roger Jones who looks after the Collection. Expecting to follow him to a car park, I was amazed to find that we drove into this huge building. Before arriving I had no idea exactly how large the collection was and my first sighting was a bit mind blowing! The complete collection (unfortunately missing the Mighty Antar - my favourite vehicle of the 60s from seeing them trundling around the Aldershot area when I was at school) can now be viewed on my website by following this link: http://www.airmuseums.fotopic.net/c1833123.html Depsite the size of the building, the vehicles are not easy to photograph due to the roof glazing and the fact that there was no lighting (or heating!) on the day of my visit. Being on an active Army base, the Collection is not open to the public except by special arrangement and during the summer months, some vehicles are not on site as they are taken to various events and rallies so that the public can see some of those that are in working order. My thanks to Roger for the welcome and allowing the solo visit.
  22. This is on today as a charity day with funds going to the Help for Heroes fund. Popped down there this morn ,not much to see and bloody cold . was told it clashes with some other rally on nearby . (Told the guy with the QL about the forum , said he would look into joining.. )
  23. The museum opened in 1994 and my only previous visit was in 2005. Nothing much have changed since then, but the museum is well kept and really nice. The museum builing itselg is shaped like a bladed propellar with one civilain part, one military part and the old control tower in the middle. From the tower you look down the runway of the airport, where you also can see military aircrafts as the F-16, C-130 and army helicopters. During our 6 hour stay we saw a total of 14 F-16s, 2 Hercules and 2 helicopters. This area has always been a important area because of the closeness to Russia. At the entrence you're greeted by a Hurricane replica. When you enter the door to the 10.000 m2 exhibit you're greeted by friendly local staff. Just inside there's the reception/ gift shop, cafe and a wardrobe where you can leave your clothes and stuff. I'm glad I didn't need to bring my N3-B Parka around inside the museum. It came to good use outdoors with -14 Celsius and plenty of wind. Even though it's just 1,5 kms from the airport Taxi was a good idea this day. Just inside you meet the first aircraft among them the Northrop RF-5A Freedom Fighter Since two F-16s landed side by side just shortly after our arrival we were hungry to see more of these birds and entered the control tower. The main road goes beneath the control tower, so you can watch both the road and the runway from both control tower and cafe. The military part of the museum aim to show flight from the early beginning until the modern times. It tells the story from the building of own aircraft, through the war years and cold war period. The exhibit is many different planes, equipment, info boards and wonderful dioramas. Dioramas both in full scale and mini format. The lighting in the two halls makes it difficult to take good pictures, it's also rather full of planes. I've tried to adjust the light a bit in the photos posted. Full size Norwegian aircraft workshop. Full size German wreck as found in the mountains. Mini size German attack of Sola airport April 9th 1940. End of part I. Marty
  24. The museum opened in 1994 and my only previous visit was in 2005. Nothing much have changed since then, but the museum is well kept and really nice. The museum builing itselg is shaped like a bladed propellar with one civilain part, one military part and the old control tower in the middle. From the tower you look down the runway of the airport, where you also can see military aircrafts as the F-16, C-130 and army helicopters. During our 6 hour stay we saw a total of 14 F-16s, 2 Hercules and 2 helicopters. This area has always been a important area because of the closeness to Russia. At the entrence you're greeted by a Hurricane replica. When you enter the door to the 10.000 m2 exhibit you're greeted by friendly local staff. Just inside there's the reception/ gift shop, cafe and a wardrobe where you can leave your clothes and stuff. I'm glad I didn't need to bring my N3-B Parka around inside the museum. It came to good use outdoors with -14 Celsius and plenty of wind. Even though it's just 1,5 kms from the airport Taxi was a good idea this day. Just inside you meet the first aircraft among them the Northrop RF-5A Freedom Fighter Since two F-16s landed side by side just shortly after our arrival we were hungry to see more of these birds and entered the control tower. The main road goes beneath the control tower, so you can watch both the road and the runway from both control tower and cafe. The military part of the museum aim to show flight from the early beginning until the modern times. It tells the story from the building of own aircraft, through the war years and cold war period. The exhibit is many different planes, equipment, info boards and wonderful dioramas. Dioramas both in full scale and mini format. The lighting in the two halls makes it difficult to take good pictures, it's also rather full of planes. I've tried to adjust the light a bit in the photos posted. Full size Norwegian aircraft workshop. Full size German wreck as found in the mountains. Mini size German attack of Sola airport April 9th 1940. Mini size German 88 battery. Different weapons used. End of part I of many. Marty
  25. I thought I'd give a brief and awful review of Ted, the landy. I'll get some pics of it later or maybe see if I can get some of my Dad's comp. Anyway's. The vehicle actually isn't really a Series 3. I am a little sketchy on it's history but this is what I have picked up from the eavesdropping, yes I am a eavesdropper on my parents but all kids do it ssssssh. From what I have learnt the vehicle is actually a mixture of alot of different series vehicles. I think a majority of the bodywork is Series 2 and Series 3 and actually alot of the engine is actually Series 2A, which is why our mechanic sometimes get's frustrated when doing work on it. lol. However the main part of the engine itself is actually Series 3 which is why it is classified as a Series 3. But because most of the bodywork and all that actually came from a 'scrapyard' you see interesting features such as both sliding windows are actually for the left hand side. I'll try and get a pic of that. My Dad has done alot of work to it over the years after the last owners didn't give in the best condition in the world. He's spent alot of money trying to improve the engine and updating it, he's even made the cylinders now respond to a computer I believe rather than to a machine! He's added a winch, which he's never used, a roof rack, which we always use, two forward facing seats in the back considering we're a family of five and other numerous gadgets. One of my favourites is the smoker thing that he's wired in. We now get to use electrical devices in it without batteries! We all love Ted, other than my Mum who doesn't get involved but even she admits he's great, and it is the only thing that sends my 3 year old sister to sleep! We used to do greenlaning alot but when my baby sister came along it all stopped with other duties that became more important so now we really only use the landy for taking stuff to the dump and Ikea trips. lol. If you read the Land Enthusiasts magazine for September/October you would have seen Ted in it as one of the articles my Dad wrote so that would of given more detail. All in all I'm proud of what my Dad has done and I hope you do to even if this is a poor description. I'll try get some pics for you to see especially of those windows. lol. Ieuan
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