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  1. OK what is it and does anybody want to save it ? found in a scrap yard today. AM Air Ministry Compressor Trailer fitted with an electric motor rather than the original petrol engine.
  2. Seeing references in other threads, made me wonder how many of us on here are licensed radio amateurs? de G4MBS (ex G8ADP)
  3. Hi I hope this is the right place for this question. My father was in the navy during WW2 and was sunk in HMS Van Dyke off Norway. His recollection was that the ship was crewed by volunteers and used as a decoy when the RN evacuated Norway. I have not seen any mention of this anywhere, does anyone have any information on the sinking of the Van Dyke and what it was doing there? Many thanks
  4. My wife and I have recently purchased a 'Karrier W06' and was hoping someone out there would have some pictures of the vehicle in action!!:-D
  5. I needs some photos of the insides of the turret of the Centurion as I need to see the radio set up, If anyone as a photo of teh inside of a Cent BARV radio set up even better, also need photos of the inside of a sabre turret for same reason. Also if anyopne has the gen of how the clansman would have been set up for both would appreciat it. Have been looking for a maintanance manual for teh RR Meteor engine used in the Cents, not having much luch , and I need a head gasket for the same. :sweat:
  6. Hello All, My Tilly Project ticks along getting bits sandblasted and primed as we strip it down, I though it time to look into getting the Canvas tilt, screen and other odds and ends. tried Allied forces withought any success, I'm mindful they're a small outfit and its "peak season" so I'm happy to wait, but are there alternatives out there? Would Worthings be worth shooting a query through to? I'm sure i could find a local source to cobble together something "suitable" but it'd be nice to get one fron someone who had actually seen examples/patterns etc. Any help would be appreciated. Cheers Chris Collins
  7. A friend is trying to either replicate one or acquire one. What parts was it made from? Do scale plans exist of one? Any leads or info gratefully accepted. Any variant Robin
  8. Are there any good sources of information out there on the crawler tractors/bulldozers employed by the Royal Engineers in the 1950's/1960's? Got a copy of Terry Gander's book on the Royal Engineers hardware but this only covers from the late 70's to mid 1980's Theres been various Fowler challengers - 33 and 3M3's - up for sale recently on the various online Auction/Sales Websites. Anyone able shed some light on the subject? Fowlers get a mention on the classic plant websites/forums but not in great detail. A New Zealand article on the Vigor: https://web.archive.org/web/20081014160053/http://www.contrafedpublishing.co.nz/Historical/Rugged+reliability+The+Vickers+VR180+Vigor.html
  9. Hi all, I am currently seeking info on a James ML that I am going to see next weekend. From the current owner I have received some photographs and information. The 9D engine number is 'AAA11258' , note that this is missing last 'A' in the enginenumber. ( AAAxxxxxA) The James ML framenumber is '6416' , from the pictures I have received the is no other marking to be seen (no 'ML' in front of the framenumber as I believe their should be? ). So is wartime (WD?) or a postwar model? And what about the engine? My opinion is that the engine is pre-war or ok for wartime produced, but not specificly made for the James ML and that the bike, altough some post war resemblance, might be a wartime WD bike if the framenumber would be ML6416 instead of 6416. Not to sure about this tough.. regards, Bjorn
  10. I have tried searching for an easy explanation, but have been unsuccessful. could someone explain to me what the rules are? if I had a pipe in my ferret turret that looked (to the layman) like a gun, what are the rules? would I just need to belong to the MVT? Or are there other things to consider? cheers mick
  11. does any one have any photos of motorbikes in RAF service, i'm interested in the serial numbers and how they are denoted as RAF. Thanks Jules
  12. Hi all, We just (this weekend) bought a Hillman Minx Saloon 1941 to restore and brought it from UK to Belgium. We would like it to be in original RAF-colors again ! While stripping the black paint (it was rebuild in 1948 into a cab) we found lettering on back doors. Still have to strip another part, but now I’m trying to do some research about RAF vehicle markings. Hard to find !!! The markings on the front right wing, was already made visible by the previous owners ... I have paint chips of the original RAF blue grey that was underneath the other paint layers, so the color is no problem. Right front wing marking: base color of wing is black H’24 with RAF roundel Type A diagonally below On the left back door: H + 2 or 3 digits we guess The right front door panel has been repaired earlier, so no more markings on it. The left front door panel, there is no marking either ... Quenstions: - What's the meaning of the number 24 and letter H’ ? Must been sqn numbers but wich one ... - What means black wings ?? Red wings are "Bombs Disposal" ... but black :wow: - Any help about vehicle markings would be fantastic !! Thanks a lot, Tina
  13. G'day all, Does anyone one have any experience or knowledge of how the charging circuit is set up in a VT55? Also we could do with a manual for the beastie. Cheers all Paul
  14. Hi there, Is there anyone out there who knows anything about this machine? Douglas said it could possibly be based on the P111 but I really can't see it. It's so much bigger! It has a Rolls Royce C turbocharged engine that was in production from the 50's-70's and it has a massive winch on the back of it that moves so slowly you'd hardly notice it. The tug was yellow at some point in its life before being painted by the RAF presumably when some sort of take over happened? It was 1st registered on the public road after MOD use in 1988, was used up until 1994 and has sat quietly since. Now it's time to crack on with the restoration. If there is anyone that can help with an I.d and who might know the history of it then please get in touch! You'd be a massive help even if you only pointed me in the right direction. Many thanks, Jared Ps- you'll notice one of the drawings is what I've measured and designed ready for making a fabrication cutting list
  15. Hi guys I want to mark up my Humber box Heavy utility as an RAF vehicle based at RAF Enstone in WW2. I know that it would have B/91 on one wing & RAF on the other ? but I would like to know the correct size of the roundel, the correct size & font of the RAF12345 on the door & any other markings front, rear or side ? I believe there is a book out there showing this info ? Regards Ian
  16. Hi everybody, I restored a Triumph 3HW: very nice and pretty powerful model! I found all the original technical documentation (workshop manual, spare parts list, etc.) but I miss original pictures in WWII. I've found some photos on the net (I think the most common) but I would like to find others: is there anybody that can help me? Thank You all! Fabrizio
  17. Oops - wrong category !! Hi y'all, I bought a SUMB a year or so ago but haven't been able to enjoy it due to problems with the brakes. It's a problem inherited from the previous owner who assured me that the brakes were in good order (yeah right!!). As some of you may know, the SUMB uses an Air over Hydraulic system employing a French made Bendix Air Pack (not dissimilar to the one used on the Stalwart as it happens), this if fed compressed air via an engine driven compressor and storage tanks. The system provides hydraulic non-assisted braking in an emergency & since I have to virtually stand on the pedal to get it to brake, I suspect that the Air Pack isn't doing it's job at all. I even fitted a take out Air Pack from RR Services but the problem persisted. Given that RR or myself have not been able to find a source of sevice parts for the Air Pack, I was wondering what the chances were of converting it to a Pig/Ferret like remote servo system since these are available. (Leads me to wonder why the SUMB used the Air Pack system in the first place - is there a lack of available manifold vacuum with the old V8 flathead or some related problem ?) Has anyone else out there fitted alternate brake actuation systems to a SUMB ?
  18. Back in 1975 before I was 16 I bought my 1st road bike which was a Fantic Motor Ti 4 speed (cherry Ti) for £175 but it was so unreliable the day I started work in 76 I bought a brand new Honda SS50 5 speed in green with disc brake & I still own it today (photos to follow) Anyway about 15 years ago I started collecting & restoring Fantic's again & ended up with 26, today I only own 4.
  19. I understand that there are risks with driving a stalwart on the road concerning "diff wind up" I was wondering how far you can drive one on asphalt safely? couple of miles? 10? 50? i heard somewhere someone quote 1000 but i fail to see that being the case! Any information would be massively appreciated
  20. I'm sure somebody will enlighten me as to model ect of my latest can't let that go for scrap !The story was that it had a showmans living van on it which the grand-parents of the family that lived in it until a few years ago bought it in the 20's,and over a period of 80+ years grew into a bungalow and became the utility room after a succession of additions.Anyway the site was being cleared and it was mine for the scrap money so we collected it last week and i know very little about WW1 lorries .I think it is an AEC going by the wheels apart from i can't quite match the rear wheels as they are more or less solid centres with small oval holes which don't match up with any of the AEC's i've found on the web.The chassis is a laminate of steel/ash/steel unfortunatly its been cut and extended but can be returned to original spec without to much effort.On the whole it seems in ok'ish order considering where its been i think its ex army as there's traces of faded green paint under the black.If anybody can shine some light on it that would be great,thanks Duncan
  21. In the late 1950's and during the 1960's Alvis produced the chassis for the Saracen, Saladin, Stalwart and the Salamander Airfield Crash Fire Tender the FV651. The Museum at RAF Scampton has the first production model of the Salamander that was introduced into service with the RAF and designated Mk6. We believe this to be the only surviving original that still runs. The fire fighting equipment and bodywork on the RAF Mk6 were made by Pyrene. [ATTACH=CONFIG]86143[/ATTACH] As far as we know, just two company's adapted the FV651 Chassis into fire fighting vehicles, Pyrene and Foamite. However, we know very little about the Foamite variant. From pictures we have it does appear to have been very well engineered. It has an interesting centre section that looks as if it might have been removable for access to the hull for servicing and repair. The american fire equipment and vehicle manufacturer American LeFrance did have a Canadian company, LaFrance Foamite in Toronto until 1971. Is it possible that they were produced at this factory. [ATTACH=CONFIG]86142[/ATTACH] If anyone has any knowledge about the 'Foamite' Salamander I would be most interested to hear from you. Lots on ebay, sadly only models produced by Matchbox! Regards Dave
  22. What type of vehicle is that in the background behind these three German POWs captured at Cassino?
  23. I've seen for sale on the internet a "thing" that you put in your fuel tank that works as a fuel catalyst that reacts with the petrol and allows you to safely use unleaded fuel on your engine that was designed for leaded fuel it looks like several metal pebbles In a cage and is described as fuel catalyst made from tin amalgam I currently use redex lead replacement but this is costly any one know the truth about these catalysts - do they work ? are they safe for the engine? thanks
  24. How often do the above come up for sale? are there many left?, are RR B81 powerpacks easy to source? what's spares availability like? Lots of questions :-) im new :-) Cheers Sam.
  25. A mate of mine is looking to buy a UAZ-452 Van, which is not common in the UK, and wants to know the pros and cons. Apparently like the UAZ 489 they can be bought for about £2k in Russia. The idea being is to carry his motorbike in the back to shows and camp in it (once the bike has been unloaded I presume!)
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