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I saw this on Plain Military, hopefully Tony won't mind me posting here...

 

Question: Why is this one interesting?

 

Chris

 

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The hull is mine protected, but it's not to theatre entry standard. I don't know who's commanding it either.

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But there's still something else interesting about it....

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It started out it's life as a Scorpion(the hull) and was probably converted to a Sabre and it is now a Scimitar.

 

Tony and myself come across these every so often when we are roaming the Plain. Here is another example, I have the record cards for this one and it confirms that it was a Scorpion, then a Sabre before being struck off in 2005, as you can see it has returned as a Scimitar !!

 

This one belongs to the QRL and was photographed in April 2011.

 

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It started out it's life as a Scorpion(the hull) and was probably converted to a Sabre and it is now a Scimitar.

 

 

Yes, that's the answer :)

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Considering all you guys are in the same time zone and i'm hours behind you i couldn't answer earlier. I kind of feel like the kid at the back of the class who wants to answer but Sir doesn't see.

 

Very cool spotting Chris.

 

R

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What an interesting life these vehicle have led!

 

The CVRT family have certainly served their country well!

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It started out it's life as a Scorpion(the hull) and was probably converted to a Sabre and it is now a Scimitar.

 

I have to confess I looked at the VRN and thought "04FD: nothing unusual there for a Scimitar" but only after the answer did I notice how low the second number pair was, so I guess you are right and suppose it was one of the last (of the main tranche of) Scorpions.

 

Round of applause to those who got it right.

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So - maybe it's a stupid question - why did they bother? Couldn't make their mind up?!

 

The Scimitars have been in constant use for 30 years, a lot of the hulls are in a poor state with cracking etc. They kept some of the best Sabre hulls to use to re-hull the Scimitars which were beyond economic repair. I'm guessing with Scimitar 2 coming along they are getting rid of some of the good Sabre hulls now too in the latest tender.

 

Chris

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