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  1. The above photo is from the IWM official collection - ref B11345 Other photos include B11346, B13433, B15625, BU3907 and BU5109.
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  2. Main thing is NOT to use oil with EP additives as that is corrosive to yellow metals.
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  3. The new MWR pattern tailgate is just about finished. Just need to add the two blocks across the top, although I’m not really sure what purpose they serve.
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  4. I’ve been busy accomplishing very little over the weekend. I managed to remove all 8 crab ware plates and the corresponding bogie arm ware plates. 2 screws per plate, 32 screws in total and only one would undo with a screwdriver! From those 31, 6 needed drilling out and the threads chasing, and 25 needed chiselling or mole grips. The ware plates are toast, worn through the hard surface in to the soft core. Luckily I’ve got some NOS plates to collect and they don’t cost a great deal. Ill post some photos of the plates so people can see how bad they can get.
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  5. Tied in a work trip and collected the crown wheel and worm from Leek Gears can’t recommend these guys high enough , did exactly what they said they would when they would. New bearings fitted to the diff hub and crown wheel bolted to the hub just got to measure up and knock up the input shaft .
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  6. I have just taken 3 more photos of bits from my stores to illustrate some of the differences in s-h parts available for special variants. Picture 1 shows an early (round boss) type top cover with some slight wear rubbing. Many of these have almost no black anodising remaining. Others have 'squad markings' or restricted function colours. Like the price tag from some years ago now. Wish I could find them at that price nowadays. The pistol grip frame and trigger guard are similar, as are most of the plastic grips. The top carry handle is current British army type and comes in aluminium frame (which easily breaks) and cast steel frame (which is much stronger). The lower handle is FN type and has different latch mechanism and plastic handle. Picture 2 shows a 'Norwegian' type bipod. Notice the ice spikes and the lack of angle adjustment. Now I come to think about it, if you widen the angle it would no longer grip a flat bit of ice or packed snow! The middle one also has no height adjuster and may have been early British or Israeli issue as the are quite a few of them about. The bottom one is current army issue and shows much use. There are at least 5 manufacturers judging by the different rivet patterns and the differing locking bar arrangements. The 3rd picture shows an early wooden stock from the 1960s. It has oval butt plate and screwed on swivel. The other wooden one is similar to the current plastic shape and has a M240B type butt plate. I suspect these type are made up from bits and have no idea if they were used. Again the 3rd stock has a M240B type butt plate on a plastic 2 piece moulding. The but plate is almost certainly a later addition. This stock has the earlier aluminium buffer, which has a tendency to break the locating flanges when roughly treated, thus rendering the weapon useless. The last stock is the current army model with steel buffer housing . Much stronger but heavier. Almost all of the parts used in these variants are interchangeable with the other types. I have a prototype folding stock with some bits missing. I hope to complete it in time to display it at the W&P show. It was to be used with a shortened barrel and could be used in close combat, fired from the hip.....at 650 rounds a minute, that's over 3 tins of ammo! Strong bloke...although I think it was to be used by the Israeli army...so it might not have been a bloke after all. It was probable more likely to be used by troops in armoured vehicles were a 1m long weapon gets in the way a lot. If there is any interest I can post more parts detail. Please comment so that we can all get the details correct. Jon
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