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  1. Hi, Keith, I'm pretty sure it's the centre of Valenciennes. The buildings in the background of the third photo, with lots of chimneys on the roof appear to the Caserne Vincent, still there today but without chimneys. This is at one end of Rue de Lille. https://www.va-infos.fr/2019/10/29/retour-sur-lhistoire-de-la-caserne-vincent-a-valenciennes/ The photo was taken from a little further back from here. https://www.google.com/maps/@50.3604145,3.5237101,3a,75y,347.84h,88.52t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sP9LnbQ-lX8pFqiktHTR9aQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192 I guess the others will be in t
  2. Hi @bobboat Nice model, and still seems well cared for. Do you know why your father hose this particular boat to build? I'm assuming it wasn't a kit, so he must have known it at some stage? Best Regards, Adrian
  3. @67burwood You wouldn't believe what an emotive subject early jeep grooved steering wheels is with some people, which is why most are stopping out of it (try reading the G503 website to see how upset people can get!) Anyway, I'm pretty happy it's an early Black solid Sheller wheel, Mould Number 5, from a 1941 to early 1942 Willys MB, or an early 1942 GPW, after which they were revised to solid Sheller wheels made from green Tenite acetate until around mid 1942. Best Regards, Adrian
  4. Hi, It's possibly this aspect, with the top chopped off. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Cable+St,+Huddersfield+HD1+3LP,+UK/@53.6398002,-1.7899553,3a,75y,110.81h,93.64t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sfAkEXVVOi-V_kXjN_MHIDg!2e0!3e11!7i16384!8i8192!4m5!3m4!1s0x487bdc77723a63b7:0x37b3b3738ea8f222!8m2!3d53.6403324!4d-1.7895047 Best Regards, Adrian
  5. Hi, That would be Harry Pounds Scrapyard, Tipner, Portsmouth.. And it was an impressive site (and sight). https://www.strongisland.co/2010/05/25/submarine-graveyard/ And, of course, they had a wide range of land based things of interest too. Best Regards, Adrian
  6. @Tony Cole Hi Tony, I was working just up the road from you at Lockhurst Lane, Courtaulds Research, and had some involvement in the polymer development of the helmet, mainly Quality Control analysis, and a little compounding.. I remember walking up to NP on several occasions for meetings there. I later worked across the road in Foleshill Road at the Beechtree Carbon Fibre laboratories, producing composites and prepreg for Dunlop sports, some aviation and sports car makers, and military applications. The plaque sounds interesting, but I'm living and working in France these d
  7. Hi Again, It's always wise to bear in mind that 'abscence is not proof'. Not finding the Ginetex symbols helps indicate a date, but they might be hidden in the lining, or have fallen off, or been removed by someone trying to make a coat look older. An interesting phrase on the lable is 'Do not use Biological Powder'. In the UK, Bio was only generally available at the end of the 1960's, and I'm not sure how longit would take for a manufacturer to start putting this detail on a lable. A couple of years? Below is a Morcosia lable from a late 1960's coat (fashionable Leopard's skin
  8. Hi, Not a military pattern. Not prewar, since Nylon was only commercially available from 1938. In WW2 it was mainly used in Parachutes and stoclings, and only started being seen in linings and blends with other fibres in the late 1940's as the maker Dupont looked for other postwar markets for it. Previously, silky linings were either Rayon, Cellulose Acetate or, well, Silk. In the UK, 'Dry Clean Only' lables don't start much before the 1960's, and the 'Made in UK' also makes me think quite a bit later, since it would be more normal to see 'Made in Gt Britain' on earlier goods.
  9. Hi, All, Paul L Welch has written some excellent research on Twitter about Hobart's Funnies. https://twitter.com/PaulIWelch I would like to get in contact with him, since I some further information about one of the tanks he's writing about, and I would like permission to quote one of his interviews if possible. However, I really don't want to have to join Twitter just to do this. Since he is obviously interested in WW2 MV history, I wondered if anyone knew him? Thanks for the help. Best Regards, Adrian
  10. Et voilà. MOËT et CHANDON, Epernay, France 1900. Happy Christmas! Adrian
  11. Hi Al, I can get back to 1906 (Columbia Spectator). and 1905 (Life Magazine). The importer then was Geo. A. Kessler &C° of New York. I may be able to get back further, but I need to get on with some Christmas Shopping this morning (-: Best Regards, Adrian
  12. Hi I think the photo was taken inthe US. Moet and Chandon "White Seal" appears to have been the advertising name this champagne was sold under in the US. It's been around since at least 1900 (Columbia Spectator 30th July 1900) to the 1950's. Schieffelin & C° of New York were the sole importers from around 1920, but I'm not sure if this is too late for the Riker pictured? Best Regards, Adrian
  13. Hi Sammy, @Betsy the Bedford @chriscarte hasn't been back since 13th March 2019, so is unlikely to see your post. By typing @ and then starting the name of the person you want to contact, you will get a pull down list of names, you can select the one you want. Then they get a notification that someone has used their name and where. Otherwise, I guess, trying to contact him through Ebay is your other option. 'ask seller a question'. Sorry, I can't do a link for you I'm in France, using an American computer and a German VPN, so his link doesn't work for me! Good luck. Hippos
  14. Yes, you'll see some variations between makers, and often simplifications as the war went on. The angular mudguards are probably not original, though, that said, there is something very similar on the Mortar trailers of the time. The most difficult part to find is the water filters, which were brass, so got weighed in when these were surplussed out. You'll see many requests from people searching for these. Best Regards, Adrian
  15. Hi @1922aveling You're welcome (-: I guess these days it's on Traction Engine duty? I started my MV collecting days surrounded by them at Hollowell steam fair in the 1970's. I'm pleased that people are still able to keep them going. Best Regards, Adrain
  16. Hello, and welcome. It's a British Military WW2 20CWT Water Trailer. You can learn a lot about it in general from this restoration by @Ian L To find the maker, date and original service number, you would need to locate the data plate, which is often no longer there. Best Regards, Adrian
  17. Hi All, Just to add to the topic a little. One of these Military Pattern bikes was recently re-exported for France via the UK back to the USA. This bicycle has a so far unique USA marked saddle. These saddles were undoubtedly military issue, but probably only appreared on the second batch of these bicycles built in 1918. The earlier bicycles had civilian made saddles, Troxel N°1 Motobike were specified. These are of similar or the same design, but have Troxel stamped into the leather rather than USA. Pictures and research by New Mexico Brant. It was found a
  18. Hi, Silly question (sorry), since I see you are in Belgium. Is the Speedometer in Miles per Hour, and (naturally) the GPS in Kilometers per hour (I know there's not a precise corrolation between 60M/h and 85Km/h, but it's not far off). Best Regards, Adrian
  19. Hi All, BAFO (British Air Forces of Occupation) RAF existed between 15th July 1945 and 1st Sept 1951. Read all about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Second_Tactical_Air_Force CVTC was an official abbreviation for the Civilian Vocational Training Centre, I think training for Demob, but perhaps there were other usages too. Best Regards, Adrian
  20. This Gentleman had a few Grover Washers to spare... (-: Best Regards, Adrian
  21. Hi, All, APR 929 was issued in Dorset in 1941, between Jan (APR 879) and April (APR 999). (Source: Glass's Index of Registration Numbers 1965) Best Regards, Adrian
  22. Hi All, 2 AFK, if a civilian registration, was issued November 1959 by Worcester County Council. Best Regards, Adrian
  23. Dear Graham, @Grumble Below are your photos, and commentry "Attached are the photos of the brick structure and the below ground tank. The first photo shows the "coffin" (our nickname for it because it is that size) with the four 2'*1.5' capping slabs removed. Inside it was full of broken bricks and rubble. I excavated all that in the hope of finding some clue as to the date of its construction but nothing at all, no coins, no inscribed dates, just rubble. The other two photos show how it was before the excavation of the inside. Ignore the blue shed to one side and the
  24. Dear @Grumble Email address sent. Best Regards, Adrian
  25. Welcome, @Grumble Sorry there's been no immediate reaction, but despite your detailed description, it's a little difficult to visualise. Plus, seeing the actual construction tends to give a better feeling of when and why it was built. If you know how to attach pictures to emails, let me know and I'll send you an email address, to send them to and I'll upload the pictures from there for you. Military sites are prone to all kinds of enigmatic structures, some of which were only used for very short periods before being abandoned. It's quite possible the structures you
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