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  1. Thanks Timbo...yes indeed...getting to grips with the uncluttered missile tube is a must. Once I get basic dims from the missile making a drawing is one step easier. I'll have a look for the one you mentioned. Good idea, cheers.:thumbsup: g0ozs........not sure if its the same example, but that is certainly an excellent set of images you linked to. Many many thanks for that. The overhead shots especially. Thats where I would have struggled with the Muckleburgh example. :banana: Clive, 'you da man' as usual. Have replied to your mails...those scans absolutely invaluable sir. :bow: Sincere thanks to all so far. Howard @ KFS
  2. Greetings all. This is a bit of a long shot (pun intended :-D) I'm after any info on the English Electric Thunderbird Mk2 please if anyone can help. Specifically; the missile itself & the launcher base/carrier trailer with the removable axles. Not so much the re-supply trailer, radar, & generators though. I know Muckleburgh has one in the erect position (opposite a Bloodhound). Firepower at Woolich also has one erected. But does anyone know of others, ideally in private hands maybe ?. Museum & gates guard missiles are usually erected & that makes them difficult to measure up. Or....anyone have any user handbooks, drawings, manuals, publications etc they might be prepared to photocopy ?....all costs happily covered of course. All info gratefully received......many thanks in advance.:tup:: Howard @ KFS http://www.kitformservices.com kfs1@btinternet.com
  3. Thanks for the tip off John, sending him an e mail in the next few minutes. Any other offers more than welcome though in case its a no go. Thanks again all. Howard @ KFS
  4. Morning all, Time is fast approaching to start work on our 1/24th Scammell Crusader kit(s). What I'm hoping for is someone in the Lincolnshire (or near-ish) area with a complete 35 ton Crusader tractor (with winch) who will allow me to pay a visit with a camera & tape measure to gather some first hand data. I have an iron in the fire for the EKA version, so thats covered with luck. Just the tractor unit to crack now. All offers of help gratefully received lads. Thanks in advance. Howard @ KFS www.kitformservices.com kfs1@btinternet.com
  5. Hello Chaps, Just a BIG public thank you to Sean for his assistance on the RL detail questions ! He has kindly taken the time & trouble & provided me with exactly what I needed & more besides:thanx: HMVF to the rescue again:saluting: Best regs.......Howard @ KFS
  6. Cheers Wally, many thanks......well that proves they were there anyway !! The body we've copied is a later dropside version...just got one very grainy in service picture which appears to show the assister on the other side, like an MK. One step closer never the less :drive: Thanks again. Best regs........Howard
  7. Gents. Just a sneak preview look at some of the masters for the 1/24th Bedford RL kit coming out in a few months time. Go to the Military Section on http://www.kitformservices.com & scroll down a way to the TQ-223 Bedford RL Its off for casting shortly.....more news when I have the full kit back with canopy, etch & decals. Regards.......Howard @ KFS
  8. Thanks Sean....looking forward to seeing what you can find out.:clap: Just posted a couple of preview pictures on my website of the basic masters set if anyone wants a shuftie :drive: See Military Range........ http://www.kitformservices.com Best regards.....Howard @ KFS
  9. Evening all, As stated recently in Sharkys RL thread (Hello again Iain:D)....we have an RL kit coming out in the next few months. I'm in the process of finalising the details right now & am looking for some insight on a few details if anyone could kindly help out. (Will also have Saxon ready v-soon but thats another story) 1) Would anyone have a photo of a fully rigged body headboard with pioneer tool fitted or at least a picture of all the brackets in place please? I can see where the shovel fits, & I can see what looks like pick head clamp fittings....but I have no idea about where the helve is carried.:blush: 2) Next is any info, pictures etc of the infantry seats please?....I remember in my head what they look like & how they fold etc, but its the detail like how many wooden slats in the seat & back rest & how many 'over body' hooks etc. 3) Does anyone know, did the RL tailboard have a spring assisted reaction bracket fitted, (like on the MK) as standard or fitted in later service? Or was it all gravity & muscles? Any decent pics of the canopy bars, canopy, tailboard, side boards would be most excellent also, just to cross reference the photos I already have. You blokes have always been brilliant with info, so a big thanks in advance :thanx: Best regs.......Howard @ KFS http://www.kitformservices.com kfs1@btinternet.com
  10. That is SO neat !! Make your own fossils almost. Wonder if it would work with a cat ?:cool2:
  11. "mine is on the back (inside) of the bumper, rhs" Funnily enough thats where I expected it to be. But both positions make sense in a way. AEC must have decided to put it out of the way so it did'nt fill up with spray. (if a Milly could go quick enough to make spray that is) I'll make a note on the kit instructions about alternative positions I think. Its not a big deal though. Cheers lads. Howard @ KFS
  12. Many thanks 052......typically it must be just out of shot in my pictures. Job sorted you're a good'un, cheers. Howard @ KFS :thanx:
  13. Hello chaps, This is almost a "I may be stupid but"......:blush: Could anyone tell me where the horn is located on a Mk1 Militant please ? Have been through hundreds of pics from most angles & I can't find the bugger anywhere Thanks in advance lads. Howard @ KFS
  14. They are indeed plate shackles....had my fingers inbetween those a few times !! Used in hundreds of examples when connecting a casualty & / or two pieces of recovery kit together & when making up a layout for winching. H PS At over 12" long they're probably (could be) from a Cent ARV CES.
  15. You just can't listen to James Brown doing 'I Feel Good' without getting the mental image of Robin Williams in the studio doing the moves. Sad loss, truly electrically funny bloke. H
  16. Great picture Sean....have saved that one to refer back to. Picture worth a thousand words & all that :thumbsup: Amazing to think it was still on strength (albeit doing nothing) in 1992. Makes you wonder what else is forgotten about & gathering dust in far flung corners of MOD depot sheds. Cheers....H
  17. RMS Thanks for that. That little snippet is more useful than you might think :thumbsup: many thanks. Nik Yes mate. A series of conversion kits for the Emhar Bedfords to back date them to wartime spec. As usual though I'm trying to cover as many bases as possible. Hence the questions about post war use, VRNs & all that. Its a bit of a can'o'worms due to all the different specs, theatres, periods of use. Already covering both types of flat bonnet sides & 4 different bodies. New wheels & tyres & road springs, fuel tanks........the list goes on. Many thanks To all who have replied & helped so far. All the little snippets add up to a bigger better picture. Wally If you happen to come across those OX auction VRNs, they would be very useful also, many thanks. Cheers everyone. Howard @ KFS
  18. Thanks Wally, Richard I love the knowledge on this forum, you can always get an in-depth answer:thumbsup: The model numbering (lettering) system for these vehicles I've always found slightly confusing (OX.OY.OL.OS etc).......but I think I'm getting the hang of it now, with your input. Re the VRN question....I did a bit more overnight reading in a Warpaint volume & found the background answer. :readbook: What I was getting at revolves around `when` the "1949 numbering system" came in (1949 obviously !). If I understand this correctly then, prior to 1949, a flat fronted wartime build of say an OY or OX, which served on after the war & possibly ended up in deep bronze green, would have still had its original cencus number. If it served on after 1949 it was given a post war VRN. Then, any vehicle built after 1949 would be OL, OS, round nose type & have a post war 1949 system VRN anyway. Can'o'worms but I think I'm getting there now. Thanks gents. Howard
  19. Retriever; Many thanks for confirming the rear light & vac tank questions. I can deal with that aspect of it now, sorted :thumbsup: Wally; Cheers for the scan of the sales list, most useful & a great start, plenty to choose from on there for the OY :thumbsup: Richard; Thanks & sounds like 74 was perfectly possible then. :thumbsup: The 74 picture I have is 57BF76, a SWB refueller with twin rear wheels (would that make it an OW?) it also has the civilian style round nose not the wartime flat front. Wally's list though made me realise there was another question.....& I think this will be a tricky one to answer without some 'in service' pictures. The 'flat fronted' bonnet of the wartime OY & OX went back to being the civilian type round nose type at some point post war. I'm wondering if any of the post war '57BF76' type VRNs were issued to any 'flat fronted' vehicles or had they all been disposed of & replaced with new round nose types. Why do I always choose the can'o'worms ? Cheers lads......Howard.
  20. Hello all, I wonder if anyone can point me in the right direction with a few queries on wartime & post war Bedford OY & OX please. Firstly, should there be a vacuum tank on the NS bulkhead under the bonnet ?....I have 1 very grainy pic that appears to show something like a Champ wiper vac tank there. Would the OY wipers be vac or electric ? Secondly, rear lighting.....did wartime OY/OX carry any rear lights at all ? I have pictures of the post war lighting set up from Duxford. Any guidance or advice welcome though, cheers. Next, I believe there was a post war VRN list on here somewhere & now I can't seem to locate it. Just wanted to get some accurate post war VRNs for the conversion kits I'm working on. Could anyone offer me a link please ? Finally (really), would anyone know how long the OY & OX soldiered on for ?.... one source suggests at least 1974 (??) Many thanks in advance chaps. :thanx: Howard @ KFS
  21. I never thought of it like that before NOS.....but now you mention it your quite right H
  22. The one with the 'cotton reels' is a fluke. I'd say these have been welded on as legs for the flower pot. I recognise the ribbed drums design as being from a Scammell Trunker / Routeman of 1970s vintage. Howard @ KFS PS. Note there are two widths of ribbed drum (count the ribs) narrow ones are fronts & second steer....big ones are rears.
  23. Once there is no longer enough 'conventional' hardware to fight a 'conventional war' or the trained troops to carry it out when needed.....what then? A world at peace ?.....I don't think so. There are still nutters in charge here & there, watching & waiting until the free world has little left to fight aggression with. Removing the means to keep a conventional war conventional leaves the politicians & their generals with little alternative but to either surrender, or press the ball of sunshine button. Very short sighted in my opinion. H
  24. Hi Charlie. Thanks for your reply. Couple of leads just come in from Peter & Bob. Will certainly hold you in close arrest as a third option though :cool2: Cheers.......Howard @ KFS :thumbsup::thumbsup:
  25. Oooh....many thanks for the quick replies chaps. Incoming PM for both :tup:: Howard @ KFS
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