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  1. Thank you tanknutuk for this information and photos. I have not seen this design of fire tender before, there seems to be quite a few of them constructed. I don't think the army or RAF used this design. There are other vehicles with similar registrations in the Ruddington catalogues e.g. Ruddington sale 80 has a Fordson 3 Ton 6x4 Landmark (airfield identification) truck JUV561 and two Greenbat electric trucks with MLM745 & MLM747 registrations. Maybe the fire tenders and these other vehicles are ex Ministry of Aviation or similar.
  2. On a related subject, in the Ruddingtom catalogue (sale 64 July 1962) I currently have listed on a well known auction site there are vehicles listed as Humber Fire Tender 4x4 with registrations MLM 686, JUV 835 & JUV 839, and I have seen the same vehicle descriptions in other Ruddington catalogues of the early 1960's. I assume these vehicles would be ex Civil Defence or AFS, but do not know what type of vehicles these are, may be because my interest covers military vehicles and not Civil Defence/AFS. I have never seen a 1950's FV1600 type fire tender in use with Civil Defence / A
  3. Re: interest in postwar vehicle sales If anyone is collecting old WD/ OSDD Ruddington catalogues, I have been selling my duplicates over lock down. I currently have sale no 64 from July 1962 listed for the next few days on a well known auction site. B series
  4. That's interesting! That must be the historical display Regt. I would like a look around their vehicle stores depot.
  5. Regarding the lamp JA2348 posted by ploughman: This lamp can be found in VAOS section J1 Camp Equipment 1946 Traffic Control Equipment I have a similar later version which I purchased as NOS in original box maybe 30 years ago. It is JA0999 dated 1954. It has a rotatable 3 colour internal lens (Red, Blue,Amber and clear), and an adjustable wick arrangement. It has IMO two design flaws, 1) that after 30 minutes use, the heat from the lamp means the handle is to hot to pick up resulting in a bad burn, but you only do it once, and 2) the glass len
  6. Hi all, I would like a copy of the above book, but no luck finding one during last three years. ISBN 190660049X Authored by Eddie Baker & Published in 2010, but out of print now. It appears that there are a few for sale on line, but when you try and buy them they are not available. eg Waterstones have it online, but they cannot provide a copy. Just wondered if anyone has a copy they no longer require? Regards B series
  7. Thank you all for your assistance, so much knowledge on this forum. I have another old can, I do not know if it is military, but it has military appearance with the reinforced corner protectors. It is steel with brass fittings, a complicated design involving 20 components soldered together. No markings, and no evidence of any paint finish. Size H 9 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 7 inch. Is this a WW II "flimsey" or similar?
  8. Thank Clive & Richard for the info you have provided. I have an original VAOS Identification list/catalogue, sections E3 thru KG. and also W3, dated 1946, however this Bottle/Tin is not listed in Section J1 Camp Equipment which is why I did not know its background. Maybe it is because I do not have subsection JA. Does VAOS normally list all items available, or only those shown on the Plate illistrations? There must be a good reason why the container has such a high centre of gravity, especially if it contained methylated spirit. It is very unstable unless on a flat & le
  9. I have a new old stock ex British army container for storing some type of liquid. Due it's unusual shape I think it must have been designed to fit in a very cramped space, maybe an AFV. Due to it's height versus base ( H 10 3/4 x W 1 1/2 x L4 1/4 inch) it is very unstable, and must have been prone to spillage during use. Steel with brass fitting and cap. Markings are: JA 0220 14MB, the government pheon/arrow and date 1962. Does anybody know which vehicle or equipment this is related to? Many thanks B Series
  10. Hi all, Good see someone taking this Karrier K6 on. Not many around now. This Karrier K6 ( 16YY18) was for sale back in 2012 in very similar condition as current. A rare vehicle worth saving.
  11. Thank you Richard I will do a little research about Triumph TRW motorcycles. Below are some more carbs which I would like to know the application. Carb No 4 Zenith. Made in USA. Cast iron throttle body with ali upper body. No ID numbers except "20" in throttle body casting. Carb No 5 This carb is unusual in that it has no makers name. It is large and "Heavy Duty " construction, the die cast aluminium body sections are twice the thickness that would be normal, and with a cast iron throttle body it weighs 2.7kg. It has a manual choke, and
  12. Well yes it is Gordon_M. Congrats. The object is a turtle replica made of heavy gauge copper with internal space for an explosive device and trigger, and provide a visual attraction. Around 1960/61 the NSA & CIA instigated Project Mongoose. NSA 5412/2 Group planted several of these turtles in the bay that Fidel Castro liked to dive in, and it was hoped that he would be attracted to one and pick it up and set off an explosion, but for some reason the idea did not work. I guess he was not into turtles. The idea seems over complicated to me, there must have been a much easier a
  13. Sorry for my mistake mtskull, I should not have added clues after drinking wine! , You are correct with Cuba as location.
  14. I have some carburetors which as far as I know are from ex army surplus sales held during the early 1960's, and some appear to be NOS. But I do not which vehicles they would be used on. There is always someone on HMVF who can assist. Carb No 1 Zenith, Made in USA. Updraft type. 1 7/8 inch throttle bore. Cast iron body with 2E cast into body. Weighs 6kg. Has ID No : S311 & x79. Carb No 2 AMAL Ltd, 360/7 This is a used carb I think, maybe for a small generator or similar. Carb No3 Solex
  15. Good try, but not the Vietnam war which was fought around 80 degrees W, but same era and more around 100 degrees E. Who deployed it, what was it purpose? B series
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