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  1. And another one! Indian Powerplus on the left, and P&M on the right. Lex
  2. P&M's were also delivered to Russia, just found this while looking through my files. Cheers, Lex
  3. Just got this one from FB, 3 P&M's with a Crossley in the background. What could the lettering have read? Presumably the registration number? Cheers, Lex
  4. Monty, I will look at my 500+ pictures after Normandy, I am sure I have some that show a handpainted M on the tank, but no time for it now. But if you want to go with a transfer, use the bottom one in Ron's post, that would be safest. (picture added) Cheers, Lex
  5. Well, I never said they never had anything on the tank after 1942, but it's very difficult to see what exactly was used. Your picture is in Amsterdam, I have better resolution somewhere, but got to go and do some actual work on my Matchless, instead of writing about them! Cheers, Lex
  6. Sorry Ron, but I do disagree with you somewhat, I don't know where Robert (RIP) got this info from, but it is not correct, I did research this a bit, and you can check for yourself on the Jampot DK archive; AJS and Matchless download page (jampot.dk) 1937 still had the lone M metal badges, and 1938 was the first year with the winged <M> badges, and even the cheapest 250cc model had the metal badges, furthermore there are no winged M transfers listed anywhere in the G3L parts lists, check Simon's parts database here: matchless.vercel.app/?part_name=transfer No tank transfers listed other than the tanktop one, of which I made the drawings for, so Robert could make them. But now it gets interesting, checking the 1946 parts list for the transfers here: S56 1946 =M= G3L G80.pdf (jampot.dk) I find the following number, 42-G3L-T57-T, and that suggests there was a transfer in 1942, when the metal badges were discontinued, but I think they were deleted very quickly, maybe that is what we see on the wartime pictures? and then as the bottom one in your post, the top one is postwar, I'm pretty sure of that. But I think a lot of them were painted on by the troops themselves also, or in the factory, like the b/w picture below, I believe this is a test model, for the Blue or Green un's editors, hence the front number plate, and the painted on winged <M> (notice the right hand wing is much bigger), maybe it was a government thing that it was compulsory to have the makers name on the tank of civvy used bikes? (it was so in Holland for the longest time) More research needed! Lex
  7. Jan , have edited the number, my keyboard is not working properly! The petrol tank could have been changed at some part in it's immediate postwar life of course. Ron there were no prewar M transfers as far as I know, only metal badges, first the sole M, and later the additional wings, they must have still had thousands in stock to have manufactured the loose wings!! There are of course tanks with transfers, but they are all postwar manufactured, as these bikes soldiered on until the 60's. see picture. Cheers, Lex naamloos.bmp
  8. Regarding frame number 48273 that is from contract S1050 (the one after C14499), from late 1942, so no badges were fitted on this contract. The C number on the tank is listed as C5257374, but according to other numbers in the series this should be C5255673 so who knows what happened here. The bike was released from the Army on 11-11-1960, at Bowhouse, last user I cannot read. Postwar ERM number was 38ZB30, info on Key Card No. 439a. (scan of this card with appx. 15 bikes on it can be purchased from me for 20 euro's) See below sample scan of a Key Card, and a period picture of the same contract. (and yes, it has the badges! Parts lists cannot be trusted I guess!!!) Cheers, Lex
  9. Nobody has them, and repro's aren't made anymore, for a nice set be prepared to pay up to 500-600 euro's. (last G3WO complete tank, with panel and instruments 3500 was asked!!) But I would check your petrol tank first, if it has the screw bosses for the badges, sometimes bondo'd over, but looking inside the filler, they can be seen, if present at all. Lex
  10. I'll check in a minute about the C number, the metal winged <M> was only ever on early G3L's and then the loose wing variety, total width of 5 5/16" or 150.8mm. (postwar one piece badges are smaller) transfers were never issued until postwar civilian production, but in some instances the winged <M> was painted on the tank in white or silver. Cheers, Lex
  11. Nice articles Jan! It's known that when the US entered the war, there was not enough equipment to send overseas, so it was locally procured, like the French 75mm. guns etc. etc. Cheers, Lex
  12. And the sale, pictures from the internet, as I was trying to locate my stolen DKW engine! Cheers, Lex
  13. Here some pictures from the viewing day, I also managed to buy the 2 6Pdr. wheels, but not the 75mm. Pack Howitzer, that is what I actually came for, as it was withdrawn from the sale, so I bought the 125 DKW, best buy of the sale there, as they are extremely expensive now! Still have it ofcourse. Lex
  14. Only see this topic now, as I searched for Alain's name, as there was talk on a FB page, and they had the whole story wrong about the Vimoutiers Tiger, that the village wanted to save it, but they wanted it gone, and Alain saved it, seems it's already forgotten, so I set that straight! Never met Alain personally, but knew of several people who did, and I went to the sale, that was the worst auction I have ever been to, so much was stolen at the viewing day already, as the auctioneers thought there would only be a handful of people, but about 500 turned up, and it was a mess, the following day, when the sale was held, there were people fighting to get in the way too small room, and it was terrible, I managed to buy a DKW RT125, but the engine was stolen. Was a weird experience! below some pictures. R.I.P. Alain Roudaix. Cheers, Lex
  15. Here an article about it, and the replica. Lex
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