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Chris Warne

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About Chris Warne

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  • Birthday 10/21/1965

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    'B-26 Marauder Country'
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    9th USAAF
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    IT Manager
  1. Just received my Dodge WC51 build card yesterday, having followed the process provided on this forum. It took around 3 weeks for the copy of the card to come back, and my WC51 Serial 81730560 was built 8th Sept 1944 - a month earlier than I'd calculated. Thanks to the forum for providing the necessary info to get this. For DVLA registration, I'm not sure a copy of the build card would be enough. I've registered several vehicles over the years, and the DVLA want the originals of most documents and won't accept copies. The easiest way I've found is to get the MVT or IMPS to verify your vehi
  2. Thanks guys, that's great. I take it a photocopy of the V5 UK registration document will suffice as proof of ownership. I'll get on it today, thanks again for your help. Chris
  3. Thought about doing this but never got round to it. What's the procedure/address to get the build card? Thanks in advance....
  4. I'm very pleased you said that. You're right and I agree 100%, there was a plant stall and some kind of tombola, which left several of us speechless as they were not condusive to the weekend we had expected. We know why they had turned up, but rest assured it will be a completely military theme this year, and i know we'll have more military vehicles and displays attending this year. the weather is looking promising for the weekend too, so hopefully it will be much busier than last year. We need to remember that this started out as a local MV group 'annual weekend camp', but it's such a gr
  5. What happened - i hope you will let us all know after a statement like that? Last year it was just a local IMPS area rally, but based on feedback we got from most (seems not all?) who attended, and particulary John at Classic Military Vehicle mag, we decided to try and expand the event.
  6. Thought I'd check in to let you know all is on target for North Thames IMPS 'Little Easton on the Home Front' on the 26th & 27th May. John Blackman from CMV rated it highly when he joined us for the day at the inaugural event last year, and with more participants booked in, this year looks like it will be even busier. After all the rain of the past weeks, the ECEWF is indicating that Summer might finally arrive on the 25th May! :nut: It's free entry all weekend, and if you want to come along with your MV or Display, you'll be warmly welcomed. Get in touch very soon to get some space alloc
  7. I'll see if I can locate a picture of my jeep plate (now sold), but I won't be over to get a pic of the Dodge one for a week or so. I agree on the blue paint - it has been very well done, and thoroughly too - almost as if the Dodge was stipped down and then painted. Saying that, I was lucky with my Dodge (been lucky with my jeep, half-track and now the dodge) that when I went looking for the original hood number, using the paint stripper approach, I found it. After working through the Norwegian paint, there was a thin layer of blue before I reached the original hood number, then immediately u
  8. When I got my 1945 Willys MB from Norway, it had a Rootes 1953 rebuild plate. My current 1944 Dodge WC51 has one too, also ex-Norway. I recall when I enquired about the Rootes rebuilds on the G503 some years back, the answer was that Rootes were contracted to refurbish surplus vehicles that were to be supplied under MAP (Marshall Assistance program). I know Norway was a large recipient of vehicles, and possibly some/all of the following: Denmark, Greece, France. On the blue paint found on ex-Norway jeeps and/or Dodges, I was assured by the guys at Jeepfabrikken (Frank Berg & Co) that
  9. Certainly for a P-51, and I believe this holds true for a P-38 aswell, as long as you have the airframe 'dataplate' (identity of an original aircraft), then that's all that's required to 'restore' the aircraft. In essence it will be a new manufacture. If you think about the P-38 Glacier Girl, whilst the restoration used as many serviceable parts from the recovered original as possible, it is a virtually new aircraft. I remember reading that the CAF B-26 Carolyn suffer undercarriage failure a few years after they got her back into the air. The accident damaged the main spar, and as the origi
  10. Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May, 2012 Little Easton, Nr Great Dunmow, Essex. The plan, which is coming together very nicely, is to 'time warp' Little Easton back to Spring 1944, with the events centred around The Stag pub, where participants will be able to exhibit vehicles, camp & setup displays in the 8 acre field. We have already secured the village hall for a Saturday night dance, with 'Texas Tommy' supplying the music. Sunday will see a dedication at the village War Memorial, and we're hoping to secure the cricket pitch for a baseball match in the afternoon. Once again, we will
  11. I've got an original M16/M16A1 rear bucket holder bracket if you need one? It came with my M3A1, which had previously been an M16A1 (elevated maxon, no fold-down side armour). It needs a good blast/strip & paint and a couple of the folded corners tidying up a little, but nothing major. Looking for £20 for it + P&P. If you have your frame number, then hit the Tracked section of g503.com and Joe De Marco will probably be able to give you all manner of build information, maybe even the ORD number assigned to it (for the dataplate). Good to see you found the orignal hood number (40xxxx
  12. All this HT talk made me dig out a picture of mine - now living in Belgium.....
  13. Half-tracks are a superb vehicle, and I always wanted an M3A1, having had a 'matchbox' one as a boy. I managed to buy one back in 2007, but after 2 years driving it to shows, I realised that you really need a beavertail or other transport to get the best out of owning one. I remember taking it to Damyns in 2008 - 2 1/4 hours to drive 36 miles and I had to lay down for an hour afterwards, to recover. Come across any kind of incline in a HT and you'll get overtaken by pedestrians!! One thing with Half-tracks - you get alot of people coming up to look, and alot of questions. I sold mine to a guy
  14. A few more pics of non-Landrover stuff.... :laugh: Actually, these are from our AAF mechanics display, but working through the checklist before the show, I forgot my camera but a number of people have shared their pics, and this is what we did...... I just had to include a picture of the AAF Mechanics 'holy grail', which a fellow HMVF member alerted me to, having stumbled across it on ebay.... an unissued/NOS WW2 C-47 Service Squadron Kit. This is a complete kit of all the non-standard aircraft tools, still wrapped in waxed paper/OD cloth tape. Amazing t
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