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David Herbert

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David Herbert last won the day on January 19 2020

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  • Birthday 04/02/1954

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    Ayrshire, Scotland. previously Suffolk
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    Heavy armour, plant, narrow gauge railways.
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    Retired engineer / odd job man

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  1. I have one of these lamps. It looks identical to yours but is in its original olive green. There is no sign of primer under the green. It came, about 20 years ago, from a stall (possibly at Beltring) that had quite a few of them in varying condition but none mint. They all had been used a little but suffered from bad storage and handling. Mine has the same maker's mark and part number but unfortunately the third digit of the date is obscured by rust though the last 5 is still clear. Mine still has its burner in good condition. It is a nice thing to have on my mantelpiece in the office.
  2. It may be that the mudguards were made by an outside contractor and delivered in that colour as that was the paint available to them. They could even have been diverted from a civilian order. They could have been replacements many years ago. Anything is possible. David
  3. I don't think that that is a crane but a tower that erects itself. It does not seem to have any pulleys at the top (which is the free end nearest the ground) so I guess there was a cage or platform that climbed the tower under its own power. All the mechanism visible seems to be purely for raising and unfolding the two sections of the tower. David
  4. The regulation and the practice during and well beyond WW2 was that British vehicles had the nuts that hold split rims together painted red as undoing them with any amount of pressure in the tire could be fatal. The nuts that hold the wheel onto the hub were painted white to distinguish them from the red ones. This was not an affectation but a safety measure and was in place long before D day. It was specificly mentioned in some camouflage regulations that the painting of wheel nuts did not compromise camouflage and was to be continued. Red towing hooks and lifting points are an affecta
  5. His other post is just as meaningless. David
  6. It looks like the bronze worm gear has been stolen out of the rear axle but without dismantling it. How on earth did they do that ? Surely no one would have bothered to reassemble the axle for use as a trailer but not put the top back on. These photos do illustrate that that style of cast wheels had hollow spokes despite what many people think. David
  7. Hi Nick, I think that you have pretty well answered your own question. The only real way to tell is to have an absolutely encyclopedic knowledge of whatever vehicle you are interested in. It is not made any easier that many of the vehicles that we are interested in continued to be used by the military for many years so parts were purchased locally that with use and sixty years of patina are very hard to sort out from original parts. Also, original genuine parts were often made by more than one sub contractor and were not exactly identical but were completely correct and interchangeable.
  8. Robert, Are you saying that there were no War Office Fords that started production before or after 1940 ? If your interpretation were correct there would be W9T and W1T, W2T etc plus the equivalent WxA and WxC designations. David
  9. For the benefit of anyone using American tons, 1410 kg is approximately 3102 pounds so a little above 1 1/2 tons. Add on some pallets and the shipping weight will be about 3250 pounds. David
  10. Find a post by the person that you want to PM. Click on their name. Click on 'Message' Write message. If they reply you get a notification when you log in and I think also by email if you have that in your settings. David
  11. I have just weighed one new link complete with pad and pin and it was 7.83 Kg so a complete vehicle set of 180 links is 1410Kg. Add to that some pallets and the 1.5 tons is spot on. David
  12. The oval style cans like 2H3442 above are actually a standard design of oil can that was used in all branches of engineering and steam haulage for many years in the UK and I expect many other countries. They were made in many sizes and with a button operated pump, a button operated valve (so gravity feed) and also purely gravity feed with no button like the one depicted as 2H3442. There was often a sliding shutter to close the filling hole but not always. There is at least one manufacturer that still supplies them new to the UK heritage steam sector. If I was looking for one I would search aut
  13. Please give us a hint what "it" is ! David
  14. I agree with Gordon. The whole of the vertical part of the T is stamped deeper than any part of the horizontal stroke suggesting a separate strike. David (Recovering from an excellent Christmas lunch !)
  15. If one is going to make the gills out of tin plate then I would think that dipping would be the best way of soldering as it will protect the cut edges which would rust very quickly otherwise and would not take paint very well. As we are not talking about a great total weight of material, would it be better to make the gills out of copper or brass ? Better thermal performance, no corrosion, and one could use solder paste. Any commercial press operation buys the material in coils of the width required which is fed into the punching machine through rolls that straighten it and a gripper that
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