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  1. The 1971 combat shirts were sized as follows: Size 0 36" Size 1 40" Size 2 42" Size 3 46" Approximately, they are slightly larger measured across the chest, but allowing for movement those would be the maximum chest sizes. Anything larger than Size 3 would be special order.
  2. Can't say I have ever noticed that. Many thanks for posting the clothing list. Very interesting. There were clearly a lot of individuals of small stature back then.
  3. Clive, Of shirts? I have a size 8 shirt from 1948 and it's huge! A size 20 would be listed in the Tents section 😂
  4. Clive, I would certainly be interested to see that. Shirts were made in nine sizes, certainly into the 1950s and early 1960s. This was reduced to just four sizes when the wool mix combat shirt was introduced in 1971, sizes 0-3 were issued. Size 3 was around 48" chest. Anything larger than that was a "special measure" and had to be ordered. Outsize garment were usually named to an individual on the label.
  5. Z-Kasten accessory box. I think it's this one Jon. Good news is it looks like a standard ammo box externally, presumably stowed on its side. Contained sub assemblies for the the gun. There was an E and V- Kasten too.
  6. Some rare colour footage here from 1938. Guy Ant and other pre war vehicles. https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-4th-battalion-duke-of-wellington-regiment-at-redcar-camp-1938-online
  7. Chris, I don't know, the photos show various weapons, L1A1 with SUIT sight, IWS, riot gear etc. Said to have been taken in Northern Ireland but not sure of the location. The captions are a bit vague.
  8. Here is an interesting press photo from a sequence taken in 1972. Crackle finish paint on this L2A3.
  9. Seems that is the case. With the Sterling, as you say most have foreign contract serial numbers. Not sure about the paint though. The crackle paint was originally on early British Sterlings too. It was removed and replaced with Suncorite in the course of their service life on most if not all weapons.
  10. Chris, did any of the Interarms guns enter British service before the cancellation of the FTR programme then? I assume any that did went to the RN/RM, as I understand they were the only users of the L4A3. Are ex British guns few and far between? Paul
  11. I believe these are made up from parts bought in bulk. However, it seems that few genuine L4s have ever been released. Maybe a 'bitsa' is the only option. Genuine L4A3s were RN weren't they?
  12. Aren't all L4s rebuilds? I think only some of the the Indian ones were new manufacture. What is it you are looking for?
  13. Jon, no the detail makes this project special. There are plenty of external lookalike vehicles running about. Few have taken the trouble to completely replicate the interiors. Keep up the good work!
  14. I've never really been into vehicles or kit from 'the dark side' but the amount of effort and detail in your project is astounding. Without a doubt my favourite thread. Thank you.
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