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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Here is an interesting press photo from a sequence taken in 1972. Crackle finish paint on this L2A3.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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?
  8. The ex Irish guns?
  9. Aren't all L4s rebuilds? I think only some of the the Indian ones were new manufacture. What is it you are looking for?
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. I passed this on a very wet M1 yesterday, near Junction 12. Looked fantastic even in the rain!
  13. Not all users were Royal Marines. These reversible green/white suits were issued to 2 Para who were also part of 3 Cdo Brigade for most of the campaign. They were also used by Gunners of 29 Cdo Regt, Royal Artillery, who were also part of 3 Cdo Bde. Your first and third photos show 2 Para, not Royal Marines. See the attached photos. Both show men of 2 Para in these smocks. In the second photo is Major General Chip Chapman (then Lt. 2 Para)
  14. Never have managed to find out why they were manufactured that way, though the cup is obviously a different type of plastic.
  15. Re the Cascelloid and F&G water bottles, there was never a green mug issued with these. They were black from the introduction in 1962. I have an as new example of the bottle and mug dated 1962. Cascelloid only seems to have made the first run. I have not yet seen a 1963 dated bottle either by Cascelloid or F&G. It may well be that there was a break in production before the contracts passed to F&G.
  16. I quite agree, a particular bugbear of mine. Modern style lettering and numerals or even worse sticky back vinyl letters.... This is how it was done in the wild. Check out the Lyle's golden syrup tin and 'paint stirrer' Don't be afraid pick up the oversize brush with five bristles and have a go. It's more authentic! The original caption to this photo in an album I have is ' 'Razor' Gilette paints up his armoured car' It's a Daimler AC.
  17. Kevin, I think I may have an original. Give me 24hrs or so to have a look and I'll message you. Regards Paul
  18. That's absolutely fine. It's the later pattern of belt. They are a fraction wider than the first type and apart from the diagonal loop straps are near identical to the early type. Funnily enough I have one with exactly the same repair, on d ring replaced in metal, the other is the original plastic. Must have been a stress point on the belt.
  19. Simon, There are two patterns of frame and two patterns of waist belt. Silvermans have the later type with diagonal loop straps added. On the original frames the shoulder yoke loop straps attached to d rings on the bottom of the frames. On the post 1980 variation the yoke loop straps just wrapped around the bottom of the frame but also passed through the diagonal loop straps on the waist belt to anchor everything together. The original waist belts are tricky to find and often in poor condition. Regards Paul
  20. Thanks Simon, seems the only real difference on this set, Experimental No2, were the pouches, which were a different size, and the cape carrier which was slightly shorter in length. Regards Paul
  21. Simon, are there any other differences? Size of any of the compartments for instance? Regards Paul
  22. Unfortunately, it doesn't specify which 'mechanically propelled vehicles' the matting was intended for. Interesting though that it appears to be so early, as 1907 is the date indicated by the List of Changes entry. Was it possibly used on cab floors? The black canvas is the only one noted specifically for MT vehicles. The LoC for this dates from December 1911, so is pre WW1! There are other colours listed as well as black for waterproof covers, though these were presumably general purpose items. There is a range of black waterproof covers ranging from 40' x 20' to 10' x 6' and an identica
  23. I've just had a look through the 1920 edition of 'Priced Vocabulary of Stores' and the following entry might be of interest Tents, Marquee, Hospital, Small - Window, sheet horn non-inflammable celluloid This pattern of marquee was pattern sealed in early 1915. Though the vocabulary contains several references to MT equipment for lorries there is no reference to canvas other than 'Cover, Canvas, for MT Vehicles- 22' x 16' Black' Two other interesting entries are 'Matting, Rubber, pyramid pattern, for mechanically propelled vehicles. Length and width to be stated in demands' and
  24. 41 Commando had these in NI circa 1977/78 mixed in with some of the original trials bergens from 1975. Only NI issue at that time I was told. It would appear several small batches were made around that time. I have a photo of a Marine from that unit using one. At the time they were well thought of as patrol packs, though obviously they were heavy and when better options became available they fell out of favour. Here's a photo showing a Falklands Task Force RE Sapper boarding QE2 in 1982, with a heavily laden GS Bergen. Note the later buckles on the side pockets.
  25. Here's a link to the website of the supplier http://steveandjaneo.magix.net/
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