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  1. For those that might be interested I have just listed a genuine pair of these braces on the dreaded fleabay. Item no. 200778580641 Cheers Paul
  2. Excellent news. Mind you a halved green and blue square with a 41 always looks good in my opinion.....but glad the wyvern is staying! Cheers Paul
  3. Lauren, I hope you're going to keep the Wessex wyvern div sign... Cheers Paul
  4. Ta Singe, Just the Dingo on I wasn't sure of. I've got a full set of blocks of both sizes for the DAC Cheers Paul
  5. Certainly looks like a red white red flash. Cheers Paul
  6. Rick, If you can get a few more photos I can have a go with some groovy software I've got on my puta. Just had a look at your existing shots and I agree with Adrian its definitely 2427 for the last four digits. Been playing around with colour filters and curves and it looks to me like T132427 Does that make any sense Adrian? I'll have another go with your next pics. Seems to be a Red White Red flash bordered in white above the T number too. Cheers Paul
  7. Lauren, I've pm'd you I have a number of WOT 2 items and spares. Regards Paul
  8. M3KVG I have a fully working 19 set installation for my Daimler AC. The problem seems will be finding someone to talk to! I did the foundation course that Reme245 mentioned but not used it since. Haven't used a 19 set in anger since the cadets in the 70s. Cheers Paul
  9. Thanks Richard, From the photos I've seen the toothed buckles would seem to be the factory fit. No doubt poor durability was the reason they were replaced later on with the nickel plated type. I doubt this was done completely, other than for repairs, until the postwar period though. I understand that both types were manufactured by Roko, and they had the patent for the 'c' end tags, which also seem to suffer with corrosion. Difficult one really, to be accurate means using this type with all the inherent problems! The correct khaki webbing in 1 1/4" width can be found as it is the width
  10. Thanks Richard, I should pay attention! I know that some of the earlier Fords had leather straps. I had a very original but knackered 1941 canvas for a WOT2 when I had my WOTs. This was all leather fitted and I've heard from other WOT owners that some of the earlier vehicles were so fitted. Have you seen those toothed buckles on other Daimlers? They were certainly fitted on the earliest ACs and I've removed some very tatty examples from several hulks. I've struggled to find nos examples. As I've said in earlier posts I have quite a few of the other Roko buckles and in fact these are stil
  11. Thanks for posting Ooh tricky one that. To me they look like leather straps! I think I can just see the prong of a standard buckle. Difficult to be sure. Any chance of a clearer image? They also seem to me to have pointed ends. Does anyone have a Bedford parts list that would confirm? Both leather and sometimes even bonded rubber straps were used on early WW2 British vehicles but as shortages of these materials occurred they were replaced with cheaper webbing alternatives. Rubber was used on early Daimlers too, the crew water bottle straps and the stowage for the Hellesen lamp are shown in
  12. Yes I saw those on eBay. They may well be a wartime pattern, certainly that's what the seller was claiming. I haven't come across these as original fittings as all the ones I have seen are fitted to green post war replacement straps. The 1" size are a lot easier to find and I have this simpler type NOS. Does anyone have a wartime photo of this type in use? It would certainly make my life easier as I have these in quantity and in the 1 1/4" size too. They are not the type shown in the parts list for the Daimler or the Valentine as the drawings show the sliding toothed type. Regards Pau
  13. Enlargement of a photo taken on the Daimler production line showing the Roko strap and end tag in a Daimler engine bay.
  14. Roko 1 1/4" tension buckle and 'c' end tag original type used on early Daimlers, Valentines etc Post war 1" simplified version again with the c tag. This type again used on the Daimler and other vehicles Cheers Paul
  15. 'Roko' is the type of tension buckle used on many WW2 British vehicles. These had the distinctive 'C' end tip to the web straps. I believe .they were also used on US personal equipment though of a different pattern. I have been looking for NOS examples for ages. There is a modern version of the Roko buckle, but it is much simpler than the WW2 type. I'll post a couple of photos of examples from my Daimler. Many British tanks had these Roko fittings. I have a collection of crabby originals removed from my Daimler and other WW2 vehicles but have struggled to find replacements. Some of the e
  16. Could anyone confirm these part numbers for me please. I have what I think is a Dingo vision block, but was it used on any other vehicles? It has the number TL 3195 on both face plates and TL 3193 on the block frame itself. The glass has the number TL 3502 but this is indistinct and I may be reading it incorrectly. Manufacturer is MEL Co. Thanks Paul
  17. I posted these photos in an earlier thread on 10 man packs but here they are again for your culinary enjoyment! I bought two them, badly listed on eBay for 99p each! Not only that the seller was only a few miles from me so no postage either. Both boxes date to 1974. Cheers Paul
  18. Been away for a few days upside down in the depths of my Daimler and have just picked up this thread. The original stiffened Service Dress Cap was introduced in 1905. At the start of the Great War it quickly became apparent that the rigid tops of these caps were very visible in sunlight and were instantly recognisable to Harry Hun. The first action taken by the men themselves was to remove the wire stiffeners to reduce the effects. By early 1915 orders began to be issued sanctioning this practice culminating in a GRO (General Routine Order) of June 1915 officially ordering the removal of
  19. Yes definitely used and seen in some well known photos from the conflict. Marines and Paras certainly had them from a quick look at google. Regards Paul
  20. Mine is the cap badge of the Reconnaissance Corps. My vehicles are painted to represent those used by the 43rd Reconnaissance Regiment, the Recce Regiment of the 43rd Wessex Division, part of the BLA in NW Europe 1944-45. The patron of our vehicle group is Brigadier Frank Henn, now 91 but still active in efforts to remember the achievements of the Regiment and the Division. Brigadier Henn, a Dunkirk veteran, was a Major and Squadron Leader in 43rd Recce Regiment and is their senior surviving Officer. Sadly both the 43rd Recce Regiment OCA and the 43rd Divisional Association disbanded last ye
  21. certainly seems to be the case with this one. Close up of the label cheers Paul
  22. A clean example of the early DPM cover on my Para trials helmet. Cheers Paul
  23. Attached is a photo of a pattern of suit I am not familiar with. I have one of these one piece overalls. It is made from the same mackintosh fabric as the well known motorcycle garments. Single full length zip fastener, single chest pocket and two map type pockets on the legs as per this photo. Button fastening to both cuffs and ankles. The legs have a split at the ankle to allow the overall to be pulled on over boots. There is a small stand collar ie no fold over. Any ideas? Is it an M/C garment acquired by this Recce vehicle crewman? Or is it an early attempt at a tanksuit? I would
  24. Thought you might like to see this tin hat which I've had in my collection since 1982. This came via one of my brother's shipmates. They both served on HMS Fearless during the conflict and the helmet was one of those used on board. The cam net always made me smile. I assume it was added to make the wearer look a little more 'war-ry' I wonder what you would use as garnish on one of HM warships? bits of grey painted steel?? Nevertheless a nice item and like most of my Falklands kit has seldom seen the light of day since I acquired it. This was one of the items I lent to the IWM in 1992 for t
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