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simon king

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  1. Given your MW is fitted with a non-original OY cab, I would be inclined to leave well alone. If it works, don’t fix it.
  2. I think that is the position for the screened coil used in the MWR FFW
  3. The correct carb is a Solex type 35RZFAIPO/C581/0. C581 should be stamped on the carb. That is the 35RZFAIPO specific to the MW, as it was also fitted to other Bedford’s such as the QL
  4. Can even be seen (or more accurately, not seen) on the brass manufacturers plates attached to some of the tanks in the Tank Museum which have also had the manufacturers name ground off
  5. Not party to such detailed information I’m afraid. The build photos of the test shots for the MkI are now on line, so things are definitely moving forward. All the other elements (markings, boxart etc) are already in place
  6. Kevin, FFN for 2FFY is 18000
  7. There are no RA units with the 5 digit FFNs you quote in the list I have, and the presentation is way too large as well. FFNs were usually only about 1” lettering above the colour bars, as part of the preparation for overseas movement markings
  8. Perhaps too large for a Field Force Number (which can be up to 5 numbers) above coloured bars which would be used for mobilisation purposes. More likely to be a unit serial applied on a coloured (?red/blue) arm of service square. Is all the number readable? If it is (possibly) 74 on a red/blue square, that would indicate a Royal Artillery Field Regiment in an Armoured Division from 1944. Is there any further Divisional marking on the other side of the cab?
  9. Don’t be fooled by the label on the pump at the moment. Pays to check. The local Sainsbury’s now shows the 95 octane unleaded as E10 on the label on the pump but won’t actually change over to E10 until 1st September... Had to ask to find out that nugget of information
  10. The back is now completed and just needs paint. New bins have been made and await painting. Tailgate now finished as well
  11. The former MAT Crusader, which used to be displayed on a Warflat wagon at the NRM outstation at Shildon has apparently been moved and replaced with a Universal Carrier. Does anybody know what has happened to the Crusader?
  12. To the extent that you can trust period colour photos, here are some K2/Ys in SCC2 on an airfield. Paintings from life are another source of colour information, although inevitably an interpretation by the artist
  13. Looks like a Standard Vanguard utility
  14. Think I will be contacting RCH as well to see what they can do.
  15. Thanks for that. It makes sense to see the blocks in that light.
  16. The new MWR pattern tailgate is just about finished. Just need to add the two blocks across the top, although I’m not really sure what purpose they serve.
  17. Thanks for the leads. Correct canvas looks to be R16 cotton canvas in Brown from Kayospruce.
  18. Good luck trying to find anyone who can supply SCC2 coloured canvas! If you find anyone let us know as I’ve been looking for ages with no luck. As far as I’m aware, both Worthing’s and Allied Forces aren’t interested in doing British stuff any more. Must be a business opportunity for someone out there to really concentrate on British and Commonwealth canvas
  19. Brake linkage bellows are available from Paul Beck Vintage Car Spares near Malvern ref 7W-2205 Brake Dust Cover Seem to recall that the external wipe seals could be found at one of the one marque classic car spares dealers although can’t for the life of me remember which one. I just changed to an internal wipe seal instead after polishing up the surface
  20. Thanks, that’s what I expected. Will have to see if there’s any potential to move the sockets within the existing screwholes in the faceplate.
  21. Has somebody got a photo of a SMTP fitted into its holder on the front of a British made Mk III WS19?. My set came with the holder already fitted midway between the 2 sockets on the left of the face. I have picked up a cheap, non operational SMTP to go in the holder but I just cannot get it to fit between the two sockets, as the winder seems to interfere with the top socket. I’m assuming that the holder is fitted correctly so that 12 o’clock is at 12 o’clock when fitted in the holder. thanks
  22. They (SSC) used a similar system to correlate census numbers and chassis numbers for the 10 cwt GS wooden bodied trailers as well
  23. Thanks Wally, Cole rides to the rescue. I seem to refer to mine more nowadays than when I bought it decades ago. I am moving towards the assumption it would be the Commando Brigades sign used as the Formation Sign with the downward pointing silver dagger badge used on uniforms. I must check the Osprey Army Commandos book again for uniform details.
  24. Does anybody know the formation sign carried on the vehicles of No 2 Army Commando? They were part of the 2nd Special Services/Commando Brigade operating in Italy and the Balkans. Thanks
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