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  1. David Bryden’s Tiger1.info website has a page for MG34 toolboxes. I wonder if the same box was used in the PzII?

    Sorry....cant link so google “Tiger1.info MG34 toolboxes”

  2. 76 on green over blue is listed as the junior armoured car regiment for Armoured Divisions, Middle East Forces from 21/9/41. Is there a divisional sign on the other side of the tank?

    The Chilwell list shows C5108998 to be from contract C12425.


    The bulbs are single filament with two contacts as the trailer is not earthed and all bulbs need a feed in and a contact out, back to earth.

    The British trailer socket/plug is also two contacts only so the lead between truck and trailer is again just live and earth only. One side of the trailer socket is earthed to the vehicle

  4. The Almark book on markings by Hodges is very much of its time.

    In later years Cannon Publications in Doncaster republished the book with a additional long commentary on its contents, by MD Taylor which was enhanced by much more detailed and recent research.

    You should try and obtain a copy of this later publication. It has the same cover as shown but includes the name of MD Taylor and P Hodges as joint authors.

    The books on order of battle by M Bellis are also very helpful, as is the book on Military Heraldry from WW2 by Howard Cole

  5. Worth looking on the National Historic Ships Register to see if it is listed there. You can limit searches by date of manufacture, say 1939 to 1945.

    A surprising number of MTBs and MGBs survive as houseboats.


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  6. If came predrilled for the GS, you would need more, one each for the individual floorboards to be fixed to that second crossmember. Also as the front boards for the GS line up with the front edge of that crossmember, the holes would be offset to the rear.


  7. There is a seminal book called “Restoring Museum Aircraft” written by Robert Mikesh who was the Senior aircraft curator at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. The techniques described in that book are equally valid to the preservation of vehicles.

    Mikesh outlines the use of a hard wearing microcrystalline wax to protect original paintwork, to the extent that it is apparently possible once the wax is applied to apply a new coat of paint over the waxed surface and leave the original paint underneath untouched. 


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  8. Does anybody know the dimensions of the weight and dimension cards onto which details were chalked to assist with loading onto ships in the run up to D-Day. These were either taped onto the outside of vehicles like tanks or placed in the windscreen of cabbed vehicles.



  9. In addition to the knowledge available here, there is an excellent resource for information on Jeeps used by the British Army at the Facebook British Army Jeep Research page.

    If you have not signed up, it would be well worth your while. It is a very friendly, well managed group.


  10. 1 hour ago, Duson said:

    Well done Simon, fantastic restoration. I wonder where you got he dash two-pin socket from, is it a replica?

    Thanks for that. The red and black sockets came from Paul Beck Vintage Car Spares in Malvern. They are reproduction items.

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  11. Hi Jim

    are you using standard gaskets or the copper sandwich ones available from Norman Aish?

    If the standard ones, are you sure that they are orientated the correct way as apparently you can put them on the wrong way - leading to a leaky join between the head and manifold.



  12. I am sure that Trading Standards at Hull City Council also be very interested to hear of your experience with this firm.

    Somebody I know had similar problems with this same company a few years ago. He got the item eventually but I seem to recall him waiting years rather than months for the said item.

    It became a standard greeting to ask him if he had received his item yet.......

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