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  1. In an ideal world the aircraft would be fully restored and preserved as original but at least this way it will continue to exist and, as long as it exists then restoration to original remains a possibility, should a future generation appreciate such things.
  2. I’m disposing of 5 Defender steel wheels with Michelin 7.50 x 16 tyres as pictured. 2 of the tyres are almost new, one is about 30% worn, one 50% worn and one is just legal. There is also a sixth tyre of a different size which you can have for nothing. Rims are scruffy but sound. Buyer to collect from Burley-in-Wharfedale, West Yorkshire. Sensible offers by pm please.
  3. Blimey, that starting price looks a bit steep, for a couple of crusty gauges and a bit of tin work that anybody halfway handy could make for themselves... 67Burwood, I have been following this thread since the start; nice work!
  4. Hi Does anybody know where I can get hold of some aluminium tread plate with this pattern please? I have searched the Internet but everything that is readily available is all of the modern “5 bar” pattern.
  5. Those are not weld beads, what you can see is a coating called “Zimmerit”, intended to stop magnetic charges sticking to the armour. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimmerit
  6. Dave, you are correct. When I first went there in search of Karrier Bantam spares in about 1980 I was gobsmacked by the variety of types and ages of vehicles in there. Boats and aircraft, too. All cleared very quickly in the late 80’s, sadly.
  7. Spotted what looks like a Militant to me the other day, at a location that was once a scrapyard full of all sorts of military vehicles but was almost entirely cleared some years ago. I was too busy to stop and take a photo but here is an image from Google Street View. No idea as to condition or whether it is for sale but if anybody wants to save it please PM me for the location.
  8. OK, got my anorak on now... The Morris Minor in the photo has the larger rear windscreen, which definitely dates the photo to 1956 or later. Also, although it is difficult to be 100% certain, IMHO the car under the cover is probably a Farina-bodied Austin Cambridge or Morris Oxford, which would date the photo to 1959 or later.
  9. OK, let me throw this into the mix, shoot me down if you will: The “skis” that the “goat” appears to be standing on, with closer inspection, look more like this Bedford badge. I am sure somebody will put me right but that doesn’t look like a Bedford lorry to me, so maybe it is there for another reason? Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment, maybe? Consider also the “goat”. Perhaps not a goat, but instead a crudely executed version of the animal from the B&H cap badge?
  10. “Self appointed Field Marshal”. I like it! 😀
  11. Well, it has been a long time but I am happy to report that the tank is fixed. The worse end responded well to the molasses bath and the slightly better end cleaned up with a wire brush and some Jenolite. Predictably, once all of the rust was out of the way the damage turned out to be worse that it at first appeared and it was necessary to make a small patch for the worst bit. Being new to this soldering lark, a bit of trial & error ensued but after an hour or so I got the hang of it and managed to get all the holes filled. I don’t have the facilities to pressure tes
  12. Banister’s: https://www.milweb.net/go/banister/ I have always found them very helpful and are the “go to” people for all things B series.
  13. It is very unlikely to be a timing issue causing the problems you describe, especially if it was previously running well. Might be worth replacing the condenser -a nice spark in the open air doesn’t always equate to the same thing under compression. Likewise, wet plugs do not rule out a fuelling issue; too rich a mixture (maybe due to leaky float valve or stuck float) might cause the symptoms you describe. Also, always a good idea to check that the silencer isn’t blocked with carbon deposits. First though, there’s a very simple test to narrow the cause down before you do anything else
  14. Having experienced a steep learning curve myself with RR B series engines over the last couple of years (and benefitted from some excellent advice via this forum), may I suggest the following: 1. Get ALL the plugs out and replace (or at least make sure they are thoroughly clean). 2. Replace the carburettor diaphragms as a matter of course. They are the devil’s own invention and you would not believe how badly these engines run when the diaphragms are not in tip-top condition. It would not surprise me if this turned out to be the whole and entire source of the problem. 3. Replac
  15. “Abandoned Military Vehicle Graveyard” “Army Base” my @rse. The variety of vehicles along with the presence of the clearly fake WW1 tank, suggest a storage facility for a company supplying vehicles for film/TV props. That little toe rag deserves a hefty kick up the backside for his trespassing; I admire the owner’s restraint in his response on YouTube: ”Hey guys, nice video. Next time you want to look round my yard and vehicles drop me a line and I’ll show you the rest of the toys” 😆
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