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  1. Look at this (well, when the pictures will be visible again...):
  2. Don't think so Rik... I have found some UNRRA bikes in Eastern Europe, but not up North... Denmark was a very important export market for the British motorcycle industry in the years before and after the war! I think the bike must have been rebuilt by one of these dealers...
  3. Hello Ron, Your frame was despatched from the factory on 17/07/1943 to the War Office in Derby, and your engine was despatched on 02/06/43 to the War Office in Sheffield. Jan
  4. Don't know where O&M got this info from Ron... According to the factory ledgers the RAF contract bikes were despatched to these destinations: Barton: 2 Canterbury: 1 Carlisle: 314 Derby: 172 Glasgow: 61 Handforth: 308 Hartlebury: 442 Liverpool: 1 Manchester: 2 Qudegeley: 314 Sheffield: 1207.
  5. Your bike has not been rebuilt by the factory Martin. It does not appear in the ledgers with a second despatch date, and it does not have "matching numbers" (which all the factory rebuilt bikes did have, albeit with a restamped duplicated frame number on the engine. This number was stamped with an easy to recognise number set.) It must have been rebuilt by a dealer (this was also very often the case). Black or maroon with gold lining were the most popular colors in those days. Jan
  6. Glad to see you here Martin! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Jan
  7. Everyday is a schoolday, and this is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you very much! ๐Ÿ‘ Jan
  8. In the Australian video (https://streamable.com/4z655h) I noticed something that has been on my mind for a very long time... It looks as if there are lots and lots of weld beads on the armor of this tank. I have seen similar weld bead areas on other tanks as well. Can anybody explain me the function of these beads please...? ๐Ÿค” Cheers, Jan
  9. Here we have a rare CVRT metal model, from a Belgian Officer's Mess. The model is almost 4 1/2 Inches long, and is mounted on a nice wooden plinth. I'm asking 60 Euros plus postage for this collector's item. Jan
  10. Well, I've just checked #10798 again, and I can confirm that this bike left the factory on 03/03/1944 destination War Office, Blackpool, as part of 5000 bikes for contract C/12425. The original colour for the first part of this contract would have been SCC2, the second part would have been finished in Olive Drab. The colour of this bike is neither of those I'm afraid... The factory ledgers also show that the bike was factory rebuilt, and it left the factory gates a second time on 04/09/1946, destination Ifill (Irkbern). This name only appears once in the ledgers, and I can't find that pla
  11. Not sure who the man who's holding the bike is... Could indeed be Tony Wilson Jones, Enfields chief engineer - designer.
  12. Here I am... ๐Ÿ˜ƒ EAB 331 and EAB 332 are two works registrations, for "RE 125 cycle". I can't work out the registration date, but the entries before and after are all November 1942. There are several pictures of EAB 332 in the Stilltime Archives, some of these pictures show tests in a lake, some are taken in what looks like a factory. This is definitely not the Enfield factory in Redditch, for as far as I can see... I have no idea about the man in the suit, but the officer (4th from right) is Captain J.J. Hall, who also wrote for one of the weeklies. I've also added a picture from Hall's sc
  13. Very clever tool making job! And some very nice results! ๐Ÿ‘
  14. I think the wire is for general repairs, plastic straps and ducktape weren't invented yet... The triangular toolbox was fitted at the right hand side of the bike, in the triangular opening of the frame. On the WD/CO, the supplementary kit was stowed away in a similar triangular toolbox on the left hand side of the bike. Indeed, that's a Royal Enfield funnel for topping up the engine oil... The insulating tape is cotton based, impregnated with something bitumen-like... Thanks for the compliment! ๐Ÿ˜Š
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