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  1. I am not sure this has been thought out.... Surely it will spend most of its time falling into one or other of the two wheel ruts left by conventional vehicles...... I remember the Robin at Rushmoor Arena in the early 80's. That at least had a turret with a water cannon (well Water Pistol) Without such striking force I can't see this one going into production.......
  2. Not really a stencil though is it, more like freehand doodle.....
  3. I am not going into a long diatribe about the Japanese, but just browse these links and decide for yourselves if we really want to see Japanese Re-enactors... http://members.iinet.net.au/~gduncan/massacres_pacific.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_war_crimes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_731 http://www.pacificwar.org.au/WarCrimeIntro.html
  4. Overall width Reg 3 Construction and Use Regulations " width means the distance between longitudinal planes passing through the Extreme lateral projecting points of a vehicle including all parts of the vehicle, any permitted receptacle which is strong enough for repeated use, and any fitting on or attached to the vehicle except a) driving mirrors b) Snow plough fitted to front c) Bulge in tyres due to weight of the vehicle d) Customs seals e) Lamps or reflectors fitted in accordance with lighting regs f) Side board lowered when stationary to load or unload g) Any fitting or receptacle which does not increase the carrying capacity of the vehicle, but which allows it to be transferred to or from a railway vehicle by a locking device and carried on a railway vehicle by use of stanchions h) Sheeting or other flexible means of covering or securing a load i) Receptacle with external width not exceeding 2.55m j) Empty receptacle which itself forms a load k) A receptacle which contains an indivisible wide load l) A receptacle manufactured before 30.10.85 not being a Marine Container m)A permanent crane, special appliance or apparatus which does not increase the carrying capacity of the vehicle n) Apparatus fitted to a bus to guide it by wheels bearing outwards provided it does not project more than 75mm beyond the side of the bus." Post boxes (what ever you mean by that) are not apparently included. A Bulldog does not appear to me to be legal width and is probably exempted width regulations by order of the Secretary of State, "for operational reasons" You cannot use a width measurement method as described by this chap. An army website lists Bulldog at 2.80m wide. ww.army.mod.uk/equipment/fighting-vehicles/1478.aspx Clearly the Mk3 is not within 2,55m! http://www.armedforces-int.com/projects/fv430_series_bulldog_armoured_vehicle.html http://www.military-today.com/apc/fv430_mk3_bulldog.htm
  5. Where were you measuring, there seems plenty of projections, did you measure over these? The width measurement of a vehicle has to be taken between two imaginary parallel, vertical planes that completely contain the vehicle. The only thing allowed to project beyond this is bulge in tyres due to loading, or load lashings, chains ratchet straps and the like. (and more commonly driving mirrors) The Bulldog hull itself would have to be much narrower than 2.55m if when measured over all the visible projections the max overall width is still only 2.55m. I don't see that being the case.
  6. That would be a very hot curry then......
  7. Passes should be on the way to all who have applied. If anyone has good Hi-res photographs of their Diamond T they wish to offer for inclusion in the program, I would appreciate a good copy. If you can help please PM me and I will let you know an E-mail address where they can be sent. Thanks Mike
  8. My Dad told me that The Aussies had at least one of the worst Guards at Changi. He was bundled into a dunny where he drowned, and sunk without trace. There were reprisals for the missing guard but because no body was ever found, the matter died down fairly quickly. Maybe the practice should have been more widespread.......Fortunately my father was saved from the Burma railway, a project that cost an estimated one life for every sleeper laid......
  9. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_government-issued_dollar_in_Malaya,_North_Borneo,_Sarawak_and_Brunei Well according to Wiki these notes were introduced from 19432 onwards and remained in use until 1945. They replaced the Malaysian dollar in Japanese occupied territory. Post 1945 The Japanese refused to honour these notes so they are therefore are not part of the £77.50 payment the Japanese gave my father in 1951.
  10. so if the compensation would have been something like 77616 Yen, the 50 Cents is a tiny part of the total, so my Dad may have cashed the rest and just held onto a sample or two. In 1951, my father was courting, and presumably needed every penny he could get, however derisory he saw the offer......
  11. I am trying to find out what payment the Japanese government made to former POW's. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/48238.stm The above site indicates that £76 10s was paid to each former prisoner. It also indicates that this was in the 1950's. I as because whilst clearing my late Mother's house I have happened across some Promissory note (bank notes) from the Japanese Government. One is for 50 Cents, another is for 1 cent. I will scan one in shortly. Can anyone suggest how I can find the exchange rate for £76.50 into Japanese Cents in the fifties. Or can anyone suggest a website where I might find further info. I am trying to work out if there would have been other notes, but as yet I have not found them. I know that my father who had been in Changi since the fall of Singapore, and who came out 3 1/2 years later in very poor physical and mental health, having seen 1/4 of those around him die, thought the payment derisory and din't even bother to cash the notes. Are these notes rare? do they have any value today? I do not intent to sell them, they are part of our families history, but I was wondering in any museum might like to display them, or whether a good number of these notes have survived.
  12. I have seen the video's so I know it happens. This thread is an offshoot of an earlier one on making vehicles more visible to prevent rear ending. My point is that yes, try whatever you can but there are so many unexpected things happening out there don't ever believe you are now going to be accident free. Whether this is someone behind you fast asleep because they have ignored driver's hours, someone in micro-sleep for seconds, someone coming at you from the front because they have made a mistake, and driven down the exit slip, or have missed the slip and are reversing back down the motorway, or they are driving a stolen car etc and think they can lose the Police chase cars if they deliberately drive onto a motorway and drive against the flow. It all happens. driving is a risk, if you find the risk unacceptable, stop driving, you sure as hell won't alter other peoples behaviour r in some respects, just by putting reflectors or lights on the back of a military vehicles
  13. Having said that the E-charts are to my eye pretty good, when seen on a poota. They all pretty well agree with each other, and what I see of something like RAF Blue grey on the charts is what I get when I paint the colour.... Out of interest what is the alternator from? What age is it?
  14. http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/showthread.php?10336-Eager-Beaver-record-Cards/page3&highlight=Eager+Beaver+record+cards you will have seen my E.B.s' record cards. Posts #23 and #24. Not much use, My regs and serials are both too far away from 1972/73 changeover to be any use in working out a likely last chassis or reg in 1972. Sorry
  15. Two different Spitfires flying north about an hour and a half ago.
  16. Petrol has a lower Specific gravity or Relative density than water, so cork will always float deeper in Petrol than it would in water. It needs relatively less fluid to be absorbed before it sinks in Petrol, than it would in water.... Not very pertinent to this thread but I thought I would throw it in anyway....
  17. I thought we eventually bowed to French and called in Concorde.
  18. On the BS 381C colour chart to my eye it is closest to BS113 Deep Saxe Blue or BS 102 Turquoise Blue. but not right for either . http://www.e-paint.co.uk/BS381%20Colourchart.asp I would go for BS 4800 colour 16 E 53 Aquamarine/ Seafarer. as fairly close. http://e-paint.co.uk/BS_Colourchart.asp It is probably the colour you get when you tip the tail end of three different cans into one pot and stir. (although when I this I normally get BS381C Shyte brown.)
  19. Well, someone has to disagree but I think it is ugly, and spoilt by too much crap welded or bolted onto it....
  20. And that example was 75 mm overwidth not 250mm (10") for the narrowest Fv432 (not counting Petrol Mk1). Swingfire FV432 comes in at 2.972mm which is 332" (approx 13" ) Overwidth.
  21. Two second rule is a bit hard to achieve when you are on a motorway and someone decides to drive towards you! (or change tyre in the outside lane....)
  22. Undoubtedly (in my mind) the best British Tank to appear during the war (just) was A41 Later Centurion, and to answer the question, it never saw combat. For years British tank design had been restricted by requirement that it had to be rail transportable and fit within the British loading gauge. Once this restriction had been removed it was possible to design a tank with sufficient Armour, track width etc to take on the German heavy Tanks. Europe had a larger loading Gauge, and could rail transport these heavy tanks. Once we saw the light and abandoned rail transport in Britain the door was open.
  23. I knew there had to be reduction in the final drive, but I still don't know the ratio. The idea still might be possible if both inner and outer drive sprockets where re.manufactured without holes and All four were run as disc brakes. I didn't suggest this since this is more intrusive and makes a bigger change to the external look of the vehicle. As I said it does have the advantage of bypassing the drive shafts, whose bolts we are warned can fail, leaving no brakes and no steering. Most vehicles that have one single brake but two methods of applying it, have the brake directly coupled to the road wheel, without any problematic drive shaft couplings. What I am thinking about is how to re-engineer FV432 so it is more like Automotive practice, and the braking isn't taken from the brakes to the tracks through these shafts and couplings but is directly applied.
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