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  1. Rest assured that you have a legion of avid followers who may not often comment but await the next instalment with bated breath.
  2. I admit to not knowing the provenance of the word grouser, but it is the only word I have ever heard in this application and I’ve never heard it called growler.
  3. I always thought ‘grouser’ was the word.
  4. The accommodation when I was there was individual wooden huts with coal-fired stoves for heating. If there are now decent blocks they were long overdue.
  5. I was with LAD REME Royal Hussars from 1969 to 1972 and went to Castlemartin every year. The first time I wondered why there were signs everywhere in German. It wasn’t very well known at the time.
  6. An absolute fact that can’t be disputed is that fourth is misspelled. I would have thought that such a high quality product would deserve a high quality advertisement.
  7. My daughter lives in Townsville, so maybe I had some help looking.
  8. I think I have found it for you, Tim. Steve.
  9. This will be worth waiting for. I might be tempted to go to Dorking for a ride myself (and I’m long retired already). A lovely job you have made so far and good luck for a quick finish.
  10. You may well be right about the origins of the vehicle, and it was a long time ago for my memory. You are definitely correct that it was in amazingly good condition, which is probably why it was chosen. We only had a few weeks to get it ready for the open day, so no time to strip the gearbox out and the decision was taken for it to be a static exhibit. We did a top overhaul and the engine ran as sweet as a nut and radios etc were sourced from various places. I believe a tube was made to replace the gun, which had been cut short. On the day, someone decided to drive it from the hangar and the b
  11. Ex-boy

    51RN44?

    I missed the sticker, so it was presumably fleeting, but what a bizarre collection of vehicles, and why? Thanks for posting, for 22 minutes of amazement.
  12. It was rescued (stolen) from a range (probably Lulworth) and the resultant hooha smoothed over by the old boy net. This was The Royal Hussars in Bhurtpore Bks Tidworth circa 1971. It was renovated for an open day, then put on a plinth whilst the regiment was in Tidworth. What happened to it later I have no idea. It was painted to represent a vehicle of 11th Hussars with 8th army if I remember correctly and has the 7 Armd Div desert rat logo.
  13. Not a model but the real thing that I was lucky enough to work on in Tidworth 50 years ago. I am the short one, second left. Apologies for the poor quality.
  14. Looks like it would be ideal for cooking a turtle in!
  15. My sister married an Aussie whose brother was a ski instructor in the Snowy Mountains. It does exist in Australia.
  16. I thought that looks very big for 9 feet by 6 feet, but of course you Aussies have very sensibly gone fully metric. I hope we catch up with you soon. Steve.
  17. It looks complete, which should save a lot of hunting for parts. Your English is good, so no need to apologise. I wish you the best of luck with the project. Steve.
  18. One minor correction Tony. Aquila was in Bromley, not Bexley. Steve
  19. I only got the end of the interview, but my main complaint is that they couldn’t get his title correct: Captain Sir Tom Moore. It’s not difficult.
  20. Fascinating information on the saltire. I always wondered about the colour difference from the union flag, and now I know. Thank you.
  21. I’m glad I have been of some assistance. Good luck with your search. Steve.
  22. I was at the front end of the process of scaling; setting up the projects and liaising with manufacturers, so didn't have any dealings further down the line with the output, and although I suspect microfiche was the storage medium, I can't be sure. As for ATSA, that name disappeared when DLO was formed, and we became a division of DLO. I heard some gossip that DLO was moved from Andover to Bristol (Abbey Wood) and that the new build at Andover had been done so that HQ Army Land Forces could make an excuse to move from Wilton. All very underhand. Anyway, I believe everything that was ASCA/
  23. I'm afraid I can't answer that one. I joined Army Scaling Authority just before it amalgamated with Army Cataloguing Authority to form ASCA, so I dealt with the wrong side of the organisation for CESs. Steve.
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