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  1. Hello Lisa,

    The VRN that you have listed looks very much like the military ERM. I've done a quick search on the RLC museum website and there is a B vehicle data card available for this number. If you contact them, they may be able to confirm the vehicle type without you having to purchase a copy of the card beforehand.

    I'm not familiar with Mini VRN's and this is just an observation.


  2. Hello All,

    I've been asked by a non member of the Forum to appeal for information on a Colt 45 pistol that was recently acquired. It was assumed that it was a replica but certain features are what you would expect of a real weapon (The gun can be stripped down to component parts) so it would be helpful if someone could identify exactly what it is please?

    Thanks in advance.









    2 hours ago, mogmaner said:

    Is this of youse ,from my Dad collection


    Thank you for your reply and the photo.

    My trailer is the later version with split rim wheels and a slightly different body style, photo attached.

    The trailer in your photo has a short section similar to the front drawbar whereas my type doesn't appear to have this from photos that I've seen of others. Having said that, the angled mounting bracket that the pintle bolts to may well be the same secification.




  4. Thanks for the information Richard.

    I've read somewhere that the No 2 trailers built by Motor Panels Ltd were to Contract S7943 and had Census numbers X6208181 - 6210180.

    Would these Census numbers have been exclusive to these trailers? Because doing some basic calculations there are more than 1,000 numbers between these.

    Assuming that this information is correct then I will need to find a 10cwt trailer ID data plate from this range for my trailer.

    Does anybody have a suitable one available please?



  5. Hello All,

    I recently purchased this British 10 cwt trailer and I would like to know more about it. i.e. Manufacturer, Year, Model etc.

    According to the seller, it was acquired from the RAF in the late 1940's.

    Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be a ID plate, is there any way to find out it's identity?

    Thanks in advance,





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  6. Hello All,

    I've done a quick search on here but I couldn't find a previous post on this subject so here it goes...

    During WW2, did the RAF use the British 10 CWT GS trailer?

    I have seen what appears to be the same chassis used for applications like ground equipment but I've yet to see any photographic evidence that they used the types of load carrying trailers employed by the Army.

    Any information or photos would be appreciated.

    Apologies if this is going over old ground.

    Thanks in advance,


  7. Hello All,

    For the Jeep owners out there that would like a bit of extra security for their Ford GPW or Willys MB, I have managed to modify the H700 keyed switch (Ignition Switch) and toolbox lock to use different keys. The keyed switches and toolbox locks are top quality reproductions and to try to keep with the original appearance, I have sourced solid brass key blanks from the USA.

    I'm not sure how well these will be received as I know that authenticity is important to many MV owners but I've tried to match the keys as best I can.

    I've attached a photo of the proof of concept set. 

    Please let me know your thoughts and anyone interested in either a complete lock set or individual items please contact me by PM or directly by email: arun.locks@gmail.com






  8. The hanger is located at Dunsfold, Surrey. This aerodrome had a post war association with Hawker then BAE.

    I couldn't see any vents in the pit but I only looked into one part of it and the end was concrete.

  9. Hello All,

    I'm currently working in an old T2 hanger 'somewhere in Southern England' and there is a large 'T' shaped pit in the floor covered with heavy metal plates. Having removed one of the smaller plates there appears to be a large Yellow steel box, possibly a trolley, in the centre pit.

    Any help with identifying what it is and its use would satisfy my curiosity.

    I've attached some photos.

    Thanks in advance.








  10. Hello All,

    During a visit to a local yard today I came across this Mercury Truck and Tractor Co tug.

    I'm not sure of the age or model but it's been earmarked for scrap. I thought that it deserved a second chance so I convinced the owner to let me try to find a buyer that could make use of it.

    Although it's in quite a poor condition it may yield some useful parts if not suitable to restore as a whole.

    Any interested parties please PM me.

    Thanks, Ian.









  11. On 10/31/2018 at 11:24 PM, Richard Farrant said:

    I have to say that working for the army in their vehicle workshops for 22 years, I never came across a vehicle with a FV type switchbox that had a key barrel fitted. This includes AEC Knockers, Scammell Explorers Ferrets, Saracens, etc. No Champs they had all gone by that time.

    regards, Richard

    Thank you for your comments Richard.

    I appreciate that these locks were probably not fitted to the switch panels in service, after all, it would make sense not to, especially with the multiple variations of locks and keys available. 

    Whether during service or retrospectively, these types of locks have been fitted to Champs (Switch panel & Toolbox/Lockers) and other FV vehicles using the same switch panel. It also appears that they have been fitted to door handles either on cabs and/or box bodies.

    I have attached a photo of some strung tags that I have attached to some FV keys. The Austin Champ tag and the Humber Wireless one both appear to have the Military Registration Numbers written on them so it would appear that these were either still in service or had not long been released from it.

    These FV lock barrels are, as far as I can tell, unique to Military Vehicles and don't appear to be used in any other vehicle application (Car/Commercial). If these were not fitted in service, I cannot understand why the lock manufacturer would design and produce tooling for these unless there was a substantial demand, the MOD would surely fit this criteria.







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