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  1. its also a righthand drive tank so probably a wana-be tank
  2. responsive - good power to weigh when towing or pushing - quick - nice vehicle - there was never any time or monies allocated to look after it
  3. drove it a few times when it required moving
  4. The recovery 55 when it arrived at Duxford the drivers instrument panel had been chopped out
  5. just love the engineering and tooling really good solid workmanship
  6. The Daimler Mk-1 shown is just after its arrival at Duxford Summer of 74. It came from storage complete except for the stock and trigger for the main armament. Its interior everything was painted silver drivers instruments included but came to life after a few hours of TLC a tyre change and was and suppose still would be a lovely drive. This vehicle is mentioned in a Daimler web page as being recovered from the ranges as a wreck and the author states was rebuilt at Duxford. It never was a wreck and never a ground up restoration even though it has had several repaints/reworks in it time with the museum and one of my all-time favourite vehicles to drive and crew
  7. When free site transport was available on site the LWH often toped the customer satisfaction questionnaire on leaving site. That was before the LWH was closed for extended periods of the year due to a number of reasons one being staffing levels and cleaning of facilities. Also what was the thinking behind designing the AAM a structure to house aircraft requiring the whole glazed frontage to be removed to allow movement of exhibits that didn't pass through the double doors. yes it won awards became listed and is totally impractical and out of keeping with the site.
  8. Duxford Airfield always has and always will be an ever-evolving assemblage of objects. The history of Duxford airfield/landing ground is well documented coming into the guise of a museum by a roundabout route in the early seventies. Artifacts held by the museum on all sites are noted on a list along with the reason the museum holds them. How and when obtained I believe with a rating as to there desirability and relevance to the core collection. As mentioned, Duxford is ever evolving often driven by the key personnel within the museum at the time driven by strategies emanating in London. What ever the trend set by London Duxford and other museum sites within the grouping follow. Items at the fore are removed, Duxford has a long list of gifted items that appear to have slipped into obscurity occasionally emerging in other collections/ownership. When an artifact is gifted to the museum ownership is totally the museums to do with as they want, the only safeguard a politician who’s desk the piece of paper crosses for signature authorising disposal, a pure formality. Yes, the demolition consent on the Land Warfare Hall is still active as are the plans for the building next to the road and I would suggest the American Air Museum might be a candidate in the effort to return Duxford to a 1940’s feel. It’s the museums site they can do as they wish with their toys.
  9. Think this is a Vickers Valentia Troop Transport into service 1933/4 serving into 1943-ish - bet the pilots were pleased to be flying such a machine
  10. Sorry didn't say the above pic's taken at Duxford a long time ago
  11. The B/W photo taken during the making of the film Men of Orange some time in the seventies the plexiglass dome a stage prop. The artillery piece a 21-cm Krupp's cannon usually transported in two sections taken just before a show also seventies. The barrel on its own set of wheels while the carriage forms another load for I think two 18-ton half tracks.
  12. If its humble pie time on my part for being forthright in my comments, then I’m happy to oblige. Vehicle colours are always open to interpretation when the guide to a colour is a description. I as I suspect other contributors to this debate have their own reference to authentic colours and I’m always happy to learn but what is SCCS-1A or SCCS-2 below is part of the descriptions I have including SCCS-4 for interest. STANDARD CAMOUFLAGE COLOUR SHADES 1A (dark brown almost black) Description: Colour a deep rich brown appearing black in some applications. Medium contrast with Standard Camouflage Colour Shades 2, Standard Camouflage Colour Shades 14 Black was used as an alternative colour. In use: 1941 to 45 as disruptive over the base colour in Military Training Pamphlets 20 and Military Training Pamphlets 46/4A schemes. Used from 1942 in ME Command patterns as an alternative dark shade. STANDARD CAMOUFLAGE COLOUR SHADES 2 (Khaki brown / service drab) Description: Rich dark brown with a slight hint of ‘khaki’. In use: 1941 to 45 a basic colour Standard Camouflage Colour Shades 1A otherwise known as Standard Camouflage Colour Shades 14. STANDARD CAMOUFLAGE COLOUR SHADES 4 Description: Dull medium earth colour “dark earth” the R.A.F. colour “dark earth” is lighter more yellow. In use: Occasionally 1942 to 44 as a tone in conjunction with Standard Camouflage Colour Shades 2. I always enjoy chatting people at shows, you never know what you’ll learn when you have an open mind. Sadly, some owners actively discourage conversation but most once asked the question positively gushing with knowledge about and enthusiasm for their vehicle. I’d put Mr Corbin in the latter category, attached are some old photos of I believe his vehicles.
  13. Where this thread going as it appears to be a few digs at someone who restored two vehicles. Firstly, at the top is copy of an article praising the fact that the original owner restored the Fordson WOT-1 Fire Crash Tender to running condition before criticising the colour scheme. It is a unique vehicle finished in the colours suggested I believe by the people at Hendon, now those colours are disputed why. Because it doesn’t match an opinion. Lower down its mentioned that for a greater period of the war British military vehicles were brown not green. That I understand was due in some part to the chemicals required to produce green paint being in short supply. So, browns became the chosen colours until the agent required became available again and green ascended (just mention I have done 3-vehicles in browns). With the declaration of war an order went out requiring Royal Air Force vehicle be camouflaged. As no paint other than what had been supplied for camouflaging buildings being available, that is what was used a water-based emulsion. I’ve not seen that scheme applied to a preserved vehicle and if it was what would the comments be. As far as I can ascertain out of the thirty or so colours listed in M.T.P’s there are very few with British Standard colour designations. Accept the vehicle is correct as variations to colour occur. The colour on this vehicle I understand taken by matching panels not subject to daylight so not degraded when matching paint. The scheme is right for that vehicle as research happened. Regarding the WOT-3 tructor again unique vehicle if it’s of interest search on here for the rebuild. Really worth the search and shows the lengths the owner has gone to achieve what you see. So why comment that the scheme displayed today is different to of 77 years ago.
  14. How's the back, last time I saw you you were having trouble with it -
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