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A while back i discovered a Bofors gun emplacement and radar trailer 50 yards from each other in the Hogmoor training area near the REME tank training grounds after the Army moved out of Bordon Hampshire a while back. Built and operated by the Canadians during the war. The  Bofors emplacement is now registered with Historic England by myself and the radar trailer fenced off which is in a state of disrepair. I am working with the town council and Historic England to preserve the emplacement as best we can.

As with the radar Trailer a GL Number 3 Mk2, original to the emplacement, which was left by the Canadians since 1948 and been left there to this date and was not removed by REME because it was not on their books. The council are not sure what to do with it or best proceed with its preservation. It was suggested to restore it but its going to take a lot of money and time. Another suggestion was to leave it in its small fenced off area or restor it to a semi state showing the outside features of its main structure but as an empty carcass. Any imput suggestions ideas?

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l think you have to ask are there any other examples what it would it cost to rebuild as  empty shell who is going to fund it what  is its long term future if you do rebuild it l am not been negative  but these are questions to have answers to

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If there are other examples either in a restored state or being restored, you could also add the question whether this example may hold some useful spares for the others?

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On 4/14/2021 at 10:31 AM, wally dugan said:

l think you have to ask are there any other examples what it would it cost to rebuild as  empty shell who is going to fund it what  is its long term future if you do rebuild it l am not been negative  but these are questions to have answers to

 I can remember  years ago when that radar trailer was still complete..ish in a poor state then, and well vandellised,. it was then  burnt out in a large fire, which burnt the tyres and reduced the body to the pile of twisted rusty scrap it is now ...below is a link to a  complete rusty but Original identical radar trailer that has been saved and still had most of its radar equipment intact too so made it a feaseable  proposition to restore

http://www.anti-aircraft.co.uk/restoration_No3Mk2radar.html

 

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I can see its a real basket case but its original to the site. I think it would be best just to leave it, its fenced off, unless someone comes up with bags of money and time to take on the challenge or better still spend the money on a restored one and display, store it and mainain it under cover as an example for the public viewing. I cant see that with councils these days, the area still owned by the MOD but looked after for public use by a organisation will have to fund and make the final say.

Nick Jones do you live local to the area..

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If you can get the resources, I'd say restore / rebuild it to an empty carcass then see if it can be added to over time to bring it to some version of life. 

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On 4/16/2021 at 1:24 AM, Toner said:

If you can get the resources, I'd say restore / rebuild it to an empty carcass then see if it can be added to over time to bring it to some version of life. 

Would be good to do something, rare to find original equipment near a derelict structure, especially these days. The body is a basket case, so a carcass body representation would need to be built, it would only be for show, a mock up not a working restoration. Seeing as the army still own the land its theirs and they have the final say. I thought it would make a good project to get kids and locals involved  in the build, teaching construction metalwork skills etc.  That wont happen but there you go.

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