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by Mark Heaps
Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Craftsman's Market
Topic: Chieftain Stuff
Replies: 80
Views: 6655

Re: Chieftain Stuff

Hi Dave, The BV lead looks perfect with those yellow sleeves. For others who did not crew, yes, the BV was mounted in the turret and only required a lot shorter lead. It was that length so that crews could put it out on the turret roof when in harbour positions, and then put on the commanders cupola...
by Mark Heaps
Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chinese Eye Chieftain
Replies: 132
Views: 21875

Re: Chinese Eye Chieftain

In germany, the shovel was to dig a hole.
My experience in Canada was use the shovel to fill in the gopher hole that you had just squatted over.
The gophers must have hated us.
Mark
by Mark Heaps
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Craftsman's Market
Topic: Chieftain Stuff
Replies: 80
Views: 6655

Re: Chieftain Stuff

Dave,
My input was meant to be constructive and I apologise if you saw it otherwise.
How ever you do do them, I will be ordering a set, as soon as you post that they are available.

Kindest regards
Mark
by Mark Heaps
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Craftsman's Market
Topic: Chieftain Stuff
Replies: 80
Views: 6655

Re: Chieftain Stuff

And the thinner wire is too glossy. The previous wire had the perfect colour.
Mark
by Mark Heaps
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Craftsman's Market
Topic: Chieftain Stuff
Replies: 80
Views: 6655

Re: Chieftain Stuff

Hi Dave, Both look good but if you had the BV full of boiling water, you were hardly likely to open the lid due to the steam and if you suddenly hit a bump, scalding hot water flying everywhere. Best would be the top depicting the BV insert about 80% full of water and four compo cans sticking out, 6...
by Mark Heaps
Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Craftsman's Market
Topic: Chieftain Stuff
Replies: 80
Views: 6655

Re: Chieftain Stuff

Go to a Fitter section and let them know your tanks laser range finder was not working and the BV was inop, BV got fixed first as we can fight a tank with out the laser. Cheers John :D My experience was that on exercise, the crews generally only reported the most critical fault. Once you had got to...
by Mark Heaps
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Craftsman's Market
Topic: Chieftain Stuff
Replies: 80
Views: 6655

Re: Chieftain Stuff

Hi Dave
Yes, the BV was for doing tea, boiling water for it, but I never knew a crew doing the tea directly in it. It heated water for tea, coffee, washing and shaving etc.
Mark
by Mark Heaps
Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Craftsman's Market
Topic: Chieftain Stuff
Replies: 80
Views: 6655

Re: Chieftain Stuff

Few comments on the BV and BV lead. The BV was used for heating water. When cooking food, the food did not go directly into the BV but into a handled insert that was dropped into the BV. The BV lead wiring has the correct colour but I can only make out three strands, there should be four, pos and ne...
by Mark Heaps
Sun Nov 03, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: A Chequered Chieftain at #10
Replies: 50
Views: 1496

Re: A Chequered Chieftain at #10

Stephen, These "incompetent and arrogant young gentlemen" developed into very capable officers and leaders of men. Being Cavalry they some-times initially would not listen to the advice the troop sergeants were giving them and we as REME had to set them straight and use the methods we had at our dis...
by Mark Heaps
Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: A Chequered Chieftain at #10
Replies: 50
Views: 1496

Re: A Chequered Chieftain at #10

Track change was authorised by the VM Sgt condemning the tracks. He would look at the track and decide at a glance whether it had to be changed or not. He had a GO/NO-GO guage to prove serviceability but I only ever saw it used once. A young troop leader was insisting his tracks were worn out and he...
by Mark Heaps
Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: A Chequered Chieftain at #10
Replies: 50
Views: 1496

Re: A Chequered Chieftain at #10

Now thinking ahead to track assembly, I have a few newbie questions which i hope the more experienced of the community would be kind enough to provide some guidance. I apologise now if these have been discussed elsewhere and I've missed it! Questions are as follows: 1. Is it worth giving the track ...
by Mark Heaps
Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: A Chequered Chieftain at #10
Replies: 50
Views: 1496

Re: A Chequered Chieftain at #10

Should have called for a call-sign with a big spoon.
Mark
by Mark Heaps
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: A Chequered Chieftain at #10
Replies: 50
Views: 1496

Re: A Chequered Chieftain at #10

I stand by to be corrected by those who know better but I understood the tanks got the dozer blade attachment for obstacle clearance. Makes sense for one of the SHQ tanks to have it rather than one of the troop tanks out in front that could have got knocked out. Obstacles could be ground laid mines ...
by Mark Heaps
Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: A Chequered Chieftain at #10
Replies: 50
Views: 1496

Re: A Chequered Chieftain at #10

Both QRIH and 14th/20th as the Berlin Squadron. It was a squadron detached from the regiment and acting independently. No crew rotation but I believe crew members were occasionally sent to Berlin to fill in gaps due to leave periods or commpassionate cases.
Mark
by Mark Heaps
Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: A Chequered Chieftain at #10
Replies: 50
Views: 1496

Re: A Chequered Chieftain at #10

I cannot say for certain she was there with the QRIH. All I can say is which squadron of QRIH and 14th/20th was the Berlin squadron. I was attached to the regiments at the main location in Munster. I was there for two years and we disposed of non-stillbrew and got Challenger 1. If she was QRIH 1987/...