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by Michael Cecil
Tue May 21, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Oh Dear !
Replies: 3
Views: 1156

Re: Oh Dear !

From the Pen & Sword 'Tank Craft' website ... "An innovative series following in the footsteps of the popular Ship Craft and Flight Craft ranges, launching in Autumn 2016, TankCraft aims to provide modelmakers and tank enthusiasts with a new standard of primarily visual reference of both full-size t...
by Michael Cecil
Sat May 18, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chinese Eye Chieftain
Replies: 118
Views: 16418

Re: Chinese Eye Chieftain

Stephen,

"All I need to do now is ask Mick Graham to alter my print...... perhaps not."

Be really, really bold! Commission an original painting! (.... and make an artist really, really happy!)

Nice bit of detective work, Stephen, in identifying your tank.

Mike
by Michael Cecil
Thu May 02, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chinese Eye Chieftain
Replies: 118
Views: 16418

Re: Chinese Eye Chieftain

Found a few more for your enjoyment .... you won't find any of these via Google, at least not the colour shots, as the photographer was either me or my better half. The two of the tank being driven are the same tank being delivered from the RoRo in my previous post, just with the barrel end re-attac...
by Michael Cecil
Wed May 01, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chinese Eye Chieftain
Replies: 118
Views: 16418

Re: Chinese Eye Chieftain

I'm glad they were of some interest. The Chieftain with the short barrel (chopped off to reduce shipping cost, welded back on for display) was when it was being delivered from the Ro-Ro into the Port of Melbourne, Australia, in the mid-1990s. The chap visible at the rear with the red beard is someon...
by Michael Cecil
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chinese Eye Chieftain
Replies: 118
Views: 16418

Re: Chinese Eye Chieftain

Stephen, Stumbled across these in my photo-archive today while looking for something else (of course!). Thought they may be of some marginal interest. Interesting 3-colour (?) (or is that 2 colour + discolouration) cam scheme on the short-barreled Chieftain being driven onto the low-loader. The A/te...
by Michael Cecil
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: 17 Pounder
Topic: Hunting tigers with Pheasants
Replies: 6
Views: 3637

Re: Hunting tigers with Pheasants

There is a restored example of a Pheasant at the Armour & Artillery Museum in Cairns, Australia. It was imported from the restorer in the UK. Australia also built an interim version of the 25/17-pdr using a lengthened welded 25-pdr trail, before manufacturing the conventional 17-pdr split trail. Mike
by Michael Cecil
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: 25 Pounder & 25 Pdr Ammunition Limber
Topic: Jeffs 25 pounder
Replies: 118
Views: 21521

Re: Jeffs 25 pounder

Jeff, From my notes of measurements taken of a 25-pdr displayed at Tiaro, in Qld, and posted on Tony Baker's thread: "The No.20 Fuze Indicator (ie the slide rule) mounts are 690mm apart, and the top edge of the brackets are 18mm from the top edge of the shield. The right hand bracket is positioned 4...
by Michael Cecil
Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: 25 Pounder & 25 Pdr Ammunition Limber
Topic: Jeffs 25 pounder
Replies: 118
Views: 21521

Re: Jeffs 25 pounder

Hi Jeff, The Fuze Indicator had a canvas cover and was held in brackets attached to the shield folding extension by two webb straps. I'm sure I've seen images of it in Tony Baker's build thread (1:1) on the MLU website (along with many other 25-pdr parts/accessories). I'll track the thread down and ...
by Michael Cecil
Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: 25 Pounder & 25 Pdr Ammunition Limber
Topic: Jeffs 25 pounder
Replies: 118
Views: 21521

Re: Jeffs 25 pounder

Hi Jeff, I just realised you mentioned the 'holster shaped pouch on the right side of the shield', which is for the Field Clinometer. I was actually referring to the Sight Clinometer, which is normally housed in a straight-sided leather case, similar to the Fuze Key case, mounted on the left side of...
by Michael Cecil
Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: 25 Pounder & 25 Pdr Ammunition Limber
Topic: Jeffs 25 pounder
Replies: 118
Views: 21521

Re: Jeffs 25 pounder

Thanks Jeff - found it in the manuals after having read your post. I knew where the sight clinometer was housed, but was not familiar with another, similar leather stowage case to house the fuze key. Finally found an image of it mounted to the trail arm in a Canadian parts list.

Thanks

Mike
by Michael Cecil
Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: 25 Pounder & 25 Pdr Ammunition Limber
Topic: Jeffs 25 pounder
Replies: 118
Views: 21521

Re: Jeffs 25 pounder

Hi Jeff, As the builder (I won't call myself a 'modeler' - that's reserved for artisans like you, Stephen White and others on this forum!) of the basic 25-pdr kit, I am greatly enjoying your 'super detailing' skills shown throughout this thread. I'm curious about the Sight Clinometer leather pouch m...
by Michael Cecil
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Ever seen WW2 British Night Vision ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1291

Re: Ever seen WW2 British Night Vision ?

Hi Robin, If you go to the search screen in Recordsearch: https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/SearchScreens/AdvSearchItems.aspx .. and type 649327 into the Item Barcode box (7th box down from the top), it will bring up the Tabby test file entry. You could then request a copy of...
by Michael Cecil
Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Ever seen WW2 British Night Vision ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1291

Re: Ever seen WW2 British Night Vision ?

From the reports, a hopeless piece of kit. It came with a hinged support for the binos that attached to the vehicle, as the weight could not be supported by the operator's head alone. Drivers could move the binos up and down, but not sideways, so the field of vision was limited to straight ahead. Ev...
by Michael Cecil
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: M3 Lee/ Grant Medium Tank
Topic: M3 Walkaround
Replies: 3
Views: 974

Re: M3 Walkaround

Yes, Adrian, it was. The mounting bosses I was referring to are the three marked in this image (hope they don't mind me borrowing it from their website), plus an image taken of the test fitting of the frontal armour in Australia. It was a casting shaped to fit over the frontal area. I don't have too...
by Michael Cecil
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: M3 Lee/ Grant Medium Tank
Topic: M3 Walkaround
Replies: 3
Views: 974

Re: M3 Walkaround

Hi Adrian, No, this hull was never an M31 ARV: this is (was) an M3A5 medium tank (Grant). T23846 was supplied to the Australian Army in 1942-43, and continued to serve post-war until its disposal from 3 Base Ordnance Depot's sub-depot at Puckapunyal, Victoria, in September 1955. At the time it was l...