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by Mark Heaps
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Heaven. 1944.
Replies: 24
Views: 1086

Re: Heaven. 1944.

Did you bother to read the link before you posted it ?
It has a lot of easily detectable errors and cannot be trusted as a sceintific research paper.
by Mark Heaps
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: L60 Fake News
Replies: 23
Views: 860

Re: L60 Fake News

Hi John, I only relayed what the commander of a Leopard Bergepanzer ( recovery vehichle ) told me when I questioned the lack of extra seats although the vehicle had more internal space than we had. I was not suggesting that they treat manpower cheaply, just that they had a different set of prioritie...
by Mark Heaps
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Panzer IV
Topic: FINALLY Painted My Panzer IV After 3 Years
Replies: 4
Views: 293

Re: FINALLY Painted My Panzer IV After 3 Years

Fantastic weathering. To me, exactly what a well-used but not abused tank should look like. Paint scuffed by boots in the areas used when climbing onto and off of the vehicle but no major oil leaks or rust. Looks perfect.
Mark
by Mark Heaps
Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: L60 Fake News
Replies: 23
Views: 860

Re: L60 Fake News

Plate 2 is the only one that could be accurately described as an access plate. Remove it and then reach in and recover any tools that had been lost during any work on the pack.
by Mark Heaps
Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: L60 Fake News
Replies: 23
Views: 860

Re: L60 Fake News

As far as I am aware, Chieftain did not have access plates underneath, Challenger did to get to the gearbox filters and replace them.
The plates on the Chiefy belly were drainage points to get rid of any water or oil build up in the hull.
by Mark Heaps
Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: L60 Fake News
Replies: 23
Views: 860

Re: L60 Fake News

My understanding was that the Leo was not designed for or intended for slugging matches. The Chiefies would have been the blocking and delaying force and the Leo´s would have done alternating flank attacks to disrupt the lines of communication. The Leo recovery vehicle had one jump seat for the comm...
by Mark Heaps
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: L60 Fake News
Replies: 23
Views: 860

Re: L60 Fake News

I was not suggesting that welfare or PRI funds were diverted or spent incorrectly, but that certain Commanding Officers may have paid for it out of their own pockets. In my experience Cavalry officers had to have a substanstial private income "subsidised by daddy" to afford the life-style. And I kno...
by Mark Heaps
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: L60 Fake News
Replies: 23
Views: 860

Re: L60 Fake News

Hi John, Allowable track milage was the limiting factor affecting peace-time use, but in my experience unless the unit had been tasked with other things such as a tour in Northern Ireland and the tanks were placed in a state of preservation, the vehicles would be first paraded on a daily basis ie ch...
by Mark Heaps
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: L60 Fake News
Replies: 23
Views: 860

Re: L60 Fake News

Haynes was not generally usefull when fixing the tanks.

Heinz was though, a good dollop of ketchup on the egg banjo and carry on working.
Mark
by Mark Heaps
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: L60 Fake News
Replies: 23
Views: 860

Re: L60 Fake News

I think a pack lift frame to go with the model might be a good idea! I do not recall there ever being one for the L60 or if there was , we were never issued it and always lifted the pack using the adjustable chains. I first saw the Universal Lifting Beam when our FV434 got replaced by a Warrior FV5...
by Mark Heaps
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: L60 Fake News
Replies: 23
Views: 860

Re: L60 Fake News

I am not sure what original purpose the L60 was designed for but the british army has took other successful engines, put them into military vehicles and then wondered why they had problems. Ie Jaguar engine in the CVR(T) series, I will not mention names but I am aware of a few military replacements ...
by Mark Heaps
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: 00 FD 96 John's Main Contender
Replies: 33
Views: 2821

Re: 00 FD 96 John's Main Contender

I may be wrong as it is a fair few years ago, but I seem to remember that OMD-80 replaced OMD-75 and OEP-220 replaced OMD-110. Logical that the crews would carry only the better "gearbox" oil if they could get hold of it. Topping up the engine with gear-box oil in an emergency situation would not be...
by Mark Heaps
Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: 00 FD 96 John's Main Contender
Replies: 33
Views: 2821

Re: 00 FD 96 John's Main Contender

OEP-220 was the synthetic gearbox oil so in my experience to be realistic, maximum one 25 liter can for a tank that had a fault and was limping back for a gearbox change , or was carrying it for the troop of three tanks, better would be one or two 5 liter cannisters. OMD-80 was the engine oil, carry...
by Mark Heaps
Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Painting your Chieftains (and other post-WW2 vehicles)
Replies: 5
Views: 768

Re: Painting your Chieftains (and other post-WW2 vehicles)

I believe matt bronze-green would be correct. I never experienced wheels or any other part of the running gear being delivered in a different colour.
Also no tactical advantage to be gained by repainting them in a different colour..
Mark
by Mark Heaps
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain info and banter
Replies: 57
Views: 5293

Re: Chieftain info and banter

Male or female ? Are tanks male or female ? In WW1, the brits had "male" with 6 pounders, "females" with MGs, and hermaphrodites with different sponsons. I always saw my Chieftains, Challenger 1 and 2´s as female. They were cantankerous bitches at times. They were each diffferent and needed their ow...