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by Mark Heaps
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes
Replies: 38
Views: 867

Re: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes

And I had an opportunity to trial some of the "boil-in-the bag" meals that were later introduced. We got issued these trial packs on an exercise during a promotion course and afterwards we were put together with a rep from the manufacturer. So that we could give honest feedback and our views not be ...
by Mark Heaps
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes
Replies: 38
Views: 867

Re: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes

For John Clarke, you may wish to look at http://www.crusader80.co.uk/ration.html for pictures of the rations. In my experience, the tank crews always got the 4-man packs with being a 4-person crew. The REME fitter-section vehicles also generally got the 4-man packs but occasionally we got the 10-man...
by Mark Heaps
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes
Replies: 38
Views: 867

Re: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes

Stephen White wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:17 pm
While we’re at it Mark, capital S in Royal Signals...... all the best.
Shows you were an officer. You corrected me politely. Us enlisted men would have added some derogatory comment or insult. :)
by Mark Heaps
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes
Replies: 38
Views: 867

Re: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes

A word of warning to all, when brothers are arguing discussing something let them get on with it. It's healthier that way :D Army banter is what it is. My brother John would be dissappointed if I had not pulled him up for his mistake. We do the same with our father who served 22 years in the Royal ...
by Mark Heaps
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain info and banter
Replies: 71
Views: 7813

Re: Chieftain info and banter

Just been reading through the Wikipedia for the Chieftain and spotted a few things quoted are not correct https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chieftain_(tank) Note xvii - Note; the Muzzle Reference System uses a laser beam reflected from a mirror at the muzzle to measure minute dimensional changes in the ...
by Mark Heaps
Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes
Replies: 38
Views: 867

Re: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes

Tiffy, not TIFI ! John Recovery mechanics were the only trade that regularly "slated" the crew. If you needed their assistance, you had screwed up by getting bogged in. Other trades did not charge for fixing the tanks as that is what we were there for. However we could raise an NMD ( Neglicence Misu...
by Mark Heaps
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Armortek Owners
Topic: Armorteks next model
Replies: 249
Views: 32306

Re: Armorteks next model

Richard Goodwin wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:11 pm
Everybody knows how quickly the Chieftain sold out....clearly a very popular model. Everybody also knows how unreliable it was in real life so surely, shouldn't the next big Armortek production be an ARRV to rescue the old girl? :twisted:
I agree but it would have to have a penthouse
by Mark Heaps
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes
Replies: 38
Views: 867

Re: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes

For those who did not serve, there was lemon screech and orange screech. Packets of powder that you then mixed with water to get a "refreshing" drink or at least that is what was the idea. The orange version was barely tolerable, the lemon version went in the rubbish sack. They were known as screech...
by Mark Heaps
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes
Replies: 38
Views: 867

Re: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes

Lemon screech ? Did someone actualy drink it ??
by Mark Heaps
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes
Replies: 38
Views: 867

Re: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes

Where else can you get information like this. Nippy sweeties and yellow handbags Coffee with "white" sugar - tot of Baileys added to it. Coffee with "brown" sugar- tot of rum added to it. Both bottles held in reserve along with the ingredients for corned beef cheesy pom. When the crew were absolute...
by Mark Heaps
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes
Replies: 38
Views: 867

Re: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes

Nippy sweeties must have been an officer thing or a tankie thing.
We just generaly put up with coffee with "white" sugar or coffee with "brown" sugar
by Mark Heaps
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes
Replies: 38
Views: 867

Re: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes

Ah, Yellow handbags. The unofficial currency of BAOR. Need your car motor fixing, pay the VM in yellow handbags. Want a car radio installed, pay the ECE with yellow handbags. My first posting to Münster, the Sqn Ldr asked if I could completely rewire his horse box and I said it was a 3-handbag job. ...
by Mark Heaps
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes
Replies: 38
Views: 867

Re: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes

I would need to have access to the circuit diagrams to confirm it but I seem to remember it was two 12 volt batteries . In Normal mode, they were connected in parallel and trickle charged. Selecting Emergency put them in series and put their output to the vent tube firing circuit.
by Mark Heaps
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes
Replies: 38
Views: 867

Re: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes

Hi John Clarke, Firing circuits were a nominal 24v like every other system on the tank. For some unknown or forgotten reason, I believe the vent tubes only needed 19.2 Volts or thereabouts but do not quote me on that. Both generators could have failed, hull and turret batteries totally drained but t...
by Mark Heaps
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes
Replies: 38
Views: 867

Re: Spanners and other stuff you could put in the tool boxes

learnt something this evening from Steven. I was aware of the spare FNA and we tested both during REME inspections so that the crews knew they could rely on them when they were needed. I was not aware that crews held a spare BREC ( Breech Ring Electrical Contact ) and I also never had to change or r...