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by Mark Heaps
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain info and banter
Replies: 82
Views: 14773

Re: Chieftain info and banter

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Photo copied from Phil Woollard´s thread. Note the VRN on the T-piece
by Mark Heaps
Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chinese Eye Chieftain
Replies: 159
Views: 25230

Re: Chinese Eye Chieftain

Maybe a tall story, but a Battle-group night move was cancelled midway with the emergency "STOP !, STOP ! STOP ! "and we did not get permission to move again untill dawn. The Tiffy had gone back to UK on compassionate grounds and I was commanding the 432 at the time. Conditions were atrocious and th...
by Mark Heaps
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chinese Eye Chieftain
Replies: 159
Views: 25230

Re: Chinese Eye Chieftain

I can confirm that the Hitler Hof later became a protected site, and all routes up to it were sign-posted as prohibited to tracked vehicles. On one exercise , during a move in the early hours of the morning, pitch black and fog, the tanks could see where they were going due to TOGS, we could not and...
by Mark Heaps
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chinese Eye Chieftain
Replies: 159
Views: 25230

Re: Chinese Eye Chieftain

I'm sure our REME subject matter expert will have a view but usually the pull would be in a straight line. This pull at an angle was probably constrained by the area of boggy ground. I was an ECE and not a Recy Mech so not a subject matter expert on recovery, but experienced quite a few recovery ta...
by Mark Heaps
Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Craftsman's Market
Topic: Chieftain Stuff
Replies: 83
Views: 7662

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: 159
Views: 25230

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: 83
Views: 7662

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: 83
Views: 7662

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: 83
Views: 7662

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: 83
Views: 7662

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: 83
Views: 7662

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: 83
Views: 7662

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: 51
Views: 2235

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: 51
Views: 2235

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: 51
Views: 2235

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 ...