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Started by fsn, 20 July 2018, 01:53:28 PM

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fsn

Astron Chick and Hen: Bat-s... crazy, but interesting. 


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nigel drury

Alresford is still very recognisable.  The pre WW1 RE camp at Cheriton is interesting, wonder how close they were to the ECW battle site.

fsn


A Ghost Army soldier with an inflatable rubber Sherman tank. It took about 30 minutes to inflate a single tank.Credit...


I insert this photo because some 10mm manufacturers (NOT Pendraken) seem to have used this as their reference material for their Sherman tanks. :P
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Raider4

Well that's not going to fool anyone! That is clearly the wrong turret for that body.
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fsn

I thought so ... more like a Challenger

This one ...
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fsn

You have to admit the inflatable soldier is much more realistic.
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Welding is a complicated process. One of the factors that can affect the strength of a weld is the angle at which the welding rod is held, known as the work angle. The best way to achieve a consistent work angle is to keep the welder still and angle the pieces being welded. This isn't so easy when you're dealing with a Centurion tank. Huge moveable manipulators like this were needed. They can rotate and spin to give the workers (all women in this photo) the best work angle.

 :o
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Orcs

So what your saying FSN is ;-

You should always get your woman at the best angle for the activity in progress  :D

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fsn

Indeed.

Huge moveable manipulators can be very useful in this regard.  :D
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fsn


Portrait of a woman, Alaska, circa 1899.


She looks like she has a wicked sense of humour :)
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fsn



Early 1943 the appearance of Tiger tanks in Tunisia forced the British to rush their new 17 pounder anti-tank gun out to Africa as a counter. The need was so great that there wasn't time to finish the proper carriages. Instead the first 100 guns were fitted to 25 pounder field gun carriages like this. They were named 17/25 pounders and given the codename Pheasant.

Interesting close up of the loading process
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Moving heavy equipment on long campaigns was an obstacle every commander had to overcome during the Second World War. Weighing in at around 1,200 kg depending on the variant, the 6-pounder gun was no lightweight. Tanks like the Valentine pictured here were then needed to take up double duty, as both fighting vehicle and tractor for towed weapons. The trouble was worth it though, as the 6-pounder proved a match for the heaviest armour deployed by the Axis throughout the war, even the much-feared Tiger.
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paulr

They look to be infantry riding on the Valentine so I'm guessing the 6pdr crew were in a following truck which was also carrying the ammo :-\
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fsn

So why not just attach the 6pdr to the truck?  :-\
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paulr

QuoteWeighing in at around 1,200 kg depending on the variant, the 6-pounder gun was no lightweight.
Add the weight of the ammo, crew & kit to that and its a lot for a truck cross country. I suspect trucks were in pretty high demand so using two may not have been an option. Also the Valentine is already heading that way.

It might even enough combined arms operations :o
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