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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:43 am
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Thanks for the info Paul, very useful. I am not worried about light conditions, I can push my camera to ISO 4000 and still get good results. It's now clear to me I have to bring a telephoto lens.

I will be in England next month and may spend a day in Bovington. During my last visit the Tamiya hall was closed, since they were setting up the Afghanistan display. All in all, I have enough excuses to go back Smile

Massimo

PS Thinking about it, the telephoto could be handy in Hendon as well


They are clearing out the British Steel Hall next month in preparation for a new exhibition in there. Mention was made of actually starting the Tortoise up to move it out as its really too heavy for their tractor or even recovery vehicle.

Paul Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 10:23 am
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What version is this Centurion gate guardian?

Centurion gate guardian by Massimo Foti, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 6:42 pm
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I reckon it's a Mk5/2.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 7:39 pm
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Thanks!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 11:54 pm
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I have it as a Mark 12.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 5:36 am
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Thanks Trevor, I checked your website first, but failed to find it because I was looking among the tank inside the Museum, I didn't realized you assigned it to a different location.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 5:40 am
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I had a look at the VCC, but without a proper telephoto lens I've got very few shots worth keeping.
I see a 105 mm Sherman here, I guess I can rely on P-o for knowing the exact model Smile

Vehicle Conservation Center by Massimo Foti, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 5:43 am
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Another Sherman:

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 6:04 am
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Another Centurion I don't know the exact version:

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:06 am
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I see a 105 mm Sherman here, I guess I can rely on P-o for knowing the exact model Smile


That's an M4(105) HVSS, serial number 58486, built at Chrysler in October, 1944. It has USMC markings



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Thanks, what about the other, the one with 76 mm gun, is it a M4A1?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:26 am
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yes it is. Its serial number is unknown yet.. it was built by Pressed Steel Car sometime in 1944. It has been rebuilt in the 1950s and sent to an European country as Military Defense Assistance Program.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:53 am
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Thanks Trevor, I checked your website first, but failed to find it because I was looking among the tank inside the Museum, I didn't realized you assigned it to a different location.

Massimo


Don't forget you can now use the new link on the front page to search by type, so in this case you could look up all Preserved British Tanks - Medium Tanks, then A41 Centurion Tanks. Given how many Centurions there are in the UK you might then want to search down that page for 'Bovington'.

From the same page, I'd say your second Centurion is number 54.

Using a similar method for Preserved American Tanks: Sherman Based Vehicles then M4A1 (76) we don't get many in the UK. It looks like that VCC M4A1 is the Isle of Wight example returned home.

Similarly I only list one M4 (105) so your second Sherman should be this one.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 12:18 pm
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Thanks to both!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 12:42 pm
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It looks like that VCC M4A1 is the Isle of Wight example returned home


yes, that's the same one, I'm 100% sure.

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