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Thun: M31
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 6:35 pm
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I know there aren't that many still around. I guess our US friends will like this one. I tried to add something useful to the SN hunters out there too Smile















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Thanks for that, I was only aware of three in anything like that kind of condition!

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I see there is one in Tel Aviv and another in Saumur. Where are the others?

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I see there is one in Tel Aviv and another in Saumur. Where are the others?

Massimo


Well, that mades five then. There is one at Knox and one in Buenos Aires. The Argentine one lacks the fake "guns", but it is clearly visible where the weld marks were.
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Unfortunately those are casting marks. Generally, SNs are stamped "in" to the hull. Casting marks are raised out...

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Thanks for the clarification Neil. I am new to SN hunting, but I see the benefit of it.

I have this shot where you can see something, but not thjat much:



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No problem Massimo. I'd recommend downloading Jeff Lewis' Serial Number Guide, its very good & helpful.

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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 8:18 pm
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Currently I have 7 entrys for the M31 at the register: 4 M31's ( Buenos Aires, Saumur, Tel Aviv and Thun), 2 M31B1 (Maillebois and Saumur) and 1 M31B2 (Knox)

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Is that slotted thingy on the center transmission section a "Sherman Comb" variant? (there for same presumed purpose)?
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I'd recommend downloading Jeff Lewis' Serial Number Guide, its very good & helpful


I followed Neil's advice and I managed to isolate the detail from an high resolution picture:



Hope it will help

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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 5:59 pm
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FWIW "raised out" is called embossed. "Stamped in" is called debossed. believe you me the latter is a helluva lot easier to do! Laughing
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