After much discussion and many promises, Val has at last done an embroidery of a Centurion for me
You have no idea of the work in first purchasing a program to do this, then leaning to use the blasted thing
But in time it was done and I am pleased with it, at this time I should point out that Val does NOT share my burning passion on Centurion tanks and to obtain the above embroidery was in itself a master achievement, I doubt there will ever be a second one.
ARV's and Bridge Layers
At this point of time I would like to ask for any photos or information, stories or crews that served on both the ARV's and the Bridge Layers, as there seems to be so little recorded about them, it all seems to centre on Gun Tanks.
I was lucky due to Sitrep to come into contact with Dennis Tocock
the son of
Sgt. Kenneth A. (Sandy) Tocock MID ---R.A.E.M.E.
Sandy won his MID in Vietnam and was the Crew Commander of ARV 169111
ARV 169111 in Vietnam on a bridge layer bridge
169111 involved in a Tank Recovery Vietnam
169111 today at John Belfield's Museum
This is an excellent restoration as are all of John's Work
Laying a bridge
Just about there
This is a good sort of test
Now this is how to move some troops, 115541 can carry a few more than an APC
The hard part was fitting the seatbelts for them!
Bridge Layer 92B 11 115544 in Vietnam
This was taken in 1970 on operation Massey Harris east of Xuyen Moc. The chap in the foreground is WO2 Ron Janvrin, then SSM 1 Fd Sqn Gp.
At this time I thought you may like a look at a couple of models I am building
I started these about two years ago and expected to be finished in about two weeks
I am still to finish them.
Its funny but before I retired I had more time to do things, now there are not enough hours in the day
These are my two 1/25 scale - The one on the left was given to me and the other one I am building myself. This one has full interior and it was a great job building it, enjoyed every minute of it. I have not painted it as I like the color the way it is, but it will no doubt get painted as I want to decal it out as 169007
Lets first have a look at 169044 named BADGER
Then to my second one - I am sorry about the .50 on the Cupola but I could not find a Flex .30 anywhere
I wanted a gun up there
There are still some items to be fitted and I want to set it up as an Australian cent so things like the 100 gallon tank - 30 in the manlet - IR Light cage - Plastic water drums on the rear deck - and cut down guards are still to come including the decals for 169007 and "Buka Boom Boom" on the barrel
Enough said about the Fifty, I am not a purest but a.30 will end up on there when I can obtain one.
View showing the Drivers Compartment There was no wine rack supplied which was a pity
It would have been good to see the 20 pounder rounds stored there
The engine compartment was very well done
View showing the Gunners and the Crew Commanders seats
Controls, and storage bins behind the Crew Commanders seat
L. to R. Radio's - Operators Seat (Stowed position) - 30 and 50 liner bins and below the ready bins (Sliding) with 20 pounder rounds
Some of the Gunners controls and Crew Commanders Controls in front of the Crew Commanders seat
Rear of turret storage bins and radio setup
In a Tank everything has its place. and I am only sorry I do not have a photo of the full amount of equipment, that is carried in a Centurion. I have seen a photo of it all laid out on a Tarp and was astounded.
I am also working on an Australian 1/32 scale Centurion
and also this one
And this is my third 1/32 scale which I am still pondering on which one it will be modelled after.