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  1. Chieftain Desert colouring question

    It would depend entirely on the time and resources available to the workshops doing the repaint - and the urgency of the requirement. Based on vehicles I've seen that went out for Operation Granby in 1990-91 (various armoured and softskin types) , the sand paint was applied thoroughly and included lower hulls, suspension and wheels. Did they miss the odd nook and cranny? - probably. However most vehicles were properly repainted rather than being given a quick (and rough) top coat. One UK-based tank transporter unit even contracted with a local civilian industrial workshop to have their vehicles re-done professionally. Cheers, Centaur
  2. Somewhat ironic given that Brigadier General James Stewart (USAF Reserve) was type-rated on B-47s and B-52s but not B-36s if I recall correctly? Cheers, Centaur
  3. Desert Storm Abrams

    Yes, there were IPM1s deployed during Desert Shield (the build-up phase) with 24th Infantry Division but as far as I know, none were deployed during Desert Storm itself. One reference I have suggests that 24 ID used both M1 and IPM1 but I haven't seen any direct evidence of the original M1s in use so I can't confirm their presence. However, late production M1s and IPM1s are very difficult to tell apart from many angles. The IPM1 had the longer turret shell used on the M1A1 but retained the 105mm gun and some of the M1 turret features. There were other differences too but that's the fundamental visual difference. There are no kits available of the IPM1 so you would need good references and some conversion skills to create one. The USMC deployed M60s to Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield and were later loaned a number of US Army M1A1s (although the Marines were already in the process of buying the M1A1 they hadn't taken delivery of enough to issue them to combat units). Cheers, Centaur
  4. SMW 2017 Telford 11th & 12th November

    With regards to kits in the kitswap... It doesn't make the incident any more acceptable but as I understand it, the seller has to put their membership number on the sales ticket and the kits are coded. Therefore the kitswap team are able to trace the seller. If anyone has issues with what is (or is not) in the box, then contact the kitswap manager. Based on previous experience the kitswap manager is prepared to pursue this type of matter and has in the past offered refunds. There are contact details on the IPMS website. http://ipmsuk.org/ipms-scale-modelworld/kit-swap-at-scale-modelworld/ Cheers, Centaur
  5. 2018 Huddersfield Show

    In theory there is a chain of liability leading from the trader in the first instance, through the organiser to the venue management. In practice, the insurers will head for the money - it depends on the level of claim that's being made.. Thus if a trader has no insurance and they are prosecuted under Health and safety regs for the actual incident (if it's serious enough) they may have to pay fines and/or compensation. If they have no insurance to cover them for this, they could end up forfeiting anything of value to pay off that debt. (including business stock, premises and even their homes at the most extreme). If it is a simple insurance claim then it's sometimes more attractive to pursue the organisers or the venue rather than the actual culprit because they will have much higher levels of insurance cover. It's then left the organiser's/venue's insurers to counter-claim against the trader to recover what they have had to pay out (and if the trader has no insurance then that's unlikely to succeed). Centaur
  6. 2018 Huddersfield Show

    I think you're missing the point Duncan - nowhere did I specify £10m PL insurance. That's vastly excessive for a model trader. It's the sort of level that I'd expect major commercial operators to have. I've regularly dealt with suppliers who have significantly less than £1m PL cover and been perfectly happy to do business with them - it's about matching the risk to the requirement. Actually, traders should be worrying about having the necessary insurance cover before they even consider which shows they attend. It is a fundamental business requirement whereas the shows they attend are optional. I know that's harsh but trying to argue that insurance cover is an extra burden and we should be sympathetic is avoiding the fact that this 'problem' appears to be demonstrating that some of the model show traders in the UK are operating without insurance - that's not safe, sustainable or fair on their fellow traders who do take out the relevant insurance cover and absorb those extra costs. Centaur
  7. 2018 Huddersfield Show

    There seems to be a significant double standard in operation here. Venues (and/or show organisers) are being blamed for asking traders for evidence of their PL insurance and therefore 'discouraging' them from attending or heaven forbid, putting them out of business. ANY responsible trader (no matter what type of trade they undertake) should already have PL insurance. If they employ anyone else (officially or casually - although I believe there is a caveat on family members) they are also REQUIRED to have Employers Liability Insurance by law. The Huddersfield organisers may have put in place a solution that resolves the problem for a single day (credit to them for thinking laterally), but most traders will find that it is cheaper to obtain an annual cover policy than pay for separate cover at each show they attend. The bigger question for me is whether we want to condone uninsured traders operating at model shows around the UK. If the cost of obtaining the relevant insurance cover is sufficient to force a business to cease trading then their business model is surely faulty? Cheers, Centaur
  8. Ajax (Scout SV)

    As Niall points out, the Ajax is a scout vehicle not an IFV so you aren't comparing vehicles of the same class or purpose. Nowt wrong with a 40mm cannon using modern ammunition and propellant technology but on a scout vehicle, opening fire on the enemy is a tactic of last resort because it means you've been spotted and need to escape rather than taking the fight to the enemy. Adding an ATGM (or similar) system to a scout vehicle does several things. It makes the vehicle more expensive; it makes it heavier and larger (you need space to mount the launcher and carry the spare missiles); it either increases the number of crew required to operate the vehicle (more space required) or increases the workload on the existing crew members and erodes their ability to carry out their priority task (scouting); it increases the training requirement for the crew (an extra specialism to learn); it may encourage the crew to duke it out with the enemy when they should be retreating and reporting their findings WITHOUT being spotted; it can encourage field commanders to mis-use the vehicle as a surrogate tank, at which point it becomes extremely vulnerable in a role for which it was never designed - armoured vehicle development is littered with examples of all of the above. Cheers, Centaur
  9. A couple of Challengers 2 ...

    The Trumpeter Challenger 2 is one of their earlier efforts so don't judge them entirely on this kit. I much prefer the Tamiya option in this case but many of the more recent Trumpeter kits are excellent builds. Cheers, Centaur
  10. Books covering D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

    Keegan - ponderous? Yeah, you're probably right but my first exposure to him was through reading The Face of Battle and The Mask of Command and it was the level of analysis that attracted me. As an aside, Carlo D'este's books on the battle for Sicily (Bitter Victory) and Winston Churchill (Warlord) also make very good reading. Montgomery was most definitely a questionable source for a balanced viewpoint. His star has definitely waned since the '60s. Cheers, Centaur
  11. Books covering D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

    I've read Beevor's book and whilst it's a good narrative, I'd argue that it doesn't have the depth that Keegan and D'este bring to the camapign. Ditto for Hastings - a good read but lacking some of the depth of the other options. D'este brings his experience as a career US Army Officer to the table, which to me is especially valuable as his perception is different from that of a pure academic. (it balances the academic histories. It's not better or worse - just different.) One book I did omit from my list was Rick Atkinson's third book in his trilogy on the US Army - 'The Guns at Last Light', The whole trilogy (An Army at Dawn, The Day of Battle and The Guns at Last Light) covers the development of the US Army in Africa and Europe through WWII and is a masterwork - readable, intellectual and also honest about the highs and lows of the army's development. The choice of books is a very personal one, so i appreciate others might have differing views on particular authors. Cheers, Centaur
  12. Abrams Deflector and Tow Bar

    Just because the towbar is supplied in 'most kits' doesn't mean it's an authorised stowage item for an Abrams. Kit manufacturers supply such accessories because they look good and it helps to sell their kits. Yes, crews might grab one if they can beg, borrow or steal it and hang it on their tank - just as they would do with anything else that looked 'useful' (especially in a combat arena, where the regulations are less strictly enforced), but that's very different from it it being an 'issue' item for the vehicle with a pre-defined stowage location. There's no reason you can't use it if you want to but because it's not a standard item, it won't have a defined location on the vehicle. Cheers, Centaur
  13. Books covering D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

    Outstanding in my opinion -Six Armies in Normandy by John Keegan -Decision in Normandy by Carlo D'Este Very good, but not as good as the first two titles -The Battle for Normandy by Robin Neillands -D-Day by Stephen Ambrose - The Struggle for Europe by Chester Wilmott (very dated by today's standards) There are probably hundreds of other books that cover some or all of the Normandy campaign, but the first two titles I've listed are, for me, the most balanced and well written. Cheers, Centaur
  14. Abrams Deflector and Tow Bar

    The towbar isn't a standard fit on the vehicle. The normal towing apparatus consists of the two tow cables on the turret. It is rare to see a towbar carried on the tank . Not sure what you mean by the exhaust 'deflector'? If you mean the upwards facing unit that attaches to the exhaust vent, then that's actually part of the deep wading kit and is only seen on USMC Abrams as far as I'm aware (US Army M1a1 'Common' hulls have the mounting points for it - 'common' meaning a specific production batch of Abrams tanks that were manufactured for both the Army and the Marines that had the same fittings for manufacturing convenience). You also need to be aware that the exhaust of an Abrams gets VERY hot so it's unlikely that much will be stowed on it Others may have better info. Cheers, Centaur
  15. Churchill Bridgelayer

    Glad you found them useful Cheers, Centaur