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Bovington Tank Museum

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My first visit to Bovington. The conservation hall was closed as it was the day before Tank Fest, which I had to miss owing to other commitments.

 

43364904885_2490870d27_o.jpgChieftain

 

43364907335_20b0a70391_o.jpgTiger II Elefant

 

43364909685_25c36cd779_o.jpgTetrarch

 

44222361152_e29ca3d32f_o.jpgCovenantor

 

44270784621_52d129d93e_o.jpgFear Naught

 

44222369602_25b5aeb088_o.jpgLittle Willie

 

There is a gallery of interesting far fetched designs for armoured vehicles, such as these.

 

44222365192_4b6bd8d39f_o.jpgLandschiffe

 

43364917955_f67e997384_o.jpgSpartan

 

43553445184_d1a1457b18_o.jpgAtomtank

 

44222366372_09c88b3c52_o.jpgWheel tank

 

More images here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/147661871@N04/albums/72157697423021702/with/44222366372/

 

 

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Thanks for posting that. I'm not into tanks as such, but I'm fascinated by concept/prototype tanks, very early tanks and the bizarre ones. Your post set me off on a Googlising tour which kept me amused for an hour or so. I thought this one was particularly interesting:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-Wagen

 

A crew of 27!

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Great photos, Bovington is on my "bucket" list, one day.

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

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@nuuumannn Thanks for putting those up, takes me back to a happy afternoon spent there 35 years ago & the frustration of not making it 4 years ago. It appears to have changed a lot since the first visit. :)

Steve.

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Great photos. I went for first time in a very long while a few months ago. An excellent museum to visit but I too missed out on the restoration hall. Plan to go again very soon.

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I believe it was a paper concept for a nuclear-powered tank from the days when the US thought that anything and everything could be nuclear-powered.  

 

The streamlined shape was supposed to be both buoyant for flotation and more resistant to nuclear blast.

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I live in Yeovil and as such I have the FAA museum 10 minutes away.  The Tank Museum 49 minutes away and the helicopter Museum less than an hour away

Come and live in Yeovil if you like modelling.  Good reason for coming back is the Tiger expo is now on for another year.

 

You can use the museum ticket all year around except special days.  I hope you enjoyed your visit and wont be too long before you are back in Gods own country.

 

Rodders

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Managed to slip away from a family weekend away in Weymouth last year for a couple of hours, although wandering around on me own was strange as I’m usually able to impart knowledge ( bore to tears) to Mrs karma 

it’s a great place to visit and hope to go again with a build in mind for research and to see the restoration centre as I missed it this time

have got quite a few pics of random tanks still to sort through that may be useful for detailing, especially if I decide to try doing a DD Sherman from a standard kit

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Living in New Zealand means getting to Somerset isn't so easy, although I did live in the UK for 10 years a while back, I never went to Bovington while I was there.

On ‎8‎/‎28‎/‎2018 at 6:19 AM, Rodders154 said:

I live in Yeovil and as such I have the FAA museum 10 minutes away.  The Tank Museum 49 minutes away and the helicopter Museum less than an hour away

Come and live in Yeovil if you like modelling. 

On my last trip in 2018 I stayed in South Petherton, which was nice. On the day I went to Bovington I drove round looking at sites related to T.E. Lawrence, his grave, site of his bike accident and his wee cottage up the road from Bovington, then drove to Goodwood and watched some aeroplanes flying and cars doing the rounds on the track, then to Eastleigh, Southampton before arriving in Kent where I was staying the next night. I need to put my Yeovilton images up; we got into the Cobham Hall.

 

43854416721_5934e56c22_b.jpg2806 T.E.Lawrence's motorcycle

 

28918145567_49db33575f_b.jpg2806 T.E. Lawrence Grave

 

43854416651_65c083aff4_b.jpg2806 T.E. Lawrence's house Clouds Hill

 

43137114894_8b63e51dda_b.jpg2806 T.E. Lawrence's death site

 

28918145837_01d1b8e1a3_b.jpg2706 RNAS Yeovilton Gate Guard

 

43935352561_b35acb83b4_b.jpg0307 FAA Museum Wyvern

 

Here's a photographic record of my UK trip two years ago, in case you are interested.

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/147661871@N04/albums/72157671846190398/with/43935352561/

 

Edited by nuuumannn

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I loved the TE Lawrence photos. When I was a young lad living in Singapore one of my teachers was an old English sinister.  She told us the story that as a young child, she was present when Lawrence had his fatal accident on the road outside her families house.  She felt he had been murdered. 

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Great photos Grant, that Flickr thread has become the basis for the itinerary of my next trip to the UK, wonderful photos & a superb line up of interesting sites.

Steve.

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Quick point, if going, half of the ww2 hall is closed for a refurb at present. Apparently will be open end of April, in time for Tiger day, or officially early May, if I recall right. Best check if travelling any distance, bit annoying as I'm hoping to go end of March early April. (If I don't go then it'll be another 12mths before I get the chance, it'll be tough but I'll wipe away the manly tear and force myself to enjoy the rest).

Darryl 

 

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It's only half the WW2 hall that is closed, although I can understand that would be annoying enough if you've travelled far.  It's been like that since November.  They've been trying to keep access through the half being worked-on as much as possible, although the vehicles in there are covered over.  This past week they've been doing overhead work which has meant no access to that half.  Autumn/Winter 2020-21 will see Phase 2 of the work in the second half.

 

If the final product is anything like the graphics on display it will be a fantastic improvement.  Biggest thing they've done since opening the Tank Story Hall 10 or more years ago.

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