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No Fixed Abode, Home Counties, United Kingdom
I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Monday, March 30, 2009

T is for T34 - Prolog; The Real Things

In advance of an article I'm holding over for a few days; these were taken at Beltring last summer at the War and Peace show.

Both T34/85's there's not much else to add. The upper one is a 'Gate Guardian' at Beltring, and wasn't moving anywhere in a hurry, the lower one is a runner, and once I work out how to upload video, I'll post some video footage of it to Youtube!

Note the damage to the rubber tyres and the three different wheel types. The vehicle behind is the FV432/B, a standard 432 Trojan with the top-heavy addition of the 30mm Raden turret from a Fox armoured car. This failed experiment was supplied (surplused!) to Berlin Brigade Where they were furnished with a fetching camouflage of chocolate-brown, battleship-grey and creamy-white interlocking irregular rectangles, not the green of this example.

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