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BDL
10-29-2005, 05:56 PM
Took a little trip out to Bovington Tank Museum today, thought some of you may like to see some of the photos (unfortunately, some of them didn't come out very well):

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Little Willie - the first tank.

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Mk.I Tank - the first tank ever used in combat

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Renault FT-17, a late WW1 French tank used by all of the Allies.

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Whippet - late WW1 British light tank

More to follow when I get them resized and uploaded.

FluffyBunnyGB
10-29-2005, 06:46 PM
I must visit the place one day. Years ago, I used to write to them for stuff and found them very helpfull.

Incidentally, Little Willy is actually called Little Willie. A subtle difference, but one that may cause less of a snigger among the juvenile element (me!)

The Tank Museum have a series of very good publications, one of which deals with the earliest tanks. Well worth buying for those with an interest in armoured warfare.

The Renault FT 17 was also used in WW2 IIRC.

Kind regards

Fluffy

BDL
10-29-2005, 07:05 PM
I must visit the place one day. Years ago, I used to write to them for stuff and found them very helpfull.

Incidentally, Little Willy is actually called Little Willie. A subtle difference, but one that may cause less of a snigger among the juvenile element (me!)

The Tank Museum have a series of very good publications, one of which deals with the earliest tanks. Well worth buying for those with an interest in armoured warfare.

The Renault FT 17 was also used in WW2 IIRC.

Kind regards

Fluffy

So it was :oops: Will edit.

The French still had some FT-17s when WW2 kicked off, the Germans nicked them and used them for internal security, IIRC

FluffyBunnyGB
10-31-2005, 04:51 PM
Further to my post above:

Landships- British Tanks in the First World War, David Fletcher, HMSO, ISBN 0112904092

also of interest is

Moving the Guns, David Fletcher & Philip Ventham, HMSO, ISBN 0112904777

Data Book of Wheeled Vehicles, reprint of a WW2 official publication, HMSO, ISBN 0112904084

Vanguard of Victory - 79th Armoured Div, "the funnies", David Fletcher, HMSO, ISBN 011290422

I believe David Fletcher is still the librarian of the Tank Museum.

Other books in the series which I don't have but are almost certainly as good as those above:

CHURCHILL Tank - history & spec
CROMWELL Tank - history & spec
TIGER! - The TIGER tank from a British perspective
War Cars - British Armoured Cars in WW1
Breakdown - a history of recovery vehicles in the British Army

BDL
11-04-2005, 11:29 AM
Few more piccies:

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Carden Loyd tankette from the 1930s

http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/3189/vickerslighttank0qx.jpg

Vickers Light Tank from the 1930s and early 1940s (see the British Board for my history of the Vickers Light Tank)

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Locust light tank designed to be landed from a glider to support paratroopers

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Goliath remote control tank - packed with explosives and detonated under Allied tanks.

Dani
11-04-2005, 11:31 AM
http://img131.imageshack.us/img131/8651/goliath4pm.jpg

Goliath remote control tank - packed with explosives and detonated under Allied tanks.

You promised me this picture (if you remember) :lol: :lol:

BDL
11-04-2005, 11:36 AM
You promised me this picture (if you remember) :lol: :lol:

I do :lol: - there's a few more to come when I get a chance to.

I want to get back there again before I get posted and get some more photos (quite a few came out very badly - even worse than the Locust picture)

festamus
11-06-2005, 09:07 AM
I found similar problems taking photos at Hendon. The dark lighting in such museums makes the camera take a very long exposure time, and hence handshake wrecks virtually every picture you take... to make matters worse, you need permission to use a tripod.

Cuts
11-06-2005, 09:21 AM
Thought of using a telescopic monopod ?

They don't take up any floor space and I've had some good results wih them in the past.

BDL
11-06-2005, 10:36 AM
I found similar problems taking photos at Hendon. The dark lighting in such museums makes the camera take a very long exposure time, and hence handshake wrecks virtually every picture you take... to make matters worse, you need permission to use a tripod.

It's only a very small camera as well, so any movement affects it a lot - Bovington's not too bad for lighting, not as bad as some (AAC museum is very dark), but still not great.


Thought of using a telescopic monopod ?

They don't take up any floor space and I've had some good results wih them in the past.

It might be worth a go - I'll see if I can get hold of one before I go down again (it's on 15 miles from here so it's an easy afternoon out).