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Old 23-04-17, 13:53
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Are you thinking of selling those, Tony?

If you use a photo of them next to a pair of Wellies, you might be able to run the price up a bit.

Think about it. Then go shake your head.


Cheers,


David
No David, not selling those levelling things. In fact the opposite. If they are worth buying, I might get them, BUT only if they are worth spending money for.

Re Transport: Your observations are how I found things here also. To bring me those 25pr trails parts, I settled on a fellow who knows the seller. Seller is in very rural area, so nobody wanted to go get the parts without huge expense. Also, size of main piece is larger than standard pallet, so up goes the price again. Then, because it's fairly weighty, up goes the price further. The sellers contact is travelling out to see him in near future, so he will retrieve parts at that time, and isn't charging for that service because he's there anyway. The total cost is very reasonable. I do need to be patient in waiting for that visit out there though. It'll be good therapy for me!

I've checked over the recently acquired firing platform closely today. I don't think it will need as much work as I was mentally preparing for. Sure there's a number of stress cracks and some corrosion, but i have a near neighbour (read as my soon best friend) who could weld two cat turds together. I'm sure I can induct him.

Incidentally, if anyone is going to be in Brisbane at time of ANZAC Day parade, come say hello.
I'll be wearing this shirt!
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Will be wearing my suit for Dawn Service, of course!
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Old 29-04-17, 08:37
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Passing through Avoca in Western Victoria today and spotted this Guardian. Correct me if I am wrong but I have not seen many sitting on their platform.

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Old 29-04-17, 08:41
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This looks to be an added extra, a tow hook attachment protruding through the front shield. Is this usually the case or an in service adaption?
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Old 29-04-17, 16:21
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Nice pics, Dave. I've seen several with that extra towing attachment. It is quite complex when you get down and study it, so took some engineering, but I've not found any documentation about the mod. The one at Murgon RSL in Qld has it, too.

Interesting gun, with the Australian all-welded trail and fitted post-war with a muzzle brake.

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Old 30-04-17, 04:40
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A good source of info about the guns made here during WW2 is the 'war record' published by GMH . The book details the various sub contractors GMH used . I scanned the book and have it on a CD somewhere , my hard copy has a place for the GMH executive recipient to sign. The book has details of local production of 25pnder, 2 pnder, 20mm AA and 6 pnder plus more .

The book mentions the time consuming job of converting all the Gypsy engine drawings , because they arrived from the UK in metric form !
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Old 03-05-17, 10:45
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A couple more pieces arrived today.
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Still looking for other sections of the linkage system that holds platform to trails. There's a lot more to find.
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Old 15-05-17, 11:10
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After an anxious time looking without result, a good pair of 25 pounder shield attachment brackets has become available. Release the Doves and Light the Beacons! Another case of an MLU member to the rescue, as is quite often the way. My great thanks to all you folks who have gone out of their way to help me with materials and information. My project would be nigh on impossible without all that assistance.
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One bracket will get a small amount of attention/welding, purely for cosmetics.

The brackets have been ordered and should be with me in a couple of weeks.

At this stage, there is no firm date for delivery of my parts from Victoria, but they will come when the transport driver gets up this way next. Could still be a few weeks yet.

I've had a little ill health in recent months, which has slowed me down dramatically, and am looking to pick up the pace soon. Cooler weather will go in my favor.

Is there a reference source anyone can recommend for showing details of the welded trails 25pr version?
That will be my design of choice, so I am searching internet for photos. There's not a lot around. At least where I'm looking.
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Old 16-05-17, 10:06
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Tony.

You really are in the right part of the world to find a 25 pdr welded trail and saddle ,are there any in museums on display anywhere ? you may have to take a short break somewhere to photograph and measure up ,possible the one pictured above !
Non over here as far as I know of.

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Old 16-05-17, 11:29
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John Belfield still has one in his collection.

There is also a welded trail here in NZ, used to be about an hours drive from me. It's now down in the South Island near Christchurch.
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Old 16-05-17, 16:20
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Hi Tony,

AWM in Canberra have a nice restored example of a 25pdr with an Aust welded trail, saddle etc. It is in storage at the Mitchell annex. Access by arrangement. PM me if you want the details. Conservation restored two in 2008-2009: a riveted version and the welded version.

I'm sure there would be examples closer to home, but who knows what condition they will be in. Murgon's gun is riveted (like Tiaro's), but I suspect you already know that.....

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Old 16-05-17, 20:00
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Thanks guys. I'm really surprised there aren't any welded types I know of around my immediate area, that I'm aware of. I've only found 3 useful images on web, but that's no substitute for personal viewing. If I can locate ONE I can get to, I can get a library of images. Might be all I need. I can eliminate Bandiana Museum as a source. They don't have one.
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The two photos above are the best I could find, so far. I still hope to find more, but they have eluded me for now. Am in the process of looking through images that the AWM have publically available, and have found the 3rd image that makes the last of what I've found to date, but it is not a good quality photo. I believe Chubb built some. Is there any other manufacturer/s who did also? It might help my search to know the builders.

Would be good to see the AWM example, but that's a long way from me, at this point in time. Then again, so is Bathurst, and I found myself there not long ago. Perhaps a trip to Canberra might make for an interesting holiday. It has been a while, and the AWM is one of my favorite places on the planet. Always a humbling experience, and recharges ones sense of respect for our armed services.

I'm committed to doing the welded style build. Apart from anything else, the trails have much less of the difficult to replicate details of the riveted version. Besides, I think they look kind of cool!
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Old 17-05-17, 12:17
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If I was building a replica of this.....I'd be finished by now!
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Must admit, I do REALLY like the wheels. Made in 1890s, Melbourne, so the ebay listing says.
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