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Other / Re: Just some cool photos...nothing more, nothing less...
« Last post by The Big Gimper on January 18, 2019, 07:51:47 AM »
I went back to original post and found this comment:

It appears to be a Hanomag-Henschel F35 truck, customized by 'MAFI /Trepel Transport Systems'. The reversed, forward-facing cab allowed the truck to be parked close to the waste port without needing to reverse, which would have required a second person, and could have resulted in an (expensive) collision with the aircraft.

And this:

They were horrible to drive. The cab was just turned around on the chassis, so effectively you were reversing but you were looking forward. The gearbox was changed to make it possible to drive through the gears in the usual way, with the rear end in front of you; but the self centering of the steering was not changed, making that you had to fight the steering constantly. There was no power steering in those Hanomag Henschels which made them dangerous to drive. Stupid concept, they were generally hated by us. We had one for toilet service and one for water service at Rotterdam, secondhand from Frankfurt.
Other / Re: Just some cool photos...nothing more, nothing less...
« Last post by apophenia on January 18, 2019, 07:29:36 AM »
... I think it's a Barkus B1000 (?) series van as the bulges for the headlights are not correct for a VDub...

It makes more sense that it would be based on a FWD vehicle ... but what the heck was an East German-made van doing at Flughafen München in 1975  ???
Land / Re: Warrior Tracked Armoured Vehicle
« Last post by apophenia on January 18, 2019, 07:23:33 AM »
According to Jane's, Warrior 2000 (650 hp Perkins CV8) with LIW LMT 105 turret was proposed as a light tank to the SANDF with either the second-generation 105mm GT7 L/51 or low-recoil 120mm GT12 L/50 gun.

Attached: page from LMT 105 brochure
Profiles and Pixels / Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Last post by apophenia on January 18, 2019, 07:07:00 AM »
Okay ... that single-seat concept must be rendered! Cheers Jon :smiley:

But now more on the North American theme in a different direction ...

RBC 'Bob' Noorduyn bet very well when he bought a production license for North American Aviation's NA-16. Between 1941 and 1945, Noorduyn Aviation Ltd, Cartierville, Quebec produced 2,800 Harvard IIB advanced trainers for the RCAF and RAF (with some going to Australia, New Zealand, and India). As soon as the War ended, Harvard production contracts were cancelled and Noorduyn shifted from NA-16 production to updated Norseman V bush planes.

Noorduyn Aviation also turned to providing spares for postwar Harvard users from the firm's plentiful stock. The company's final design was for a modification marketed as the Commonwealth Harvard. This involved re-engining Harvards with the Bristol Mercury radial - a scheme proven with a Harvard IIB bought back from the RCAF (ex-3326). This was comparatively simple since the original Wasp engine was of similar size and weight to the British Mercury. [1]

Bottom Former RCAF 3326 re-engined as the Commonwealth Harvard demonstrator. This aircraft retains its RCAF paintwork with civilian additions. The non-standard roundel was one of many 'maple leaf' variants proposed for the RCAF in the early postwar period.

The object of the Commonwealth Harvard was to reduce Lend-Lease payments. [2] Alas, neither the RCAF or other Commonwealth air forces were interested in purchasing Noorduyn's conversion kits for their Harvard fleets. In early 1946, Noorduyn Aviation and its rights to the NA-16 were acquired by Canadian Car & Foundry. CCF took over production of the Norseman V and would later develop the Harvard 4.

Bob Noorduyn moved on. It quickly became apparent that his old boss, Tony Fokker, left no room in Noorduyn's native Holland for competitors. However, an opportunity appeared in the Netherlands East Indies. Indonesian nationalists were in full revolt in 1946 and the Militaire Luchtvaart van het Koninklijk Nederlands-Indisch Leger (ML-KNIL) was operating both the ex-USAAF UC-64A Norseman utility transport and AT-6 trainers - the US equivalent of the Noorduyn Harvard II.

As it happened, the RAAF had just retired its fleet of Lend-Lease UC-64As and Bob Noorduyn was able to convince the ML-KNIL brass in Batavia that they needed more Norsemans. In early 1946, the RAAF's surviving UC-64As were stored at RAAF Tocumwal, NSW. That was where the newly-established Noorduyn Aircraft Pty. would be established. [3] There, the new firm would restore surplus RAAF Norsemans as well as ex-USAAF UC-64As sourced from throughout the former South West Pacific theatre and India.

Approaches were also made to the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation in Victoria. Talks were begun to explore joint development possibilities for the Norseman, Harvard, and Wirraway. Several schemes seemed promising enough for further exporation but an unexpected development also arose. Before selling out to CCF, Noorduyn had investigated the possibility of a more powerful, armed Harvard derivative. [4] A CAC engineer, Alan Bolton, suggested that such an airframe could be readily created by combining components from the CA-14/CA-19 Boomerang with a Wirraway or Harvard airframe.

Top The partially completed 'Super Harvard' conversion at CAC facility, Fisherman's Bend, Vic., early 1947. This aircraft added a Boomerang centre section and engine to a Harvard airframe.

[To be continued ...]

[1] Perhaps surprisingly, the higher-powered 24.9 L Mercury had a slightly smaller diameter (51.5 in) than the 22.0 L R-1340 Wasp (51.75 in). However, the Mercury weighed 35 lbs more than the Wasp.

[2] This would be done by adapting Harvards to surplus British-made components where possible. The Wasp engines and other American-made equipment was to be returned to the US.

[3] For Noorduyn, Tocumwal was perfectly situated. Being on the banks of the Murray River, it would be ideal for testing refurbished Norseman aircraft on floats. Tocumwal also sat on the Victorian border, making it halfway between the existing Australian aviation manufacturers in Port Melbourne, Victoria and the Sydney area of New South Wales.

[4] In Noorduyn's original scheme it was planned that surplus Wright R-1820 Cyclone radials would replace the original R-1340 engines.
Other / Re: Just some cool photos...nothing more, nothing less...
« Last post by FAAMAN on January 18, 2019, 07:00:16 AM »
The waste services truck in the pic with the 727 is not a VW. I think it's a Barkus B1000 (?) series van as the bulges for the headlights are not correct for a VDub. The big bulge should be on the bottom not the top.
Mind you if you were going to do the dio substituting a Combi as a s*#t truck it would be good enough.
Land / Re: 1/35 Luchs/MLRS kit bash
« Last post by apophenia on January 18, 2019, 06:59:33 AM »
The low cab version would have an easier time going under bridges, etc. while also providing a lower profile... The high cab version looks like an Alvis Stalwart, plus it provides a higher profile/better target. ...

All true but the higher cab would provide much better protection from IED, mines, etc.  So decisions, decisions ... cool-looking or survivable  ;D
Aero-space / Re: F-20 and X-29 build
« Last post by apophenia on January 18, 2019, 06:56:15 AM »
A very nice pair indeed  :smiley:
Group and Themed Builds / Re: 2019 Group Build Poll
« Last post by Robomog on January 18, 2019, 06:46:20 AM »
Concur with the combined vote, also would like to second Acrees suggestion of widening the non military build.

Group and Themed Builds / Re: 2019 Group Build Poll
« Last post by Acree on January 18, 2019, 06:25:37 AM »
"Beasts of Burden + Airliners + Nonmilitary as one conglomerate GB"

Didn't see "Non-military" on the original list, but in the spirit of conglomerating: add Cropdusters, Firefighters, and Billionaire's Toys - since they all fit in the the "non-warplane genre"
Aero-space / Re: Last Year's Builds-The What-If? Batch
« Last post by Camthalion on January 18, 2019, 06:23:41 AM »
Nice builds
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