As part of our WWII Weekend at Tyntesfield House we decide to produce a promotional video that will be aired at the beginning of May.  On the 5th April we took our Bedford OY to Tyntesfield for the shoot.  We were joined by eight volunteers who answered the call to help.  Below are a few of the pictures from a fun day out.  My thanks goes to everyone who made it so enjoyable despite the bitter temperature!

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my special friendsLast week we decided to clear a little space in the workshop and split a spare engine block and gearbox so they could be palletised and stored elsewhere. We were very fortunate that Tom Millward was passing our way and he stopped to give us a hand. There is rumour that our workshop, one of the oldest buildings in the Sawmill and formerly the blacksmith's forge is haunted; until I saw this photo I had dismissed such talk but now I am not so sure!

img 3178The following pictures were taken last week when we collected the 3.7 prototype from the Midlands.  

The old girl took a bit of dragging from her resting place but with the aid of a mini digger, a couple of chains and the 20t winch on the Scania we soon had the gun loaded.  









Below are a few photos of our arm wrestles, past, present and future....

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It is amazing what you can fit on a Scania with a little planning.  Dad has ambitions we build a 6" gun turret so we can re-enact the Battle of the River Plate but I am not so sure. I think the barrels would make fabulous gate posts!

The trouble now is where to put the new treasure!

staghound power steering unit

Despite our focus upon the landing craft we have still been making small steps with the the T17.  Since my last report we have fitted the rear axle and the front axle is waiting its turn.  With the aid of Herb, the number of reconditioned parts in on the increase to the extent that we have had to start clearing shelves to store them.  Where we can we are trying to refit the part to the vehicle so they do not take up space; this might give the idea there is a plan which would be wrong but certainly there is a process.  

staghound radius rod arms

Right are remains of the radius rod arms, the bits that hold the axle in place and stop it swinging on the mounts.  The Staghound has four of these arms however they are different front and back.  We were lucky to find two NOS arms for the front but the back proved more tricky.  In the end we sent them to our 'nice' man at the engineering shop who made two arms out of six broken remains.  The next problem it to find some new castellated nuts, which is proving more difficult then you might imagine.  Without doubt we will have the old girl back on her feet before Christmas which will be a massive lift for moral.