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More research required ................


nebnoswal

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I know I set myself a week to finish this one, but ................. I blame valentine's day, a long story, for another time.

 

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While not completely finished, they still need further weathering, I’m happy with the result so far. All I need now is to finish the warwells and warflats and order some more warwells, plus find some bogies I've got hidden in a box, somewhere!

 

On a side note, whilst at happy hour last week in the Sergeants mess, the topic got around to me and my model trains and what I was up. I had mentioned to a mate how I was making a gun battery load. This drew the attention of my RSM, who was full of enquiring questions. I thought nothing of this. Come Monday morning I arrived at work and logged on to the computer and first thing in the inbox was an email from my RSM, with the dreaded phrase, 'come see me in my office'. This is a summons from god, and not to be ignored. I left straight away, wracking my brain as to what I may have or haven’t done to draw the attention of the RSM. I knocked on his door and was quickly given permission to enter.

 

"Come around here, Sergeant, and tell me what's wrong with this picture?" he ordered. I made my way to his side of the desk and had a look at his monitor. There, on the RSM's screen was my RMWeb blog page, on building the quads and 25 lbs.

 

"How many guns in a Bty? Sergeant," he asked.

 

"6, sir" I replied.

 

"Are you sure?"

 

"Not now†I responded.

 

"I suggest you go away and do some more research and get back to me. I will see you at morno's." And so I was dismissed from the RSM's office, slapped over the knuckles for getting my hobby wrong! A quick bit of googling and checking some books in my office and I quickly learnt that in WW2, 25 lbs batteries consisted of 8 guns, 2 troops of 4. I jumped the gun, and to escape any embarrassment in front of my colleagues, I quickly emailed my answer to the RSM. Within a minute he responded and asked how I was going to fix my problem of being 'under –gunned'. I replied that I was now modelling a resupply train, hence the variety of vehicles, that Rule No.1 was applied and I didn’t think I had a loco strong enough, of WW2 era, to pull 12 warwells/flats with heavy whitemetal loads. He hasn't replied, I may have confused him with Rule No.1. Mind you, now that he has found my blog, after posting this, I think I may be on his mat again in the morning!

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Mum says never underestimate WO's... but thinks your quick thinking reply is a good one. She also innocently asks what colour is the carpet and figures if you don't know, you can tell me tomorrow.

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Haha, eyes front always. But it is grey, same as in my office. I only know cause I regularly collaspe on it after a grueling PT session.

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Hope he hasn't got round to counting the rivets on the 25lb-er towing arms (if that's what they are called!) :lol:

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That would be the trails, and considering there is one parked just outside his office, I wouldn't be surprised if he is out there now, pacestick and all, counting them.

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PT???? Since when? I thought if you blokes couldn't take your guns (and therefore the truck to tow them) you weren't going - and as such all you had to do was get onto said truck.

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Have a close look at the front of the gunshield, next to the shovel. There's about 50' of rope there, a drag rope. 60 years latter and the old crusties still like to get the young un's to drag the guns, for the time when trucks arn't there! Helicopters are not that accurate and will dump a load where ever they seem fit, usually about 50m downhill of where the gun is meant to go!

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