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    As the first rays of the sun appear over the Pacific Ocean off the tropical Queensland city of Cairns ......

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    ..... I am preparing for a day filled with armoured vehicles!

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    There will be photos.....
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    Nice sunrise! Clouds and heavy fog here at Christchurch, surveying the earthquake damage from 2011 . . .

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    Always nice to see pictures of tanks along with planes and ships and battlefields and......

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    Just went for a snappy 6k run along the waterfront here in Cairns, truly a beautiful place.

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    I think I'll blog the trip when I get back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clipper1801 View Post
    Nice sunrise! Clouds and heavy fog here at Christchurch, surveying the earthquake damage from 2011 . . .
    Hi Dave, I remember it well. I just completed some refresher disaster management training and did an earthquake desktop exercise. I hope we never have to do it for real over here.
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    Watch out for the crocs Carl.

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    Cairns is really great & Armour Fest will only make it greater.

    Enjoy the experience Carl & I look forward to lots of photos!

    "Its a fine line indeed between going out in a Blaze of Glory or having Crashed & Burnt!"
    Member Australian Society of WW1 Aero Historians

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    Nice teaser pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl_Brisgamer View Post
    As the first rays of the sun appear over the Pacific Ocean of the tropical Queensland city of Cairns ......

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    There will be photos.....
    Enjoy! Look forward to the photos.
    Run for your life - there are stupid people everywhere!

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    Have fun Carl. Looking forward to those pics already. Cairns looks like its a beautiful spot.

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    The Australian Armour and Artillery Museum is fantastic - great collection, well curated with friendly and knowledgeable staff. I get home tonight so will post a report later this week.

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    Flew back to Brisbane from Cairns last night and currently sorting the hundreds of photos and videos I took at Ausarmourfest 2017.

    Screen shot from one of the videos as a taster - Pzkpfw VI Tiger replica used as a stand-in for the Bovington Tiger for some shots in the movie 'Fury'.

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    I, too, am looking forward to your reportage, Carl! Your 'teaser' above heralds good things to come - didn't realize the Bovingtion Tiger had a stunt double

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Is this replica the same one used in Saving Private Ryan? I can remember that at Bovingdon after the film came out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guntruck View Post
    Is this replica the same one used in Saving Private Ryan? I can remember that at Bovingdon after the film came out.
    I believe the one from SPR was a modified T34/85. This one is a scratch built replica to stand in for the Bovington Tiger during 'Fury' in those scenes where the tank copped a packet.

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    I seem to remember the Saving Private Ryan Tiger on a T-34 chassis, too...

    Interesting that they actually specifically built a stand-in for the Fury Tiger's 'death scene'...not that they would have risked damaging the real one...

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt56 View Post
    I seem to remember the Saving Private Ryan Tiger on a T-34 chassis, too...
    ...........and the three 'Tigers' in "Kelly's Heroes" had what looked to me like T-34 running gear and fore-mounted turrets.

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    Yeah, but they were sooooo much better than the M-47 tanks they used in Patton or The Battle of the Bulge to portray German tanks...but seeing the Bovington Tiger in Fury was a real treat!

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Anytime you see any of them is a treat. That is the reason I enjoy the show in Va. The tanks actually run. Some not so well but they do run around the track.
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    A PT76 they have. I have to find the pictures of the Valentine and T-34/85 that runs around the field.

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    Here are two of the tanks they have I would love to see up and running.
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    I don't think I have to say what they are.

    I can't wait to see all the ones that Carl has.
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    Someone has a garage to die for...

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    Yes but they are just sitting there. These two drove out of the garage.

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    And the M-10 drove down to be with the M-18 and M-36.

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    Very cool! Static displays are always good, but moving/working tanks (and planes) are ALWAYS sooooo much better!

    Seeing the Churchill clanking around a display area would be awesome.

    Personally, I think the PT-76 should be in East German markings - a loving reminder of my time in West Berlin...

    All the best,
    Matt

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    And they're always so much louder than one expects...

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    The Churchill is a Crocodile. The PT-76 has no marking but had a German crew. Here is another view.
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    And for me something you don't see often.

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    Note there are 2 of them.

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    Nice. Swedish S-tank. Bit of a blast from the past...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
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    Interior view.
    Cozy.

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    I have to work today but have resized the (200+!!) photos ready to upload a selection so I will get cracking tonight. Hard to believe one of the largest private collections of armour and artillety is located 5 min outside a small tropical tourist city of Cairns.

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    Good shots of the East German kit - BMP1 & T-72 Bob; liking the faux Tiger I too Carl, though it's hard to beat the real thing, or, room full of big cats...
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    and an Elephant !
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    "He is wise who watches"

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    Just starting to work on my Ausarmourfest blog post - here's one of the museum gate guards .....

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    ..... a post WW2 Bundeswehr Jagdpanzer 4-5 Kanone.

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    More great shots here, guys! Love the BMP and T-72, and that room full of Tiger variants is primo, Dave - where is that located?

    Very cool that the Jagdpanzer Kanone is at the entry to the museum there, Carl - another classic piece...

    Keep 'em coming

    All the best,
    Matt

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    The teaser pics are getting better and better, Carl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt56 View Post
    More great shots here, guys! Love the BMP and T-72, and that room full of Tiger variants is primo, Dave - where is that located?

    All the best,
    Matt
    The "Tiger Room" is at the Tank Museum , Bovington. Great exhibits but the most sterile setting imaginable and way out of keeping with the rest of the museum

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    Great photos of the tiger room. Wish they hadn't moved al the tanks from Aberdeen. I did see a show where they fixed the Elephant so it could drive. They did a great job on it. The story behind it was that it was captured at Anzio. A lucky hit by a 37mm put it out of action when it hit the drive sprocket and it was abandoned.

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    I have posted the first part of my Ausarmourfest 2017 blog here - http://www.wingsofwar.org/forums/ent...s-2-3-Sep-2017

    This covers the 'west wing' of the museum which displays post WW2 vehicles.

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    Great photos, Carl! All the Cold War stuff is a stroll down Memory Lane - particularly the equipment used during the 1970s...and it all seems to be in gorgeous shape, by and large. From the track marks on the floor, it would seem that much of it still runs? I assume that where the 'ride tickets' might come in...

    I look forward to seeing more as you have time to post - thanks for sharing these!

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Thanks Matt, I will post more as soon as I am able.

    The museum wants to get and keep as many of the vehicles in running order as possible - here's another preview of just a few of the more 'active' exhibits -

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl_Brisgamer View Post
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    Why is this pic making me think "Armored Vehicle Rallycross"?

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    Checked the BLOG and those are great photos. I think the two M113's with turrets were used by the Australians only. Have only seen pics in books of them but now a real photo of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by csadn View Post
    Why is this pic making me think "Armored Vehicle Rallycross"?
    Wait until you see the figure of eight track in action!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    Checked the BLOG and those are great photos. I think the two M113's with turrets were used by the Australians only. Have only seen pics in books of them but now a real photo of them.
    The one outside is the FSV (fire support vehicle) armed with a 76mm smooth bore gun, same turret as the Saladin armoured car.
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    Part 2 of my Australian Armour and Artillery Museum blog has been published here - http://www.wingsofwar.org/forums/ent...airns-(Part-2)

    Artillery in the spotlight for this one.

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    Looking forward to part 3.
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    That 88 seat wasn't exactly built for comfort..

    and no seat belt when the gun fired..how did the guy stay on that seat?

    probably beats the hell out of the roller coaster at the fun park!

    super pics

    lucky you!
    I feel the need....for speed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick View Post
    and no seat belt when the gun fired..how did the guy stay on that seat?
    Only the breech and barrel recoil -- the slide is visible in front of the corrugated pylon.

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    I think I would like to take a ride in ALL of those beasties, Carl! Spoiled for choice, definitely - which one(s) did you and your mate pick?

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Part Three of my Ausarmourfest 2017 blog is up now - http://www.wingsofwar.org/forums/ent...airns-(Part-3)

    More WW2 armoured fighting vehicles than you can comfortably examine in eight hours!

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