centurion avre (gulf-1991)

#1
hi guys

has anybody got any digipics of an centurion AVRE during the 1991 gulf war.

i have been asked to build one for a desk ornament and have had a look through the web and not came up with much except for the duxford one and the salvage squad one.

if any body has any pics they would be gratefully appreciated.

davie
 
#5
Cpls Mess 32 e have got several frames photos of Cent AVREs however the camera speed wasn't quick enough cos they were traveling in an outward direction at about 2000 fps, REFUEL + HOT ENGINE + FUMES X 165 HESH = smoking crater. I think the Munsterlager Museum has still got a real one, maybe there's a picture on their web?? Don't know the address though, sorry.
 
#8
Tried to post this before but it disappeared (?)

What replaced Centurion AVRE? I've seen pics of a Chieftain (?) based thing covered in fascines but it seems to lack that 165mm gun. What performs the blockbusting demolition gun task now?

(Stupid spelling Edit)
 
#9
The gun was never replaced, with the increase in use of precision guided munitions and the reduction in need of the RE to provide reserve demolitions it was deemed unnecessary. The AVRE is on its third evolution from the centurions. First was the "Willich" AVRE a home made affair from Engineer base workshops at Willich. Then there was the Vickers AVRE, currently on its way out of service and coming into service now is the Trojan.

Munster Panzermuseum has a 105mm Avre, not a 165 so it was never used in the Gulf.
 
#10
I saw one a couple of years ago at a scrap yard/museum in North Devon in the Coberton Combat Collection a mate of mine said he crewed it on Granby and the last he saw of it it was sinking rapidly when it was shoved off the docks into the sea!!
 
#11
The Cpls' Mess at 32 used to have one as a presentation piece (smaller scaled of course), find out where they got them from or if they are still giving them out and approach the source for the specs. Didn't the TQ of 32 play a roll in all that furniture strapped to the V AVRE? along with the C**gg Wedge used on the bridging to overbridge the pipelines on Granby.
 
#13
22 engr regt cpls mess did have them as a leaving present(bigger scale than the 32 ones) as well as 32(still maybe?) but not the gulf uparmoued version...if this is any help :?
 
#14
Holdfast said:
Moosaca said:
The Cpls' Mess at 32 used to have one as a presentation piece (smaller scaled of course)
Got 2 of those in my living room, good presentation piece.

Back on subject.

What model are you converting?

Or is it the colour scheme you just need?

Try this

http://www.accurate-armour.com/ShowProduct.cfm?manufacturer=0&category=3&subcategory=7&product=4
holdfast that is the model i am using, but what i need is pics of it in use, with the crew kit, additional stores etc.

cheers all for the replies
 
#15
Holdfast said:
Moosaca said:
The Cpls' Mess at 32 used to have one as a presentation piece (smaller scaled of course)
Got 2 of those in my living room, good presentation piece.

Back on subject.

What model are you converting?

Or is it the colour scheme you just need?

Try this

http://www.accurate-armour.com/ShowProduct.cfm?manufacturer=0&category=3&subcategory=7&product=4
Excellent site holdfast, I'll bet everyone will now want something from Accurate Armour for Chrimbo...







Gundulph
 
#17
Moosaca said:
The Cpls' Mess at 32 used to have one as a presentation piece (smaller scaled of course), find out where they got them from or if they are still giving them out and approach the source for the specs. Didn't the TQ of 32 play a roll in all that furniture strapped to the V AVRE? along with the C**gg Wedge used on the bridging to overbridge the pipelines on Granby.
That was Mr C**gg also as i ended up giving 4 months of my time down at the sleepy hollow called Willich working with him.....load test use to be loading a No.9 bridge onto the roof rack using the winch.....which was always good for laugh.....one of their roles would have been to resuply AVLB's with the 9's as scammel bridge transporters wern't to good at going cross country before TBT came along :wink:
 
#18
105AVRE said:
22 engr regt cpls mess did have them as a leaving present(bigger scale than the 32 ones) as well as 32(still maybe?) but not the gulf uparmoued version...if this is any help :?

The RE pri sells them but not sure if the quailty will be enough.
 
#19
Didn't 'Salvage Squad' rebuild one on TV? I seem to remember that they renovated this nice old Cent, complete with dustbin gun and also discovered its entire history. It was, as I remember, the first Cent gun tank off the boat in Suez and the first one through the berm in GW1 - spooky or what. Likewise, they found a tearful 'last moments before crossing the start line' bluey from the vehicle commander stuck in the turret. The programme finished with said commander being re-united with his renovated charger - cue sniffles all round!
 
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