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All men like pictures of Knockers. ;-)
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Absolutely correct! Full name: AEC 2500 Gallon Petrol Tanker Type 0854. As they looked very much like the Matador, they were mistakenly called that. Irrespective of what it was called, it's still a bloody good bit of kit. AEC didn't bugger about when they made trucks.
I cannot remember which of the two big truck makers it was, but either Scania or Volvo's first really successful truck engine was in fact an AEC design.
 

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I cannot remember which of the two big truck makers it was, but either Scania or Volvo's first really successful truck engine was in fact an AEC design.
I think you are on the right lines, but the Scania L60 had a Leyland derived engine. I know Volvo cars used to have a version of Triumph engine in them.

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A little bit of WW2 vehicle history...

In 1946 AEC and Leyland Motors formed British United Traction as a joint venture to manufacture trolleybuses and traction equipment for diesel railcars since reduced demand would not require the existing capacity of both parents.

In 1946 AEC resumed civilian production with the 0661/20 Regent II and the 0662/20 Regal I. These were not new models but a recommencement of the most basic AEC 1939 specification bus models. The single-decker was going to be marketed as Regal II until somebody at Southall remembered the 1936-8 lightweight 0862 model of that name and as a result the name was corrected after the launch publicity had been printed. At the end of 1946 the postwar 0961 RT was in build and by 1948 Mammoth Major, Matador and Monarch Mk IIIs were in production, followed by the 'provincial' Regent III and the Regal III.

Also in 1948 AEC acquired Crossley Motors and the Maudslay Motor Company and on 1 October 1948 AEC set up Associated Commercial Vehicles (ACV) as the holding company for the newly acquired businesses and its own manufacturing firm, which was renamed AEC Limited. The initials AEC remained on its vehicles, with the exception of some badge-engineered versions, such as the Crossley Regent bus. In 1949 ACV acquired the bus coachbuilding company Park Royal Vehicles, along with its subsidiary Charles H Roe. Park Royal designed a new cab for the AEC Mercury in the mid-1950s, which appeared on all models across the range about this time.

In 1961 ACV acquired Thornycroft. The Thornycroft name disappeared from all the vehicles except the specialist airport crash tenders, such as the Nubian, and the Antar off-road tractor unit. Production of the AEC Dumptruk was transferred to Basingstoke, and the Thornycroft six-speed constant-mesh gearbox and later nine and ten-speed range-change versions were fitted to AEC, Albion and Leyland buses and lorries.

The AEC engines were used in Finnish Vanaja lorries and buses in the 1960s.

Leyland Motors acquired ACV in 1962. AEC lorries were given the same "Ergomatic" cabs used across several Leyland marques (including Albion). In 1968, all AEC double-decker buses ceased production with the completion of the last Routemasters, and its last buses, motorcoaches and lorries were built in 1979. The AEC name actually disappeared from commercial vehicles in 1977, but the Leyland Marathon was built at the Southall plant until British Leyland closed it in 1979. In 1979, the production of Leyland (AEC) vehicles was transferred to remaining Leyland Truck and Bus plants.
 
Think I’ll finish this. It’s been stood in the cabinet for ages waiting for me to pick it up and crack on. It’s straight out of the box - there was no after market when I started it, which tells you how long it’s been stood waiting for....

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We fookin' know.

After the fcuk up on the Spad, I need to finish something before I go onto the Wokka. The Matt doesn't need a great deal of effort to get it over the line, so seems a logical choice to me.
 

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Do you also have a Wokka to finish?
No, I've got all three of Monty's caravans, a Dodge Scout car and 5 figures to complete! I've backed out of the VE Day group build because there are not enough hours in the day, plus I've got two commissions for desert scenes; one Italian and one German! Other than that, feck all!
 
Are we are on a unfinished kits from the stash getting work done phase? it's a great feeling bringing them out and finishing them, the major work has been done, it's only your perception that they are beyond finishing. quite liberating getting them on and out. This Meng Panther Ausfuhrung A has been hanging around in my box of nearly finished for ages, Only need tow cables fitting, base of Concrete, glass case and it's ready to cause the Allies Nightmares in Normandy again.
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They were shooting at this the other day:

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that would make a great diorama, a Chieftain on the range as a target. Bitter sweet. not sure how I'd feel about that noble Warrior being depicted being shot to pieces without the chance to fire back. It's in the bank of possible dioramas.
edit to add my dramatic silhouette picture of Chieftain in it's hayday
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isn't this the one you were going to put some graffitti on the front of the cab in Welsh, or was that a Desert version of this one?
That's the desert version. This one (stating the obvious) is European theatre. Need to dig out the paints for it - I used Lifecolor which is not may favourite manufacturer.
 

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A little bit of WW2 vehicle history...

In 1946 AEC and Leyland Motors formed British United Traction as a joint venture to manufacture trolleybuses and traction equipment for diesel railcars since reduced demand would not require the existing capacity of both parents.

In 1946 AEC resumed civilian production with the 0661/20 Regent II and the 0662/20 Regal I. These were not new models but a recommencement of the most basic AEC 1939 specification bus models. The single-decker was going to be marketed as Regal II until somebody at Southall remembered the 1936-8 lightweight 0862 model of that name and as a result the name was corrected after the launch publicity had been printed. At the end of 1946 the postwar 0961 RT was in build and by 1948 Mammoth Major, Matador and Monarch Mk IIIs were in production, followed by the 'provincial' Regent III and the Regal III.

Also in 1948 AEC acquired Crossley Motors and the Maudslay Motor Company and on 1 October 1948 AEC set up Associated Commercial Vehicles (ACV) as the holding company for the newly acquired businesses and its own manufacturing firm, which was renamed AEC Limited. The initials AEC remained on its vehicles, with the exception of some badge-engineered versions, such as the Crossley Regent bus. In 1949 ACV acquired the bus coachbuilding company Park Royal Vehicles, along with its subsidiary Charles H Roe. Park Royal designed a new cab for the AEC Mercury in the mid-1950s, which appeared on all models across the range about this time.

In 1961 ACV acquired Thornycroft. The Thornycroft name disappeared from all the vehicles except the specialist airport crash tenders, such as the Nubian, and the Antar off-road tractor unit. Production of the AEC Dumptruk was transferred to Basingstoke, and the Thornycroft six-speed constant-mesh gearbox and later nine and ten-speed range-change versions were fitted to AEC, Albion and Leyland buses and lorries.

The AEC engines were used in Finnish Vanaja lorries and buses in the 1960s.

Leyland Motors acquired ACV in 1962. AEC lorries were given the same "Ergomatic" cabs used across several Leyland marques (including Albion). In 1968, all AEC double-decker buses ceased production with the completion of the last Routemasters, and its last buses, motorcoaches and lorries were built in 1979. The AEC name actually disappeared from commercial vehicles in 1977, but the Leyland Marathon was built at the Southall plant until British Leyland closed it in 1979. In 1979, the production of Leyland (AEC) vehicles was transferred to remaining Leyland Truck and Bus plants.
Interesting - but why no mention of the AEC Mk I and Mk III Militant, spiritual descendants of the Matador etc I wonder?
 

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