Workshop Wednesday – Winter Work

While it’s been a very warm December with plenty of the usual distractions, we’ve still managed to make some decent progress down at the mill.

We’ve managed to use the gantry to split the 4.5″ gun platform apart. Still some way to go before we can fit the barrel, but plenty of parts to clean up, paint, fit etc. before then.

On the Bedford QL Tipper, we’ve taken off the carb (IIRC a Bedford MW one was previously on there) and fitted a nice refurbished one! Shiny Pieces! Still one core plug to fit, but along with Rich’s re-wire we should be ready to try starting it soon.


Finally, our festive tradition is to have a christmas meal at local pub (and DFVS bar providers) The Salthouse. A good time was had by all!



A Date That Will Live in Infamy

December 7th, 1941 is remembered as the day the Japanese military launched a surprise attack on the American fleet at Pearl Harbor.

This was the inciting incident for the USA declaring war on Japan. Germany, Japan’s ally, then declared war on the USA.

Photograph of Battleship Row taken from a Japanese plane at the beginning of the attack. The explosion in the center is a torpedo strike on the USS West Virginia. Two attacking Japanese planes can be seen: one over the USS Neosho and one over the Naval Yard. (Source: Wikipedia)

Workshop Wednesday – At the Movies

A special outing on Saturday afternoon saw us at the Curzon Cinema in Clevedon, for a screening of Nöel Coward’s 1945 film ‘Brief Encounter’.


What a lovely time we had despite the dreary weather outside! There was a tea dance and hair styling as well as tasty cakes inside, and short films were screened during the afternoon. Thanks go to Jan for organising it.

Meanwhile, back in the workshop, we’ve made more progress on the Bedford QL Tipper, which has a drum refitted and the dashboard is being repainted white, as was typical of commercial vehicles. Helps brighten things up a bit!

We had a huge sort around as well, in order to get the ‘F Sub’ gun as well as the existing 25 pounder into the running shed, where we can set to getting it all cleaned up and functioning smoothly. The Bedford OY did the honours of manoeuvring it around the yard.