Paintball Gun Equipped Daimler Ferret

Taking an original 1958 Daimler Ferret Scout Car and fitting it with a paintball gun is the kind of thing many of us like would do, given the appropriate financial resources and free time. Fortunately, an eccentric Brit found the time and money, and this is the result. History of the Daimler Ferret Scout Car The Daimler Ferret…

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Harley-Davidson MT500

The Harley-Davidson MT500 is a bit of an unusual motorcycle. It’s thought that just 500 were ever made, and it’s not known how many have survived in original condition. The MT500 is powered by a 500cc Rotax single-cylinder, air-cooled engine with 4 valves, 5 gears, and kickstart only. It’s a mechanically simple motorcycle designed explicitly…

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US Army Vietnam Training Film: Shotgun Rider

Shotgun Rider is a 1967 training film created by The Army Pictorial Center for new recruits in training for deployment to Vietnam as helicopter door gunners – nicknamed “shotgun riders”. Despite the name, door gunners actually used M60 machine guns, which they trained to use both on a mount and freehand. The film features a…

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Aluminium Spitfire

This aluminium Spitfire model measures in at 60.5cm long x 75.5cm wide x 17cm high, and it’s been designed to either sit on its own retractable landing gear, or be mounted on a metal plinth (supplied). The model has a fully detailed cockpit with a sliding canopy, intricately detailed rivet stamps across the wings and fuselage,…

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1971 Steyr-Puch Haflinger

The Steyr-Puch Haflinger was developed in the late 1950s as a replacement for the ageing American-built Jeeps that were still being used by the Austrian military. The engineering that went into the unusual looking Haflinger was outstanding, and despite its unconventional appearance its capabilities as an off-roader are exceptional. The head engineer was Erich Ledwinka,…

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2×2 Rokon Trail-Breaker

The Rokon Trail-Breaker is an American-made 2-wheel drive motorcycle that’s been used by everyone from the US military, to the forestry service, to treasure hunters. It’s designed exclusively for off-road use, however it can be driven on the road at speeds up to 35 mph if needed. The original design was completed by American inventor…

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1951 Willys M38 Jeep

The Willys M38 Jeep was the revised and updated version of the civilian-specification CJ-3A, which itself was an update of the venerable WWII era Willys Jeep MB. Willys developed the M38 to supply the US military for the Korean War, although by the end of the conflict most of the Jeeps that had been used…

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Chopper Pilot: Learning To Fly A Helicopter

This Vietnam War era educational film was produced by the Army Pictorial Center in the 1960s, likely due to the need to train a significant number of new helicopter pilots as a result of the escalating South East Asian war. The film includes both pre-flight and flight training by the warrant officer candidate program at…

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Documentary: Spitfire!

Spitfire! is a wonderful documentary that actually talks to some of the men and women directly involved with the iconic fighter aircraft’s design and construction – including a lady who accidentally ended up clinging to the tail of a Spitfire as it took off and had to circle back around to the airdrome. The film was…

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1943 Willys Jeep With Trailer

The Willys Jeep is a little 4×4 that would go on to punch well above its weight as the history of the automobile unfolded across the 20th Century – every 4×4 currently in existence can trace a significant portion of its heritage directly back to the American military’s little green beast. As the Second World…

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H.M.S. Cardiff Bell

A ship’s bell is a central focal point on board, it’s typically used to sound out the time but they’re also used in heavy fog, emergencies and to sound out “eight bells” when a funeral is being held on board for a sailor. The H.M.S. Cardiff bell was fitted to the ship when it was…

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