Archive for ‘40’s’

July 10, 2020

Roadside Chat

Courier

– wartime communication was enabled by the feat women riders who carried essential documents between various ministries and planning groups. They look very proud in this image on some country road under grey skies.

June 22, 2020

Time

Amazon deal

Picked up this great reference book of Triumph motorcycles from the last eighty odd years. All models and variations discussed in depth from the legendary Meriden examples to the current Hinckley offerings. Lots of photos and masses of written information.

The Complete Book of Classic and Modern Triumph Motorcycles 1937-Today https://www.amazon.com/dp/0760366012/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_EIw8EbMGGRAH3

May 25, 2020

It’s a small world…

The model is for all intents and purposes complete. Spent the afternoon adding oily and muddy patina to the bike. Looking like it’s just been ridden from the Normandy beaches to the Ardenne.

May 22, 2020

Scaled Down

Progress on the model kit.

The 1/9th scale Triumph Kit is coming along a treat.

May 19, 2020

“Join the Wrens—free a man for the fleet.”

Wren

The Women’s Royal Naval Service was the women’s branch of the Royal Navy. Affectionately called Wrens they provided an essential supportive role during wartime and peacetime. They rode motorcycles as couriers and messengers such as this BSA M20.

May 17, 2020

Assembly Required

New Project

– here’s something that will keep me out of trouble for a few rainy afternoons. A 1/9 scale WW2 era Triumph 3HW. The ubiquitous single cylinder workhorse of the British forces. Indeed it is the motorcycle used by my grandfather George in his duties as a Military Policeman in the North African theatre.

May 15, 2020

Weathering

Rust ‘no Polish

My new project arrived in the mail today. A plastic model kit of a 1943 wartime Triumph. After assembly I’ll need to decide if it’ll be in a clean fresh from the factory look or well ridden appearance.

May 1, 2020

What, what, why..

Delilah!

Brains and Beauty: that could only be actress, inventor and film producer Hedy Lamarr. Here’s a publicity shot for Samson & Delilah with a photoshopped Triumph chopper. Somehow it actually looks the part. Now let’s discuss her paper on Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum and its use to prevent jamming of guided torpedoes…

April 20, 2020

Walking a Mile

For those who are giving a mile.

Captain Tom Moore, who will turn 100 next week recently took it upon himself to walk 100 laps of his small garden. 25 yards per lap. His goal was to raise £1,000. As of today his donations have raised £27 million. His wish was for the funds to go to NHS workers who are putting their all into the care and attention for the Covid 19 I’ll. He was a Captain during WW2 in an armored division in Burma. After the war he actively pursued motorcycle racing aboard a Scott Flying Squirrel with trophied success.

A True British Hero!

April 13, 2020

Bunting

Purrs like a kitten

– benchtop engineering. If you think you have trouble working from home with a cat draped over your keyboard, imagine one on your work surfaces chasing bolts and washers about.

October 21, 2019

European Theatre Transport

Crated Glory | spied at the Russell Military Museum near Kenosha WI is this spotless wartime Harley Davidson WLA. It was just the tip of the iceberg… acres of tanks, aircraft, helicopters, armored personnel carriers… fascinating place.

September 27, 2019

Nerf Herding

Princess Leia 1940’s | The earmuff hair-do gives it away. Post war dame takes a racing crouch pose aboard this 500cc Tiger.

August 23, 2019

Land Ahoy!

Jenny Wren | A group of smiling lasses serving as Royal Navy despatch riders in WW2.

August 22, 2019

Floppy Ear

Mans Best Friend | what other color should a chimney sweeps hound be that white?

June 21, 2019

Top ‘er up!

Gas Up! | weekend arrives none too soon! Motoblot bike show here in Chicago.