The Bovington Tankfest thread

Discussion in 'WW2 Museums. Events, & places to see.' started by Owen, Jun 25, 2006.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Not this year for me, though I am well overdue a visit to Bovington.
  2. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Once again I would highly recommend anyone who visits Bovington - spares an hour of his time to Visit Sapper( Brian Guy ) at Swanage less than ten miles away - it will be well worth the extra time spent to meet him and his saintly wife


  3. BrianM59

    BrianM59 Senior Member

    But will he have biscuits Tom?
  4. RCG

    RCG Senior Member, Deceased

  5. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Bovington - 1961
    Including WW1 machine doing its thing.

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  6. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    I've been curious about how they shift gears in Tiger 131.

    In almost every video I see, 131 will be running along on level ground when the driver revs up the RPMs and slams it into a higher gear, like he is driving a car. It's never smooth and you can see the barrel bouncing up and down and hear the big clunk as he changes gears.

    I don't have a complete understanding of how the Tiger transmission works but sources say it is a semi automatic pre-selector type.
    I thought that meant that the driver moves the transmission lever into a higher gear location and then lets the transmission shift into the gear automatically without using the.clutch. On level ground he shouldn't have to shift much, if at all, anyway.

    In my limited experience operating some fairly large farm tractors from the forties, you selected the gear you needed to do the work you were doing and started off and remained in that gear, even top gear if you were transporting on the road. These were ordinary four or five speed manual tractor transmissions. I was told in firmly to stop trying to shift up though the gears like a car because it wasn't necessary and the transmissions weren't designed for quick shifting on the move.

    I'd love to see an English version of Tigerfibel or other Tiger tank manual to see what they say about it

  7. ozzy16

    ozzy16 Well-Known Member

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  8. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  9. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian

    Wow, that's pretty cool. I hope all the mechanics and drivers can do their work safely.
  10. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    For Juha, and all, good to see something unexpected, something different.

    Kind regards, always,






    P.S. And the not unexpected :)


  11. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian

    Some of the show today will be streamed live as a promotional thing for World of Tanks.
  12. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    6 years late, assuming you've already worked it out, Dave, but this about covers the pre-selector system:
    (Decent chance 131 may not have been quite running smoothly on that score.Quite likely expensive to tune in.)

    Tiger I Information Center - Transmission and Steering
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  13. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    That would explain the rough shifting in the contempary videos. Can you imagine trying to diagnose and correct any problems in that transmission after looking at the cutaway. They can't look at another one to see how it is supposed to work.

    I wish the Fort Benning museum's collection was in as good a condition as the Bovington one. They are working on it but they have a long way to go.
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  14. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Have mentally tried on a few occasions, mate... but... like many such things the brain starts dripping around the edges. I'm not really up to it.
    No wonder so much of that old Bovington 'Restoring 131' site's videos were the bottom 2/3 of some black overalls sticking out at an awkward angle accompanied by advanced swearing...
  15. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Tankfest 2006 , the only time von Poop & I were at the same place at the same time.

  16. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    That you know of...

    It still amuses me we've never met, despite regarding you as a mate.
    To the extent I sort of hope we never do. :whistle:

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