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Pic : Tiger 131 at Bovington - rolling !

Discussion in 'The Tanks of World War 2' started by Martin Bull, Apr 29, 2017.

  1. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    Feast your eyes everyone...Tiger 131 snapped at Bovington this very afternoon, straight off the camera and unphotoshopped. I've been fascinated by the Tiger since I was a schoolboy, and the opportunity to get up close, see and hear one.......I'm speechless !

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  2. Owen

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    Just watching the video on The Tank Museum's Facebook page, sounds great.

    Reading in the comments that Chris Packham was seen there, did you spot him ?
     
  3. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    Quite honestly, there were absolutely thousands of people there - I could have missed anybody !

    Yes, it looked and sounded great. I had a lot of fun with my little pocket camera.....I'll be holidaying in Normandy in June, and when I get to Villers Bocage, some of these image will be in my mind....

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    There are no words in any dictionary ever written that can adequately describe the depths of my jealousy.

    Those are some very fine shots of 131.

    Do you have any more to share? I would love to see them.
     
  5. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    OK, I've just been sitting here going through my photos - and I took a lot of photos yesterday !

    So here are couple more of the Tiger - I was all-too-aware that this was a rare sight and luckily, the weather conditions were just about perfect.

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    My favorite...So far.
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    Excellent shot!

    More please!
    When you get a chance...No rush.
     
  7. Owen

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    I'm sure I saw her running at Tankfest 2006 but those pics were lost years ago when an old PC died.
    Von Poop & I were both there but didn't see eachother.

    edit: 1 photo left on tankfest thread on ww2talk
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  8. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    My Wife ( who wasn't there yesterday ) insisted I post this one - her favourite of the lot. She says she rather likes the image of the menacing Tiger rumbling past a typical British Bank Holiday crowd...... ( women, eh ? )

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    Excellent photos Martin!

    I've been saying for years that I must get down to Bovington and your pictures make me all the more determined to do so.
     
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    Dear Bucket List, please accept the following additional items...
     
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    Thank you for sharing Martin. Like Takao, I am jealous as well.
     
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    Last time I saw it run, I met a Japanese bloke that'd flown in from Tokyo that morning, and was flying back that evening - very content that the trip was worth it.
    She's a curious draw indeed.
     
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    Well, in Japan even the toy boats are ... huge.

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    Martin, what a beautifully composed picture. You could entitle it "War and Peace" but might cause confusion :). I do not think "Peace and War" has been taken either suits your perceptive wife's observation.

    I feel very very fortunate to have gotten to Burlington on two occasions. I highly recommend it to all. If one goes to their web site you can subscribe to their electronic news letter. Going to Saumur is on my bucket list to see their running King Tiger. The US Army has moved their Tank Museum from Fort Knox, Kentucky to Fort Genning , Georgia, 35 miles from my door. Need to sneak in before it opens.

    http://tankmuseum.org/home



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  15. TD-Tommy776

    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    Great photos, Martin. I'm not likely to be making the trip to Bovington, so I'll have to settle for your photos and YouTube

     
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    Actually Martin, I'm surprised you didn't jump in. :D
     
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    Great photos Martin. I'm surprised you haven't yet set up a "branch office" at Bovington...
     
  18. Martin Bull

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    Judging by the number of 'likes', this has been the most popular thread I've posted in a long time which probably goes to show ( sorry Adam ! ) the enduring strength of 'Tiger fascination'. Anyhow, it certainly was the best 'boys day out' I've had in ages.

    So - winding it up with one final shot, taken as Tiger 131 rumbles back to the exhibition hall....

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    The weather looks much nicer than in my vid from a while back, but the view's largely the same.
    Sort of amazing she's been running restored for 10+ years now.
     
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    Are those bullet holes on the rear? They appear folded in and not rust holes.. I would guess about .5 caliber if they were.

    I can only imagine the time it takes to restore and maintain one. Martin, how is the Mosquito project going ?

    Gaines
     

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