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PostSubject: Percy the mine sweeper.   Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:54 pm

A few people have asked about the 'UNIT' Minesweeper/Personnel Carrier in my loft thread pics so I thought I'd do a thread.



I got 'Percy' for xmas 1969 from my grandparents and it became my VAM's mainstay transport. They rode it into battle and on all thier secret missions!



The 'UNIT' name was obviously lifted from Dr Who although my cousin and I didn't see it as an acronym. Our VAM tean was 'Unit A', part of a larger formation. UNIT B accompanied our guys on missions now and then (VAM numbers permitting) and we'd often imagine Units C and D went on missions too.

Like any combat vehicle, Percy gained a few battle scars and graffiti.



'Road Hogs' were quite a thing in the early 70's!



Percy had a few modifications over the years. I don't remember who realised a single track section fitted around a wheel perfectly but it certainly improved Percy's speed!



Younger kids used to sit on Percy and ride it down the road so after a while some repairs were needed!



This pic may look wierd but...


...after getting a boxed Life Guard for my birthday and a carded Blues and Royals for xmas this is how my guys looked for a while around 1971.

Given Percy's long and illustrious service I thought I'd get the guys to give it a T-cut and polish.


A few hours of elbow grease later..



Only joking! Percy 2 came from Ebay. The original Percy wears it's battle scars with pride!


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PostSubject: Re: Percy the mine sweeper.   Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:08 am

Holy cow you scared me... lol!
Hearing such great history about "Percy" than all getting wiped
out by a clean job... affraid Shocked affraid

Anyhow superb! cheers lol! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Percy the mine sweeper.   Tue Jan 05, 2016 2:27 am

You had me going too, Steve.

Percy 2, or UNIT B looks great, but UNIT A will, no doubt, always have pride of place in the collection...

cheers cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Percy the mine sweeper.   Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:18 am

Very Happy Terrific stuff Steve!. The vehicle itself has a colourful history just like Joe, Hank, Cliff and all the skj boys! Whats a group of vam without their trusted vehicle??, for me my lads bombed around in a cherilea jeep! and a vam stripped down fire engine (long since gone now Sad ).

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PostSubject: Re: Percy the mine sweeper.   Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:01 pm

Our best friends' children are obsessed with Thomas the Train, so I half-expected to see a little green train blown off the tracks by a mine!

What a great little multi-purpose vehicle! It's good that you kept him in his adventure-worn condition! The intact one shows how well-loved he has been. Can't wait to see what future adventures await Percy!

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PostSubject: Re: Percy the mine sweeper.   Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:16 pm

Like the crude but effective axle repair.

I too got a bit alarmed when you said you had repaired it.

It would be a crime to erase all that history.

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PostSubject: Re: Percy the mine sweeper.   Tue Jan 05, 2016 5:24 pm

Great childhood vehicle Steve , I've still got a few of mine in the loft all with battle scars.
As kids we all used to ride down the street on them too , I think the half track was always the quickest without tracks f coarse. Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Percy the mine sweeper.   Mon May 30, 2016 4:11 pm

Just caught up with this thread, great pics Steve!

Two great vehicles there mate, glad you left the original as it is.

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PostSubject: Re: Percy the mine sweeper.   Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:32 pm

Pics repaired!

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PostSubject: Re: Percy the mine sweeper.   Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:01 pm

Terrific to see Percy again Steve bounce bounce

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