80th Anniversary of the Willys Jeep

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Postby Ad Lav » Tue Nov 23, 2021 7:57 pm

Attended a nice military vehicle show with my Jeep at Brooklands Museum at the weekend, along with 100 other Willys Jeeps to break the record for the most Willys Jeeps in one place and to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the iconic vehicle.

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Postby Model Builder 4 » Tue Nov 23, 2021 8:50 pm

Great picture Adam :D bet it was an excellent day :thumbup:

Cheers,Lee.
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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Wed Nov 24, 2021 1:20 am

I certainly would have enjoyed that show, Lee! I am going to look for more photos posted online. 55 years ago I was a young fellow in the Civil Air Patrol out of a small airfield here in southern Wisconsin. I was drilled, drilled, drilled; :/ I became a member of the Search and Rescue Team; and I even became a drill instructor But I never once got an airplane ride. :wtf: I did, however, get one off-road ride in a vintage USAF Jeep, and I remember wondering how that little thing could go anywhere without getting stuck. :clap: Then, too, I wondered how I did not fall out of it. :haha:
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Postby jarndice » Wed Nov 24, 2021 10:14 am

I suggest that you have not enjoyed the magic carpet ride of the Austin Champ in comparison to the Willy's Jeep, Alec Issigonis the designer of the Austin Mini was the in house designer of the Champs full independent suspension which also had a 5 speed synchromesh gearbox with 5 gears available in reverse and a Rolls Royce B40 engine,
Introduced into service in 1950 it was my wheels into 1966 when it was withdrawn and replaced by a godawful land rover.
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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Wed Nov 24, 2021 3:08 pm

:think: I'd bet you had fun! I have never seen one here in the 'states. Too bad...
https://silodrome.com/austin-champ-history/
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Postby Will01Capri » Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:16 pm

jarndice wrote:I suggest that you have not enjoyed the magic carpet ride of the Austin Champ in comparison to the Willy's Jeep, Alec Issigonis the designer of the Austin Mini was the in house designer of the Champs full independent suspension which also had a 5 speed synchromesh gearbox with 5 gears available in reverse and a Rolls Royce B40 engine,
Introduced into service in 1950 it was my wheels into 1966 when it was withdrawn and replaced by a godawful land rover.

Thats wicked, 5 gears in reverse sounds like fun!

We have been lucky to have got some blueprints and many pictures of the Champ as one of our friends has asked us to make a 1/16 version. Didn't know it was full independent suspension. Looks like i going to have to think of a way to realise that in the model hahahaha
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Postby jarndice » Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:37 pm

I would be interested in the way you plan to r/c a 1/16 Champ Will because they are more compact than the Jeep but put my name down for one if you succeed :thumbup:
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Postby Will01Capri » Thu Nov 25, 2021 2:10 pm

jarndice wrote:I would be interested in the way you plan to r/c a 1/16 Champ Will because they are more compact than the Jeep but put my name down for one if you succeed :thumbup:


I have an idea on axles and make some conversion parts and then sling a body over the top. It does mean buying an rc car to strip for parts to make a scale vehicle, but it could work nicely

Sorry diverting from the thread topic.


I managed to squeeze everything in on the 1/4 ton utility truck, had i known, i could have taken several rc scale versions down to make up numbers hahahaha
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Postby Ad Lav » Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:24 pm

Model Builder 4 wrote:Great picture Adam :D bet it was an excellent day :thumbup:

Cheers,Lee.


Thanks Lee, was a great day out.

The museum is well worth a visit.
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Postby Ad Lav » Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:25 pm

jarndice wrote:I suggest that you have not enjoyed the magic carpet ride of the Austin Champ in comparison to the Willy's Jeep, Alec Issigonis the designer of the Austin Mini was the in house designer of the Champs full independent suspension which also had a 5 speed synchromesh gearbox with 5 gears available in reverse and a Rolls Royce B40 engine,
Introduced into service in 1950 it was my wheels into 1966 when it was withdrawn and replaced by a godawful land rover.


Yes, you mentioned about the champ once before. Sadly not as iconic as the Jeep - ugly beast but each to their own.
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