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Yorkshire MVT Web Designer
Hello, my name is Steve Carr, I'm your friendly, but not so local webmaster. Early in 2006, Tim Benton sent the heavy mob up to the North East, to Washington. After a brief struggle lasting about 3 seconds, I agreed to build the Yorkshire MVT Website. I hope you all approve of the results. The site has grown a huge amount since 2006, but pictures and information from the area members, are always welcome.
 
From 1983, I was fairly obsessed with building radio controlled aircraft ( My Air Force ). In June 2004, I caught a chest infection, which brought on asthma and a dust allergy, which forced me to cut back my exposure to balsawood dust. So as an alternative hobby, in April, 2005, I purchased a part M201/part MB Jeep, which over 2005 was converted to look more like a Willy's MB.


Me in flying kit at Battlegroup North.
Hotchkiss M201
The Jeep was one of the first M201's built in 1958, fitted with a 1944 engine and running on 6 volts. It was upgraded by the French to 12 volts some time later, and during a factory rebuild in 1966, then converted to 24 volts. It remained in service into the mid 1990's, after which it was put into long term storage. It was finally auctioned in 2000 to a dealer in Scotland, where I bought it. I have my Jeep website tells the story of 'Jessie' the M201 Jeep

In the years owning the Jeep, I've clocked up over 14,000 miles around Scotland, England, France, Belgium and Holland.

On duty at Breighton Airfield.

For the first three years, it remained a standard olive drab Jeep in US 8th Air Force, 100th Bomb Group markings. In 2008, I began to convert it to an airfield "Follow Me" Jeep, adding the checkered roof and sides, the red and checkered flags and the follow me sign and light box on the back, still in US markings. In 2018, for the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force, I decided to go with RAF markings for both the Jeep and trailer. I didn't want to make the colour scheme change permanent, so made some magnetic RAF No. 1 Group markings. These hide the US stars and other group markings, and being magnetic, it's now a quick change from US to RAF colours.

Dodge WC51 Weapons Carrier

In August 2010, I bought my second vehicle, a Dodge WC51, also a Flying Control vehicle. The conversion from Olive Drab was started by a friend and myself in 2008, adding a basic wooden rear body. Once I got the truck, windows were made in the rear body, doors made for the cab, and the inside of the rear body fitted out with period radios and other equipment. This work is still ongoing.
'Faith' the Flying Control Dodge

1943 Ford GPW

In January 2012, I bought a third vehicle, a Ford GPW in a bit of a state, for a complete strip down and rebuild. This project took about 18 months, spread over about two years, with the registration paperwork and insurance in place by mid April 2014. This Jeep is also in US 100th Bomb Group markings. There were several original reference photos to use which made replicating the markings easier, and and it was also in the background of a picture of the B-17 Fortress that I modelled in 1/6 scale 20 years before.
'Hope' the Ford GPW

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