The Foxer

A typical afternoon in the Flare Path office: Roman wakes from a postprandial nap determined to recount a dream (He’s a contestant on an episode of Bargain Hunt in which the experts are – Blue Team – Albert Speer and – Red Team – Elizabeth I, and the venue is an antiques fair on the Goodwin Sands. His team, Blue, triumph after purchasing a silver bonbon dish shaped like a Sd.Kfz. 251 for the trifling sum of £14). Uncle George invents a new form of edible chess in which the pieces and the board – a carefully sliced and disassembled Battenberg cake – can be consumed. Irma adds another two hexagons to Caradog’s ‘history of wargaming’ tattoo.

Last week’s foxer theme: pigeons (defoxed by mrpier and AFKAMC)

a. Clay pigeon (phuzz, Stugle)
b. Commando (AFKAMC, phuzz)
c. Tumbler (unsolved)
d. Reuters (phuzz)
e. Pigeon loft (Little_Crow)
f. Passenger pigeon (Stugle, Little_Crow)
g. Hatoful Boyfriend (unsolved)
h. Siege of Paris board game (unsolved)
i. GI Joe (phuzz, Stugle, AFKAMC)
j. Carrier pigeon (Zogg, Shiloh)
k. Pigeon camera (mrpier)
l. Walter Pidgeon (Little_Crow, AFKAMC)

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My Chief Foxer Setter’s photo albums are littered with ‘don’t knows’ – photos of museum exhibits he foolishly failed to label at the time and now can’t identify. Perhaps you can help Roman by naming the twelve vehicles, one weapon and one thingamajig pictured below.

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  1. AFKAMC says:

    Last week’s foxer should by rights go to mrpier, as before he managed to identify the pigeon camera (which, by the way, I took to be some sort of siege artillery!), I was properly clueless.

    • mrpier says:

      Nah, I didn’t catch on after I found out what it was after all.

  2. AFKAMC says:

    N – might be a Focke-Achgelis Fa 330… or it might not.

  3. Shiloh says:

    I think the insignia on the tank in C is the sPzAbt501 decal – so maybe the Bovington Tiger?

  4. AFKAMC says:

    I – the pointy end of a SEPECAT Jaguar, maybe?

  5. AFKAMC says:

    E – part of the V-3 cannon – link to – but I really am guessing now!

  6. unacom says:

    J – looks like a Westland Wessex to me.

    • AFKAMC says:

      Me too. I suspect it’s the one at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton.

  7. AFKAMC says:

    K – Sea Harrier?

  8. unacom says:

    H – Backside of a Jagdpanzer. Perhaps a Jagdpanther.

  9. AFKAMC says:

    A – I think that’s probably an arresting hook stowed in the tail…

  10. Zogg says:

    D – Looks like like a Vickers Vigilant anti-tank missile. The colour scheme is spot on but the nose doesn’t look quite right. Anyone?

  11. Zogg says:

    N – The tailplane of the Focke-Achgelis Fa 330 – an gyroglider trailed from a U-boat.

  12. unacom says:

    Bless you Tim! Accidental clicking on the picture actually gives me a large version.

    • AFKAMC says:

      Indeed it does! So is that Tim or Roman’s reflection in I?

  13. unacom says:

    M – makes me think of a T-72.

  14. AFKAMC says:

    G – Bristol Sycamore?

    link to

  15. deejayem says:

    B looks like a giant version of one of those barrels they use to wrap netting around Christmas trees.

    • deejayem says:

      Or a portable tripod-mounted windsock.
      (Or possibly some sort of giant condom for aircraft mating flights.)

  16. Little_Crow says:

    I’m so hopelessly lost at sea on Militaria. I’ve been able to get as far as ‘A Tank’, ‘probably an Arrestor Hook’ – but been unable to get closer to an answer than that.

    I think B is a portable RADAR unit.
    The closest I’ve been able to match to the picture is a Doppler RADAR used for meteorological gubbins – but certainly firmly in the thingamajig category.

    • mrpier says:

      Pure guesswork from my side, but could it be part of a ILS/MLS?

  17. AFKAMC says:

    I think L is the Bren gun carrier (Universal carrier) at Bovington Tank Museum.

  18. AFKAMC says:

    Finally got F – it’s the SOMUA S35, again at Bovington.

    link to

  19. AFKAMC says:

    B is experimental stall recovery equipment for the BAC-111 jetliner. It’s at the Brooklands Museum, Weybridge.

    link to

  20. AFKAMC says:

    To summarize:

    A – Supermarine Seafire (probably the F17 at the FAA Museum)
    B – BAC-111 experimental stall recovery equipment (Brooklands)
    C – Panzer III Ausf N (Bovington)
    D – Vickers Vigilant anti-tank missile
    E – Concorde Ram Air Turbine
    F – SOMUA S35 (Bovington)
    G – Bristol Sycamore
    H – Jagdtiger (Bovington)
    I – SEPECAT Jaguar
    J – Westland Wessex (FAA Museum)
    K – Sea Harrier (FAA Museum)
    L – Bren gun/Universal carrier (Bovington)
    M – Challenger (Bovington)
    N – Focke-Achgelis Fa 330