Have finally got my hands on a Dinky Missile servicing platform non repairable just what I wanted
My intention is to recreate a Firing set truck/ firing station to go with the 666 missile erector, this will mean removing the remains of the turntable for the cherry picker arms cutting away the square box in the middle which on the real thing was an oil reservoir and the spare wheel holder and also most of the walkway.
I operated one of these in the 50's it being the connection between the firing panel and the missile.
I have unfortunately no pictures of the truck, lost them all years ago, which brings me to a problem, as I would like to get the correct dimensions of the cabinets, which held the various cables front and back,and the generator, which was situated lateraly across the middle.I have been collecting various lledo trucks and other bits and pieces to cannibalise for this purpose.
I thought that the one source of a photo or sketch would be the Missile museum at White Sands,NM, I was stationed there briefly in 1958, British Army, and some years ago I contacted them concerning some booklets that I had been issued with from there .
When I offered to send them the stuff, they said that it was items that they did not have in the museum and how grateful they would be if i would let them have them.
I sent them off with a tracker, so I know that they got them and to this day have not heard a word from them let alone any thanks.
So I have asked them if they have, and I cant believe that they haven't, photos of the firing truck, one side view would do and to date have not even received acknowledgement that they got my e-mail.
It is not as if I am asking for classified material as the Corporal was declassified in1961.
I would get relatives in the US to go and have a look but they all live a long way from NM.
I think I will e-mail the museum again but I am probably wasting my time (
Chris, talk to oldtruck56, he lives in New Mexico and is about 90 miles from the missile base you are talking about. He is off to town at the moment but should be back soon. Send him a PM or an email. You never know when he may be making a road trip.