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Trains, planes and automobiles

Russell Hall

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The RAF had something to say about the tanks. The morning after the Renault plant was bombed. Full of tanks being converted to German armament for use against the Soviet Union. The light Renault tanks were useful to the Germans for the invasion of the Balkans and Greece as our
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6th Division found. French tanks were quite good and the Germans appreciated the way they were left for them fully armed and fueled, only had to change the markings. There is a picture of Somuas occupying Oslo.
One source says Georges Paulin's network provided the intel for the RAF raid.
 
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BlackC2

Active member
It's all in there friend.

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OK, I'll bite: What are we looking at here? What's with the three banks? The blocks at the front seem to indicate a V12 with, perhaps,a one-intake-per-cylinder setup in the middle. But the assembled versions look like all three equal banks (one in the centre and one each side). I must point out I don't know much about aero engines, but wtf???

P.S. And does anyone know of the almost inevitable post war "put-it-in-a-car-to-go-really-fast-before-dying-in-an-anecdote" Special that someone surely made?

Cheers,
Tony.
 

Kim Luck

1000+ Posts
They are W18 aero engines from the late twenties or early thirties. A couple of manufacturers produced them. The last time one was produced for automotive use was a design used by Bugatti in the 90s for their concept cars but the Veyron ended up with a W16 engine.

Numerous (many) racing and record attempt cars were fitted with Aero engines from the very early days.
 
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BlackC2

Active member
They are W18 aero engines from the late twenties of early thirties. A couple of manufacturers produced them. The last time one was produced for automotive use was a design used by Bugatti in the 90s for their concept cars but the Veyron ended up with a W16 engine.

Numerous (many) racing and record attempt cars were fitted with Aero engines from the very early days.
Thank you Kim. So they really are W18s! I didn't think those centre bores were laterally offset enough to be cylinders. Interesting stuff.

(I still don't allow VW their "W" engines - unlike these aero engines, they're just Vees with alternating slightly offset bores...:geek:)

Cheers,
Tony.
 
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