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I won't make a habit of spamming book info here but I figured people might be interested to see the following two books from FWD Publishing.

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Robert Macfie covers one of the least known and temporary members of the Landships Committee from WW1. The American born Robert Macfie including some bio, his background, early days as a pioneer of aviation and his tank development work. Available now on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/1729185363/ref=rdr_ext_tmb 

The second, the Handbook for the Chaser Mk.I will be available 1st February and is an illustrated reproduction of the earliest known manual for the Medium Mark A Whippet. I will post the link to it on Amazon when it is released.

Two short but interesting editions to kick off 2019 hopefully. Another WW1 tank book is in progress for completion in the autumn.

Andrew Hills' author page on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Andrew-Hills/e/B0767PXJKQ/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1548940086&sr=1-2-ent

FWD Publishing on Wordpress https://fatwhitedogpublishing.wordpress.com/ and on Facebook.

 

 

 



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Thank you for the heads up, the Macfie book is of particular interest to me as I did some research into his work way back in 2006, and it looks like Hills has managed to uncover more than I did.

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Features Macfie's work and colour photography of the model contested between him and Nesfield.

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Provisional Handbook of the Chaser is now up on Amazon www.amazon.com/dp/1791962424/ref=rdr_ext_tmb and will be available on Kindle within 72hours too.



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Hi,

Thanks for the info.  That is one bizarre looking image on the MacAfie book :O .  Do you know if that was an actual concept, or just some weird art the publisher chose for the cover?

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PFJN wrote:

Hi,

Thanks for the info.  That is one bizarre looking image on the MacAfie book :O .  Do you know if that was an actual concept, or just some weird art the publisher chose for the cover?

PF


 http://www.landships.info/landships/tank_articles/images/Macfie_Landships_1.jpg



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PFJN wrote:

Hi,

Thanks for the info.  That is one bizarre looking image on the MacAfie book :O .  Do you know if that was an actual concept, or just some weird art the publisher chose for the cover?

PF


I wrote an article about Macfie for the main website many years ago:

http://www.landships.info/landships/tank_articles.html?load=/landships/tank_articles/Macfie_Landships.html

As James H linked to earlier, the cover art is a fleshed-out impression of one of Macfie's patent designs.



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Features Macfie's work and colour photography of the model contested between him and Nesfield.

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Amazing, I didn't know that model still existed!



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Well, well, well: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30018636

Somewhere I've got an artist's impression of the model being demonstrated to the Commission panel.



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Wow! They bloody kept that quiet... Thanks, James!

Meanwhile, here's a tiny reproduction of the image you may have in mind...

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That's only about half the image though. Mr. Nesfield is off to the right of this image with the control box and battery for the two electric motors driving the model.



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vollketten wrote:

That's only about half the image though. Mr. Nesfield is off to the right of this image with the control box and battery for the two electric motors driving the model.


 My picture is from Murray Sueter's autobiography. Where is yours from? It would be splendid to see it.



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James H wrote:
vollketten wrote:

That's only about half the image though. Mr. Nesfield is off to the right of this image with the control box and battery for the two electric motors driving the model.


 My picture is from Murray Sueter's autobiography. Where is yours from? It would be splendid to see it.


That too is where my image is from. You can make out under the caption 'By kind permission of the Sphere', a paper that ran from 1900 to 1964, so presumably that is what Vollketten refers to.



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Its on page 59 of the book. Mr. Nesfield is on the right with the battery box and his back to the artist (white suit), the wires can be seen leading to the model.



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Excellent, thanks, I shall order that book soon.

Here you can see the connectors for the wiring...

Macfie Nesfield model 1915 IWM large_MOD_000273_C.jpg



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Here are some close-ups using the zoom facility on the IWM site...



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That's brilliant, Andrew. Thanks.



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Looking forward to reading these two books, I just received mine yesterday!!

 

All the best Tim



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