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Donations to the Archive and Supporting Collection in November

13th December 2018

Tracer Models

DSCF7839 resizedThe latest editions to the Archive & Library are these two large concept TRACER models which have been recently bought at auction after a property clearance.

These models are professional mock-ups scratch built by British Aerospace Defence and date from the mid-1990s.  TRACER, which stands for Tactical Reconnaissance Armoured Combat Equipment Requirement, were designed as a replacement for the aging British CVR(T)s [Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance, Tracked] which had been in service since 1972.

DSCF7844 resizedBuilt to scale, these machined composite plastic models include metal and rubber parts. A brass name plates fixed to their wooden mounts identifying the models as ‘TRACER LR ATGW’ [Long Range Anti-Tank Guided Weapon] and ‘TRACER Formation Reconnaissance’.  The TRACER formation Reconnaissance even features a swivelling turret and adjustable gun barrel! While the models are in very good condition, the TRACER LR ATGW includes some antenna damage and missing side skirt, which is repairable.

Considering that these Future Armoured Reconnaissance Family designs were never went into service, these models are a rare survival of what might have been.

Sweetheart Brooches

DSCF7872 resizedThe Tank Museum may have a large collection, but not everything in the collection is necessarily large!

Having been donated a lifetime’s collection worth of sweetheart brooches, lapel pins and Cap badges we can safely say that good things come in small sizes!

These include a beautiful sterling silver Ontario Tank Regiment, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps sweetheart locket featuring two black and white photographs inside.

But perhaps the most important find of all is this Armoured Car Section, Royal Naval Air Service cap/collar badge. The cap badge is an extremely rare example, considering they had disbanded by the summer of 1915. The experience of the Armoured Car Section of No. 20 Squadron, the only one retained by the Navy, would later be utilised by the Landship committee during the development of the first tanks.