The huge tube is out of the van - but
there us still some distance to carry it!
"Wow!" was a word that was used quite a lot when
the van was unloaded of its massive arsenal. Imagine a B52 bomber
but instead of being filled with hundreds of small munitions,
it was loaded with one single nuke. That pretty much describes
the van. I'm sure it raised up a few inches too when the shell
was taken off!
Here it is - a full sixteen inches! 2:
I'm struggling even to lift it 3:
A big shell needs a big tube
4: Hello? Anyone in there?
After a momentary pause to take it all in, there followed a
scramble for cameras to make the most of the best photo opportunity
of the afternoon. Shutters clicked and flashes temporarily blinded
us while the shell changed hands for a photo call, not easy
considering its weight.
With shell and tube left a suitably large
distance up on a hill, the pro team return to get some tools
Now it was time to get the shell and tube a safe distance up
the hill into the display area. The first leg was done by van,
the second required some manual lifting as the team decided
to situate it in isolation a considerable distance up a far
Gerry's well impressed with the size of this one 2:
Thinking about how to secure it 3:
Shell and tube 4:
Ready for action!
After securing the tube and another photo call the shell was
loaded (a major operation needing three people). A waterproof
cover was placed on top and it was left alone. Waiting, quietly,
for the moment of truth.
inch shell set up : Watch the 16 inch shell
being set up. 28Mb Windows Media video file. Please
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Looking lonely up on the
hill, the pro team (left) and shell (right)