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    That brings back memories Gil, I worked for Marconi in New Street Chelmsford in 1969, and my dad had worked for them on and off since WWII, where he worked on radar technology.

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    EEV/MARCONI cracking little company. If I ever won the lottery I would buy them up like a flash whatever is left of them. They made millions when they developed the simplest of night vision devices in the early 90's. Every body had one, the EEV NIGHTWATCH (below). If ever you see them for sale trust me, buy them brilliant piece of kit.
    They manufactured so much great Britishicon night vision, still fascinates me today and Elphiel has done a great job bringing his SS32 L3A1 back to life, especially when you look and see what it was like in that crusted alluminium case. Thank God they didn't leave the batteries in it in the ON position!!!!
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    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    Thanks all for your input.
    Thanks Gil. That L3A1 will be in good hand for the years to come I ordered the manual from the bay. Weird sometimes the things I look for are in open sight and I don't see them. The thing about the scope mounted to the womBAT comes from one of the picture Gil attached. It shows the scope mounted onto one. Even with the picture description says so. With that build in graticule its seems clearly in mind for something like that. Guess they were handed over into the observation role in NI the moment the BATs where phased out of service. About that wiring, a PM will come shortly I recently got my hands on a full set of 12 batteries in all perfect loaded condition for pretty much nothing. But I'll try to keep them alive as long as possible so the usual 4xAA adapter or perhaps your 9V wiring will be better for usage in the small reenactment events i want to use my scopes.

    About the spare parts. Anyone knows, if these cascade tubes like the all loved P8079HP are still in production? I got the feeling they are more and more hard to come by and getting very expensive these days. I remember when I saved my first IWS SS20 out of an even more horrible shape from some guy in greece, I paid half the price for a new tube then what I paid now for the L3A1 replacement tube. Guess i need to start stockpiling some for further projects to come



    About the Brexit. Well as someone living in germany, its a two bladed sword. For me it will be much harder collecting all the fine items I like. Taxes are not that nice and customs sometimes are very unfriendly when it comes to importing old military stuff. So much hassle. At the moment I try to buy off as much as I can. But well no one knows the future and if there is something I really have to have, i guess i will buy it anyways XD

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    Elphiel,

    Its simple and I have PM'd you how to do it with links to the parts so you can see and get them in Germanyicon easily..........Britishicon made!!!

    Too much scare mongering over Brexit and I am the last one who wants to talk about such a boring subject, however, we have always been a great nation, and as an inventor and designer myself, I know this country will continue to lead in innovation, something I have always been proud of, from ship building to both the development of Concorde or the Harrier aircraft, or even the Spitfire or the Mosquito, inventions here will go on regardless what comes from the bafoons at Westminster.......................... I am half German, so know only too well if you want anything and you want it to last buy British or German, you'll never go wrong. Thats the German in me coming out!!

    Sorry we could'nt supply the Spitfire in WW2 when the Messerschmitt pilots of the Luftwaffe requested them from Goerring



    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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