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Door markings on Ambulance
« on: November 19, 2012, 01:46:59 PM »
Ok, a conundrum now, after some careful sanding and some not so careful stripping over the last 2 days or so it seems that I've uncovered some markings on the door of my ambulance.

THey are white markings on the Deep Bronze Green, and they appear to have been mostly sanded over before priming and painting of Olive Drab.

The marking is either:

0 1 / 2
D 1 / 2
D I / 2

I am inclined to say that it is 0 1 / 2, but then i have no idea what it means if anything.

Also poses the question, I was going to go with olive drab, but do I go back to bronze green?  Wonder if I should be sanding anywhere else, the letters start about 1/2 way down the door, in the middle, but not as tall as say Paul's 2 on the door of his ex airfield ambulance. 

I will post pics soon.
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Re: Door markings on Ambulance
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2012, 02:31:26 PM »
Ok, some basic photoshopped photos.  One door is completely uncovered now, the other needs some work still. There is one from each door at an interim state.





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Re: Door markings on Ambulance
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2012, 02:50:59 PM »
Only markings I've found so far that are similar are from instructions about RAE units

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Other RAE Units
3. Tactical signs for vehicles used by engineer units, other than above, are to be in accordance
with the following:
a. Type. A number or the letter H to denote the troop or HQ to which the vehicle
belongs, followed by an oblique stroke and a number to indicate a particular vehicle within the
troop or HQ.
(1) 3/7 indicates No 3 Troop and vehicle No 7.
(2) H/5 indicates Sqn HQ and vehicle No 5.
b. Shape. Block letters and figures.
c. Size. Letters and figures three inches high.
d. Colour. White.
e. Position. These signs are to be painted on the front door panels on each side.

But it's not an engineering unit.  Mmmm, I've seen ambulances from 8 TPT SQN (SA) with door markings in a box here but my vehicle doesn't have the box, it is in white, and it is a 3rd div vehicle (although that may post date these markings).  But then theoretically Eden was first issued to NSW, ut sold in Vic (bandiana)
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Re: Door markings on Ambulance
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2012, 08:15:49 AM »
Yup, the info from stephen tauberts book is the bit there about RAE other units.  Nothing in there specifically for RAASC, RACT or RAAMC units.

I do wonder if they are from user trials as it would have been a part of unit trials as a pre production unit to find problems / required changes for the production run.
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Re: Door markings on Ambulance
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2012, 08:18:21 AM »
I am thinking that he first character is a D not a 0 now, to square on the LHS.

so D 1/2  .  D section, vehicle 1 of 2  maybe?
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Re: Door markings on Ambulance
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2012, 09:53:01 AM »
Yes, I did see that (see post 3 ;) )

THat is the nearest that I have at this stage.  However engineering markings on an ambulance is a bit odd.  I thought maybe hte dorr was a hand me down from another vehicle, but it is on both doors.

The D does seem to make more sense than the zero though
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Re: Door markings on Ambulance
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2012, 10:18:40 AM »
On another topic, I found 3 div markings on my ambulance, and on the 1977 list there was 6 field ambualnce in 3 div, but I can't find any record of it, was it only a reserve unit or something like that?  or did it not exist?
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Re: Door markings on Ambulance
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2013, 04:34:07 PM »
i div was originally regular army comprising 1 3and 6 brigade
2 div cmf units in nsw
3 div cmf units vic and beyond
lsf had a mixture of both ara units and ares units