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WFNecromonger #1 Posted 23 June 2017 - 07:15 PM

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Took my 2 Boys a few years ago to the absolute fantastic Bovington museum, well worth the visit ....as a foreigner forget wasting your cash in London this is the place to go.

The Tiger 131 at the time had its Engine out so i never got to see it out driving ...sadly but the biggest surprise was the Panther..... it is a small unassuming Tank in game but in reality it is huge !.

The Hetzer is tiny and as for the Jagdtiger oh my .... glad not to of met one of them beasts. ... if it is still there i spotted at the exit gate a strange Soviet Tank ... guessed it to be the KV 2 ....

 

If you get a chance ever then please take a whole day out (your going to need it) and stay in the beautiful area  ... why not visit the coast too..... so worth it !!!


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Dundato #2 Posted 23 June 2017 - 07:50 PM

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Yea it sounds great. I have always fancied going down to it

Hedgehog1963 #3 Posted 23 June 2017 - 08:18 PM

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Bovington is really worth travelling a long way to see.  I first went in the 80s when it was a lot of tanks crammed together.  Great to see but you couldn't really see a lot of the tanks properly because of their proximity to each other.  Last time I went, with the Story Of The Tank hall many of the better exhibits are brilliantly displayed and the ones left in the original sheds at least have a bit more room between them.

 


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Have been a couple of times and can thoroughly recommend it. 

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If you want to see the tanks in the museum then go on a normal day.  It's far too busy during Tankfest.

 

If you want to see/hear/smell/feel tanks driving around, have a beer and a burger out in the sun (hopefully) then go to Tankfest.



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I've been once, on a normal day. If you haven't guessed, that's me in the picture <------- next to their Jagdpanther (still one of my favourite TDs)

 

I agree on the Jagdtiger. It's simply immense. I was surprised to see a couple of vehicles there which I hadn't realised had actually been built: notably the TOG II and the Tortoise (iirc). One of the UK heavy TDs anyway. 

 

I'd love to go to Tankfest. My son comments on it every year. Next year, maybe. 

 

 



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View PostPowJay, on 23 June 2017 - 10:18 PM, said:

I've been once, on a normal day. If you haven't guessed, that's me in the picture <------- next to their Jagdpanther (still one of my favourite TDs)

 

I agree on the Jagdtiger. It's simply immense. I was surprised to see a couple of vehicles there which I hadn't realised had actually been built: notably the TOG II and the Tortoise (iirc). One of the UK heavy TDs anyway. 

 

I'd love to go to Tankfest. My son comments on it every year. Next year, maybe. 

 

 

 

Take him ...take him . !!            lol you wont regret it !

TheSpearman #8 Posted 24 June 2017 - 12:20 AM

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The one at the gate wasn't a KV-2, it was the FV 4005 Stage 2.

lord_chipmonk #9 Posted 24 June 2017 - 12:23 AM

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One day I will actually go. One day. 

 

Actually now that I've living in the South East of England rather than bleeding Scotland...:)



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View PostHomer_J, on 23 June 2017 - 07:55 PM, said:

If you want to see the tanks in the museum then go on a normal day.  It's far too busy during Tankfest.

 

If you want to see/hear/smell/feel tanks driving around, have a beer and a burger out in the sun (hopefully) then go to Tankfest.

 

Really this.  A quiet day without throngs of people geting in the way. The best day at Tank museum I ever had was a quiet midweek day.  It was after the first tranche of lottery money came in, so the WWI exhibit had been spruced up but there was no "Story of the Tank" annexe.   I went into the WWII era room and there was an old guy talking to some young men in Army uniform.  They were RTR cadets being shown around the museum by David Fletcher.  I followed at a decent distance and took it all in.  Now that was a great tour of the museum.

 


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I was at the Bovington Tank Museum about 10 years ago, actually the first time I ventured out of London and what a fantastic sultry August day out it was, marred only by my clumsiness in the museum canteen when I spilled Ribena on my white polo shirt. I toyed with the idea of just going shirtless for the rest of the day but as there were no Sumo tournaments happening in the vicinity, I would have looked too suspicious, so I scrapped the idea.

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I remember going back in the early 90's

 

As mentioned earlier the Tiger I was bunched up with the other display exhibits and had a little collection plastic collection box in front of it.

 

Of course a donation was made (£20 :()  and its nice to see 131 is now in full working order.

 

The museum has definaetly changed over the years and have been back about 3 times now. Its the "Full Monty"  with the new display areas and facilities.

 

Anyway, the museum is brilliant and the exhibits are awesome. It just "works" ... even just walking around the outside area and absorbing the heavy metal etc is great.

 

Im going back in November for "Access All Areas"

 

Big thumbs up from me :great:

 

 



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View Postlord_chipmonk, on 23 June 2017 - 11:23 PM, said:

One day I will actually go. One day. 

 

Actually now that I've living in the South East of England rather than bleeding Scotland...:)

 

As you're now in the SE you might want to check out War & Peace Revival in Folkestone.

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View Postlord_chipmonk, on 23 June 2017 - 11:23 PM, said:

One day I will actually go. One day. 

 

Actually now that I've living in the South East of England rather than bleeding Scotland...:)

 

You should make every effort to get to Duxford, near Cambridge also.   A very good armour collection with the added bonus of superb airpower exhibits.  Allow more than  a day to do it all.

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View PostHedgehog1963, on 24 June 2017 - 07:49 AM, said:

 

You should make every effort to get to Duxford, near Cambridge also.   A very good armour collection with the added bonus of superb airpower exhibits.  Allow more than  a day to do it all.

 

I've done Duxford. It should definitely be on the bucket list of anyone with an interest in the military. 

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View PostTheSpearman, on 23 June 2017 - 11:20 PM, said:

The one at the gate wasn't a KV-2, it was the FV 4005 Stage 2.

 

what year was that though .... ?

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Me and my girlfriends are currently driving back to Bham from the tankfest. I still have a huge smile on my face. The event was awesome. The commentator was interesting during the shows, the wot stand was nice (won a tag for getting 4 kills)  and I also spoke and had a picture with Quickbaby. Unforgettable day. Every WOT player should see it. It made me respect the devs more. I had a chat wit one of the community managers too.




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