Hi all, Im building Italeri’s LAV-AT at the moment, its an old kit and shows its age. Especially compared to modern stuff like HobbyBoss and RFM.
What I have noticed is the absence of aerials* and their associated mounting “boxes”.
Not looking for actual antenna, just the mounting box, antenna base and the stub of the antenna.
T’internet shows 2 and sometimes 3 such antennas on LAV. Italeri provide one, a rather useful little piece with a recess in the back to locate a sprue antenna, AM unit - or my latest find………Beadalon bead stringing wire.
This product width (its plastic coated wire) is slightly narrower than say Orange Hobby’s modern US vehicle type, but it flexes allowing you to bend it and secure it to the model. It also stands straight if needed, although has a memory once bent.
Now, a suggestion and a question;
I think these antennas have a wider application to our modelling world. G So, ive written to Dennis at Shapeways asking for his input.
Finally my question; The err….bent over and tied-down antenna seen on vehicles, is this a regular feature on antenna or does only specific radio equipment use this type?
The tied down antenna has nothing to do with radio type. They are usually tied down when not out in the field and running around post or in an area where they could hit power lines or other overhead obstructions.
To add on to what Gino said regarding tie down of antennas, they are usually tied down for tactical reasons. Ours were always tied down for field ops before we left the motor pool. An upright antenna will give away a vehicles position when it is just below the crest of a hill or ridge. Also certain weapon systems such as the vehicle mounted TOW need the antenna tied down so that the backblast of a launch does not obliterate the antenna. Amazing how that happens.
No, not for us regarding aerials being left up for movements. We usually tied them down at the time that they were installed prior to leaving the motor pool. In the motor pool while parked, aerials were removed and stored inside the locked vehicle to prevent theft. The tie down cord for our ITVs was attached to the brush guard over the tail lamp directly behind the antenna mount, not the opposite side so that the antenna was angled straight back. If angled forward it could foul the turret in traverse.
The tie down is a standard kit for pretty much any army vehicle that had a length of OD nylon line (1/4”?) and a flat metal “J” shaped part to hook over the antenna. The tie down cord could be adjusted by the crew for height.
No, especially in Europe. Many of the trains and all of the streetcar/trams were electric, with the power supplied by overhead wires. Contacting those wires with the antenna would electrocute the crew and set the vehicle on fire. That sort of thing would really mess up your day.