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BSA M20 Motorcycle

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Military Vehicle Open Day, Imperial War Museum, Duxford on 6th June 2009.
During the Second World War the BSA (British Small Arms) Factories as well as producing arms made a staggering 126,245 M20 Motorcycles.
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About the Author

About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...


Comments

Nice Alan! Almost missed this one, not something you see often.
SEP 03, 2010 - 09:52 PM
Hi Jeremy, I'd like to see this one in palstic! A couple more in the pipeline, Harley Davidson and a Norton (WD)16H. Cheers Al
SEP 03, 2010 - 11:24 PM
Hi, I'd be happy to scratch build this one in 1:72 if I only knew more about British WWII motorcycles. I've got questions that no one answered yet. 1. Is BSA a general name for different makes - like Triumph and Norton, or maybe it was an individual make? I've got 1:9 Triumph and wonder if I can rely on BSA reference during the build. 2. Was there any sidecar equipped Triumph 3WH operating in WWII theaters? Thanks for any help, Regards, Pete
SEP 04, 2010 - 06:50 AM
Hi Peter, BSA - British Small Arms Company was a separate organisation. They were based in Birmingham and made weapons but during the war also produced other militray equipment. Norton and Tripmph were separate companies. I think I've seen a picture of a Triumph with a side car, I'll have a look but I am pretty sure they were made!!? (famous last words). Al
SEP 04, 2010 - 07:05 AM
Thanks Al, I did some research and all I found was two snapshots from "Eden" movie: Maybe you could tell if this one was really operating or is it only filmmakers' imagination? Regards, Pete
SEP 04, 2010 - 07:18 AM
Hi Peter, Not sure about the make of bike but here''s one from 1941. There were a lot of side cars used, I've seen clips of them else where especially in 1940/1941, as it was all they had. If I can remember where the lnk to the clips are I'll post it up. Al
SEP 04, 2010 - 07:28 AM
Cheers Al! Seems the side car shape won't be difficult to scratch build in 1:9. Hope you find that link - I would like to see more pics. Maybe you could find some other reference? The best would be restoration pictures, so I could see sidecar details like frame and interior. I'm asking because I'd like my Triumph to be different from others (just like my Lend-Lease Harley WLA) OT over, Pete
SEP 04, 2010 - 07:44 AM
My thoughts exactly Looking forward to more of your motorcycle walkarounds.
SEP 04, 2010 - 08:24 AM
You may want to check out Wikipedia's article on BSA. I'm not sure about some of the minor factual information, but the article seems to be overall correct.
SEP 04, 2010 - 08:26 AM
Hi Peter, Look on Pathe News pre Dunkirk, there was a whole Battalion of them, on manouvers, but I haven't time to go looking at the moment, sorry didn't keep the link. Al
SEP 04, 2010 - 08:32 AM