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    Default Re: Consul Firewatcher's Shelter

    Balls!!!!!
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    And of course Paul, as the above information notice illustrates, one very common error that REALLY bugs me is when folk, especially those who should know better, refer to bomb & shell splinters as SHRAPNEL - !

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    Default Re: Consul Firewatcher's Shelter

    Paradoxically, I think the shape of the Consul would give it good resistance to the effects of shrapnel shell!

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    Default Re: Consul Firewatcher's Shelter

    Provided the occupant was wearing a VERY good set of ear defenders - !

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    Default Re: Consul Firewatcher's Shelter

    In the 'Then and Now' blitz volumes there is mention of one of these and pics. A few years ago ( prob 80s) one was removed from a garden in Walthamstow...how cool to have had one of them in your garden!! :0)

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    Default Re: Consol Portable Shelters

    German Consol look-a-like:

    http://www.bild.bundesarchiv.de/cros...226413/?search[view]=detail&search[focus]=54

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    Default Re: Consol Portable Shelters

    this isn't a consol however it is claimed to be an air raid shelter in the stanton ironworks archive - I'm no so convinced - does anyone have an opinion to offer on alternative uses ?

    http://www.picturethepast.org.uk/fro...=zoom&id=26794

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    Default Re: Consol Portable Shelters

    I have not seen one of those before.

    The door appears to hinge on the left and would suit a southpaw running to take cover but climbing in doesn't look to be easy. Well protected with the thick segment construction but I wonder if it is rolled steel plate and not cast iron. The rotary ventilator in the door is a weak point and there should be another vent somewhere.Perhaps the circumferential gap under the roof cap. No lifting lugs visible
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    Default Re: Consol Portable Shelters

    Not if its cast iron. The one at the rear seems to have a large window, or is that the door?
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    I think the suggestion is that is where the door goes - I am more inclined to think it's been mislabelled. I hadn't considered the implcations of cast iron, you'd end up contributing to the bomb fragments rather than being saved from them. I can find no other mention of one man shelters associated with Stanton so I remain to be convinced it's not an industrial component, there is a slim chance it could be a prototype I guess.

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