Cairns place to breathe new life into old subs

THERE are people with an enduring fascination for old military equipment.

There is an interesting side to what for some is an obsession, the worse condition an item is in the more desirous it becomes, often as a restoration challenge.

What may appear to casual observers a pile of rusted junk is easily reimagined by the serious collector as a flying aircraft or working vehicle.

Even venerable Land-Rovers which have frustrated military mechanics for over 70 years can be patiently dissembled part by part, cleaned, refurbished and reassembled until that magic moment the engine hiccoughs into life, while a small pool of oil collects under the block, indicating a resurrection miracle has occurred.

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