Craig Moore profiles Paul Shepherdson’s M5A1 Stuart ‘Rhino’ light tank, an armoured vehicle with specialist Culin hedgerow cutters

This is a wartime photograph of a Stuart tank fitted with a Culin hedgerow cutter

Paul Shepherdson purchased his M5A1 Stuart light tank back in 2006. His first military vehicle was an Austin Champ followed by a Jeep, which he still owns. He did not have any formal mechanical training, although his father was a blacksmith and taught him a few skills. Most of his mechanical knowledge was self-taught from his interest in grass track racing when he started to build his very own racing engines.

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