Sunday, 29 December 2013
Australian Dingo Light Scout Car
At the beginning of WW2, Australia was not well prepared when it came to Armoured Fighting Vehicles. Britain, the Australian Army's traditional supplier, was not able to supply suitable vehicles due to her own commitments, so Australia turned to her own resources. The Dingo Light Scout Car (not to be confused with the Daimler Dingo) was made by Ford and commenced production in 1942. They never saw action overseas and remained in Australia. They were armed with a .303 Bren Gun.
The models were made from 20, 30 and 40 thou styrene sheet. The wheels were obtained from a cheap 1/32nd-ish toy semi trailer. I picked up quite a few of these toy semis, as they supply 5 usable road wheels per truck. The toy truck wheels are placed in a recess cut into a piece of pine board that was cut to the required depth and width with a Speed Bore drill bit and then the wheel was cut down in width with a razor saw using the pine board as a depth stop. The two halves are then glued back to back to give the result I was after.
They look a bit odd without the mudguards fitted. In the background are the two crew figures which I made up from the Airfix 8th Army Multipose set.
Mudguards fitted and looking more like what they should look like.
A completed Dingo. The rolled Canvas Tarp was made from Milliput and the radio aerials from fine brass wire. The paint used on this model was Humbrol Bronze Green. On the second Dingo, Humbrol Desert Sand and Green were used.