Sunday, 29 December 2013
WW2 Standard Beaverette Mk III
The Standard Beaverette was first produced in 1940 at the instigation of Lord Beaverbrook, the Minister of Aircraft Production. The vehicle itself was based on the chassis of the civilian Standard 4 x 2 Motor Saloon The Mk III differed from the first two variants in that it had all round armour and a turret fitted with a Bren Gun.
Beaverettes were used by the Royal Airforce for airfield protection and by some Home Guard Units.
I built these two models for a fellow modeller in the UK.
The two Beaverettes under construction are on the left in the photo below.
The models are a simple box superstructure constructed from 20 and 40 thou. The panels were represented by 20 thou overlays. Weld lines were formed by masking where the welds were to go and then applying a mixture of chopped up bits of plastic sprue, liquid cement and plastic filler (which I call "Goo") to the gap between the masking tapes. This may have to be done again to build up sufficient height in the weld.
The road wheels came from Ertl tractor rear wheels and the turrets are able to rotate. The main armament is the excellent Bren Gun from the Airfix Multipose sets. The front louvres were made up Evergreen strip. Rivets were applied using 30 thou rod.
Their new owner, Phil Redman, painted them in their camouflage colours.
Australian Diggers to show scale. I don't think they ever worked with them!