Wednesday, 26 June 2013

LVT (A) 4 Amtank

The LVT (A) 4 Amtank was one of a series of Amphibious Landing Vehicle Tracked, that were developed to carry troops over the coral reefs that fringed many of the islands that were assaulted in the Pacific Theatre of Operations.   This particular model and the LVT (A) 2 were designed to provide fire support for the troops once they were ashore.

The model was made using 20 and 30 thou styrene sheet and various thickness's of styrene strip.   The BMC Amtrac was used as reference for the underside but the rest of the model was made using plans from the internet.

Slices of suitably sized knitting needle were used for the road wheels, whilst  cut down Mr Cement's caps were used for the drive wheels.   The interior of the M8 Motor Howitzer turret is fairly basic but the gun itself was scratch built as was the .50 Browning MG.   Thin sheet brass was used for the headlight guards.   The grousers on the tracks were made from a corrugated plastic sheet cut to length and width.

The model was painted in the scheme used by the USMC on Iwo Jima in 1945.   Humbrol Desert Sand was used as the base coat and Vallejo green and brown for the camo stripes.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Australian AC1 Sentinel Tank

The AC 1 Sentinel tank was produced in response to the shortage of medium tanks that Australia experienced during the early days of WW2.   Designed and constructed in an extremely fast time frame, the Sentinel was considered to be an exceptional tank for it's time.   However due the eventual supply of American and to a smaller extent, British tanks, production of the Sentinel was considered no longer necessary.

The models were made using 20, 30 and 40 thou styrene sheet, balsa for the bows and turrets and aluminium tubing for the road wheels.   Insulin needle caps were used for the drive sprockets with little bits from a Maple Leaf motif scrap booking punch to make the teeth.

The photo above shows the construction of the road wheel sets (bogies).   The aluminium tubing was cut using a small pipe cutter and the edges cleaned up with a file.   Suitably sized inserts were then glued to the inside of the wheel.

Here you can see the completed road wheel sets ( pre painted for ease of assembly), the hulls with balsa bows, idlers and drive wheels.

Finally, the completed AC1 Sentinel on "manoeuvres, somewhere in Australia, 1942" with a Dingo Scout Car, the subject of a future post.

The Seabrook Armoured Car

First used in 1915 by the Royal Naval Air Service, it was by most accounts a fairly successful heavy armoured car.   It had it's failings, mostly due to the weight (10 tons) but was found to be generally useful.   30 of these handsome beasts were built, seeing service in Europe and Egypt.

A particularly difficult model to make, not from the construction point of view but because of the lack of any plans.   I worked from as many photos as I could obtain and some very basic dimensions.   A cardboard mock up was made first to check dimensions and "overall" look of the model.   Basic construction is from 20 and 40 thou styrene sheet with the wheels being made from plastic conduit and styrene strip spokes.   I will explain the method of wheel construction in a later post.

The interior is still a mystery, so the ammunition lockers and RU lockers are located by screws in case I ever find out what the internal layout was.   The hinges for the drop down sides are from Scale Link.

Rivets are slices of 30 thou styrene rod, cut on a NWSL Chopper and applied individually.

The Seabrook Armoured Car, Closed Up, Cleared Away.   The Maxims and Hotchkiss 3 Pdr were scratchbuilt, plans for these being readily available.   The White Ensign was just printed up on my computer.   Decals were from an RN WW2 Pacific Theatre Aircraft sheet.