Saturday, 28 September 2013


The LVT 2 was one of a series of Amphibious Landing Vehicle Tracked. used by the United States Marine Corps and the United States Army during WW2.   The U.S Army's version was known as the LVT (A) 2.
I must admit I am very partial to the Amtracs and Amtanks and have made a total of 6 of them in differing variants.

The side sponsons and track wheels are modelled as per the BMC version i.e half relief.   The rest of the model is built to scale.   I originally bought three of the BMC Amtracs but thought I would have a go at modelling my own.   Hence, they have interior detail in the form of the drive shaft running through the cargo bay, firing step, floor grating and louvres on the rear of the cargo bay.

Construction followed the same principles as the LVT (A) 4 as described in a previous post with the obvious addition of interior detail as mentioned previously.
The .30 and .50 cal Brownings were scratchbuilt and their respective shields were formed from plastic sheet curved around a suitable former and plunged into hot water.

Whilst I still have my original three BMC Amtracs, they will now form the second wave of any amphibious landings I undertake in the future!

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Mini Post - Cromwell Cruiser Tank

The Cromwell tank and it's variant, the Centaur, were one of the most successful British Cruiser tank designs of WW2.
The Cromwell was fast, powerful and well armoured.   It was the basis of the post War Comet tank. 
Cromwells and Centaurs were basically the same tank but differed in engine type and armament.   The Centaurs were used by the Royal Marines and were armed with a 95mm Howitzer rather than the 75mm QF of the Cromwell.

The models themselves were made from 20 and 40 thou plastic sheet.   The road wheels were made up from aluminium tube and conduit with styrene infills and detailed.

The large "bolts"on the turret sides were made from scrapbooking pearls, which are an adhesive backed dome shaped plastic decoration for card making and scrapbooking.   They come in various sizes.   The adhesive backing was cut off and they were applied normally.   The tanks were painted with Tamiya Nato Green.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

WW1 German Erhardt/17 Armoured Car.

32 of these armoured cars were made by the German firm of Erhardt in 1917.   They were similiar to an earlier model of vehicle made by Erhardt, the Erhardt/15, but were much improved.   A wireless set was fitted but this took up a great deal of room and although large cars, were a bit cramped when operating with their normal crews of 8-9 men.

The model was constructed from 20 and 40 thou plastic sheet (no surprises there!).   I was not aware of any plans at the time I built her, so a paper model (freely available on the internet) was scaled up to 1/32nd and used as a template.   The road wheels were made as per the previous post "Making Wheels".   Panelling was simulated by the 20 thou sheet overlaid on the 40 thou.

I try and brace the interior of my models with triangular pieces of 40 thou.   This is a good way of using up offcuts and strengthens the model considerably.

Rivets were applied using slices of 30 thou rod, individually applied.   The Maxims were scratchbuilt and the turret rotates.

As can be seen in the photo above, the rear wheel covers were left off until final painting.   The colour used was Tamiya TS 66 IJN Gray Kure.   Decals from a 1/48th WW1 German Aircraft sheet supplied the Eisenkruz (Iron Cross).

Erhardt Armoured Car escorting a brand new and unpainted A7V, somewhere in Europe, 1918

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Mini Post - AEC B Type Armoured Lorry

The AEC B Type Armoured Lorry was used by the RN and Royal Marines in support of the RNAS Armoured Car squadrons.
The B Type Chassis' were sent to France and a French engineering firm applied the armour.
Their main claim to fame was an engagement with raiding German Uhlans against whom the Royal Marine riflemen were extremely effective.

The model was built from 20 and 40 thou styrene sheet with various thicknesses of Evergreen strip.
The road wheels were made as per the post "Making Wheels".      As per many of my models, the steering wheel was supplied by a cheap toy jeep (very handy!) and the brake/gear assembly was made up from wire, plastic and milliput for the little knob.

The interior is a bit of mystery.   According to an article by David Fletcher (Bovington Tank Museum) the RM riflemen were supposed to squat in the rear of the lorry and fire through firing slits.   I'm not sure if the interior was stepped as per the original B Type bus, i.e. a central walkway and the longitudinal bench seats on the side.
Tamiya TS32 Haze Gray was used and the decals were from an RN Pacific Theatre Aircraft set.

AEC Y Type 3 ton Lorry crossing a RNAS B Type Armoured Lorry.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

German Army Kublewagens

The German Kublewagen (Bucket Car) was designed by Ferdinand Porsche and used extensively by the German Army in WW2.    The design was based on the civilian Volkswagen Beetle.    It was the German Army's equivalent of the U.S. Jeep.   The smaller vehicles of War tend tend to be overlooked somewhat in favour of the tanks and armoured cars.   I have a few examples of the Britains Kublewagen but of course, I wanted a few more, so I modelled these two using the Britains model to take measurements from.

The models were made from 20, 30 and 40 thou plastic sheet.   Evergreen styrene strips were used for the raised ribs on the sides.   Ertl tractor wheels were used for the road wheels and steering wheels came from a cheap toy jeep.   The canopy on the Wermacht vehicle was heat formed as described in an earlier post.   The folded canopy on the Afrika Korps vehicle was made up from Milliput.   The curved mudguards were made up by wrapping plastic sheet of the required width around a suitable former and plunging in hot water.   A rim was added and sanded to shape, once the mudguards were attached to the vehicles.

Afrika Korps vehicle painted in Testors Afrika Mustard.

Wermacht vehicle painted in Tamiya German Grey.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Mini Post - Guy Lizard Armoured Command Vehicle

Twenty one of these "Combat Campervans" were built by Guy Motors.   They were used by the BEF in Europe in 1940 and also by the 7th Armoured Division in the North African Campaign.

The model itself was made from 20 and 40 thou plastic sheet and various sections of Evergreen strip and shapes.   The wheels were from two cheap plastic dune buggy vehicles I picked up from a $2.00 shop.   They were cut and shut as per a previous post.

As much detailing as possible was done before the model was actually assembled.   Rivets were cut from 30 thou Styrene rod using a NWSL Chopper and applied individually.   The rolled up tent canvases on each side were made up from Milliput.   Paints used were the XtraColour set for the "Caunter scheme".   The vehicle was base coated in the Light Stone base colour and then masked for the two other colours.   The paint was applied by spray brush.