Almost 3 years since the last update ... doesn't time fly when you're doing Group Builds!
8th Army, Battle of Monte Cassino, Italy, April 1944
Comments: I was going to do the Mickey Mouse-style camo here but opted out when I couldn't find a suitable template. Call me a chicken ... cluck, cluck!
AUSTIN TILLY 10HP
Bomb disposal squad vehicle, London, 1944
Comments: I was tossing up whether to do a similar "Maltese wall" scheme like the Matilda "Griffon". However, I came across several photos of Tillys involved in bomb disposal duties, including a beautifully restored example that regularly appears around the UK. It also got me watching online the old ITV series Danger UXB
, which I recalled watching as a teen in the late 1970's.
BEDFORD MWD 15-CWT TRUCK
RAF service, 1943
Comments: I always intended to do the MWD in RAF blue until I discovered that no known examples of the truck were ever painted in this colour and that RAF vehicles of the time were actually SCC2 Khaki Brown. The decals are based upon a Corgi rendering I found online. Unfortunately, the RAF code hasn't come out as well as I'd thought when magnified. Oh well ...
BEDFORD OYD 3-TON TRUCK
10th Armoured Division, Alam El Halfa, Egypt, September 1942
Comments: A typical example of a desert GP vehicle, finished in BS61 Light Stone with aerial recognition roundel on the top of the cab.
DODGE WC-51 3/4-TON "BEEP" LIGHT TRUCK
Unknown Unit, US Army, Europe 1944
Comments: Similar to a restored example I almost got to sit in at the Avalon Air Show last year.
GMC DUKW 353
US Marines, Iwo Jima, February 1945
Comments: One of the more interesting camo schemes and a nice alternative to plain Olive Drab. One of my favourite AFV completions to date.
Snr Regt "A" Sqn, 11th Regt Royal Horse Artillery, 1st Armd Div, El Alamein, 1942
Comments: Again, I could have gone with an US Olive Drab scheme but the British desert alternative was far more enticing and I'm happy with the result.
RENAULT CHAR B1 bis
"Verdun II", Tank No. 452, 37e BCC, 1e DCR, near Solre le Château, May 1940
Comments: The Char B1 and B1 bis
have some of the most diverse camo schemes ever used on an AFV. Like the Bf109, you could build a swag of them and never double up on a scheme. Of the numerous options, I chose this one, partially because of the unusual green in the 3-tone camo and partially because Matt Snedden had the tank name "Verdun II" on his French AFV sheet. Probably my favourite completion tank-wise, I'm certainly considering buying another couple from John to explore more fanciful colour schemes.
VICKERS-ARMSTRONG INFANTRY TANK MK III VALENTINE IX
23rd Armoured Brigade, Tunisia, March 1943
Comments: Early on, I committed myself to a Light Mud scheme with this. It was only when I realised that most Valentines featuring such a colour were not Mk IXs that I started to panic. Indeed, most Mk IXs are SCC15 Olive Drab or similar, even those that were used by the Soviet forces on the Eastern Front. However, I finally found photos of the restored Mk IX at Bovington and I blew a sigh of relief. The things I concern myself with ... where's my psychiatrist when I need him?
2nd Infantry Division, 38th Infantry Regiment, HQ Company No. 17, Czechoslovakia, May 1945
Comments: The ubiquitous Jeep is predictably tiny in 1/144, yet Arrowhead have done a lovely job on casting the vehicle in white metal. As with the vast majority of WW2 jeeps (and, for that matter, Korean War, etc), the overall colour is US Olive Drab. However, the example I modelled does feature a white bumper bar as a small point of difference. I briefly looked at the checkerboard "Follow Me" scheme then remembered the scale I was working in. No doubt some bugger out there will succeed in rendering such a scheme. All I will say is good luck, pal!
And so you have it. There's several more Arrowhead items in the stash still awaiting construction, so I will be interspersing the odd one here and there between aviation builds. Or alien spacecraft if Bruce's suggestion for a GB gets the thumbs up from the gang ...
GB13 - Late 298 (Aeronavale), Bf109E-3a Strela (Bulgarian AF), Hurricane Mk I (257 Sqn RAF)