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Plastic model kits / Resin Kits /
At the time of writing, both these kits are out of production.
While the Tamiya kit is still in stock at various retailers (and frequently
appears on eBay), the Matchbox kit is almost impossible to find
in Europe. At the moment,
squadron (and possibly several others) in the US still has some
of these kits in stock.
- 1/35 Tamiya LRDG Truck
I have just recently picked up this kit and
yet have to start assembling it. From what I have seen, it's in the usual
Tamiya quality, meaning excellent parts fit, no excess plastic, superbly
detailed, and the translation of the instruction sheet is absolutely hilarious
(the German version is even better than the English one). I have some very
minor gripes with this model (there is almost no cargo included, so you'll
need a good amount of crates to depict a realistically packed LRDG truck,
and one of the sticker sets seems to be wrong - "Te Anau II" to my knowledge
was truck T6, not T9), but overall it's a great kit.
- 1/76 Matchbox LRDG
Although Matchbox kits are not generally known
for their exceptional quality, the LRDG set (containing a Chevy 30cwt
and a Willy's Jeep) is actually quite good. The models are nicely detailed,
there are lots of small accessories, and there's actually very little excess
plastic on the parts. Some of the smaller parts do look pretty clumsy,
though - the sun compass, for example, is one unrecognizable lump of plastic
and is best replaced with some brass parts. However, with some amount of
reworking and modifying, this is a fun kit to assemble.
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These are some very fine Resin models of LRDG vehicles.
Pictures coming soon.
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- 1/72 FSF Ford F60
This woderfully detailed model by German manufacturer
FSF is one of the very few models of a Heavy Section truck I could find so far. It consists of over
60 Parts, everything from the cab interior to the drive trains is modelled
with a very high attention to detail. A highly recommended kit of a beautiful
- 1/76 Trux Mack NR4
My ongoing search for models of Heavy Section trucks has uncovered another gem - Trux's nicely detailed Resin model of the Mack NR4 is not cheap, but is definitely worth its price. Trux also has various beautiful models of Ford and Bedford trucks.
- 1/76 Trux Ford C11ADF
There are actually two variants of this kit available - none of the variants depict a vehicle used by LRDG, but both have some relevance to the topic: One variant depicts the open tourer used by General Alexander during his time as CIC Middle East (complete with a figure of a visiting Winston Churchill on the back seat), the other one (a station wagon) is the exact vehicle that was used as a command vehicle by David Stirling (the infamous 'Blitz Wagon'). The only modification necessary to depict Stirling's Ford is removing the roof.
- 1/72 Wespe Models Ford 01
I was pretty excited when I recently stumbled
across an image of a Ford 01 with LRDG equipment on the
website of Romanian manufacturer Wespe Models - the quality of Wespe
model kits is generally outstanding, and it would be nice to be able to
add this early pilot car to my LRDG collection. I have yet to see it up close,
but it sure looks sweet on their
- 1/72 Mars Bofors 37mm
Yet another recent discovery that filled me
with delight - Polish manufacturer Mars has a 1/72 model of the 37mm Bofors
(which was often mounted on WB Chevys or Ford F30s in the early days of
LRDG). The kit is very nicely detailed - I almost felt bad
about my decision to mount it on a truck instead of assembling the wheel
and trolley assembly.
If you're used to building high quality plastic model
kits, the first impression of a 20mm gaming miniature will probably disappoint
you - these models aren't designed to look good but to be moved around
on the table and live through it. However, with some filing and reworking,
some of them make great additions to diorama scenes. (A note on scaling:
wargaming models are usually scaled by figure size. Thus, a 20mm model
is roughly 1/76 scale, a 25mm one roughly 1/64 scale, etc).
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