The file was scaled to 1/72 and printed on a Creality LD-002R 3-D resin printer. It is painted as one of the tanks defending Malta in the “stone wall” scheme. The figure is converted from a Preisser Luftwaffe pilot.
These are Standard Light Utility Vehicles which are part of the Airfix WWII RAF Bomber Re-Supply Set. One is included in each box, it is essentially a light truck and a quick build in 1/72 scale. Many of the kit parts are molded on the clear sprue, but mine suffered from the dreaded Airfix flow lines so I cut the portions representing glass off and replaced the windshields with acetate. There were also gaps at the sides where the cab joins the hood which I filled with Perfect Plastic Putty. Other than that they build up nicely.
These are the Airfix Bedford trucks which are part of their WWII RAF Bomber Re-Supply Set. You get one truck in each set but have the option of building it as either an MWC water tanker or an MWD light truck. I purchased two sets so I built one of each version. The kits are well engineered and go together without any surprises, the only down side is the clear parts had the dreaded Airfix flow lines and so the windshields were replaced with clear acetate. I modified the water tanker by lowering the equipment boxes on the sides of the tank and replacing the walkways with P.E. from Brengun.
The size and format of Casemate’s “Illustrated” series naturally invites comparison to Osprey’s long-running catalog. Both publishers aim squarely at the modeling / wargaming / history communities with affordable paperback volumes focusing on a specific topic. Both are well illustrated with photographs, artwork, and profiles of the men and vehicles involved. They are also prevented by size from presenting much more than a brief overview of their subjects.
This Casemate volume can be considered to be a cross between an Osprey Campaign book and a New Vanguard vehicle monograph. The first third of the text explains the organization of the American and British model armored divisions. The Breakdown of the Regiments and Battalions comprising each Division is then listed which quickly devolves into a laundry list of units. The remaining two-thirds of the text explains the landings at Normandy and the subsequent Allied Operations culminating in the breakout during Operation Cobra in August 1944.
Interspersed throughout the text are several black and white photographs, which are relatively large and printed clearly. There are also several color illustrations of selected vehicles. These are divided into two-page spreads, each showing three vehicles along with captions and marking details. The vehicles are illustrated in profile and perspective views. There are also brief one-page biographies of several of the commanders involved.
There is little in the way of personal anecdotes or detailed reports of specific actions, outside of summations listing losses at the end of an engagement. This generality carries over to the profile captions – while the type of vehicle and unit is identified, there is no detail provided concerning any actions it may have fought in nor the fate of the vehicle or crew.
The overall impression is of a potpourri of content which never forms a cohesive whole, it simply tries to cover too much material in too little space. The result is a book which jumps around too much to ever establish a flow. Still useful, but could have been better.
This is the Gloster Gladiator Mk. I of F/Lt Marmaduke Pattle at Amriya Egypt in 1940. Pattle was a South African serving in the RAF during the Second World War and is credited with being the highest-scoring ace in the RAF. He is credited with fifty victories, fifteen of which were on the Gladiator. He was shot down and killed by Bf 110s of ZG 26 over Piraeus Harbor, Greece on 20APR41.
The Airfix kits are a pleasure to build. The engineering of the struts and gear legs is well thought out, and eliminates the alignment issues common to many biplane kits. The Airfix instructions are also outstanding. The camo and marking guides are in color and are to scale. There is also a rigging guide which sets a high standard which I hope other manufactures to attempt to emulate. All rigging is shown in keyed scale drawings from the front and plan, with detail insets illustrating the optimal installation sequence.
This is the Pavla Sea Gladiator of Lt A. N. Young, 813 NAS Fighter Flight aboard HMS Eagle, Mediterranean Sea, Summer 1940. These are still nice kits, but with all the quirks you would expect from a limited run molding. One big asset is the Pavla decal sheet provides six sets of markings. The Pavla fuselage is a little more bloated than the newer Airfix molding, but I don’t really notice it much on the finished model. I had intended to model this one with a closed canopy, but the vacuformed kit canopy was far too small to fit properly and looked better open.