The Scammell is the third tank transporter I’ve built in the last few years, and I have developed the habit of showing them hauling their loads on bases. In order to give the vehicles a bit more of a “lived in” look I wanted to add some stowage. There are a few odds & ends from the kit itself, but most of this cargo is from Value Gear, which I highly recommend. Value Gear here: http://www.valuegeardetails.com/index.html
I’m not the best figure modeler, but I like to add figures for scale. This fellow is a combination of Preiser parts. If you want to see the judges get out their rulebooks at an IPMS show, ask whether your entry is a vehicle with a base, a vignette, or a diorama. This appears to be unsettled law. You will see clubs make different determinations depending on number of vehicles, number and placement of figures, and even the height of vegetation.
Here is the base, representing a well-traveled tract in the desert. It is a 4” x 12” (10 cm by 30 cm) piece of Oak trim with lightweight wall filler and stones from the driveway. Ruts were formed by rolling a Nickle along the filler, along with a few sizes of brass tubing. Vegetation tufts are from the train section of the LHS.
Bits and bobs painted and washed. One thing which I like about the Value Gear is most of these items are molded with straps in place – no “magnetic stowage” here.
I put a few pieces inside the cab of the Scammell, but most wound up in the bin under the cab or on the deck of the trailer. The jacks are spares from the kit, dressed up with some Evergreen stock.
The Scammell was loaded with the Italeri Churchill Mk. III and secured to the base. I had tried painting and washing the figure but didn’t like the result, so he was repainted and blended with oils. I’d like to see manufacturers produce more figures in casual poses, British or Australian figures gathered around “brewing a cuppa” would be very useful!
Scammell build here:
Churchill build here:
Several parts of the trailer are rendered in photoetch, including the side support frames and mounts for the jack stands. The sprue attachment points are visible on the bottoms of the frames. These look like scars but are actually sanded smooth.
The finished model measures 7.5 inches (19 cm), which is on the smaller side for a tank transporter.
After a coat of Mr. Surfacer 1000 everything got sprayed with Mr. Color 19 and oversprayed with Mr. Color 44 for contrast. The lighter 44 was used to highlight the horizontal surfaces and panel centers to break up the otherwise monochrome finish.
For the cab interior I painted the seats a dark brown and then used Tamiya Brown and Black washes to give it some depth. The tires were brush painted with Mr. Color Tire Black, appropriately enough.
The kit decals performed without problems. I fixed the cab roof panels in place, there is a slight gap which is easily addressed with Perfect Plastic Putty. I haven’t started the washes yet but there is a little “volunteer” shading coming through from washing the interior. The headlamps are fragile and I managed to break mine off during handling, what you see here are replacements made from plunge molding plastic sheet over the back end of a drill bit.
The model was weathered with Black and Brown Tamiya washes. Then Dull Aluminum and a Dark Brown were dabbed on with a bit of sponge, the areas of greatest wear on the trailer receiving the most attention. Finally specific chips were applied with dark brown eyeliner. The last “bustoffables” were put in place – windshield wipers, cables, and canvas shades – then the model got sprayed with Testors Dullcote to finish up.
I started this kit as a quick project while awaiting a box of modeling goodness from Hannants. It’s not really a quick build though. IBG has modeled every component of the Scammell Pioneer without regard as to whether it will be visible on the finished model or not, and many of these components are reproduced using photoetch. This cuts both ways. On one hand the model is very detailed, on the other assembly is complex and there is a constant issue with alignment. My personal preference is for simplifying detail and combining parts to ease assembly, especially if the parts are in a location where the simplification can never be seen.
The instructions have a large number of steps but a relatively small number of parts used in each step. There is also a finished render in each step to show how everything is supposed to fit together. Still there are some areas which can be confusing, I think my trailer decking is mounted a bit too high. There is still a little room for modelers to add to the kit, particularly if you find a bit of scratchbuilding preferable to fiddling with PE.
I found the kit fiddly to build but liked the subject, I have a soft spot for tank transporters. It is not a “box shaker”, but if you can push through the assembly stage it makes for an eye-catching model.
Completed photographs here:
This is the IBG Scammell Pioneer Tank Transporter with TRCU30 Trailer, part of a family of Scammell truck kits released in 2020. I purchased the kit as part of my on-going fascination with tank transporters, this will be the third one I’ve constructed recently. I am hoping to knock this one out fairly quickly while waiting for the big box of Arma Hayates to arrive from Hannants.
Tank transporters build up into large vehicles when finished, and this one will be no exception. There are lots and lots of parts, ten sprues altogether. The box contains two copies of the sprue on the bottom left, four copies of the sprue on bottom right in order to account for the fourteen wheels of the prototype. I found it odd that there are no spares, you’d figure one would be carried. Both the cab and the frame have to be built up from their respective components, no slide molded wizardry here.
The final two sprues. The parts are well molded and sharp, but there is a mold seam on most parts which will need the attentions of an Xacto knife. Mold attachment points are on the thick side but clean up well. On many kits the photoetch fret is used to enhance detail, or provide an alternative to molded pieces. Not here. In this case the PE parts are required to complete the model and many are part of the structure.
This is the cab interior. The seat supports are PE which makes them a bit flimsy. The only way to ever see them would be if the doors were cut out and posed open. The various shift and brake levers were provided as PE parts, I replaced them with 0.015” round stock because it’s easier to work with and the levers weren’t really flat.
This is the state of the construction after Step 20 (of 35). Many of the PE parts are brackets to hold various rollers and pulleys. One set defied my attempts at alignment and was replaced with plastic card. I have left off several pieces of PE from the engine as they will be invisible with the hood panels in place. If you wanted to leave off the side panels and wire the engine it would be impressive, otherwise it is wasted detail.
Here the tractor section is complete except for the roof pieces which I will leave off so I can paint the interior. The white cover behind the cab is provided as PE. That was not going to work for me so I fabricated a replacement from Evergreen sheet. There is a mold seam down the centerline of all the tires but that can be removed with a sanding block.
Part II here: