Monday, 29 October 2012

Universal Carrier Part 2

Part 2

 this very small Machine Gun Carrier became a major part of the British army and a great export
even though it was cramped tiny and unreliable but it was cheap.

                                      Prototype Carrier   notice the vickers machine gun

its like a early Carden-Loyds left hand drive back rests are folder down War office number VAD50
was given to it and then it was delivered to the Mechanisation Experimental Establishment (MEE) 1935
which has been mention in my earlier Blogs which was at Farnborough.
it was limited to two man at the front and two benches running lengthways a very simple design which also included the engine was central which was a standard Ford V8 and a four speed gearbox and a reverse Gearbox.

                                                        1941 Machine Carrier

I love the clip above its speed is 30mph 

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Universal Carrier Part 1

Part 1

  I haven't Blogged lately as I have been working on my latest model, a 1.35 scale Universal Carrier. as said in my earlier blogs I emailed Bovington as to what the was the first armoured vehicles used in world war 2.
It was the Universal Carrier and the Matilda Tank.

                                                                 A Tamiya Kit

I am a big lover of Tamiya kits as you can tell. I always manage to get good deals on Ebay for the kits

The pictures above are at various  stages of me putting the kit together the finished kit is pictured below

yes I will be painting this myself but I think I'll ask the Angry Lurker if he would paint the figures for me but will post the finished painted model on here.

The Universal Carrier is very peculiarly British it was copied though by the Australian New Zealand
and the Canadian Armies. it saw service all over the world during WW2  it is regarded with affection by everyone that used her. everyone called her a Bren Gun Carrier which is incorrect. the idea of a Tracked carrier wasn't new, a very simply  version was made near the end of WW1 but it origins can be traced back to a Ford T-powered Carden-Loyd machines of the mid-twenties the company was taken over by Vickers-Armstrong's in 1928.