Sunday, 27 January 2013

Judge Dredd Figures 28mm


    I remembered reading 2000AD when I was younger, then I went to the cinema with the Angry Lurker
and saw Dredd and it blew me away.I now have Dredd on Blue-Ray. The angry Lurker told me to look up Mongoose publishing and loved what I saw. so I order the Justice Department box set plus the Angel Gang
all in 28mm. I thought I better have ago painting them myself so this is the first time I have painted figures
I did this at home away from the watchful eye of the Lurker and here are pictures of my results

I dont think I did too bad at painting as this was my first time I am now going to paint the Angel gang
will post my results on here.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

British Universal Carrier Part 6

Part 6

The 303in Vickers machine gun required a least 3 men to carry it, as it need its tripod water canister ammo boxes. From 1937 onward s the carrier was adapted to carry the Bren Gun instead.By the end of the year
all contracts were for the Carrier Bren many of the original vehicles were reworked for the Bren.

The first contract to name the Bren Carrier was placed with the Sentinel Waggon Company in 1937

The Bren Gun

The Bren Gun

The use of the Bren Gun Carrier was set out in a war office pamphlet 1940,Ten carriers were supplied to
each battalion and joined in with the the Carrier Platoon each Carrier carried three men a driver and two others that formed the Bren Gun detachment. the emphasis seem to be on dismantal use of the Bren Gun on no account was the driver allowed to leave the Carrier.
On early carriers there was a bracket to attach the Bren to the carrier so firing could be done from the carrier on later models the Bren was not attached but rested on rubber blocks.Taking advantage of their Mobility the Carriers were normally on the flanks of the Battalions and kept in close contact with each other
by red and blue flags as was laid down in the Pamphle.t  


Sunday, 6 January 2013

British Universal Carrier part 5

Part 5

  This carrier was called D50 at the M.E.E  It was tested as a light artillery tractor and a carrier for the  Vickers machine-gun it evolved into the Dragon Light Mark III and in the Latter an experimental machine-gun carrier

                                                  Dragon Mark III Tractor

                                                       Dragon Mark III

The original D50 vehicle was never bought by the military, with in a year Vickers supplied a second experimental  vehicle to a war office contract. to be known as a Armoured Machine Gun Carrier.
It was identical to D50 in its engine transmission and suspension and it made more sense for the British vehicle to be a right hand drive. it had folding back rests  and in the upright position offered seating for four men two per side.left of the driver was 6th crew member who operated the Vickers machine gun but space was provided for six rifles for the entire crew. This was designed with the recommendations published in 1935 called Notes on Infantry Experiments. the wanted a carrier to be small and to carry a Vickers machine gun that could be fired on and off the vehicle plus it had to have 6mm armour.

                                              A only known picture of a experimental Bren Carrier 

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

British Universal Carrier Part 4

Part 4

The Suspension was very similar to what was used on a light Dragons called the Horstman slow-motion system that Vickers called their Double spring-type but for the Carrier one and a half Bogies per side.
the design made a outstanding steering system.

                                                               LIGHT-  DRAGON 

A problem that plagued the Dragons & Cardens was a phenomenon called reverse steering its when a vehicle is travelling down hill but actually turning the opposite way from the intended sometimes with bad results it was a common failing with clutch and brake steering. Experienced drivers used to their advantage.

The new system was probably the brain of Sir John Carden Vickers chief AFV designer and his deputy
Leslie Little,was a relatively foolproof. it was to arrange the foremost suspension units on each side shared a common axle.a strong tubular shaft that ran across the floor of the vehicle and capable of sliding sideways to a limited extent. Activated by steering wheel, it had the effect of displacing both Bogies sideways bending the  tracks making the vehicle steer without braking or skidding large turns  could bring skidding into play all this could be done without the clutch being involved so no reverse steering. this suspension gave a good ride across country, the short pitch manganese-iron track were hard wearing and free-running at speed.