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  1. These are derived from their K2/Y release from this year. February release
  2. I started this as a "quick" out-of-the-box build while waiting for a spare part for my airbrush. It holds a special interest for me as my grandfather was a driver with the Army Service Corps in Dar es Salaam during the war, and I remember him telling me how he drove one of the first "American built ambulances, which were left hand drive" and forgot about the spare wheels stuck on the outside on the right. The result was that he turned in to a hospital a little too close to the wall and the spare wheels knocked the wall down! I don't know whether that was a 1917 model or an earlier one, but this is the only one I can find in this scale. It's a pretty typical short run kit, here's what's in the box: 2 small sprues of parts and a sheet of decals covering quite a few options. I had already removed the main body parts when I took that shot, so here they are. As I mentioned, it's a fairly typical short run kit - detail of the body sides... Some nasty sink marks, and if interior detailing is required, a lot of sanding to clean up the inner faces! Those edges should be straight as they for the sides of a box, there's a separate part to glue over them for the front face! The wheels are not bad, but definitely a little clunky, as are all the smaller parts such as the headlights (at right here). Needless to say the first thing I did was design a new wheel and print some out as a test. I think those will work! So what else needs some remedial work? The list is rather long I'm afraid, so I started with the forward body section. There is a large blob of plastic under both front mudguards which needs removing - you can see it here on the left, I had already done the right side in this pic. I scraped them off carefully with a scalpel blade and the result is acceptable. The curve on the bottom of the front mudguards is not right, in fact there is no curve, but I'm going to leave that with just a little sanding to reduce the sharpness of the transition. Getting the curve right and blending it in to the rest of the bodywork would be a major job. Before going any further I fitted the radiator and bonnet panels. The bonnet panels need a little sanding to square up the edges. I glued them to the radiator first, then attached the whole to the lower floor panel and adjusted the back ends of the bonnet panels to get them square before it set too hard. Once it was dry I attached the front cab panel, which again is not correct - the sides should be straight, but the kit parts taper inwards at the bottom, again I'm not going to bother with that as it's barely noticeable. What is noticeable though, is the bonnet. The 1917 model should be curved but the kit has the older angled panels. A little PPP and some sanding sorted that out. Once the cab front was added I could deal with the next issue. which is this. That straight edge, an extension of the floor, should not be there. Some fine and slow work with a scalpel blade reshaped that to get a better curve and blend it in properly. You can also see in that shot the small strip of evergreen that I have added behind the cab front as the floor sloped at the front where the foot pedals are. The rear body parts all needed a clean up around the edges, and I did the same for the lower side box fronts. The upper boxes needed quite a bit of sanding to square them up and get them to fit below the upper framework, but nothing difficult, just time consuming. The result when they are fitted is not too bad, and that was done before putting the rear body together. The instructions would have you build the rear body on the floor section, which also makes up the cab floor. You can see from the pic above that I didn't follow that route and fitted that floor to the front end assembly. This will enable me to add detail to the cab without the bodywork being in the way. To put the body together without the reference of the floor was fairly simple. The front part has the backrest for the driver on it, which extends in front of the side panels and touches the top of the driver's side cutouts, so it gives a perfect reference for the positioning of those 3 parts. Once they were glued together, but before the glue set hard, I placed the rear body over the floor to ensure that the sides were correctly spaced while they dried. Once dried, the rear panel was added. A dry fit of the body looks good! They will be painted separately to ensure I can get to the lower body behind the side boxes. Next up, the chassis assembly. Well, that helps - I don't think! The forward cross member braces to the gear box will be replaced with brass rod, the rear axle braces are missing completely, so brass rod will be added there too. Brass rod will also replace the brake actuators, steering rack, and exhaust, so pretty much all of the chassis/running gear parts will be brass. The drive shaft and rear diff are 4 separate parts! Needless to say they aren't as round as they should be! I thought about 3d printing it as one unit, but may just drill the diff and insert a brass rod all the way through to mount the wheels on. I think that would be stronger so will probably go with that (but I reserve the right to change my mind!). I will 3d print the steering wheel though. Well, that's brought this up to date, it was a very fruitful weekend at the bench! Thanks for looking in, Ian
  3. This is Tamiya's Rover 7 Ambulance, I have fond memories of driving these things about when I was in the TA and then later an instructor in the ACF. The only drawback is that the driving seat was completely fixed and did not move whatsoever! I found this kit when I was perusing eBay one day, and for once it wasn't an arm or a leg, in reality I was more after the figures as they're the only real 1970's era British Army figures in injection plastic, and with a little bit of tweaking they can be altered, upgraded and used, however the Rover 7 was definitely on my modelling bucket list as well! The kit went together quite nicely considering it's age, I made some changes to add interest, namely cutting open the driver's side door. I also ditched most of the decals as they had yellowed with age. I painted the ambulance with Tamiya Acrylics and painted the Red crosses on as well, the rest of the decals are either the better ones from the kit or nicked from the spares box. I weathered the Rover eweathered with oils and pigments. Thanks for looking! Angelo
  4. US Army Ambulances & Medical Vehicles in WWII Casemate Illustrated ISBN : 9781612008653 Ambulances might not be the most glamorous or well know military vehicles, bit you can be sure of one thing, if you need one you will be surely glad when it turns up. the US in WWII develped an unparalled Medical infrastructure to ensue the best care and survivability of its combatants. Originally using civilian ambulances, troops in the field often made their own conversions in order to transport their wounded comrades; some would become official vehicles while others would not. This book from Casemate in their Illustrated Special range is just slightly smaller than A4 in size, hard back with 160 pages. The book is illustrated throughout with black and white photos, with some colour plates & drawings towards the back of the book. The book looks all types of ambulances and other vehicles adopted for medical use such as mobile labs, and even mobile dentists. As well as the vehicles them selves the book considers vehicle markings, vehicles co-opted for other use, and those used by the American Red Cross. In an interesting twist to lend lease it would appear that the UK supplied medical vehicles back to the US of British origin and those supplied from US Stocks. Conclusion This is a quality publication looking at this important part of WWII There are great photos throughout which will be of interest to the modeller and WWII buff alike. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. I don't normally do military vehicles. I enjoyed this especially the detail in the engine and chassis. Unfortunately I think I must have bent it when constructing as certain bits didn't really line up!!
  6. ICM's Ford Model T AFS ambulance with a Resicast Ford driver. German 77mm is a Shapeways casting designed by a friend in Illinois. Ambulance is built OOB with only addition is the white field and cross added to the front. Kit was a pleasure to build, no flash, parts all fit perfectly. Used Tamiya and Vallejo paints. Tree stumps donated from my back yard. Don't tell Mrs. D. I borrowed her coffee grinder to make the ground cover.....
  7. M43 3/4 Ton 4x4 Ambulance 1:35 Roden The Dodge M43 Ambulance is the chassis from the Dodge M37 3/4 tuck which was a follow on from the WWII WC 3/4 ton trucks. The M43 had a rear patient compartments with a connecting door to the front cabin. The spare wheel carries was retained on the drivers door. There is space in the rear for 4 stretcher cases or upcto 6 seated wounded. The vehicles were phased out of US Service in the 1970s and 80s. The Kit This is a new kit from Roden in 2018 and follows on from their 2016 M37 Cargo truck. The kit arrives on 9 sprues, a clear sprue and 5 rubber tyres. Some of the parts on the sprues are for the M37 and not used. All parts are well molded with little or no flash and some nice detailing. Construction starts with the wheels. Two front, two back and the spare are built up and put to one side. The axles and gear box are then made up. The axles are then added to the main chassis along with the leaf spring suspension units, and shock absorbers. The engine is then built up and added to the chassis along with the radiator and exhaust. The front and rear bumpers are then added along with the fuel tank, running boards, gear box and transfer shafts. This complete the chassis. We then move to the cab and body. The seats, dash and driving controls are added in, and the doors are made up. The windscreen is then made up. The front mudguards are also assembled, To the rear body parts for the underside are added then the inside floor lockers are added. The cab unit is then attached to the chassis with the steering column being added. Switching back to the Ambulance body internal fixtures are added to the roof and the connecting door added to the partitioning wall. The body is then made up and the stretchers added in. The windscreen and front doors are added, followed by the main body. The bonnet (or hood) is then added as are the rear doors, All doors can be displayed open or closed. If the rear doors are open then there is a fold down step which can be used. To finish off the wheels are added along with a jerrycan & carrier Decals Markings are provided for 2 vehicles in use in Vietnam in the 1960s. One US Army in Olive Drab, and one USAF in Blue Grey. They are produced in house and have a strange texture, however this should not affect how they go on. The smaller red crosses are slightly misshapen and a couple of the circles are off centre. Conclusion This new kit from Roden should build up into a good looking model. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. Hello everyone I'm converting the Airfix K2 Ambulance from their RAF Emergency set into a N.A.A.F.I. tea van. I've not done much armour or vehicle modelling since I was a teenager, which was a LONG time ago, so I'm curious as to how this will work out! I'm doing this alongside my 1/72 Minicraft Liberator built, as a bit of a diversion. I've no scale drawings, no measurements - it's all done by eye and guesswork, so 'rivet-counters' might like to avert their eyes now... First job is to amend the cab: The Ambulance cab looks too wide, so off with the bits marked, and it looks like this: The kit's radiator grille is somewhat sparse: So, I took off with the vertical bars, and put some brass mesh in place: I've replaced the bars, and added the crank starter aperture: Like the radiator, the kit's wheels are pretty basic, so I've got some nice white metal ones from Wee Friends, which look great: On to the canteen area, and I've made the cab's rear bulkhead, marked out a tiled floor area, and started on the cupboards and drawers: This the rear bits tacked in place with Blu Tack for fit: The cupboard handles need sanding back once the glue has properly set, and next up will be the worktops and tea making equipment. Once that's done, it's back to the cab, which will need a new curved roof, doors, seats and controls. Then the body sides, roof and rear door... Cheers Simon
  9. Hi, Another bird from German shelf - Fiesler Fi 156 of unknown unit (at least for me). An ambulance operating in eastern front. This is a Heller (original or rather boxed by Smer) 1/72, decals from drawer, markings taken from a photo.... Any comments welcomed Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  10. Hi, I am trying to build DH 84 RAAF ambulance, likely A34-54. It is in WIP...- a scratch work. Here: http://www.goodall.com.au/australian-aviation/dh84-pt2/dh84-dragon-pt2.htm within record for A34-54 there is a photo described like that: A34-54 at Mareeba Qld in 1943 with No.2 Air Ambulance Unit. The factory paint scheme has been replaced by jungle green camouflage with red and white ambulance cross. Frank F. Smith collection I've seen in net someone's model of the same machine (not sure that exactlu "54") which was painted in DKEarth/Foliage Green with light blue undersurface. So - was it one or two colours from top on DH 84 RAAF Ambulances? And the bottom - white or light blue? Besides my doubts about the colours, which I should apply on this machine - the another problem is that I think that there was (perhaps) a nose art on this machine on left side (bee or something like that). I will appreciete also some info on this. Was it on "A34-54" or on another Dragon? Best regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  11. Thought I might challenge myself for my post-Wellesley build and pulled out the Matchbox Dornier 28D. Original 1984 boxing The kit iself is fairly simple so to add a bit of 'OMG why did I start this?' I thought why go for the standard Luftwaffe scheme when there's an allover white option that I can go nuts on.. SE-EDT, Swedish Red Cross, Biafra/Nigeria 1969 But...cabin internals...? Any ideas of the layout? If I can't find anything on the original (all external shots so far) I was thinking something like: The door is to the rear of the side facing seat (where the lip is), and I'll add a rack for the equipment as a rear bulkhead. Plausible? ...or madness...
  12. GTK Boxer sgSankfz (Ambulance) Revell 1:35 The Boxer is a German-Dutch multirole Armoured Fighting Vehicle. It is being produced by the ARTEC GmbH Group (Armoured vehicle Technology). ARTEC is based in Munich and is owned by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, and Rheinmetall in Germany and Rheinmetall Nederland in Holland. The name GTK stands for Geppanzertes Transport Kraftfahzeug which translates to Armoured transport vehicle. The Boxer is a modular concept AFV where the chassis stays the same and different modules are able to be loaded on the back. Different know configurations are Armoured Personnel Carrier, Infantry Fighting Vehicle, 120mm mortar carrier, Armoured Command Post, Armoured Ambulance, and Logistics Vehicle. It has also been proposed for development into a wheeled artillery system based on the PzH 2000 Gun System, and a anti aircraft system incorporating both missiles and a MANTIS gun system. The design is based on standardisation across all platforms, with the ability to be maintained easily and efficiently. It has also been designed from the outset to fit into the A400M aircraft. Protection for the crew is designed around traditional hard steel and modular armour (ceramic mix) which is bolted on. This will allow future developments in armour to be incorporated. The vehicle has been designed to offer top cover from those system designed to penetrate the traditional thinner armour on top of AFVS. Inside the crew sit on suspended seats which offer enhanced mine protection. The vehicle will be fitted with anti thermal, radar and acoustic technology. An additional feature of these APCs is that the driver has a rear mounted camera to enable fast withdrawal if needed. The German Army plan to acquire 600 units with the Netherlands 400. The only export order so far has been to Lithuania with 100 on order. The medical vehicles systems are provided by Krauss-Maffei Wegmannmedical. Medical personnel can reach their destination within the shortest possible time,and they can begin to take care of the wounded immediately. Within seconds, the interior of the vehicle can be rearranged to treat either 7 slightly injured or 3 severely injured casualties. Many other configurations are possible too, even a complete medical operation room if needed. The medical care on board is ensured through the most modern equipment, and intensive care of a critically injured patient can quickly. The additional roof height (headroom of 1.85m) gives a protected space of 17.5 cubic meters within which the medical teams can work. The Kit The kit represents the Ambulance version of the APC following the 2011 release of the Infantry carrier. The kit arrives on seven sprues of green plastic, and one clear sprue. Five of the sprues being used for the base vehicle and two for the Ambulance Vehicle body. Hopefully this means more variants to come from Revell. As this was a new tool last year and this boxing is a re-issue the parts are still crisp and no flash is evident. Unlike the smaller scale vehicles the 1:35 ones come with rubber tyres. Construction starts with the main body of the APC. The two inside plates are added to the outside underside part along with the front lower plate and the bulkhead contain the access door from the front to rear compartments. The inside floor to the main compartment is then added. The drivers compartment is then assembled and added to the front of the main hull. This compartment has a full interior including the seat, steering wheel and other vehicle controls. Construction then moves on to the suspension and wheels. Suspension parts are added to all 8 locations on the hull along with the axles to mount the wheels. As expected with a large wheeled APC the suspension is quite intricate and Revell have reproduced this very well. The kit contains suspension arms, the springs, and all linkages. Even though the front 4 wheels steer you can not move any of them in the kit. Once all of these components are in place the outside main body panels can be added. The front bumper with its lights can then be added. Next the top plating for the driver area is added. The drivers vision system can be mounted in the open or closed position with full glazing provided for either option. Various item such as mirrors are added at this time though I suspect most modellers will leave these until the end. To finish the main hull off two rear plates are added. Three part hubs are made up for each of the eight rubber wheels, these can then be added at this stage if wanted. Now that the main body is complete construction moves to the modular ambulance module. A lower moulded one piece part is the base to which the ends are added along with the double angles side plates. The roof is then added. No interior for this module is provided. Smoke dischargers are made up and added to the roof of the vehicle. The main roof features both rotating orange beacons for road use, and blue beacons for the Ambulance role. It should be noted that Revell supply a length of wire taped to the instruction booklet for use with the vehicle antenna mounts. Decals The decal sheet is very small with minimal national markings, striped warning panels, and Red Crosses. Everything is in register and there should be no problems with the decals. There are two different options supplied. A Germany based vehicle with a Green/Brown/Black camo. A vehicle deployed to Afghanistan with a dessert camo. Conclusion This looks a great model. Revell have put a lot of thought into how the kit will go together. It is good to see a mainstream manufacturer bringing us modern armoured vehicles of the ambulance variety. Highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
  13. Tamiya Rover 7 finished as an RAF Crash Rescue Ambulance.
  14. Hi, I'm looking for info about a Saracen seen in Belfast many years ago, it carried Red Crosses and had a Daktari sign on the light mast. The sign was red with white lettering iirc. Was this the same vehicle as in the JB/Airfix kit? Hopefully someone can help, Steve
  15. Dodge M43 Ambulance, pics by Mike (Bootneck)
  16. VW Ambulance as used by the Royal Danish Air Force, Pictrures by Hans J taken at The Danish Air Force at the museum in Ringkoebing
  17. Land Rover 101 forward Control Ambulance
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