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  1. Now that I have reached the painting stage on the Freedom Tank it's time to start my second entry in this GB, for those days when I don't feel like painting. I have distinct painting and assembling moods and it suits me to have suitable entertainment for both. I don't think this is the only Meng RR AC in the GB but it's such a charming waggon that I couldn't resist it. My 'research' has consisted of reading the Wikipedia page on the machine which was originally proposed in 1914 and was still in combat in 1941, though not continuously. The Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) raised the first British armoured car squadron during the First World War. In September 1914 all available Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost chassis were requisitioned to form the basis for the new armoured car. The following month a special committee of the Admiralty Air Department designed the superstructure which consisted of armoured bodywork and a single fully rotating roofed turret mounting a water-cooled .303 in Mk I Vickers machine gun. The vehicle was modernized in 1920 and in 1924, resulting in the Rolls-Royce 1920 Pattern and Rolls-Royce 1924 Pattern. In 1940, 34 vehicles which served in Egypt with the 11th Hussars regiment had the "old" turret replaced with an open-topped unit carrying a .55 Boys anti-tank rifle, .303 in Bren light machine gun, and smoke-grenade launchers. At the outbreak of the Second World War, 76 vehicles were still in service. They were used in operations in the Western Desert, in Iraq, and in Syria. By the end of 1941, they were withdrawn from frontline service as modern designs became available. There's not much in the kit and being Meng, I expect it to go together well enough. But what's this? Spoked wheels in brass! These are for the WWI version and look difficult, to say the least. I'll have a bash but without much hope. If I can manage the spoked wheels I'll perhaps do the multi coloured WWI version. Fortunately, the later iteration of the AC has steel wheels and I'm actually drawn to the more interesting WWII open topped turret. Time will tell.
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