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  1. This has been bubbling in my mind for sometime. While it was never built and often mocked when I saw the footage of this little beast with a sting I actually thought it could work. So instead of using a Carrier I thought about the Loyd carrier which would be a little more stable and purposeful with the additional weight of the elevating unit. They would have been used in the European theatre in particular in the early stages, D-Day etc. They would have been part of the 79th and one of the 'Funnies'. Since this is very much a what if I have free reign which is cool and there will be a lot of scratch building. The Bronco model will be pretty much only the chassis and engine. There are three main points which will need some grey matter: 1. The gun and gunner arrangement. I'm erring on having an all in one 'turret' so that the gunner can aim easily otherwise there would need to be a separate aiming sight contraption which would be very complicated and get in the way of the gun and be difficult for the gunner to follow when he is laying down. 2. Armour. These would have primarily been for infantry support so machine guns would be the sensible choice. But there is a choice. a) Twin Brens - Most obvious, light weight, common ammo. But would need frequent re loading b) Twin Vickers - Bit heavy and slow firing rate but 200+ round belts. Ideal for covering fire but not so for 'shoot and run' c) Twin Brownings - As in the Spitfire. Very high rate of fire and proven in remote enclosed operation. d) Single Hispano Cannon - As in the Spitfire. Probably not practical and would have a bit of a recoil and by the looks of pictures they are over 2m long!!. But would be good against softskins and light armour. e) Single Hispano Cannon plus one of the above machine guns. Best (Or probably worst) of both worlds giving options just like they did in the Spitfire 3. Where to put the driver. The original had gunner and driver in the 'neck'. I'm thinking of keeping the driver on the chassis in an armoured cabin. This makes more sense since one of the main issues with the original is 'sea sickness' while in the neck. The naming of this is 'Loyd Carrier MkII' (The base vehicle) 'TTMG' (Tracked Tactical Machine Gun) 'Praying Mantis MkIII' (There were 2 prototypes so this is the 3rd version) Really good video by the excellent Armoured Achives The full video of all the original footage of trials. If you watch it you really start to see the possibilities of this thing. It's lower than a crouching man and can hide in long grass but also fire over the top of small buildings! This should be fun Andrew
  2. I'm in danger of losing momentum this year, having made a decent start, and I needed something quick but satisfying to get met back in the groove. The PSC Loyd Carrier seems to fit the bill. PSC Loyd Carrier and 6 pounder by jongwinnett, on Flickr PSC Loyd Carrier and 6 pounder by jongwinnett, on Flickr PSC Loyd Carrier and 6 pounder by jongwinnett, on Flickr PSC Loyd Carrier and 6 pounder by jongwinnett, on Flickr PSC Loyd Carrier and 6 pounder by jongwinnett, on Flickr PSC Loyd Carrier and 6 pounder by jongwinnett, on Flickr PSC Loyd Carrier and 6 pounder by jongwinnett, on Flickr
  3. Not Aircraft but long awaited Armour: see here MORE British stuff CB35163 British Airborne 75mm Pack Howitzer & 1/4 ton Truck w/Tralier CB35188 Lloyd Carrier No.2 Mk.II (Tracked. Towing 6pdr Anti-Tank Gun Tractor) Also CB35145 'Buffalo' 6x6 MPCV w/Slat Armour & Spaced Armour CB35175 German Horch Staff Car (Kfz.15) Early Version Amongst many others
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