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This thread is dedicated to support vehicles that keep our great airplanes ready for action. You're invited to add anything with wheels (or tracks) that complements your plane models. All scales and time periods are welcome. I, for my part, focus on 1/48 US vehicles which fit my areas of interest. My latest addition is the M1 Weaver (hydraulic) Bomb Lift for the USAAF. One of the many inconspicuous little helpers that made the life of groundcrews easier. It was used to move ordnance from a trailer or truck to the airplane and hoist it to the bomb shackle. This quarter scale model is 1½ in. long. I scratch-built it with parts of the Revell Ground Support Equipment set and of the Resin2Detail kit. The latter cannot be recommended as a model by itself. The material is much too soft and fragile to assemble it without a tandrum. The bomb lift corresponds well with my M5 Bomb Trailer that I built as a stop-gap while waiting for the P-51 GB to start here. The M5 is a castered third wheel trailer with a payload of 5,000 lbs. It was a ubiquitous piece of equipment at every bomber and fighter airfield. Those who call the 1/48 Monogram B-17G kit their own will remember this bonus part which I enhanced with truck wheels, suspension springs, bomb rails, and other bits and pieces from the scrap box. It still looks a bit uninspired just by itself, calling for some tractor to move it - maybe a Cletrac or a bomb service truck. References: Technical Manual No. 9-760, Bomb Trailer M5, War Department, Washington 1942 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M5_Bomb_Trailer Some time ago I finished this Willys Jeep which I posted in the AFV section. Full story here. Scroll down and you'll find many more beautifully elaborated vehicles and other accessories. Thanks for joining, Michael
Long Time no posting...Well I'm back at the bench, mainly due to the fact I have had a replacement knee and life is very slow at the moment. But I need to keep my mind active rather than binge watching shows on TV or Netflix!! Any way, some might remember, that I was asking about a Type W Loader, more commonly known to the Armament Fraternity as a 'Wendy' (See Below), and if there was anyone who could build one, as I have the plans, but alas no one could help. This was the main work horse of the Armament Branch on RAF Squadrons, and I could find no one who had ever made one. I spoke with David at Flightpath, who was very helpful, but not willing to create this, but put me onto Neil at Aircraft in Miniature(AIM), who bit my hand off and has already created the CAD design for this (Below) and will be selling the Wendy through Hannants, in 1/72nd and and 1/32nd scale, not 48 or 24. They will be available for pre-order soon, and as soon as I know I will pop it on here, so get an alert set up if you'd like one. Below are some screen shots: Cheers, Zone