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Tamiya Quad Gun Tractor with IBG 75mm French Gun. Free French Brigade, 1st Artillery Regiment, Bir Hakim. Gazala Line, May 1942.

 

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The British Quad Gun has been the classic 25-pounder gun of  the British artillery since the beginning of the conflict and would also be during the Desert Campaign. In terms of modeling, I'm tired of seeing this dynamic duo of Tamiya Quad Gun always with the 25 pounds. It reminds me of that annoying Batman and Robin series from the 60s. Looking to show a more interesting use for the Quad Gun, I decided to present an alternative weapon for this tractor. The cannon chosen is another classic, but this time, it's from French artillery. The kit selected was the IBG 35058 M1897 75mm French Field Gun.

 

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I found a good photo that helped develop my initial idea for the vehicle and gun...

 

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...and in this other photo, it helped with the creativity for placing the figures. The flag in the photo is from the French Navy. Of course it couldn't be missing from my model.

 

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The 1st Artillery Regiment had the consecrated soixante-quinze, the efficient and rapid-firing 75mm cannon (QF). The cannons had been brought from Syria, reformed in the Beirut workshops and given wheels, some modified known as the “tropical type”.

 

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The wheels would make the cannons better suited to the mechanization of desert warfare. My model has wheels of the same type used on British 18 lbs guns. They were organized into 4 batteries each with 6 cannons. Despite being a safe and performing weapon, modern guns had already surpassed it.

 

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Figures are modified Tamiya. Painted in oil and acrylics. Also acrylics on the Quad and cannon and painted in the 2-tone camouflage, common to see in the vehicles of this unit.

 

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If the vehicle is going to carry the cannon to Bir Hakim, it will also serve as a ride for medical personnel. On the roof of the Quad I placed some accessories, highlighting the boxes with medical equipment. Decals are Archer Fine Transfers. Note the 2 British helmets with different red cross identification patterns.

 

Cheers,

Fábio.

 

 

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Lovely build, and cracking weathering :yes: I remember building the quad when I was a kid, and blowing it up with a re-imagined firework a few years later.  Last seen heading vertically upward away from the 18" crater it made :boom:

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On 25/05/2023 at 22:41, Mike said:

Lovely build, and cracking weathering :yes: I remember building the quad when I was a kid, and blowing it up with a re-imagined firework a few years later.  Last seen heading vertically upward away from the 18" crater it made :boom:

Remember, children: never play with fireworks. 💥

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That's really good! Nice to see the French getting some air-time too :)

 

I've got the Quad lined up as my next build (embarrassingly, with the 25pdr - sorry! 🤣).  I'm intending to depict something from the Sicily/ Italian campaign if I can find some references, so hopefully not too 'Batman & Robin' for you :D

 

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On 31/05/2023 at 14:12, dogload said:

.....so hopefully not too 'Batman & Robin' for you :D

 

Hi Dogload!

 

Let's see the creativity of the modeler...🙃
Good luck!

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