Wednesday, 13 April 2011

British Armoured Brigade - 1940

Skulking in the same box as the Morris and Rolls-Royce armoured cars, and completed at around the same time is my 1940 British Armoured Brigade.  In the early 1990s I picked up a number of early cruiser tanks made by Black Star Models.  Most are destined for service in North Africa, but I decided to build a Brigade for use in Europe in 1940.  I am still impressed at my restraint in not building the whole of 1st Armoured Division, but then the real one was never fully deployed. 
A9 Cruiser.  This is a particular favourite of mine as it is so obviously past it's best by 1940.  Two MG turrets - what were they thinking?
A13 Mk1.  These were ridiculously fast.  When they worked.
Vickers MkVI light tank.  This is a metal kit by RAFM - who did a small but very useful range - are they still available?
The whole of the mighty brigade assembled for action.

17 comments:

Biff Tanner said...

Wow those look great very real.

Don M said...

A truly magnificent collection riveted death traps, ...let me give those trouble making gunners from the last post ...lol

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Oh I do like 1940 British kit

For their "clankiness" rather than effectiveness

Nice post

Conrad Kinch said...

Very nice, where did you get the flash information?

Al said...

Nice, I've got a couple of these by SHQ, they look alright too

Paul said...

A well balanced force, for the period. Tactic rather than design was more of the problem Tim.

Ask Al, he was on the recieving end of a good dose of Brit steel last year.

Regards Paul

Ross Mac said...

RAFM is still selling them. http://www.rafm.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=RAF&Category_Code=BKCMO

Mind you the way postage to the UK had gotten crazy.

Tim Gow said...

Biff Tanner
Thanks - it seems very easy to make British kit of that era look scruffy.

Tim Gow said...

Don M
"fiveted death traps" An excellent description Don!

Tim Gow said...

Geordie
We seem to be of one mind on this matter!

Tim Gow said...

Conrad Kinch
By flash information do you mean the Arm of Service markings? They are Skytrex decals - still available as far as I know.

Tim Gow said...

Al
Your cruisers may be heavier and (much) more expensive, but they'll be just as rubbish as mine in battle!

Tim Gow said...

Paul
I like to think of it as style over effectiveness...

Tim Gow said...

Ross Mac
Thanks for the link - when I bought mine in the UK they were actually pretty cheap!

Paul´s Bods said...

That thing with the two MG turrets!!! Who thought that up? It looks like something that would fit really well into a staempunk scenario...but a real life one..not!!
Great paintjobs.
Cheers
paul

Tim Gow said...

Paul's bods
Are you referring to the elegant and majestic device that is the A9? It's like a sort of cut-price T-28.

The Angry Lurker said...

Good information, I need some of these for my Operation Sealion project.