Friday, 23 December 2011

Spares box Sultan - or is it?

A few years ago I picked up a small batch of mangled bits of various metal models from a certain internet auction site.  These included several bits of 20mm GAZ66 trucks which after a certain amount of work did a bit of time travelling and now serve in my WW2 Red Army.  The other parts all belong to various members of the Brirish Alvis CVR(T) family and seem to be about 1/87 scale.  There are parts enough to knock together a Spartan APC and a Sultan ACV (which I still haven't done!) and a spare Sultan hull.  This was too nice a casting to waste, so clearly a rummage in the spares box was required!
It's a regular Sultan - right?
Well no actually. 
The tracks I found came from a Roco SP gun and fit quite well but are far from correct!   Still, as the vehicle is to be used in games set in fictional African countries I think I'll get away with it.  Various bits of stowage were added, together with a couple of crewmen from Peter Pig.  I think the chap in the commander's hatch is an Israeli.

12 comments:

AlFront said...

Very nice! The paint job makes it, I think.Can I have one? Is it to late, I wonder, for F. Christmas to get me one? Probably.

Tim Gow said...

AlFront
Thanks for your kind words. If F.Christmas has the same load of old crap in his spares box you might get lucky!

Ross Mac said...

That's a MkIII-T isn't it? Looks good!

Ahhh, those Roco SP guns!

Unfortunately, my sense of what's acceptable on a games table was warped early on by an article in Gene McCoy's WD showing how to add SP anti-tank guns to your forces by mounting the Airfix 6 pdr on top of the Universal Carrier that comes with it.

Tim Gow said...

Ross Mac
Good effort Ross, but it is acually the earlier MkIII-S retrofitted with the front-mounted winch which is a standard fitment on the 'T'.
Oddly enough, an Airfix Carrier mounting a 6pdr (mangled into a German 37mm) was one of my earliest conversions.

Don M said...

That;s not so bad, all my panzer II and such are likewise redone.

Tim Gow said...

Don M
Ah, praise indeed from a fellow connoisseur of the, er, more unusual AFV...

Paul said...

I love it! It looks more like a CET now. I always thought those SP tracks and wheels looked soviet to me.

Super conversion

Tim Gow said...

Paul
I thought you'd like it! Another model unique in it's awfulness...

Chris Kemp said...

Not awful at all Tim, it is clearly the little-known Sultana prototype that only ever saw service with the sultan of Brunei's Armoured Troop.

Sorry what's that? Another Port? Why thank you old chap! Another inspired kluge Tim - top marks!

Tim Gow said...

Chris Kemp
I'm sure you're correct. If memory serves the Sultana was developed from the earlier 'Grape'...

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Looks a feasible piece of kit to me :)

Tim Gow said...

Geordie
Feasible? That's good enough for me.