My thanks to John Armatys for sending me his photos of the Centurion BARV, taken at Tankfest at the Tank Museum last weekend.
John has kindly offered me the rest of his Tankfest photos for use here, so expect more over the next couple of weeks.
The infantry uniform looks easy enough to paint...
...and the AFV colours are, er, interesting. Some modelling work will be required on my BTR-50s, but the fast exit ramp at the rear is clearly a winner!
Late model Ferret scout car. Lovely.
AMX 13 light tank - another of my favourites.
|EBR-75 armoured car - this uses the same turret as the AMX-13. The basic vehicle was designed before WW2.|
|Leopard C.1 - the Canadian version.|
|Not a great photo, but this odd device is a Centurion BARV (Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle),|
Another Centurion - this time late of the Swedish Army, complete with applique false breasts and shoulder pads.
Another Swedish AFV - an m40/L - actually a pre-WW2 light tank but variants were in service well after the war.
|S-Tank, complete with 'garden railing' additional armour.|
|BMP-1. Strictly speaking this wasn't actually donated by it's previous owners...|
|The impressively big M-60.|
|The even bigger M-103 - think of it as the US equivalent to Conqueror.|
|And finally.......it's OK, I didn't try it.|
|One of the excellent props which made the day so atmospheric. There was indeed a minefield!|
The (top secret) German map showing the layout of the quarry. I was part of the garrison of 'Anton' which was around 10m above 'ground' level. 'Zeppelin', the German rear echelon, was about 250m distant. The British attack came from around 200m to the left of 'Anton'.
Some of the 'Germans' getting their gear together.
The German CO with his command bus. Most impressive. He played his role particularly well - to the extent of sporting a long cigarette holder and a riding crop.
4 FJR Div ready for action.
The second playtest of Rollbahn Ost, with John, Gunter and Martin leading Army Groups South, North and Centre respectively. Hopefully I'll have time to produce a more aesthetically pleasing board before COW.
|Crocodile fuel trailer|
|Pz IIL 'Luchs'|
|T-26 in Finnish markings.|
|Goliath remote-controlled demolition charge.|
|L-3 tankette with flamethrower. That big gun is behind the L-3, not on it!|
|Marmon-Herrington MkVI. An unsuccessful experiment. Think of it as a poor copy of the Sdkfz 231 series.|
|Finnish StuG III with interesting log armour. Very eco-friendly.|
Vickers Independent. An experimental tank with loads of turrets. What sort of lunatics would put that into production?
Oh, sorry Ivan.
'Tank, Amphibious No3'. This clearly inspired some Japanese designs.
'Dutchman' light tank. Built for export to the Dutch East Indies.
Little Willie. The original tank.
Renault FT-17. I'm always surprised by just how tiny these are.
Carden Lloyd Carrier MkVI. Just delightful!
The turret floor of the 80-ton 1941 TOG II heavy tank. Not much health and safety in evidence here!
The driving compartment of the TOG II. The steering wheel is decidedly postwar - from a late 1970s Chrysler I think. It looks the same as the one in the '78 Chrysler Alpine GLS my Dad used to run! Alpine
A view from the cafe overlooking the new hall which tells the story of AFV development - starting with 'Little Willie' seen here in the centre of the photo.
Some of the WW2 exhibits, including Churchill Croc, Firefly and Cromwell.
Looking towards the postwar exhibits - visible are the Centurion and bits of Berlin Wall.
The British infantry dodge into cover....
...as an MG42 opens up from cover in a wheat field.
Sadly, having pinned the MG team with Bren fire, the buggers popped up again just as the Brit rifle group closed to assault them. Ouch.
The armoured cars finally appeared and helped out with Besa fire.
The second rifle group moves in to assault more Germans. SS Pioneers apparently.
An Sdkfz 234/1 crests the ridge.
The Daimlers move up and manage to dodge fire from the '234. But what is the SS Pioneers have a...
...Panzerfaust? Oh, they do. Martins toys have removeable turrets - I couldn't resist...
|Balance was soon restored - the Daimlers were fitted with Littlejohn adapters!|
The Carriers move up, as the Germans are clearly on the run!
The Carriers dismount their Bren teams who then sneak up to the crest line.
|Endgame. The Germans in the second field have been killed, and the Daimler has notched up another '234.|