I believe this style of box dates from the early 1970s.
The three kit releases in 1965 all related to the theme of amphibious warfare. The LVT-4 'Buffalo' kit, as well as being a useful item in it's own right for many years provided the only means of acquiring a Jeep in this scale. One of the reasons this post has been so long was my intention to build an LVT for the purpose. I finally finished it off on 2nd January, along with three old examples I had repaired and returned to service. More on these in a future post. The series 2 Buffalo kit was accompanied in this year by the DUKW (Series 1) and the LCM landing craft and Sherman.
My 'new' LVT and Jeep during the build process. Fiddly wheels apart, it's not a bad kit - especially considering it's age.
The finished Buffalo with Oerlikon gunner from Britannia. Much more menacing then the weapons included with the kit!
The Jeep appears in my collection in a variety of guises. This fairly standard example currently serves as the HQ of 49 (West Riding) Division.
A lightly modified Jeep serving with 1 Armoured Division in North Africa. The driver is the original kit part, gunner and tea drinker are by Dixon.
The useful DUKW kit was also released in this year. Both of these examples were revived from amidst a box of well-used models. They currently serve as part of the logistics component of XXX Corps.
The spares box yielded this old-style kit box.
Not being in possession of an LCM, I am indebted to Paul at Plastic Warriors for sending me a selection of photos of his considerable fleet of LCMs. This pic shows a later style kit box and it's contents.
A brace of Paul's LCMs disgorging their Shermans.