Anyway, back to 1969 and the year's two new releases.
First up was the M3 Lee/Grant tank. I remember building one of these at an early (too early really) age with fairly dismal results. With a bit more experience and care it can be mad in to a decent enough representation of the Lee, but the Grant turret is a bit of a stinker. I have several of these models - three Grants for North African service, at least three US Lees and another pair in Soviet markings. The 'grave for seven comrades' as the Sovs called it, which seems to imply less than total confidence.
Grant and Lee.
The Grant has had it's original turret replaced with a rather nicer resin version.
The RAF Emergency Set contained two kits - the Austin K-2 ambulance and the Austin K-6 fire tender. For many years the RAF sets were the only source of lorries in this scale, and as a result these kits infest the wargames tables of the world in vast quantities, not least because of their conversion possibilities. I have built many versions of this kit but I do not own a K-6 tender built as Airfix intended!
|Thanks to Paul at Plastic Warriors for this photo.|
|The pair of K-2 I completed earlier this year.|
|A rather higher mileage K-2|
|A typical conversion of the K-6|