EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Friday, November 7, 2014

Looks like we got us a .....

Convoy!
I made the mistake of googling to see what sort of trucks might be available in the Matchbox Models of Yesteryear range. A week later these showed up in my mailbox.

The Matchbox vehicles are about 1:48 while the Zinnbrigade figures  are more like 1:43, close enough for my purposes but the figures won't sit comfy without a bit of surgery around the ankles. It can be a cruel world when you are a toy soldier!    

Once again, it will be sad to cover the glorious paint jobs and for now they can serve as is as  commandeered civilian vehicles carrying supplies in a sideshow theater of war in Atlantica. (The kegs of beer from the middle truck have already been commandeered!) Eventually though I will do enough seated soldiers to fill 2 military green trucks as motorized infantry.    

10 comments:

  1. Not one rubber duck to be seen.

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  2. Dear Ross,
    These look terrific and very much like the trucks and vehicles I've seen for the period. Will you be using the open trucks for supply loads? beer is important, especially with dangerously polluted water sources...You really have captured the look and feel of the period. Great work!
    Jerry

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    1. Thanks Jerry. I`ll put the barrels back for supply convoys and leave the canvas onthe other.

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  3. I don't know if you've ever read Guy Sejure's Forgotten Soldier (recommend it if you haven't), but when ever the subject of Civilian veicles comes up I am reminded of the time he reports coming back of leave, heading back to the East Front found him commandeered to accompany a 'zug' or tarain/convoy of 100 trucks with 100 drievrs and 100 armed guards (who doubled as an anti-partisan unit for the duration fo the convoy), one of whom was Guy.

    He clearly states that one of these lorries heading into the steppes of Mother Russia with a load of dunkel-grau and gleb Opels, Bussungs and Merc's (and presumably - the odd MAZ and Tatra?) was a removal lorry (pantechnicon) with the sign-written English company's graphics intact! presumably captured in the fall [collapse] of France and the rush for Dunkirk?

    H

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    1. Read a few decades ago. good reference though. I was surprised to find that there were already a few civilian lorries in 1914 East Africa to be commandeered.

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  4. Great loking convoy Ross...so many souvenirs for me with Matchbox models!

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    1. Me too. The ones I had were smaller but the Dinky Toys were close.

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  5. "We crashed the gate doing nine-point-eight*; I said 'let these truckers roll...'" 9.8mph - cross-country speed. Handy logistics and other transports for your Great war project!

    Speaking of 'Forgotten Soldier' (Guy Sajer) - that is one hard read, and a sad one.

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