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6pdr Ammo Set #1 (Late)
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]


Originally published on:
Armorama

Introduction

The recent announcement of the 75mm Pack in plastic by Vulcan and AFV Club has I imagine got many of us hoping for a new 6pdr Anti Tank Gun in 1/35 plastic. Currently only Tamiya produce this weapon in plastic and it is somewhat past its sell by date given the advances in casting, accuracy etc. Resicast currently produce a highly accurate 6pdr in resin, both the infantry and paratrooper versions, plus a towed version which Pat McGrath reviewed here on Armorama, and those products are endorsed and recommended by Accurate Armour to go with their Loyd Carrier.

What has all this got to do with 6pdr ammo you might well ask, well if you have a 6pdr, either the older Tamiya one or the new Resicast version, then you might want some additional ammo to go with it.

Accurate Armour makes some outstanding ammunition sets, and this is a brief look at the accessory set A091 6pdr Ammunition Set #1 (Late).

The Set

The set comes packed in a thick plastic bag with a top card attached outlining the company name and product on the front, with details of how to contact Accurate Armour on the reverse side. The set arrived in a padded envelope attached to a hard piece of cardboard and tightly wrapped in bubble wrap for extra protection.

The set is cast in a light grey resin and appears on inspection to be free from any major damage or air bubbles. Quality of the casting is as one would expect from Accurate Armour..... 1st class.

Instructions:
Inside the bag you get a colour 4 page A4 instruction booklet, outlining the different types of rounds contained in the set. It is a comprehensive build, paint and decal guide and will require a good read before you commence construction. Page 1 gives detailed colour pictures of the four types of rounds you get. Page 2 contains General Instructions and the General Procedure necessary to work with resin, how to deal with any air bubbles, washing parts, priming etc.

These general procedures are very good for anyone just beginning to work with resin and should help to allay any fears you might have, as well as giving good sound advice to the modeller. Page 3 begins the detail process of constructing, painting and adding the decals to the kit parts and page 4 continues this process.

Ammunition:
You get 4 types of rounds in the set, SV.DS, AP-T, HE and APCBC-T. The rounds come on two plugs clearly identified as HE, AP, APCBC meaning the last 3 rounds must be the SV.DS rounds. You get 3 complete rounds of each type.

On the included etched fret, you get some very delicate Y clips to add to the rounds. In addition, you get 4 empty shell casings to scatter around the gun.

Liners:
You get 12 empty tube liners, plus 8 liners with shells partially removed, which I think is a nice touch.

6pdr Ammo Cases:
You get 8 closed cases and 2 open cases with 4 ends in case you lose one, or two! To the boxes you will need to add the photo-etched carrying handles and lid clamp handles (plain face to the front). The nice thing about the handles is that you can have these shown as being carried, or dragged along.

Decals:
One thing often missing from British Army ammo sets are the decals, and in this Accurate Armour excel. You get comprehensive markings for the 4 different type of rounds and the ammo cases, so when finished these will not just be bland scenic fillers, but detailed models in themselves.

Etched Fret:
You get a small etched fret containing the Y clips for the base of the rounds, carry handles and lid clamp handles.

Conclusion

Accurate Armour gives a detailed outline of this set on their web site, and I have replicated it here because for me it sums up this set perfectly:

"A comprehensive 1/35th scale resin and etched brass ammunition set for UK 6 Pr. 7cwt Ammunition and packaging with full colour decals.
Designed for late WW-2 (1943-45), a mix of ammunition comprising HE, APCBC-T, AP and SVDS (APDS) natures with appropriate packaging is provided. Base clips and liner tubes are included and the ammunition containers have separate handles so that figures can be adapted to carry the boxes. 4 opening boxes with lids are also included.
In all 50 castings and 66 etched brass parts are provided, more than enough for any scene with a 6 Pr. Anti-tank gun or a 6 Pr. Armed AFV.
A full colour painting and marking guide is also included."


This set is filled with detail, whether you’re building a stand alone gun or displaying one in a diorama, you should get every thing you need with the set to add that level of detail modelers so often seek.

The casting of the parts is excellent, and the addition of the empty liners and partially removed rounds will add reality to any scene. The inclusion of a comprehensive colour painting guide is a real plus and will help modelers greatly when completing the set.

This is the sort of set that makes me want to go out and buy the gun, rather than buying the gun and looking for some ammo!!


SUMMARY
Highs: This is a comprehensive and detailed set of accessories that will add a level of accuracy and detail that modelers’ love. Detail and casting is 1st class.
Lows: None really, there is one small spelling error on one decal (APCPC-T instead of APCBC) which is pointed out in the instructions with a very nice touch that says ‘paint a wee line if Reqd!’
Verdict: Highly Recommended.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: A091
  Suggested Retail: £15.65
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  PUBLISHED: Jul 04, 2009
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.73%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.57%

About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...

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Comments

Well done. Thanks for the review. Now I finally have some ammo to go in my IDF M9 with 6 pdr. Even if we don't get a new kit any time soon, let's not forget that Zvezda (I'm certain the molds come from someone else) makes a kit in plastic as well.
JUL 03, 2009 - 08:09 PM
Hi Robert, Glad it helped. Al
JUL 04, 2009 - 09:38 AM
That really is a full set. From the AA blurb it aseems you can use the cases in a tank loading dio as well.
JUL 04, 2009 - 10:26 PM
Hi Pat, Yes, I would imagine with a 6pdr Churchill or Cromwell the cases would be fine. They are the later pattern, I'm not sure at which point the change in style occured. However, if you needed early style Resicast do a nice set of cases but without decals. early 6pdr ammo cases http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=3783 They also do a set of 6pdr ammo (late) too for their gun but I haven't gotten to reviewing it yet. So there is good choice out there. These are cool though, Derek makes some cracking ammo sest for his guns. Al
JUL 04, 2009 - 10:56 PM
Allan, Thanks for the review. It sounds and looks like a comprehensive supply of ammo a 6pdr and I like the inclusion of the decal sheet. I wish other manufactures would do the same Darryl
JUL 04, 2009 - 11:34 PM
Hi Darrly, Agreed there , box and kti marking are alwasy hard to find. Al
JUL 04, 2009 - 11:51 PM
   

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