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Universal Carrier Mk II
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Posted: Friday, March 14, 2008 - 08:38 PM UTC
Hi Guys,

Some pics of the deep wading carrier I've been working on. This is with the older Resicast Conversion set, plus the esxcellent New Tracks Graham has produced.





Still need to finish off the painting/weathering and add a commander and some external stowage.

Al
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Posted: Friday, March 14, 2008 - 11:34 PM UTC


Hi Alan,

Nice one mate, I've got the older deep wading set for the Tamiya carrier, been putting off using it, but yours looks really good, might have to dig it out, are the tracks any good, the Tamiya ones are a bit rubbish, and I've been looking to maybe replace them, I've got a half painted carrier, and the tracks are putting me off dragging it out and finishing it.

Jason
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Posted: Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 12:01 AM UTC
Hi Jason,

I think the tracks are excellent. Graham has a new way of casting them which not only produces cleaner moulds but keeps them straight. They are very flexible. This was the first time I used resin tracks so I've learnt a bit about using them. Highly recommended is all I can say.

The replacement drive sprocket has very soft edges as it needs to be quite thin. I strengthered it up a bit by running some super glue around the inside ege once I had it fitted to the axle.

The fittings in the older set come on blocks and this makes drilling them out easier although depending on you cutting skills they may need a bit of clean up once off the block. I used garden wire for the rods and the diagram in the instructions will allow you to cut them to the correct size.

I have 2 of these to build and Graham very kindly sent me a new set of the wading gear so it will be interesting to experience the difference between the old and the new.

You should have a look at Resicast's New update and stowage sets for the Carrier, very impressive.

So far this has turned out much better than I had hoped, I wasn't sure how I would get on with drill all the holes!!! I did break of a couple of the fittings when I was attaching the rods but replaced them with lead ones.

The carried depicts a vehicle from 3 Canadian Infantry Division, 5th Canadian Infantry Brigade, Headquarters and Defence Platoon and if the AOS is wrong blame 'The Canadian Soldier' lol, lol.

I to have 2 older carriers I'm was waiting to upgrade but with the new tracks I hope to press on with them soon.

I put most of the build pictures in armorama, here's the link if you want a read

http://armorama.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=111540&page=1

Hope this helps.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 09:14 AM UTC
Very interesting, I've never seen one of these before

Mal
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Posted: Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 07:29 PM UTC
Hi MAl,

yip don't see them about that often. There are some good possibilities for using them inland with the drivers panel removed, I've see a good few pics of them set up that way in the first few days of the landing.

The 2nd one for the beach is underway, for it I'll be using Graham's New Wading set and some of the new stowage too. Need to look into the towing bar arrangement as I may have it pulling a 6 pdr AT gun, I should have the makings of same left over from the Bedford build, but I'll need to ask Derek how they carried the ammo as the internal arrangement may have been quite different.

Cheers

Al.
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Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 03:10 AM UTC
Hu Guys,
Some updates on the stowage for the 1st Carrier.

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Posted: Monday, March 31, 2008 - 06:21 AM UTC
Some update pic on the second carrier and some comments. This is the New Resicast Wading Set, the fit is much easier that on the old kit and the fittings and brass rod make it much easier to mount the panels. Some differences in the old and new. The instructions on the new set are much clearer, you don't need to fit the Bren accessories box at the rear and must cut off the ridge it sits on. Not sure if it is then mounted under-neath but the rear panel fitting should be the reverse of the way I fitted them in the first carrier (Builders error - I'm not sure if I will try to fix them at this stage, I may just cover the error with a tarp).

On this one I've used 2 pieces of the New stowage, on on the rear and one inside which it would seem makes a nice seat for a figure to sit on

I lost, misplaces or used the brackets that the front lights sit on and had to improvise but as they will be covered over this won't matter much. I need to find some CT decals for above the WD number and add some shipping data.

The tracks have just had an undercoat and will be getting more work as will the rest of the kit, it's the small stuff now to finish it off. and find 2 suitable figures for the front, I had a couple in mind but then realised I'd used them as Commandos

Anyway here's the pics, excuse the flash.







Al
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Posted: Monday, March 31, 2008 - 06:29 AM UTC
Hi Alan.
I have been watching this on and off since you first posted the pics and I must say it does look like a great little kit. As Mal pointed out you don't see them that often and not with the wading screens set up.
Will you be putting it an appropriate dio?
Carry on the good work.
Andy
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Posted: Monday, March 31, 2008 - 06:44 AM UTC
Hi Andy,

Thanks for dropping in. It is a nice unusal build with good possibilities for a bit of variation.

Both are destined for my Nan Red dio when I get around to it, one coming off an LCM 3 and the other dragging itself up the beach. I fixed the towing bracker to the second one and may attatch a sledge or a 6pdr.

I'm making a couple of figs to stand up in the back for this one so hopefully they will turn out OK. I could kick myself for making the error on the 1st one but I built them both from the separate instructions, it's not a big deal, but I did scratch my head at the time and think which way up do these go, but having fitted the bren accrssory box reversed was the only fit. Should have cheked the new instructions lol, lol or done a bit more research.

Al