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Bedford QLD

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Introduction
We tend to model the fighting vehicle from WW2, but probably more than two thirds of any army consists of the support units. Drivers, cooks, clerks, medical staff and a whole range of others who all make possible the existence of the Fighting Arms. This is no less true with in a fighting unit, people have to eat, be administered and supplied from the Headquarters Company normally twice the size of the fighting companies/element of the unit.

Artillery contributed a huge amount to the success of the Allies, and I choose to do these vehicles as a reminder and tribute to those drivers, cooks and others without whom no fighting unit can successfully operate.

These kits were built from the Italeri 6plr Portee chassis, with Accurate Armour Cabs and scratch built tilts and covers. Figures are altered Tamiya ones. Main Loads: in the QLD GS (Special) from Accurate Armour and in the QLD GS from SB Sotia with additional items from the spares box.

The QLD represents the RQMSs truck Q2 from 151st (Ayrshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment Royal Artillery, 11th Armoured Division.

The QLD GS (Special) represents the MT Sgts truck Q3 from 151st (Ayrshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment Royal Artillery, 11th Armoured Division.

My thanks to all who contributed to the builds, especially Cliff aka Mr Roo without whom these would not have been possible.

References


Bedford to Berlin and Beyond QL: The Forces favourite 4x4 by Robert Coats

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About the Author

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 ...


Comments

Hi Bob, Many thanks for you comments, much appreciated. Happy new Year to you and your kin. Cheers Al
DEC 31, 2008 - 08:35 PM
Hi Guys, With just over 2000 hits in 3 days I know a good few folks are interested in British Softskins, so my question is why haven't you all signed up for the 'More British Trucks Campaign'? My Mum always said "if you don't ask you don't get" Al
JAN 02, 2009 - 09:43 AM
Alan why not submit a how too feature to the features team here at Armorama, I am sure it will be well recieved.
JAN 02, 2009 - 11:19 AM
Hi Darren, Nice thought but the build was too long ago and I doubt if I would have the pictures now that would make it make sense, so I'll take a rain check on that one thanks. I do have 1 x 6pd portee left in the stash plus a set of the Resicast wheels and a cab, so when I get to the next one I'll write it up OK.. If I'm really lucky by the time I get to it some kind soul might have produced a 1/35 plastic version lol, lol - well; one can but dream. Cheers Al
JAN 02, 2009 - 06:50 PM
Very nice cars Alan as always! I like WWII British softskins - some of them looks like as a fruit of a "who can draw the ugliest cab" competition, the Bedfords always seems to me as if they had just been punched on their nose. Oh and thank you for the short tarpaulin SBS.
JAN 07, 2009 - 09:03 AM
Great trucks, nice work on the loads and tarps Alan. The figures bring elements of life and interaction to the models. Well done cobber, Chas
JAN 07, 2009 - 09:15 PM
Alan, hi... First of all, congrats for your two marvelous Bedfords... Real nice job !!! I love softskins and, specially, the ugly/beautys british lorrys. But my question is about the gas cylinders in the back of one of Bedfords: Where you find references on the painting of cylinders? I m not a rivet counter ( I hate this...), but Im researching this matter for my new project... See here: http://www.network54.com/Forum/47208/thread/1231174568/Gas+cylinder+color+Q.+-+one+last+time! Do you have any historical references or the painting of cylinders was a "poetic license"? A strong hug and once again, congratulations! Happy new year!!! Panzerserra
JAN 07, 2009 - 10:08 PM
Hi Laszlo, Yes, they remind me of Bull Dogs with their squashed faces. Many thanks for you comments, glad you enjoyed the pics. Hi Chas, I'm not a great figure painter, but I do like to add figures to my vehicles as it does help bring them to life and also put the size into perspective. The tarps proved popular and I think the laod add a lot to the finished vehicles although at the time I couldn't afford them hence the long finishing period. Marcos, Always good to hear from you. Again comments appreciated. On the cylinders, I have a colour pic somewhere of US ones with orange tops. If I can find it I will dig it out and send it along. Great build BTW - thanks for the link. Cheers Al
JAN 08, 2009 - 05:07 AM
Ok, Alan... Five by five !!! In my project, I wll paint the cylinders in OD with white graffit demarcations... Big hug and thanks for the answer... all the best !!! Panzerserra
JAN 08, 2009 - 10:24 AM
Hi Marcos, No luck in tracking down the pic yet, but it will turn up sometime. Good luck with the build. Al
JAN 08, 2009 - 06:12 PM