Italian Odds and Ends

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David Reasoner
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Italian Odds and Ends

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A few odd bits and pieces for my various WW2 Italian forces.

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The signals van is a conversion of one of a batch of IHC diecast toy trucks that Bill Krieg kindly sent me. I added new wheels and tires, a driver, rooftop stowage, and some details like front leaf springs and starter crank handle. The result is a reasonable stand-in for one of the elderly Fiat 15ter vans still in Italian service in 1940-41. The bottom 2 photos are before and after views. The second van will be given a similar conversion, but in desert sand.

The Renault UE tractor and trailer are spare Skytrex models. There were two Italian tractor units on Sicily equipped with ex-French Renault UE, each with about 30-35 tractors. Although neither were part of Mobile Group E, I decided to give mine one anyway.

Lastly, inspired by the Matchbox LRDG Jeep under new Italian management posted by Richard Baber recently, I decided why not give my own Italians one as well. In my case, I opted for a command rather than a recce vehicle. The hour or so I spent faithfully recreating all the switches and dials on the face of the scratchbuilt RF 1 radio was clearly wasted, as none of the details are visible once both radio and operator were installed in the back of the jeep. :roll:

Apologies for the rather poor photos, I'm still using the old patched-together Kodak C330.

David
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Post by Fire-at-Will »

Great work David
What's the point of doing one period, when you can do them all.......... In life most people specialise so gradually they know more and more about less and less so eventually they know everything about nothing. I work on a broad front so eventually I'll know nothing about everything.
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Good stuff
Any thing bigger than 6 is TOO BIG
Richard B.
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David Reasoner wrote: 18 Mar 2021, 21:05 A few odd bits and pieces for my various WW2 Italian forces.

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The signals van is a conversion of one of a batch of IHC diecast toy trucks that Bill Krieg kindly sent me. I added new wheels and tires, a driver, rooftop stowage, and some details like front leaf springs and starter crank handle. The result is a reasonable stand-in for one of the elderly Fiat 15ter vans still in Italian service in 1940-41. The bottom 2 photos are before and after views. The second van will be given a similar conversion, but in desert sand.

The Renault UE tractor and trailer are spare Skytrex models. There were two Italian tractor units on Sicily equipped with ex-French Renault UE, each with about 30-35 tractors. Although neither were part of Mobile Group E, I decided to give mine one anyway.

Lastly, inspired by the Matchbox LRDG Jeep under new Italian management posted by Richard Baber recently, I decided why not give my own Italians one as well. In my case, I opted for a command rather than a recce vehicle. The hour or so I spent faithfully recreating all the switches and dials on the face of the scratchbuilt RF 1 radio was clearly wasted, as none of the details are visible once both radio and operator were installed in the back of the jeep. :roll:

Apologies for the rather poor photos, I'm still using the old patched-together Kodak C330.

David
very nice, my French HQ has a di-cast command bus :)
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Wonderful.

You and Richard have aced it with those jeep conversions.
CarlL
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Great work David.
I luv what you did with the ice cream van!
CarlL
David Reasoner
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Finally finished the other 2 IHC diecast truck conversions:

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And group shots of all 3 together:

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David
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The cut-down GS one is just superb mate :D
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David Reasoner
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Richard B. wrote: 05 Apr 2021, 06:36 The cut-down GS one is just superb mate :D
Thanks, Richard. I thought it would make a welcome difference to all the Fiat/SPA AS.37 and TL.37 light trucks in my Italian motor pool.

David

Edit: The same kind of thinking was behind the Italian-crewed jeep posted previously. Something to stand out among all those Fiat 508CM cars I got from Skytrex ages ago.
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David

Great work and some lovely details like the spring suspension.

CarlL
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