IBG Models and Plastic Soldier Company Bren Carriers with AB Figures crew in 1/72 scale

I have been working on a box of Plastic Soldier Company Bren carriers for a while, along with another carrier from IBG models. The four of them are to create a carrier platoon for my British units. AB figures make a fantastic set of twelve figures, including three drivers, for these vehicles. Plus with the PSC kit you get three vehicles in a box and twelve crewman. These are just three sets of four duplicates, so i only wanted to use set of four, to keep things unique. So sixteen men to paint up first and get ready for their little tracked boxes.

The PSC kits are excellent and just so easy to put together. In such a small vehicle these kits really shine. The tiny tracks are all one piece including the running gear. You can build early or late model carriers with the supplied parts, I wanted spare wheels on the front and two headlights so I am not sure which version that is. I needed to leave the front section off until I had painted the interior and the driver/passenger to make sure it all fitted in ok. The stowage supplied is repeated three times so i added lots of my own stuff to keep it varied. Added a PIAT and SMG plus picks, shovels and fuel cans for some variety. These were super speedy to build and can be dressed up nicely to create individual looking vehicles. The AB figures fit perfectly and make a big improvement over the supplied crew figures. If you are happy having the same crew repeated in each carrier than no need to replace them. No decals are supplied but my IBG kit supplied six different versions of decals so I just pinched three of them. So they are all from different units but it doesn’t bother me….

The IBG version is a different story! If you are not looking for a challenge then I would suggest sticking to the PSC versions. They have made the tiny tracks a bit tricky by having them link and length rather than one piece. If you have carpet at home just forget it. I nearly lost my cool with this endlessly dropping teeny parts and gluing my fingers together. Also the instructions suggest building the whole track in two parts and then attaching it to the wheels. I found it easier (for easier I mean not impossible) to glue the tracks around the sprocket wheel first and build them up. The rest of the kit is excellent, and matches perfectly in size with the PSC kits. Like I said comes with lots of decal options. I have one more of these in my stash somewhere so i will need to take a deep breath before attempting these tracks again…….

Here are the carriers all finished and driving around Normandy somewhere looking to get ambushed by some sneaky Stugs……

Fujimi Opel Blitz Ambulance Truck 1/72 Scale

Another German softskin vehicle to add to my growing armada. I was going to make this just as a regular truck but then seeing the cool red cross decals that come with it I decided to make the ambulance version.

This is the first kit from Fujimi I have ever made and it was a good experience. Easy to build and plenty of detail. The only issues I had were with the back body of the truck sitting at a very wonky angle on the chassis. It needed some surgery and fiddling around to get it close to horizontal. So OK not so easy to build. Maybe i stuffed up which is highly likely but the tilty angle was way off.

Like I mentioned the red cross decals were excellent but I did need to use plenty of decal softener to get the back ones to sink into the truck panelling. The only other thing I did change was the windshield which is a really thick piece of plastic. So I changed it to a thin piece of plastic.

Lots of dusty dirt on this guy and here is next to the Opel Blitz with Flak Gun both ready for some grassy bits and tufts.