Regardless of your interests when it comes to armoured fighting vehicles, soft skinned military truck models or dioramas, nothing adds the lived in look better than equipment on, in or around a vehicle or scene. Bronco Models
has now released a World War Two British Field Accessories Set and whatever you feel about Bronco Models
you cannot accuse them of being tight with the plastic, especially after you take a look at what is in this offering.
Inside an end opening card box with a print of the contents on the front and instructions on the rear you will find;
- 12 grey sprues
- 1 photo etched fret
- 1 decal sheet
The injection moulded plastic items in this set are well cast and completely free of any of the faults that can turn up on plastic parts. I cannot tell you if these are 100% accurate size wise but they look accurate to my eye with 1 possible exception which is the head of the axe look a little small, but that could just be me. Here is a breakdown of the contents and numbers as best as I can describe.
18 jerry cans
These can be used as petrol or water, the petrol ones are used as is with a decal being provided to signify those used for water. The caps and handles are supplied as separate parts and also included are 3 open caps with 3 pouring spouts to use if required. Photo etched joints have been supplied to be trapped between the two halves of the cans as has become the accepted standard. The WD (War Department) and a year pressed in beneath, I cannot tell you what the year is that is stamped on them but it is so small that it should not matter.
3 tool sets
There are 3 shovels, axes and pick axes which will be gratefully received by all of the vehicle modellers who are always looking for tools without moulded on clamps. The axe blades look a little short and for that matter blunt, but with a little work they could be sharpened and I may be wrong about blade length.
Yep they are here 6 mugs which are hollow and include the hole in the handle.
3 buckets with handles
I have seen buckets placed over the exhausts of tanks and being used for 101 tasks including washing. A great piece of kit for telling a story in a diorama.
3 blackout lamps
Would these be used as convoy lights during the war? Regardless I am sure you can think of a use.
9 ammunition cases
The ammunition boxes are the 6pr type and are supplied with what I believe to be accurate decals and so if you are looking at getting a 6pr and want more ammunition boxes this could be for you. However if you donít have or are not getting a 6pr the ammunition case can be and were I believe put to use for other tasks.
30 2 gallon tins
These tins are provided with two finishing options and can be used for water or petrol. Bronco Models
has provided photo etched handles for these which will improve the look of the finished item. I believe these are from the early years of the war and I donít know how common they were as the war progressed.
These are another petrol container in use from the early war period and before and superseded by the jerry can. Having seen how flimsy the flimsies were I suspect your average soldier was glad to see the back of them.
There are three lots of heating equipment and what I believe to be a cooking containers but I have been unable to identify exactly what these items represent. I can say they are not mess tins of the period and so I am drawing a blank on this one.
A fantastic set of mixed kit for any modeller interested in the World War Two period from Bronco Models
. This set while listed as British could be used by German, American, Italian, British or any Common Wealth combatant as the soldier in the field does not care which side made it if he/they need it. So how come you have not been out and got your set yet because you will kick yourself if this set sells out before you have got yours.