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6pdr Ammo Boxes
6pdr Ammo Boxes-Early Pattern
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]


Originally published on:
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Introduction
Last year Resicast brought out some excellent detail kits of the British 6prd Anti Tank Gun, in 3 formats; kit no 35.1181 the 6pdr Airborne Version, kit No 35.1189 - Infantry AT Gun Mk IV (late war) and most recently kit no 35.1201 - the Towed 6pdr.

The towed version was reviewed by Pat McGrath which can be viewed here.

This small accessories set should be suitable for any for the above. The 6pdr anti tank gun was designed in 1938 but due to equipment losses in France production and issue was delayed until 1942. It was used from then on in all theatres of war until wars end in 1945.
The Set
Packaged in the standard Resicast format and contained within 2 sealed zip plastic bags, this is a simple set of 10 boxes. A cover sheet outlining the product and with a sample picture of the unpainted boxes is also included in the zip bag. The set consists of 5 closed ammo boxes and 5 open ammo boxes with lids. Cast in a light cream resin the detail on the boxes is excellent and I could find no sign of air bubbles or blemishes on any of the castings. Resicast have developed a casting process that allows very thin detailed casting and these look very good indeed.

Pictures of 6pdr ammo boxes proved very difficult to find but from the few examples I could reference these look to be very accurate, with the handles and catches portrayed in the correct location and even the odd wavy lines in evidence on both sides of the boxes.

A sharp razor saw and X-acto blade is all that should be required to remove the pour stubs plus a file/board to smooth the bases. Normal precautions when using resin should be observed.
Conclusion
A simple set of dio accessories that should add a sense of action to any dio containing a 6pdr, or be very useable as general ammo stowage or litter. I can not tell you if these could be used with the Churchill, but I suspect they could.

A very useful accessory set for both Allied and Axis modellers. Being early pattern boxes should not exclude their use in late war situations, as the 6pdr was the standard anti tank weapon at Battalion level and used until wars end.

SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent casting with crisp sharp detail. Useable in many situations from action scenes to general stowage.
Lows: None that I can see.
Verdict: Highly Recommended.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35.2304
  Suggested Retail: 9.50 euro
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  PUBLISHED: Jan 13, 2009
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.73%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.29%

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 ...

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Comments

Alan did these ammo boxes have markers of some kind on them, I would suspect burnt in/or sprayed on information. If so is there the need to again to search out decals for them?
JAN 12, 2009 - 04:49 PM
Hi Darren, Pictures of these boxes are hard to find. On the 2 examples I looked at neither showed any sign of markings. The indentification for these may have been the wavy line on either side of the box as I can think of no other reason for it being there. If anyone has any pics I'd be delighted to see them. Al
JAN 12, 2009 - 06:19 PM
Thanks for that Alan it was just my belief that some kind of marker should be on the boxes.
JAN 12, 2009 - 07:14 PM
Hi Darren, It's possible, but I couldn't find an example. Al
JAN 13, 2009 - 03:50 AM
Hey Al, Another helpful review !!! I just wish someone like Dragon, AFV Club (even Tamiya), etc..... would do a 6pdr in plastic. The old Tomy/Italeri/Peerless kit is not bad but it's the U.S. version IIRC and the Tamiya kit is not worth mentioning. For that matter any Allied AT gun would be welcome. Cheers. jjumbo
JAN 22, 2009 - 08:36 AM
Hi John, Yip, we don't have many artillery pieces in plastic that's for sure. Glad you found the review useful. Thanks Al
JAN 23, 2009 - 10:28 AM
Nice review Alan do you have shares in resicast as you must spend a small fortune with them cheers keith
JAN 23, 2009 - 11:34 AM
Hi Keith. Thanks . Unfortunately not, but I do have a lot of Graham's kits, it's not only that they are great pieces but he is one of the few manufacturers who make only British/Commonwealth stuff and he does sets and accessories not done by anyone else, or simply done better than anyone else. I've been building up stuff over a fairly long period of time for various projects, some of it is built, so I can't review that. but the In Box stuff I can. I still have 4/5 items I got over 2 years ago to review and I've been lucky enough to get some review samples. As the wife now says, "you have too many models" , but we all know that can never be the case Mind you I have a fair few other kits too, What raised the purchase level was the issue of the replacement tracks for the carriers. I had been waiting at least 3 years for those and they were closely followed by his excellent range of carrier updates, stowage and accessory sets with the icing on the cake being the Rolls Royce and the T 16 that came out at the end of last year. Resicast have certainly been busy, I didn't count them all but last year I'm fairly sure about 20 new items came out, this year looks to be as equally exciting, THE AVRE update for the Churchill kit looks great, other items are obviously in the pipe line, and the early Scout and Bren carriers are shown on his site for release sometime this year. There is a new carrier driver and crew for the first time in 30 years So yes, I am certainly a big fan, I hope I give an un-bias this is what you get/this is what I think view of the sets, not always easy when you open a box packed fully of quality stuff . Mind you I've also been doing some reviews on Accurate Armour and Ultracast kits another 2 of my favourite manufacturers. Cost wise, it is certainly an expensive hobby, but until the plastic manufacurers build more British/Commonwealth kits, if that's your genre then soon or later you have to go down the resin path, unless you can scratch build all your own stuff and I'm a long way from that. I wouldn't like to add up what I spend on modelling each month, SHMBO would have a fit , but the last 18 months have seen a hugh increase in the number and type of Allied kits available, which is great for me and allied modellers but not so good on the bank account Cheers Al
JAN 23, 2009 - 08:03 PM
   

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