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Set 6169

British Anti-tank Gun Ordnance QF 2 pdr

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released 2012
Contents 2 figures and 1 gun
Poses 2 poses
Material Plastic (Fairly Hard)
Colours Brown
Average Height 25 mm (= 1.8 m)


At the outbreak of the Second World War the British Army had just one anti-tank gun in its arsenal - the Vickers 2-pounder, which is the weapon depicted in this set. The gun was good but inevitably quickly outclassed as stronger tanks appeared on the battlefield, and while it was used in the North African campaign and in the Far East until 1945, it was to be replaced in Europe by guns of much higher calibre.

This is a really nice model of one of these guns, which for the record has been mounted on a Mark II carriage - the most common version produced. The weapon was quite complex for its day, and this model too is particularly complex given the generally quick and simple models found in the Art of Tactic range. The result is a model that takes quite some time and care to put together, although the fact that almost nothing needs gluing is very impressive. The result is a sophisticated model that has not lost as much detail to simplification as most model guns, so it looks great. The kit comes with two alternative carriages - one down and ready for firing (as pictured) and the other with wheels attached and legs folded ready for towing.

The two crew figures are also made up of several pieces, with the result that the gunner is really interacting with his gun in a completely realistic way. When put together as a whole model it looks great. Both crew are wearing ordinary battledress, but both have vague and missing detail on their chests, for no better reason than when in position this area would be difficult to see. Nevertheless they make perfectly acceptable British artillery crew figures, and the product as a whole is to be commended.

Further Reading
"British Anti-tank Artillery 1939-45" - Osprey (New Vanguard Series No.98) - Chris Henry - 9781841766386
"British Battledress 1937-61" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.112) - Brian Jewell - 9780850453874
"British Infantry Equipments (2) 1908-2000" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.108) - Mike Chappell - 9781855328396
"British Web Equipment of the Two World Wars" - Crowood (Europa Militaria Series No.32) - Martin Brayley - 9781861267436
"The British Army 1939-45 (1) North West Europe" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.354) - Martin Brayley - 9781841760520
"The World War II Tommy" - Crowood - Martin Brayley & Richard Ingram - 9781861261908

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