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WWII British Accessories Set
World War Two British Field Accessories Set
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]


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Introduction

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.

Contents

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

Review

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.

6 mugs
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.

3 funnels

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.

6 flimsies
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.

Conclusion

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.
SUMMARY
Highs: Fantastic selection of kit for any World War Two vehicle or diorama with the possible exception of the Eastern Front.
Lows: None at all due to a great selection and plenty of it.
Verdict: Get yours while you can as I believe this set will go fast.
Percentage Rating
100%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: AB3562
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  PUBLISHED: Dec 05, 2013
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.16%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.97%

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About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70ís starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70ís, I have had lots of opportunitie...

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Comments

Thank you George and 766sgtacc for the information.
DEC 05, 2013 - 07:51 PM
Nice looking add on set , although I would have thought 25 pounder ammo boxes would have been a better addition ,everyone seemed to use them for extra storage . 6 pounder boxes , not so much
DEC 05, 2013 - 10:48 PM
I guess the 6pr boxes are because of the 6pr guns due for release soon.
DEC 06, 2013 - 12:43 AM
Helleson Lamps could be found on Centurion tanks as late as the early 1970s and Petrol Cooker No2 introduced during WW2 (probably from a German design, as were the Jerrycans) still in use on armoured vehicles when I left the forces in 1990.
DEC 06, 2013 - 06:41 AM
No2 Burners were still in use up until the mid to late 90's when they were replaced by the No12 Burner which is a diesel variant. The cookset was known as a dixie to us tank crews and is still issued as part of the CES now. Max
DEC 07, 2013 - 05:46 PM
Ammo boxes of all sorts were used for many purposes. We still use a 5.5in artillery propellant box my father used as a kit box. This looks like a first rate set of accessories.
DEC 08, 2013 - 09:56 AM
2 gallon cans were used throughout the war - I have seen them dated as late as 1951
DEC 08, 2013 - 04:32 PM
Simon what I meant was how common were they as jerry cans pretty much seem to have taken over as the war progressed. On the subject of the cookers I am finding the information that is being made available in this thread a great help which is also extending the time line that this product will be of help for. Any advance on the 1990's?
DEC 08, 2013 - 05:36 PM
I thought the same as you - which is why i was surprised to see them being made as late as 1951 - particularly as many millions must have been made during the war sk
DEC 09, 2013 - 06:26 AM
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