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So another commission project ...the Bren or Universal Carrier. This vehicles looks easy, but in reality it is not due to the angles of the front compartment, as well as the hull etc. Lots more detail and work involved then one would think looking at it. I am lucky enough that i have one already in 1/6th scale to work from. It was built by Harold (pzwest) and is probably the most accurate 1/6th scale version of this vehicle out there as Harold and Geoff (Johnny Cannuck) used real 1:1 measurements and pictures when Harold built this one (and last one he made).

So I am confident in the size, shape and construction he used to make mine, going forward with this one. I will be using 3d printed suspension/wheels etc to be more accurate. This is a late war version with welded hull. I am also building a riveted hull version as well.
If anyone is interested in acquiring one of these vehicles let me know as I am building a few at the same time. Pm for cost.

A few WIP pictures...















Some screen shots of the suspension parts (going to be 3d printed)






 

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Dang, really looking forward to seeing this bad boy come together!
Funny, was having a conversation with a co-worker the other day, was telling me of when he was younger, he knew a young fella who bought a Carrier from a surplus store, had a ton of fun ripping around in it.
 

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Another beaut, Andy. Probably the most easily recognized of the "tankette" types of WW2, this will be another feather in your cap.
 

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Damn, you're good! 1/6 vehicles are truly HUGE. I love your attention to detail.
 

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Incredible! I think I read it here on OSW many years ago that the challenge to reproducing the seemingly simply constructed Universal Carrier, is that it was not simply constructed, and your in-progress shots is evidence to that! Congratulations on your excellent undertaking of a very daunting project!
 

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Thanks for all the kind words. Superado, you comments are more accurate then you know. This vehicle is not easy, although it kind of looks like it.
Did some more work yesterday. Was able to get the front section mostly done. I say mostly as now comes all the little fiddly items....





as you can see, the front cover and left side cover are able to be moved...
 

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Very cool :thumb Awesome work Andrew. Nice mix of materials with the brass bits, and styrene. And nice work in the weld seams too. Are the brass fittings and hinges aftermarket items, or did you make them yourself?

What do you use the big can of MEK on? I hope you work space is well ventilated when you use it, that stuff is evil. They actually banned it at the place I work.

A friend of mine used to have one when he lived in Manitoba. Used to tear around on his farm with it. I saw some pretty neat pictures of it.
 

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Been working on the carrier this week...getting closer to the end each day...today I finished the rear interior part (engine covers) etc...I still don't know how to to rivets....










 

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Anyway, been working on the carrier and have it almost complete. Just waiting on the suspension parts then it will be done. Here are a few pictures...










You can check out my blog here on this build and a few others....
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