Malayan Emergency in 1/48th Scale

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10 months 2 weeks ago - 10 months 2 weeks ago #1 by dcrfan
Malayan Emergency in 1/48th Scale was created by dcrfan
Recently I've started building a few models 1/48th scale representing vehicles (and possibly aircraft) that were operated by British, Commonwealth and Malayan forces during the Emergency 1948-60. An interesting period starting out with all WW2 equipment and moving into the first of the post war replacements.

First a modified Daimler scout car with a extended roof and twin bren guns with 100 circular mags.





Next a scratchbuilt rail Jeep with an armoured body.



Still working on the canvas roof which will probably end up being covered in paper or tissue.



I've also started a Tamiya Humber armoured car which will be modified to represent a Canadian GM Fox armoured car. I must admit I have not been able to identify all the visible differences so at best it will be a look alike. Photo shows Fox used by British Army artillery battery in Malaya in 1948-49.

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10 months 2 weeks ago #2 by Bishop
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Nice work so far. You could add some planes quite happily in that scale.

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10 months 2 weeks ago - 10 months 2 weeks ago #3 by dcrfan
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Bishop wrote: Nice work so far. You could add some planes quite happily in that scale.


Last night I did some surfing and ended up ordering a 1/48 Revell S-55 from Germany as most were in the US requesting ridiculous postage. Apparently originally issued in late 1950s but still a reasonable likeness. Also found there is a 1/48 Auster but hard to find. Checked a series of magazine articles in my Malaya archive on Operation Firedog - the air side of the emergency. How about this for a tasty list of aircraft used:
Brgand, Spitfire FR 18, Tempest II, Lincoln B2, Lincoln B30, Spitfire PR19, Dragonfly HC2, Beaufigter X, Dakota, Mosquito PR 34, Auster 5 (6 and 9), Hornet F3, Vampire 5, Sunderland, Valetta, Canberra B2, S-55, Scottish Pioneer CC1, Venom , Bristol Freighter Mk 31, Shackelton , Sycamore, York, Havard, Twin Pioneer, Hastings, Firefly.

Obviously not all the aircraft are available in 1/48th but most are. Unfortunately no Bristol Freighter :(
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10 months 2 weeks ago #4 by dcrfan
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Yippee, a courier just dropped the new Gaso.line Chev C60L As it's got a No 11 cab I plan to put the cab and body into spares box and scratch build a new armoured body.

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10 months 2 weeks ago #5 by grover
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Man you don't do things by half do ay :D Good luck with the build. I'll be following from a little distance. It scares me :woohoo: :P

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10 months 1 week ago - 8 months 3 weeks ago #6 by dcrfan
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I think I've got most of the differences between Humber and GM Fox added. Just got to find a suitable headlight and add the final common Humber pieces.

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8 months 3 weeks ago - 8 months 3 weeks ago #7 by dcrfan
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The Armoured rail jeep is nearly finished.



As is conversion of Humber into Fox while the Dingo has some way to go.



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8 months 3 weeks ago #8 by Kresimir
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Awesome build, awesome scratch!! a little advice would be to add some weld seams, it would bring so much to all those "workshop build vehicles"!

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8 months 2 weeks ago #9 by dcrfan
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Well I thought this was nearing completion until I painted it and took this picture. Lots of rework required on the added superstructure.

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