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.
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