Chuchill Bridge Layer in WWII

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Chuchill Bridge Layer in WWII

Joined: April 23rd, 2002, 1:57 pm

May 23rd, 2010, 2:17 am #1

OK I have done a search here and also GOOGLE but I do not really see what I'm looking for. I would like to build a Churchill Bridge Layer during WWII. I am looking at the Airfix 1/76 kit. It looks like the bridge itself is similar to a WWII version and if I change the tread ways by making them a little narrower and using a lattice type surface rather than what the kit supplies and put it on a type III or IV Churchill I would be fine. The kit as is depicts a Korea era vehicle. If I made the changes mentioned above what time frame and theaters of WWII would be acceptable? I cannot find anything that would date the version I am proposing? I do not know if there is anything currently available in 1/35? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Steve
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Joined: December 25th, 2005, 10:05 pm

May 23rd, 2010, 1:19 pm #2

Steve-
In the early 1980's when Tamiya released the Chuchill Mk VII the British Magazine, Military Modelling, had an article with the vehicle you are interested in.

The article included scale drawings of the bridge.

I cannot remember the issue number, or the author- and around 20 years ago I loaned it to someone who never returned it.

Maybe someone here has it- but I think that would help you a lot.

Cool Subject! Good luck with it.

Steve
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Joined: April 18th, 2005, 7:19 pm

May 23rd, 2010, 2:33 pm #3

OK I have done a search here and also GOOGLE but I do not really see what I'm looking for. I would like to build a Churchill Bridge Layer during WWII. I am looking at the Airfix 1/76 kit. It looks like the bridge itself is similar to a WWII version and if I change the tread ways by making them a little narrower and using a lattice type surface rather than what the kit supplies and put it on a type III or IV Churchill I would be fine. The kit as is depicts a Korea era vehicle. If I made the changes mentioned above what time frame and theaters of WWII would be acceptable? I cannot find anything that would date the version I am proposing? I do not know if there is anything currently available in 1/35? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Steve
http://www.imaco.com.hk/cgi-bin/prod.pl/id/IMA01635

A couple of Pics from the IWM
PHOTOGRAPHER:
Wilkes (Sgt)
No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit
TITLE:
THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORTH-WEST EUROPE 1944-45
COLLECTION NUMBER:
4700-29
PERIOD:
Second World War
DATE:
22 October 1944
ACCESS:
Unrestricted
COLOUR / BLACK & WHITE:
Black and white
TYPE:
Official photograph
DESCRIPTION:
Churchill bridgelayer tanks of 34th Armoured Brigade move up to the Antwerp-Turnhout canal for the attack north of Antwerp, 22 October 1944.



PHOTOGRAPHER:
Johnson (Sgt)
No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit
TITLE:
THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORTH-WEST EUROPE 1944-45
COLLECTION NUMBER:
4700-29
PERIOD:
Second World War
DATE:
26 October 1944
ACCESS:
Unrestricted
COLOUR / BLACK & WHITE:
Black and white
TYPE:
Official photograph
DESCRIPTION:
A bridge being layed by a Churchill bridgelayer across the river at Moergestel, 26 October 1944.


PHOTOGRAPHER:
Wilkes (Sgt)
No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit
TITLE:
THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORTH-WEST EUROPE 1944-45
COLLECTION NUMBER:
4700-30
PERIOD:
Second World War
DATE:
8 February 1945
ACCESS:
Unrestricted
COLOUR / BLACK & WHITE:
Black and white
TYPE:
Official photograph
DESCRIPTION:
Dutch clergymen chat to the crew of a Churchill bridgelayer of 34th Tank Brigade at the start of Operation 'Veritable', 8 February 1945.
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Joined: July 12th, 2007, 4:48 pm

May 23rd, 2010, 2:44 pm #4

OK I have done a search here and also GOOGLE but I do not really see what I'm looking for. I would like to build a Churchill Bridge Layer during WWII. I am looking at the Airfix 1/76 kit. It looks like the bridge itself is similar to a WWII version and if I change the tread ways by making them a little narrower and using a lattice type surface rather than what the kit supplies and put it on a type III or IV Churchill I would be fine. The kit as is depicts a Korea era vehicle. If I made the changes mentioned above what time frame and theaters of WWII would be acceptable? I cannot find anything that would date the version I am proposing? I do not know if there is anything currently available in 1/35? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Steve
Bellona military vehicle prints #25 has plans and technical info on the WWII version.
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Joined: February 16th, 2002, 10:24 pm

May 23rd, 2010, 3:56 pm #5

OK I have done a search here and also GOOGLE but I do not really see what I'm looking for. I would like to build a Churchill Bridge Layer during WWII. I am looking at the Airfix 1/76 kit. It looks like the bridge itself is similar to a WWII version and if I change the tread ways by making them a little narrower and using a lattice type surface rather than what the kit supplies and put it on a type III or IV Churchill I would be fine. The kit as is depicts a Korea era vehicle. If I made the changes mentioned above what time frame and theaters of WWII would be acceptable? I cannot find anything that would date the version I am proposing? I do not know if there is anything currently available in 1/35? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Steve
You might have a look for this:



Produced by International Models Asia:http://www.imaco.com.hk/cgi-bin/prod.pl/id/IMA01635

Gr,
Marcel



http://kits.kolsteeg.net/sale
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Joined: May 1st, 2005, 8:47 pm

May 23rd, 2010, 9:35 pm #6

Steve-
In the early 1980's when Tamiya released the Chuchill Mk VII the British Magazine, Military Modelling, had an article with the vehicle you are interested in.

The article included scale drawings of the bridge.

I cannot remember the issue number, or the author- and around 20 years ago I loaned it to someone who never returned it.

Maybe someone here has it- but I think that would help you a lot.

Cool Subject! Good luck with it.

Steve
Steve(s)

The article referred to was in Military Modelling for September 1978. However, I must point out that the Churchill AVRE with SBG bridge is not the same beast as the Churchill Bridgelayer (despite the article in Military in Scale for August for 2005 which concerned the SBG bridge but was headed Bridgelayer).

Chris
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