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WW1 Limber Wagon
WW1 Limber Wagon, Horses and MG Stowage
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]

Introduction

I am please to see the continued release of a range of 1/35th Scale World War 1 items. A recent purchase acquired the Resicast WW1 Limbered Wagons, Horses and MG Stowage kit number 35.1251.

Horse drawn transport provided the majority of the transport solution available at that point in time although mechanical transport option were being developed it was still early days.

Horse drawn transport still held an advantage over other methods of transport in so much as a horse and cart could often go where no mechanical vehicle could.

This set comprised a pair of horse, and two small wagons, plus stowage for the Vickers machine gun that was the main stay of the British Armyís infantry fire power.

Cast in a light grey resin the kit was mastered by George Moore and Graham Sellar of Resicast in January of this year.

The Kit

Instructions
These consist of a 16 page A 5 booklet. The front page lists and identifies the parts in the kit something Iíve always liked about their instructions. Pages 2 to 10 contain the build instructions with black and white images of the build stages clearly marked with and corresponding to the build part numbers, whilst pages 11 to 15 show actual pictures of the wagons and page 16 contains details of the WD specification for Wagon, Limber, GS.

Front Wagon
This comprises the wagon bed and 3 sides, moulded as one. Very nicely detailed with detailed fixing an fixings attached appropriately. The tail gate is a separate item and could be modelled open or closed. To add to this you get the towing pole, wagon axle with bolts, left stowage box, rear hook, front and rear fixings, two SMLE rifles for fixing to the front and right hand side, swivel tree and towing hooks plus a bucket that fixes underneath the wagon. The parts are all excellently cast. The wagon was designed to be quite small and comes with a towing hook to add a further wagon to the train.to the train.

Rear Wagon
Again made of the base and three sides with the tail gate as a separate item it can easily be distinguished from the front wagon by the finish. To add to the wagon you get the axle without bolts, towing bar, tail gate, rear break, spare wheel bracket, front and rear guard, break handle, bracket and break arm.

Both wagons have some common parts, wheels two per cart plus one spare, side reinforcements and rings.
Both wagons come with bulk stowage and a range of individual stowage items to compliment the load and add variety and individual finish.

Horses. Two horses to tow the wagons are supplied, build instructions for them are contained on a separate two sided A 4 page showing both construction of the animals and the correct fixings for the harness, part of which is moulded to the animals and the other to be added with resin and PE fixings. One of the horses comes with a saddle mounted for the driver of the wagon and both horses come with clipped tails. They are slightly small in stature than previous 1/35th scale horses I have worked with, but I don't see that as a problem as all sizes and types of horse were employed during this period.

A small fret of PE is included in the kit to add further detail to the build.

Conclusion

The overall moulding and quality of the parts are extremely good as one would expect from Resicast. Detail of the items contained in the kit are 1st class, nice sharp detail. Some are quite delicate and will need careful handling.

The GS wagon was designed to carry light specific loads such as those needed for MG sections (ammunition etc). As such the kit wagons are quite small and this build should give a lot of pleasure when done. Given the size and the combination of Horses and two drawn wagons the build will require some skill and patience but should produce a very accurate model of what was a widely used piece of kit throughout the War.

The provision of bulk load for each wagon and additional kit to be used as you see fit just adds further to this supper looking little kit.



SUMMARY
Highs: A unique little kit of a vey common type of WW1 wagon. Excellent detail with stowage provided for the wagons.
Lows: Not for the beginner.
Verdict: Highly Recommended but will require patience to build.
Percentage Rating
89%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35.1251
  PUBLISHED: Jul 05, 2016
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.73%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.29%

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About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...

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Comments

Somewhat unusual subject but very interesting. Might need to get this one! The "horse drawn" side of the German war machine is certainly getting more coverage from the hobby industry these days.
JUL 05, 2016 - 01:50 AM
A terrific subject matter, Al, but it looks like only a small portion of the tack is included. Are there guides for supplying the rest? Time was we all knew about such things, but no longer. Also, can this be used in other time periods and armies?
JUL 06, 2016 - 02:52 AM
Looks like the Australian Army used them as well (providing the pictured limbers are the same ) : "Transport unit of the 9th Australian Machine Gun Company, in review order as a complete unit for the first time, for inspection by Major General J. Monash, Commander, 3rd Division, near Querrieu, two days before going into the line again at Villers-Bretonneux (18 May 1918)" : H.P.
JUL 06, 2016 - 03:34 AM
Thanks, H.P.!
JUL 06, 2016 - 08:47 AM
Bill, the horse furniture or tack was taken from illustrations from period books and photographs. I think the US Army had different systems of "rigging" horses but the common ones in use for the British Army of the time were Royal Artillery and Army Service Corps. There were slight differences in the breast straps....heavier guns v wagons. These wagons are based on actual (original) drawings from 1915, courtesy of a very good friend who is a WW1 re-enactor and restorer of horse drawn equipment. These wagons were used by Commonwealth troops, but the US had their own styles. As for the period, there were limbered wagons used from the early 1900's so would have been used (possibly) in South Africa, (cannot be sure about this though). This model has the revised brakes introduces in 1915 "ish". I can furnish details if you want to contact me via Al.
JUL 09, 2016 - 02:08 AM
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