by: Alan McNeilly [ ]
The Allies had a wide variety of trailers for many, many purposes. There is not a great selection of these available in 1/35 scale so I was very pleased to see the release of this item from Resicast.
The kit was Mastered by George Moor and is produced to the highest standard by Resicast.
The 7.5 ton trailer was typically used for the recover/transport of Bren and Universal carriers but I dare say it would be suitable for a Vickers Light Tank or even a Tilly, light car/lorry.
The kit comes packed in the standard Resicast sturdy box, the parts packed in zip bags and further protected by bubble wrap. The box top shows the product and manufacturers details and 2 pictures of the completed trailer.
Inside the box is a 20 page A5 size booklet of instructions. This is laid out in the normal Resicast fashion with a cover page, then parts list, followed by the build instructions and some reference pictures. The instructions are in black and white and of the photograph type. Parts are clearly numbered on the parts list, casting blocks and photo diagrams. You will need a sharp XActo blade, razor saw and a selection of drill bits for the build.
The trailer body looks expertly done, the fittings are splendid in detail and accuracy and the wheels have the correct tyre pattern for the period. This is not a build for the beginner but if you have reasonably good skills then a fine result should be achievable. The shackles and turnbuckles look excellent and you would appear to have everything you need for a detailed and accurate build judging from the reference pictures Iíve looked at.
The build sequence is laid out in a logical fashion with text prompts where necessary and for clarification.
The trailer can be modelled with the ramps lowered or secured to the trailer bed. The dolly can be positioned to suit your needs of display.
I have no specific references for the trailer, Maple Leaf Forum has a number of threads that would be useful and a number of reference pictures of the actual kit exist for inspiration if you need any. Normal safety precautions apply when working with resin.
As a diorama item this kit has excellent possibilities for the modeller. As a standalone item you have the pleasure of the detail to admire. This is a worthy addition to the Resicast range and should be a kit to enjoy.
The kit allows for a number of finish options which will cover most modellers needs and it was good to see some developments in the area of trailers for Allied vehicles.
The trailer depicts an early style trailer with cable brakes, I believe hydraulic brakes came into play in later versions. You may wish to source some fine chain for the build.
Another cracking kit from Resicast. I have added below, some pictures of the build trailer from the Resicast site for further reference.