April 2012

NEW THIS MONTH – APRIL 2012

Well we’re back once again after a bumpy few weeks and can’t wait to share some of new stuff we’ve been adding to the collection over the winter months. You may have read already on Miliblog how excited we were to see our first sample model from Oxford Diecast. Miliblog were quite flattered to have been asked by Oxford Diecast to work with them to launch a range of British military softskin models. The first is an absolute cracker and as you see below is a very good small scale replica of this lovely WW2 15cwt truck. All in a scale of 1/76 the same scale as Triang Hornby model railways or Airfix plastic model kits of military vehicles. Also ideal for wargamers and at about £4.50 an absolute bargain.  Click on the photo below to get a better idea !

Bedford MWD NW Europe 1944

Well in our part of the UK, the Easter holidays with the first classic car and military vehicle shows were a complete washout !   Who wants to take out their pride and joy out in the wet, wind and the mud ! In fact many shows and events were cancelled with some being rescheduled for later in the year. So what can we turn to instead ?

Cloth badges issued for army units were very popular in WW1 and WW2 and even into the 1950′s. But by the 1970′s and 1980′s, they all but disappeared. Come the new millienium, they seem to have come back again ! This time though they’re called TRF’s !!! ….or in their fullest description Tactical Recognition Flash !!! Many designs can be traced back to the second world war or even the colours or the individual regitment or corps.  So here at Miliblog, we wanted to start collecting them and share with you these very attractive badges.  This first one is for the Rifle Brigade know as The Rifles and is the largest regiment in the current British Army.

The Rifles

Next we have a nice TRF for the Royal Engineers, with the historic RE colours of red and blue stripes.

Royal Engineers

Now these TRF’s are great on the usual DPM modern British Army uniform while in the UK, but a bright basge in combat maybe isn’t such a good idea. So we have three versions of some TRF’s, UK, subdued for combat and then a desert sand version for guess where ! Now with the new MTP, or Multi Terrain Pattern uniforms I’ve seen a fourth version TRF ! So here we show the TRF  for the 1st Artillery Brigade firstly in a nice bright red and then a subdued version for combat situations.

1 Artillery Brigade

1 Artillery Brigade (Subdued)

What about some vehicles then I hear you shout ?!!! Ok, the Scannell Crusader EKA Recovery lorry is well known in military circles and we feature many photos of them serving with the British army. So now we’re seeing them in civvi street earning their keep towing broken down trucks in for repair. A bit like a repeat story of the 1950′s with AEC Matadors ! Here’s a couple of samples below for you to enjoy. More are listed under 1980s+ preserved breakdowns

Scammell Crusader EKA Recovery (BCV 160 T)(Copyright ERF Mania)

Scammell Crusader EKA Recovery (XHT 415 T)(Copyright ERF Mania)

Well let’s hope the weather picks up for next month and we can get out there enjoying some decent sunshine !

Until then….

Cheerio !

Simon

 

 

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