Long Range Desert Group

So I started this LRDG jeep…
I´m allready deep into a SAS project in the Gimme Some LUVin’ Group Build and seeing the amount of spares I had as leftovers I got the «brilliant» idea to start a project I have thought of for a while. I have the Tamiya Chevy 30-CWT in my stash and together with the Tamiya Willys with some extras it should be a cool, little dio (or hopefully it will…).

The LRDG jeep is a bit different from the SAS jeep. It was not as heavily armed and stowage was arranged a bit different. My plan is to make something like this
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But I will add a .50 cal in front of the passenger just because I can :grin: There is no LRDG jeep available in 1/35 scale so a convertion and some scratchbuilding is necessary.

So I started to make a crew for the jeep. I did not want them to wear the Keffiyeh, which was, to my knowledge, mostly used for promotion pictures an during sand storms. Instead I scalped a Tamiya figure for a wool cap for the driver and used a converted Master Box figure as the vehicle commander. They are both WIP and there is a need for some heavy sanding and Milliput work on their shoulders when the glue dries. I´m planning to show the engine on this one, so that is next on my list

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Hi,
I’ll follow up on your project. I have three jeeps (Dragon/Tamiya/Italeri(Blackdog) SAS and one might as well turn into LRDG.

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Just a minor point Erik, and in no way is this meant to detract, but the most common woollen headgear for British soldiers during WW2 was likely to be the “Cap Comforter”; this was basically a woollen tube designed to be worn as a scarf (comforter) or turned in upon itself to form a cap, such as was often worn by Commando forces (pic from the www):

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I think the cap you have your figure wearing is a US so-called “Beanie” cap (I’m no expert), that’s not so say of course that a Brit soldier would not have acquired one, (assuming there were US troops to meet) but I just thought you should be aware.

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I have a few keeps as well from various manufacturers as well as the Tamiya Chevy so I’ll be watching. Great start so far!

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I´m fully aware of this. We used to wear the same thing back in the day in the Norwegian Army as well. Called it a «head over». However, the cap stays. It would be just cruel if the Tamiya truck driver lost his skull for nothing. :grin:

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Roger that Erik!

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Looks like they had more than one type of wool knit cap available.

The US type with the bill is called a “jeep cap”. There was also a non billed standard knit cap issued to US troops

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You see them with all sorts of strange headgear. I have converted mine to look like something in that picture.

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I´m having a hard time finding a good picture of a LRDG rear fender stowage rack. To my knowledge these were not uncommon and they look pretty cool. I have these drawings and a picture of a restored vehicle (which to me does not look very «LRDGish», but I might be wrong…). If anyone have a decent picture of the rack it would be much appriciated.
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Todays progress. Parts of the engine and exhaust is in. I chopped the grill and glued a spare water cooling system. Worked a bit on the figures and made some stowage. Never mind the aluminum foil, it is just there to prevent the stowage to stick to the body.


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The driver would still need goggles.

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Good point, I have to see what I have in the spare box, but there are still plenty of pictures with drivers without goggles. And for the record, I allways used goggles when I ran a gun truck in Afghanistan so your point is absolutly legit.

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Did some work to the jeep this evening. The «major» work was done to the rear stowage rack. Even though it is pretty simple it is fiddly work. I also prepared the dashboard for a PE one and made a machinegun mount. The stowage is now a solid block so I removed the foil and primed it black. It fits like a glove and so far I´m happy with the result. And @DAKjunkie , I found a pair of WW2 tankers goggles, so that issue has been sorted out :wink:

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Too cool, and thanks. Have you decided yet, which patrol to epitomize? NZ or Guards, or SA?

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Since the truck is NZ I guess that is the way to go. That said, it will be a bit generic I guess. My interest is mostly in modern armor. I’m only building this jeep to get rid of some spare parts :grin:

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Looking forward to seeing how this goes.

Be advised though that if you do use a 50, make it’s the early air cooled jacket rather than the M2HB. As in the profile with the passenger mounted gun. The SAS and LRDG scavenged a lot of the heavier weapons from downed aircraft. The Jeep in the colour profile has a rear mounted Browning 303 with spade grips from an aircraft. Probably something like a Boston originally.

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I know. I will be using a spare .50 from a Dragon SAS jeep. For the rear machine gun I have to improvise a bit with the .30 Browning from the Tamiya Willys.

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I have read a book about Popski’s Private Army (which is very recommendable, btw) and they frequently encountered the LRDG (even joined their collumns sometimes) but I do not recollect the use of jeeps. However, according to this site, they did use them. It also states they were not that heavily armed…

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That site contains the very illustration that Erik began this thread with(!)

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Nice build and I like the pose of the soldier’s.

Cheers,
Ralph

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