Ernie Kharkov Tiger B

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Ernie Kharkov Tiger C
King Tiger II B
P Symonds King Tiger J
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King Tiger II
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P Symonds King Tiger B
P Symonds King Tiger D

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P Symonds King Tiger C
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This is a nicely finished Tiger II by Peter featuring mud and guts finish along with heavily armed Tank Riders parked up doing some R&R in a French Town Square.

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The Long Range Desert Group (LRDC) was a reconnaissance and raiding unit of the British Army during the Second World War.
The commander of the German Afrika Corps, Field Marshall Erwin Rommel admitted that the LRDG ''caused us more damage than any other British unit of similar strength''

It can be argued that the LRDG was the first modern special forces unit. The LRDG was formed to specifically to carry out deep penetration, covert reconnassaince patrols and intelligence missions from behind Italian lines, although they sometimes engaged in combat operations.
Because the LRDG were experts in desert navigation they were assigned to guide other units, including the Special Air Service and secret agents accross the desert.

Formed in 1940 to patrol western Egyptand warn off an inevitable Italian attack the unit initially recruited mainly from the 2nd New Zealand division as the Army wanted were energetic, innovative, self reliant also physically and mentally tough, and able to live and fight in seclusion in the Libyan desert.
'Over half of the 2nd New Zealand div. volunteered'

Later the 3 New Zealand patrols (T, W and R atrols) were joined by British volunteers, the Y patrol came from the Nottinghan Yoemanry under command under Capt. P J D McGraithwith additional men from the Northumberland Fusiliers and the Argle and Sutherland Highlanders, whilst the G patrol recruited from the Brigade of Guards.
The LRGd favoured the Chevrolet 30 ctw truck for its patrols, although only 2 wheel drive it used less than half the fuel of a similar Ford 4x4 truck making it ideal for long range patrol work.Armament was highly diverse with various anti tank rifles, light and heavy machine guns and also 20mm cannon.

Weapons on this model are a typical mix of Vickers medium machine guns, Lewis MG and Boys anti tank rifle, and British SMLE Mk 4EY granade launcheralso Mk 3 Lee Enfields, Itallian 1933a Beretta & German MP40 personnel weapons.

Paint schemes were often specific to the mission and the vehicles painted to suit the local terrain which could vary from dark red rock, to pale yellow and even black sand.
Peters model is rather unusual stone and azure scheme to help the vehicle blend into the haze between sand and sky during the day eplained Peter.

This model is heavily scratch built static model using a highway 6 Chevy RAF Fire Tender as a base, this model depicts 2SAS troopers back troopers back back from there first successful raid of the War, an attack on three Lybian Air fields destroying 60 Luftwaffe aircraft for no losses.

Although the SAS operataed independantly later in the War in 1941 & 42 they needed the expertise of the LRDG to transport them to there targets in the desert.

A very well done project Peter. BFM Staff

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