British Armoured Scout Car Dingo Mk.II
Tamiya, 1/48 scale
Tamiya’s latest contribution to 1:48 scale military modelling is an all-new Dingo Mk.II Scout Car.
Supplied on a two sprues, the kit comprises 57 parts in dark green plastic, which includes eleven parts for the two-man crew.
The model is extremely simple, with all hatches and visors moulded closed. Interior details are limited to seats for the two crew members, a steering wheel, internal visor detail and a fuel tank. Each axle with its two springs and shock absorbers are supplied as a single part. The steering is fixed in the straight-ahead position.
Surface detail is by way of mostly raised detail for the hatches, doors, tie-downs and rivets, plus nicely moulded hinges. Ejector pin circles are limited to the insides of the hull, but they are quite visible when the model is built.
The tyres are moulded in two pieces each from polystyrene plastic and the hub and tread texture looks good. There is a raised moulding seam along the centreline of each tyre and not really any detail to speak of on the back of the wheel. These are attached to the axle by simply gluing them in place – no poly caps here.
On-vehicle tools comprise a shovel and a jack. The Bren gun is not included, as the passenger’s visor is moulded shut
Markings are supplied for a single vehicle attached to 5th Guards Armoured Brigade.
The vehicle is finished in Dark Green with a disruptive Mickey Mouse pattern in Black.
Tamiya kits are distributed in the UK by The Hobby Company Limited
Text and Images by Brett Green