Humber Scout Cars
Dan Taylor Modelworks, 1/72 scale
Reviewed by Peter Brown
Better known for resin structural items including Mulberry Harbour parts as well as conversion sets, figures and decals, this all-new plastic kit is a new venture from Dan.
Many people are confused by British “armoured cars” as during World War Two there were three classes of wheeled AFVs. The Car, Armoured was a light tank on wheels (one type was actually called a Wheeled Tank) with a turret mounting a big gun. A Car, Scout was intended to roam ahead of the main force looking for the enemy or performing liaison duties under fire, as it was not supposed to fight it only needed a machine gun to protect itself. There was also the Car, Light Reconnaissance often based on an existing car chassis with thin armour and little armament, usually used as a runabout where some protection was needed and not classed as a true armoured vehicle. Various designs of all three types were produced by different companies, just to make it even more confusing Humber produced vehicles in all three classes.
Their Scout Car was developed to supplement Daimler’s well-known Dingo as production could not keep up with demand. It was a rear-engined, four wheel drive design with fully enclosed body and a mounting on the roof for a machine gun. Production began in 1943, they saw extensive use in Italy and NW Europe in armoured and other units. There were minor detail variations in production but most of the changes were mechanical. Mk II differed in engine and gearbox details, although the last ones were to have increased protection underneath and no roof to compensate for the added weight. In all, around 1700 Mk I and 2600 Mk II were built. They served with many British, Commonwealth, Czech and Polish units during the war years as well as remaining in British use during the 1950s and also in Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Norway.
If I could find one small area in the instructions which could be better it is the colour and markings section. Vehicles were usually SCC2 Brown or the later SCC15 “Olive Drab”. These are shown as grey shades which are hard to tell apart. Dan has acknowledged that and can send PDF versions in colour if you email him via his website. But he should get extra marks for not claiming they should be “Overall Dark Green” as some manufacturers do for any WW2 British AFV.
So far four versions of the kit have been released with different decal sheets:
A fifth “Profi Pack” version M-72504 is in preparation. This will come with resin parts for the crew compartment, an etched brass fret offering hatches and doors plus other details as well as its own decal options.
In addition separate accessory sets will be available later including an engine bay, tyre/wheel options with different tread patterns, crew figures and external stowage. So watch the website.
New kits of British AFVs are always welcome, doubly so if they are as well designed and moulded as this and even more if they are wheeled. With widespread use the scope for finishing a model in many different units is great. A few specialists decal sheets already cover these cars - including some from Dan Taylor Modelworks! - but as markings were usually much the same as those on tanks or other vehicles they could be made up from generic sheets or found in the spares box.
Many thanks to Dan for producing this model and also for sending me an example to review.
Available from www.dantaylormodelworks.com
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