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BEF Universal Carrier

April 9 2006 at 10:30 PM
Fabrício Menardi  (Login fmenardi)
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Could you tell me if the FEB used Universal Carrier Mk I in France (1940)?

Thank in advance,


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MOORE George
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BEF carriers

April 10 2006, 6:36 AM 

To my knowledge, the Universal carrier was introduced after Dunkirk, (a) to make up for losses, (b) as a cost saving/production method of combining the Scout Carrier and "Bren Carrier", which were identical in every aspect except the rear body. The Bren had sloped panels on one side, and was open on the side behind the driver. The Scout was reversed, but the rear panel was horizontal.
I enclose a couple of shots of conversions I made to the Tamiya 1/35th kit.
In my opinion, a picture paints a thousand words.

BTW I am still trying to find out how the rear panel was shaped, as very few photos exist of the scout carrier showing this detail. I have been through the resources at Bovington, and turned up very little on the scout.
One other major difference, the Scout was fitted for radio and attached to armoured formations, the bren was attached to infantry formations.
The Scout had wire mesh over the exposed rear of the engine to suppress radio interference from the engine.

Hope this helps.


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Bob Gregory
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April 10 2006, 9:51 AM 

Nice job on the conversion, any thoughts on making an article on this?

If I remember correct, AFV News has 1:35th drawings of the Bren Carrier if you want to check angles. Scout and Bren Carrier information is rare indeed.

Looking forward to see any other Carrier conversions you may have done.

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Carlos Cafe
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some images

April 10 2006, 8:33 PM 

I was planning a diorama depicting a Univ. Carrier MKI around Dunkirk, 1940. I´m a little frustrating in knowing about that. I will have to change my plans.
Do you know wich woud be the typical little troop transport for the BEF?
Where did you get detailed information about this beautiful conversion you did?

I got some images that may be interesting of some Bren No 2 Mk I Carriers in New Zealand.

Thanks in advance

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