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I'm not aware of there being any kits of Wheelbarrow but back in the late 1980s at least there was a Mk. 7 (I think - it pre-dated the one with the parallelogram trackwork, which I think was a Mk .8 anyway) at the National Army Museum in London. I spent a couple of hours measuring it shortly after moving to London and even made some progress on drawing up the component parts, although I never actually cut plastic on it beyond making a 1/76 one. The drawings I did will be around somewhere (will need to rummage though) and I will also have the negatives (ah, the days when cameras used film....) I took, which I can scan and send you, although it was in a murky gallery so I was forced to use flash, which doesn't give the best results. Still, there is probably enough to have a stab at making one in 1/35 and you probably won't run into many people who have studied it enough to tell you about any errors you make. It did evolve quite a bit so many of the fittings will have changed over time anyway.
Astonishingly, I found one page of the drawings in mere seconds, so will scan and email that to you tonight. It's drawn on 1mm graph paper at 1/17.5 scale so halve all dims to 1/35. The page has the body, main support frame and the boom each from several directions but although I have definitely drawn them, not the actuators, of which I think there were three on the one I examined. Will have a more in depth rummage for the others over the weekend, when I will also attempt to retrieve my negs from my storage unit. The drawings were done for my own modelling purposes not for publication so don't expect Hilary Doyle quality! And you will need photos to interpret what the lines mean.
Rob There's nothing cushy about life in the Women's Auxiliary Balloon Corps
Small world. I was in London in 1986 (a long way from New Zealand!) On that trip I visited the NAM and saw the wheelbarrow you refer to. I took a couple of fuzzy photos (since lost)
On that trip I visited the late Sid Horton of Chota Sahib in Brighton and he told me that he was working on the masters for a wheelbarrow kit for his Northern Ireland range. Unfortunately that kit never appeared.
I'm finally getting around to a vignette featuring Chota Sahib's ATO with a wheelbarrow and would appreciate any information/photos that you can turn up.
Thanks for that, most helpful. And possibly another one found
February 2 2013, 4:09 PM
So the NAM exhibit was a Mk. VI and the Cosford one a Mk. V, it would seem.
A bit of surfing reveals that IWM Duxford may have a Mk. VII now, although I don't recall seeing one there when I was a regular visitor - IWM has recently sent a load of its stuff to DX, so it might have been a recent arrival.
There's nothing cushy about life in the Women's Auxiliary Balloon Corps
I found my photos from the NAM, three general views only but they seem to show a different vehicle to yours Robert, I'm wondering if I took them at the IWM or somewhere else. I can scan them and post them to anybody interested. They show the shotgun mounted.
Could I see your pics of the MkV, Tim?
Time to build one, I have in mind a vignette with wheelbarrow, ATO and Airfix Vauxhall Viva.