It struck me that I'm hiding within my collection a number of models which deserve the odd airing. Consequently, it seemed a good idea to haul one out from time-to-time before the discerning audience that is 'Braille Scale'.
First up - 'Pandorra'
To give her full name - Humber Heavy Utility 4x4 modelled in 1/76 scale.
I met her full sized cousin at the military vehicle fair in Beltring, Kent around twelve years ago. Getting into conversation with her owner, he allowed me to measure and extensively photograph her from every angle. I thought about finding a kit of the subject but the only one I knew of, that by Firing Line, was as rare as hen's teeth and so I decided a scratch build was the answer.
She turned into a labour of love. From he subframe upwards, every detail I could manage was fitted. She boasts a full instrument panel, map table, angle-poise lamp, tip-up seats in the back and the tiniest mesh radiator protector I could find. The biggest challenge was forming the roof in a hand made plunge mould. This went well apart from when the heat source (a 100 watt bulb) was left close to the first attempt for too long and, whilst I was distracted, fell over, melting a hole in the surrond to by PC's monitor. The only cheat was to borrow wheels from an MMS white metal kit.
She won the odd award or two in competitions but now sits in a glass cabinet ignored for much of the time. She's maybe not as crisp as she once was. Every now and then a door falls off when I'm ham-fistedly handling her but I make a point of re-attaching it straight away before it disappears.
I hope you enjoy her.