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WW11 RAF Base Fire Station.
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No: 4438   Contributor: Pete Matten   Scale: 1/76   Year: 2013   Manufacturers: Airfix, BW Models, Other, Scratch built / modified   Country: United Kingdom
WW11 RAF Base Fire Station.

A typical WW11 scene at an airbase somewhere in Southern England during the summer of 1944 and shows the emergency crash vehicles on high alert and waiting the return of the station spitfires and hurricanes.
The vehicles are from the left, a Crossley Foam Tender in 1/72 scale by FanKit Models, next a Fordson Weeton Type Foam Tender in 1/76 scale by BW Models, and on the right is a Willys Jeep in the 1/72 scale by Airfix.
The stations Control Tower and the figures are by Airfix, the fire department building built to 1/76 scale is totally scratchbuilt in plasti-card to show a typical scene that would have been seen so many times over and over during ('Our Darkest Hours') WW11.

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Picture added on 26 October 2013 at 08:14
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Another great diorama Pete. As you would expect I particularly like the Crossley Q.

Added by George Illingworth on 26 October 2013.
Great Stuff Pete !!

Added by Ted Angus on 26 October 2013.
A really nice selection of models Pete, you have been very busy.
This type of model is a particular interest of mine.
Maybe an early post war scene next?
Much more colour, red, yellow etc.

Added by Bristol Bob on 26 October 2013.
Pete, I am concerned about the statement that this is somewhere in Southern England. Those hills in the background look far too steep. Are you trying to confuse the enemy?

Added by George Illingworth on 26 October 2013.
Thank you again for your comments.
George, reference your last comment, mate its only pretend, if I'd used a large town back-drop now that would have looked really silly and then I would certainly have expected alot of comments.
Bob, I've already decided that at some point I will do a post-war RAF model, and in actual fact I've already done 2 of the crash tenders and I've another 2 to build.I really do need to do a little more research though on the actual period I was thinking of now covering, that being 1952/53.
I will be sending in one more picture of this scene which I took at the same time as it shows all the vehicles in the crash line-up in front of the Control Tower, and the fire station. Its turned out more like a portrait, then just a photograph.
I think by actually seeing this last picture, people will appreciate more the amount of time and effort, also the cost of making these models that we as model makers spent to try and achieve.I actually spent around 3 months on this actual model.

Added by Pete Matten on 27 October 2013.
It's a wonderful scene Pete.

Added by Mel Turbutt on 30 October 2013.
Ted, can you help me out please.'Post-War'from 1945/46 many of the Fordsons (like above) had the water tank reset across the vehicle, 2 monitors were added to the rear of vehicle and a tower with a monitor on was also added. Question-were any of the Austin K6 (like Airfix model) crash tenders also converted in this same way?.
I've been looking through various web sites for pictures/information but have come up with nothing. Any help on this would be very much appreciated, thanks Pete.

Added by Pete Matten on 01 November 2013.
Hi Pete, ok bit of a history lesson first !!* The Fordson in your base is known as a "Weeton", they were built in 1942, these were not dramatically modified in service . It was preceded in 1940 by an opened cabbed Fordson WOT1 which had the same set up as the 4x4 Crossley in your picture : It was simply known as the WOTi It was this open cabbed version that firstly in late 42/early 43 had a square additional 100gal tank added to the area in front of the existing tank. In 1944 half of these open cabbed ones were fully rebuilt-(along with 125 new chassis) with the tank as per the Airfix kit and the elevating tower and 3 monitors. This was known as the "1944 monitor conversion". I don't think the elevating tower was a great success, and I have seen pictures of some of them operating with the tower removed. The type in the Airfix kit was known as the "1945 monitor", On the Fordson chassis with a specially built 5 man cab it served with the RAF, RN and on Minstry operated civil aerodromes . A small batch was built on the Austin chassis for the Ministry for civil aerodromes- in answer to your question I have never heard of the Austins being modified. If you want to do Fordsons. contact BW he now does 2 different Fordson chassis cab wheel sets; one is the chassis cab as per the Weeton set. This is the WOT1, he also does the WOT1A which is a slightly different cab and a 1 foot longer wheelbase, with some plasticard his WOT1A cab could be converted to the extended cab on the Fordson 1945 monitor.So you could build a genuine RAF Fordson utilising the tank etc from the Airfix kit.e mail me if you want photos and info on the various RAF types.

Added by Ted Angus on 02 November 2013.
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