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NEWS AT THE FRONT

An in-depth look at some of the latest releases

Mid Devon Models

Last year I reviewed two interesting kits from Paul Metcalfe at Mid Devon Models. As many of you will be aware, Paul took over production of several BW Models kits following Barry Wright’s retirement. With Paul’s passion for RAF Fire & Rescue vehicles, it is these that form the major part of his now-extensive catalogue. Cast in white-metal to a constant scale of 1/76, the range focuses almost exclusively on post-war subjects. The two examples shown this month are ‘Alvis Salamander Mk.6 Crash Tender’(ref. MDM001) and ‘Land Rover Series 2 Airfield Crash Rescue Truck’(ref. MDM008).

Introduced in 1958, the Series 2 Land Rover was quickly placed into service by all branches of the military. Initially serving alongside the Series 1, it was soon to replace the earlier model completely. The fire- fighting version of the vehicle was designed and built specifically for use by the RAF. It served for many years, gradually being replaced by the TACR 1, which was based on the SWB version of the Series 2A. The Salamander crash tender was developed by Alvis as a private venture, in response to the requirement for a new generation of fire/crash tenders able to operate both inside and outside the airfield perimeter. It was based on components of the Saladin/ Saracen range of military vehicles already in production, with the fire-fighting equipment provided by The Pyrene Company Ltd. The initial version (the Mk.6) entered service with the RAF and RNAS in 1960, and it is believed that the Army acquired two for use at ammunition storage depots. Undergoing a series of modifications, the vehicle was also exported to the Canadian, Ceylon and South African Air Forces. It is possible that some of these are still in use, but by the late 1970s, those in the UK were replaced by vehicles such as the Thorneycroft Nubian Pyrene Mk.7.

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