Building the LRDG Ford F30 with Bofors from Tamiya, Italeri kits & scratch - 1/35 scale

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When I face this type of project and thereís no commercial kit available, I try to gather as much information as possible, written information and references pictures with the purpose of giving myself the idea of the different parts Iíll need to build the puzzle. Later, I start looking for the kits from which I can take parts from. In this case, I took as base some parts from the Tamiya Ford Quad (Ref.#35045). Besides, I noticed that a feature of this Ford F30 is that it has Chevrolet axles, this was why I had to go to the Italeeri Chevrolet kit. (Ref.#6233)


As the version I chose, has a 37mm Bofors antitank gun, the only thing that rests to get is the Mirage or Tom kit (Ref.#35212) since the kit is the same.

Fortunately, there are several manufacturers of resin wheels for this kind of trucks. The ones from ARMO (Ref.#35547)for the Tamiya Chevrolet 30cwt are the best for this project.

As soon as I had gathered everything I would need, I set to work.

The Ford F30 was a four wheel drive truck used by the British Army Personnel of the LRDG (Long Range Desert Group) during the first combats in the north of Africa.

Around 30 units of Ford F30 were prepared for that purpose with the help of local suppliers: they were equipped with extra large sand tires, had the hood and cab removed for better cooling, the condenser was mounted on the running board.

However, the additional weight of the 4-wheel drive and the high fuel consumption (about twice that of the Chevrolet trucks) caused many problems with these vehicles. As it turned out that the Ford engine was very susceptible to sand and the trucks started to require insane amounts of oil after a relatively short time of duty, more and more Fords had to be abandoned until finally all the remaining F30s were replaced with Chevy 30cwts in March 1942.


The chassis length of the F30 is 148mm (not counting the front fender and rear hook)

I had to enlarge around 25 mm the part C5 of the Quad, cutting exactly where the fuel tanks are placed. For this, I used plasticard of the same thickness of the part.


Next, I followed with the springs C25 and C23, C18 and C17 were glued and left aside to be used later on. In this same step, I had to adapt the Chevrolet axles from Italeri (parts 20; 21; 22; 23 y 24 of the front axle and 27; 28 y 29 of the rear axle).

I finished gluing the tow hook assembly parts 31; 32; 33; 34 y 35) where the chassis ends.


This is the ideal time to glue the ARMO wheels because itís easy now to get them aligned. Itís also time to place the engine as it comes with the kit (parts A1; A15; A6 y A4). I sanded the fan fins to thin them. (parts A5; A7; A17 y A13).
A simple improvement that adds a lot to the whole is making the spark plugs with copper wire taking from electric cable.

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