Thursday, September 8, 2011

Model Military International 2011-09

Great Britain started producing dedicated artillery tractors in the late 1930s in order to replace horse drawn artillery teams. The distinctively boxy Guy Ant 4x4 Field Artillery Tractor, also dubbed the Quad gun tractor, was the first of a prolific family of vehicles that would eventually be built in large numbers, in the UK and also in Canada. These FATs were based on both Chevrolet and Ford chassis. Quad Gun Tractors were responsible for pulling 18 pdr, 20 pdr and often the famous 25 pdr gun. The British Ordnance OF 25 pdr gun first entered service in 1940. It eventually became one of the most versatile and widely serving weapons in British inventory, remaining in international front line service until the 21st century. The most recent combat use of the 25 pdr was by Kurdish militia in northern Iraq during 2003. Along with its full sized counterparts, Tamiya's 1:35 scale Quad Tractor and 25 Pdr combination must have surely earned the accolade "classic".