Carro Munizione, 1861–1865

Recensione del Modello IMEX in Scala 1:72

Carro Munizione

Munitions wagon, loaded con scatole di munizione, bags, e barrels. The cargo insert may be removed to empty the wagon, ed it doubles as a barricade in wargames. Similar cargo inserts may be built, using crates e barrels available from several manufacturers of model railway equipaggiamento. The guidatore civilian o confederato has been replaced con a Yankee limber rider taken from Airfix American Civil War artiglieria.

Supplying War

Popular simulation games like Fire e Fury have a dedicated ammunition rule which regulates the expenditure of rifle ed artiglieria ammunition in a very convenient way. Ammunition supply is factored into these rules in an abstract way, but players may want to deploy a few munitions wagons on the battlefield anyway, just to add visual appeal.

It would be feasible to amend the Fire e Fury ammunition rule so that a certain amount of ammunition is drawn from corps o army reserve munitions wagons every time a brigade replenishes its ammunition. One convenient way to simulate this is to take the cargo insert out of the munitions wagon when a unit in its vicinity replenishes its ammunition, e to remove the wagon from play if a second unit replenishes. If the battle is part of a campaign game, players would known how much ammunition their army has, e how many wagons are available to transport it. Otherwise, the players would have to agree on a certain amount of ammunition available for the duration of the battle.

Contenuto

  • Munitions Wagon, 14 parts
    • Tipo: Farm Wagon
    • Lunghezza: 3.89 m
    • Larghezza: 2.23 m
    • Altezza: 1.98 m
    • Cargo Bay: 3.28 × 1.08 m
    • Cargo Capacity: 0.5 t
    • Team: 1 Pair of Mules
  • Ambulance Wagon, 16 parts

Valutazione

Good choice of subject. Giocatori Wargame e modellers interested in the American Civil War e Frontier Wars period have been waiting for wagons ever since Airfix ed Atlantic wagon sets went out of production.

The sculptor is obviously the same who created the exquisite American Civil War soldiers for Accurate Figures, which were also distributed by Revell. Accurate Figures produced a set of Confederate engineers which could be displayed as logistics personnel loading o unloading the new IMEX supply wagon.

Illustrated assembly instructions are easy to follow. The vehicle is a snap-together model, although the guidatore e his seat will have to be glued to stay in place permanently.

The vertical supports of the wagon body, bolt heads on wheel rims, ed i oggetti on the cargo insert provide enough detail to make this an interesting model in itself.

The wheels are superb, con fine detail on the rims, e con unusually slender spokes. IMEX would do well to issue these wheels in a separate accessory set which would allow modellers to upgrade other veicoli they may have in their collection.

The cargo insert is an excellent way to simulate the loading ed unloading of the vehicle, e modellers would be hard-pressed to create this accessory con spare parts scrounged from other kits. The vehicle has been loaded in a realistic way, ed i oggetti should be a delight to paint.

The guidatori included in this kit are nice soldatini con a lot of individual character. Both men are civilians, e they make convincing Confederates. Anyone painting the wagon as Union vehicle may want to use a uniformed limber rider from one of the artiglieria sets available in scala 1:72.

Cast in medium brown plastic con grey plastic wheels, ready for play.

Good casting quality, but there is noticeable flash on guidatori e mules.

Guidatore ed animals sculpted by Bill Farmer.

Wagon model designed by Ted Tear.

The instructions speak of "horses", but the animals included in the set are unlike any American horse this reviewer has seen. They are extremely short-legged, their necks are much too long, e the right-hand horse has a bulging right eye like an insect. At 19 mm, the horses scale out to only 13.2 mani, significantly short of the 16.3 mani minimum height required of a draft horse. Purists may want to consider them mules, even if this does not address the obvious anatomy problems. A team of quattro mules would be required to pull a loaded munitions wagon. Spare draft horses may be scrounged from a Preiser H0 scale (1:87) farm wagon set, they are taller, e correctly proportioned.

Harness lines are cast on the draft animals, but there are no draw bars to attach the lines to the wagon. Instead, there is a T-bar attached to the wagon tongue which plugs into a hole in each horse's side. This method is convenient, it requires no fiddling con reins e harness lines, but dioramisti e modellers may find it unrealistically toy-like.

The horses have no bases, e they will be difficult to attach to a diorama o basetta di wargame without sinking their hooves into the glue. Collezionisti who do not mount their troops in dioramas probably prefer horses without plastic bases, because the relative height between the wagon e the draft animals would be distorted otherwise. In this particular case, the additional height of the base would have made the puny animals appear a little bigger.

It would have been a nice touch to add wood grain to the planking on the wagon body.

"Munitions Wagon" is a misnomer, the vehicle is a general purpose farm transport which may have been requisitioned by the military to haul ammunition ed other supplies over short distances. The military used covered caissons to keep powder e ready ammunition dry, e to prevent fatal accidents. The cargo insert included in this kit has a nice selection of boxes, bags, e barrels, which look more like a daily ration than a serious ammo supply. The standard US Army supply vehicle was the Schlutter Wagon, which had a capacity of 1 ton, e which was normally drawn by a team of six mules in tre pairs.

Utilizzo Storico

  • US e Confederate Supply Wagon, 1861–1865
  • US Army Supply Wagon, 1866-1900s
  • Civilian Farm Wagon, 1850s-1900s

This kit is an excellent addition to the growing range of American Civil War soldatini e models. Until now, many collezionisti, dioramisti, e giocatori wargame have had to ignore the subject of supply e logistics, despite the fact that supply considerations played a key role in operational e strategic planning. Both wagons in this kit may be used as supply wagons, e they form the link between the army ed its supply dump at the nearest rail head.

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Soldatini della Guerra Civile Americana