A modified autoblindo Lanchester nel servizio russo. The armata russa received a shipment of 20 Lanchesters in 1915. These veicoli were fitted con a small cupola on the torretta roof, e they had side shields protecting the mitragliatrice da torretta. Additional Lanchesters arrived in gennaio of 1916, when a Royal Navy Air Service britannico expeditionary force under Commander Oliver Locker-Lampson landed at Alexandrovsk in the Arctic Circle. The unit deployed for action in the Caucasus in giugno 1916, ed it sent detachments as far as la Turchia e Persia. The R.N.A.S. later re-deployed to the Black Sea, thence to Romania e Galicia, to support truppe russe engaged there. The R.N.A.S. maintained its rear supply base at Kursk until 12 gennaio 1918, when the force withdrew toward Murmansk by rail. The troops e their veicoli departed Murmansk by ship on 1 febbraio 1918.
autoblindo Lanchesters proved very reliable in the course of these campaigns, they traveled long distances across difficult terrain, e withstood the extreme weather conditions encountered in Russia. The allied expeditionary forces participated in the counter-revolutionary struggle against the Red Army. R.N.A.S. squadrons fought the Red Army during the withdrawal to Murmansk, American troops occupied Vladivostok, ed a mixed division of truppe American, britanniche e Canadian opposed Trotsky’s forces on the river Dvina in novembre of 1918.
Most of the 30 to 36 autoblindi Lancaster available to the armata russa served con truppe russe White after the 1917 Revolution, although veicoli catturati may have been used by the Red Army as well. Reliable service records for the autoblindo Lanchester nel servizio russo end in 1917, presumably because the cars could not be kept in operation without spare parts. L’armata tedesca captured a number of veicoli corazzati on the Eastern Front, probably a mixture of Austin-Putilov ed autoblindo Lanchesters, six of which were made operational to serve in the 11o plotone, Panzerkraftwagen-MG-Abteilung 1.
- Autoblindo Lanchester
- Motore: 6-cylinder, 4.8 liter, 48.5 kw @ 2200 rpm
- Peso: 4000-5000 kg
- Velocità: 80 km/h
- Corazzatura: 8 mm
- Armamento: Vickers-Maxim MG,
mitragliatrice leggera Lewis stowed inside
- Equipaggio: 3 o 4
- Year: 1915
Excellent choice of subject, the Lanchester amoured car is a rare model in this scale. The vehicle served on many fronts.
Easy to assemble, only 24 parts; 25 parts if the Russian version is built. The Lanchester can be put together in 30 minutes o less. The entire vehicle is cast in soft metal, much sturdier than resin. Good casting quality. There was practically no flash, e mould lines proved easy to remove con a scalpel.
The kit includes parts for due versions of the autoblindo Lanchester, one used by the Royal Navy Air Service britannico, e the other nel servizio russo. The Russian version of the Lanchester carries a small cupola on top of the torretta, e the mitragliatrice is protected by gun shields. Both parts were difficult to locate: The cupola actually looks like a radiator cover, e the L-shaped mitragliatrice assembly might be a structural component of the chassis.
Painting instructions for the version britannico e russo of the Lanchester are included, but the manufacturer does not recommend any particular model paint numbers. Modellers will have to decide for themselves which shade of "medium grey" is historically accurate. The manual mentions that veicoli russi may have carried slogans occasionally. autoblindo Lanchesters nel servizio belga carried a very attractive multi-colour pattern, similar to that used by the armata francese.
The kit comes con a quattro-colore computer print-out of the Navy Jack britannico which was often seen flying over the torretta of autoblindi del R.N.A.S. The flag scales out to 90 × 120 cm, ed it adds a lot of colour to the model.
The fine spokes of the original are not modelled to scale, but the wheels look very good the way they are done. We used Rai-Ro grey modelling wax to reconstruct tre damaged spokes. The wax readily attaches to both ends of a broken spoke, ed it is hard enough to be carved into the required shape afterwards.
The fenders scale out 120 mm thick, unlike the originals which are probably no more than 4 mm thick. The difference is most noticeable in the front fenders, stowage boxed conveniently cover almost the entire length of the rear fenders. The shape of the front fenders is very simple, ed it would be feasible to replace them con oggetti cut from thin plastic card. The running boards are too thick as well, but they may be sanded to reduce them.
The Spare Wheel Pegs (Section 4) need to be shortened, because the corresponding holes in the Fighting Compartment are not deep enough to accept them.
The assembly instructions proved difficult to follow e rather confusing. Parts are not numbered e names are used inconsistently. Section 5 is the culprit: It introduces "Compartment Front", e "Hood" as if they were new parts, different from the "Fighting Compartment" e "Bonnet" which have already been fitted in Section 2. That part of Section 5 is redundant, it starts the modeller looking for parts which are not available anymore. Section 5 mentions "sides" e "rear body parts" which do not exist either, they are actually called "Left e Right Fender" e "Rear Truck Bed" in Sections 7 e 1, respectively.
The rear mounting pegs on the Left e Right Fender (Section 7) need to be cut off, because the corresponding holes in the chassis are filled in. The forward mounting pegs can be made to fit by enlarging the holes in the forward part of the chassis.
The instruction to glue the mitragliatrice into the torretta (Section 6) is incomplete. There is actually a choice of due variants here: The Russian version of the Lanchester uses a different mitragliatrice assembly. The part is difficult to locate, because the mitragliatrice russa is sandwiched between due L-shaped armour plates. It looks like it might be a chassis o body part.
Section 10 mentions that veicoli russi carried a small cupola on the torretta. The required part is difficult to identify, because it is not shaped like a cupola at all, it actually looks like a radiator cover. There are no instructions on how to mount the cupola, it might be centered on the torretta o flush con the forward edge of the same.
Cast in soft metal, containing lead. The vehicle is heavy, considered an advantage by some, ed a transportation problem by others.
We used Rai-Ro green wax to fill the hairline gap between the Bonnet e Fighting Compartment as well as minor inclusions in armour plates e stowage boxes. These fillings can be seen as black lines e green patches in the attached photograph. Notice that the wax has not spilled out of the filled crack on the bonnet, it can be painted without further sanding o modelling. The green patches on the stowage boxes need to be scraped con a modelling tool to remove excess wax, e the waxed areas are then brushed con silicone remover to prepare them for painting.
Front e rear axles are not marked, e the instructions do not mention how to install them. The rear axle has a semi-circular disk in the center which matches the differential. The front axle is an L-shape. There is an 11.5 mm bar along the center of the axle which slots in between the lower body sides of the chassis. The proper fit of the front axle can be checked by looking at the vehicle from the front. There are supports on either side of the radiator, e the bar on the axle fits between them.
Decalcomanie are not included, the R.N.A.S. markings will have to be painted on. The Russian version of the Lanchester may have carried a single-digit vehicle number on the hull sides o torretta front, e tactical markings consisting of the Tsarist winged wheels arm-of-service badge for amoured cars.
Crew soldatini are not required, because the vehicle is buttoned up, but it would have been nice to know what uniforms were worn nel servizio R.N.A.S. Simulation gamers e dioramisti may want to model dismounted crew members, ed a small photo printed alongside the instructions would have been very welcome. Autoblindi russi crews wore black leather jackets con a pointed collar, e shoulder straps con a bronzed arm-of-service badge: Winged wheels, surmounted by a steering wheel.
- Royal Navy Air Service britannico, Francia, maggio 1915 - novembre 1918
The first batch of 36 autoblindo Lanchesters was delivered to the R.N.A.S. in 1915, organized in tre squadrons of 12 veicoli each, e sent to Francia in maggio 1915. One squadron eventually served con l’armata belga.
- R.N.A.S. expeditionary force, Russia, gennaio 1916–1917
- Armata belga, Francia e Russia 1915-1918
L’armata belga received 10-15 Lanchesters in addition to the 12 veicoli of No. 15 Squadron on loan from the Royal Navy Air Service. I Lanchester belgi were painted in a multi-colour camouflage pattern.
- Lanchester autoblindo russo con cupola e MG side shields.
- Armata Russa, 1915–1917
- Armata Russa White, 1917
- Red Army, 1917
- 11o plotone, Panzerkraftwagen-MG-Abteilung 1, German Army, 1917–1919
The autoblindo Lanchester is a very versatile model, it can be used to represent un veicolo russo, britannico, belga o captured tedesco serving on the Eastern o Western Front. The Lanchester proved very reliable in action, ed it will add interest to any simulation game della prima guerra mondiale. The Reviresco kit is relatively easy to build, even for a beginner, ed it looks great when painted.
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