Thursday, September 2

Preview: MiniArt's 35th scale Austin Armoured Car 1918 Pattern. Ireland 1919-21. British Service. Interior Kit

Miniart continues to find new and interesting schemes and slight differences in their 1918 Austin Armoured car kits to warrant new boxings. Today we preview their 35th scale Austin Armoured Car 1918 Pattern. Ireland 1919-21, British Service, Interior Kit with the colours, plastic and features in our story...

Preview: MiniArt's 35th scale Austin Armoured Car 1918 Pattern. Ireland 1919-21. British Service. Interior Kit

Austin Armoured Car 1918 Pattern. Ireland 1919-21. British Service. Interior Kit
Full Interior Kit
From MiniArt
Kit No #39016
1:35th scale
The Subject: Austin Armoured Car 1918 Pattern. Ireland 1919-21. British Service.
Some of produced Austin model 1918 armoured cars were issued to the British Tank Corps. 16 of them were sent to France around May 1918 as the 17th (Armoured Car) Battalion, Tank Corps. They were armed with 8mm Hotchkiss Mle.14 machine guns. Their first battle was on 11 June 1918 in support of the French troops. One of their most significant battles was the Battle of Amiens, on 8 August. Tanks were used to tow them over the trenches and then they broke loose and operated miles behind the German lines. They attacked the German-occupied village of Framerville, chasing out the Germans (and nailing an Australian flag to the front door of the German command headquarters). In 1919, the Austins were used by the British in a civil war in Ireland, possibly until 1921
Service of these armoured cars in Ireland.
To assist with the British effort in Ireland, Austin 1918 patterned cars were sent to support the infantry in the service of the Royal Irish Constabulary. These account for most of the armoured cars in this boxing.

The pictures below are used in the research of this kit...
The cars sent to Ireland were of the Russian army specification. They were only supplied to Russia until the fall of the Czar in 1917.  The surplus remaining cars only then taking over by British forces. While in Russian service the Austin mounted a Maxim water-cooled MG, which was prone to small arms fire.  The Austin and Peerless in Ireland mounted a Hotchkiss MG (as seen in this kit).
Graffiti on a British Austin armoured car outside Mountjoy Prison in Dublin (over 100 years ago; in 1920) someone has chalked "Up Sinn Féin" on the vehicle.
The kit from MiniArt
This new 35th scale Austin Armoured Car 1918 Pattern. Ireland 1919-21. British Service. Interior Kit from MiniArt features the British vehicles in service in Ireland, with five new colour schemes which is pretty amazing seeing how hard it is to get information about the cars in service!

The sprues of the kit:
Features of the kit:
A highly detailed engine included
All hatches can be assembled in the open or closed position
A full interior of the car is included.
Photo-etch and a decal sheet, of course, is included
Five marking choices are offered in this box.