Wednesday, 22 March 2023

Airfix 1/72 Airborne and Willy's Jeeps

It goes without saying that you can never have too many jeeps in a WW2 Western US or British Allied army. Hence the unmade box of plastics spilled forth four more jeeps to be made, three of which were the new Airfix Airborne type and one a Willy's [ex-Heller] recon type (see below, the Heller kit was missing the lower chassis part so a clever bit of plastic card substitution, if I do say so myself, was introduced): 

I suppose the airborne jeeps can also double as SAS jeeps in Western Europe 44-45 as well. The impressive bit about the new Airfix kits is the range of MGs you can add to them, as well as the extremely useful 75mm pack howitzer (see below, which pretty much pads out my immediate need for any more allied utility vehicles): 

It was a nice general build.


Robert (Bob) Cordery said...


The model with the 75mm gun was sold a couple of years ago by LIDL and I built and painted one to represent the gun used by the unit my father served with when he was part of 6th Airborne Division in 1944-45.

All the best,


pancerni said...

They are very useful in a game.

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Hello Bob and pancerni,

That must have been a "nice spot" in Lidl Bob!
No way the wife could refuse that purchase in the weekly shop :)
If memory serves me correctly, then those three jeeps were a near Xmas purchase from a different shop but the same chain ;)
The good thing about Jeeps is that there is always an excuse for another one, not so with something like a Tiger tank
As pancerni said "very useful" even relocated forward from WWII

Best Wishes and good gaming