Austin K2/Y Ambulance ,Airfix ,1/72
Well at long last I got my second contribution to the Kasserine pass G.B. finished or nearly finished (More on that at the end… )
Based on the Austin K30 light truck and known affectionately as “Katy” by her crews the K2 had a 6 cylinder 3 .5 Ltr petrol engine and could make around 60 hp, not bad for a 3 ton truck in those days.
The ambulance could carry four stretcher cases or ten walking wounded but a veteran of the North African campaign claimed to have ferried 27 injured men to safety with the less severely wounded sitting in the doorways ,on the wings and bonnet and even on the roof, a claim I can well believe.
They produced 13,102 K2/Y’s but sadly only around 50 survive, interestingly Princess Elizabeth ,now our wonderful Queen was trained to drive a K2 .They were supplied to every theatre of conflict in WW2 and were also used by the U.S. as part of the lend/lease policy between our two countries ,and even appeared in the Korean war.
The kit comes as part of the Airfix Emergency vehicles set and comes with a Fire truck, it is a very basic kit as is to be expected in a vintage Airfix offering ,there are around twenty parts including a driver, passenger and injured serviceman in case you should you wish to pose the kit with the rear doors open.The only thing I added was a windscreen made from very thin clear food packaging,for a tiny kit with a relatively small parts count it is remarkably fiddly and takes a bit of patience to get the body lined up nicely.
My inspiration for this build was the classic John Mills movie “Ice cold in Alex” in which the crew of a K2 drive from Tobruk to Alexandria in order to avoid capture from the advancing German army and the adventures they have along the way,if you have not seen it it is highly recommended.
Any how there she is,I hope you like her and my thanks once again to Dave for suggesting and overseeing this fun and interesting G.B., I know from experience how much time and effort running a G.B. will swallow up although ultimately rewarding.
Cheers guys ,Neil.
P.S. I said at the start the Dio is nearly finished because I intend to add a couple of Camels
and Bedouin Arabs from the Airfix set if I can get them for a fair price but that will have to go on the “to do “list.
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