British 2pdr Anti-Tank gun in 1/35...
...the Vulcan Models kit built
The British Ordnance QF (Quick Firer) 2 pounder anti-tank gun Mark IX on the Carriage Mar II is the subject of the first release to have some from Vulcan Models. The 2 pounder was developed in the 1930s and entered service in 1938. Mounted on a distinctive 3-legged firing platform, where one was fixed and used as the towing pintle while the other two were folded up for transport and then folded down to go into action, with the two wheels being removed. It was used not only as a towed anti-tank gun, but was also the main turret armament on early war British tanks such as the Matilda II, just as one example. It saw action with the BEF in 1940, and also in North Africa. Though referred to as the 2 pounder, it was a 40mm weapon and gave good performance for its' time but was soon rendered obsolete as newer tank designs in the war led to it being ineffective, so it was replaced by the larger 6 pounder. It only fired anti-tank rounds, and one of the shortcomings was a lack of a high explosive (HE) round for it. One was developed but never taken into service as the charge was considered too small for effective use. In fact it could have been useful for action against certain targets, such as opposing anti-tank gun crews for one.
The kit is very neatly moulded and well detailed, allowing you to build it in either towed or deployed positions. I opted for the towed option as you can see in the photos. Moulded in a light grey plastic it is accurately done and assembles without any issues. COlour choices can be green/bronze green from Europe, or a desert sand for North African service, and as illustrated in the box art. There are no crew figures supplied in the kit, though Vulcan models did release one as their second kit release.