Author: Swift to the Sky – New Zealand’s Military Aviation History Author/publisher: For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 & A Passion For Flight - New Zealand aviation before the Great War. Publisher of Gp Capt C M Hanson’s By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999
For a few of weeks I've been working on a 1/48th scale Loyd Slave Battery Charger using tracks and suspensions from a pair of Tamiya Universal carriers. I need two vehicle worth as the Loyd has two twin wheel suspension bogies on each side so the first stage was cutting and splicing the tracks and suspensions.
Next stage is to built the battery charging and slave system. The Loyd had a power takeoff driving 12 volt and 30 volt dynamos which charged spare batteries and could be used to start equipment via a switchboard and cables. While they were used in the Pacific by the NZ Army Tank Squadron it has been suggest else-wear on this group that they were originally ordered to start aircraft.
Years ago Monogram included a 1/48 Celtrac tractor in their Liberator kitset so I asked on another group if anyone had on to sell. A very generous donor offered to send me one if I just refunded the postage.
As you can see it's a very basic kit with lots of work to do especially to daylight the suspension which includes scratch building all the inside wheels and widgets but apparently overall dimensions are OK.
Way back in 2019 i received an M3 Celtrac High Speed tractor that was a very basic Monogram kit that needed lots of work to make a presentable replica. After many hours of drilling and filing (and letting a little blood) I have finally finished daylighting the one sided suspension sections.
Ah yes and no. The wrecks may have only been in the dump a few days, weeks or months so not necessarily very weathered. They will be partially covered with vines and vegetation as that grows by the day in the SW Pacific. Many were in the dump due to the lack of a key spare part rather than battle or crash damage. This picture shows what I have in mind, more stripped airframes than crash damaged wrecks.
This picture looks like a dump but it is actually the RNZAF repair depot. There are numerous mentions in RNZAF histories of our trademen visiting the US forces cast off piles scrounging for usable spare parts. This may be featured in my layout.
Sometimes research on the interweb can be a pleasure. Looking at what info I could find for a future RNZAF ground equipment model, it all started with picture off this website.
A workshop trailer clearly of US origin so searched website which has pages of US equipment descriptions. Now I have a name and even better a set of dimensions.
Another search using the name I found photos of both sides and the inside.
Now I just need to break out the drawing board and calculator.
The workshop body got an undercoat today before I start adding windows and body lining etc. The roof is just sitting in place so don't worry about the bent walls. I'm still unsure about adding interior detail or closing it up. Perhaps I have the doors open but the sight line inside blocked off by the erks laundry drying on a line strung across the door
In reality it would be a much more powerful tractor unit but this International is all I have at the moment.
Do you have access to the wartime Aviation Ordnance Equipment Catalog _(OP 865) dated May 1944? It has a section on vehicles. Unfortunately the copy I have is hard bound so I cant scan it. I could photograph pages if there is anything in particular you need.
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