• British Universal CarrierMk.II  by Tamiya 35175

Tamiya British Universal Carrier Mk.II 35175

$24.99

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Description

During World War II, Great Britain and its commonwealth Armies used a vast number of small sized, fully tracked weapons carriers, while the American and German forces relied mainly on half-tracks and wheeled transport. Development of these fully tracked carriers dates back to 1925 when Major (later Lieutenant-General Sir Gifford) Martel constructed a one-man “tankette” to interest the British War Purchasing Office.

Since then, variations consisted of machine gun carrier, mortar carrier, light gun tractor etc. These weapons were built by several firms, and although built for specific purposes, they did serve in the early days of the conflict. Experiences at the front however, showed a need for a multi-purpose vehicle, capable of a wide range of tasks. Thus the Universal Carrier Mk. I, and the improved Mk. II came into being about 1940.

The Universal Carrier had an open top crew compartment on each side of the engine compartment, and a lightly armored superstructure. The Ford V-8 cylinder engine put out 85 brake horsepower and provided a 48km/h of top speed. Armament and stowage were varied according to its mission, but most typically, it carried a Czech designed .303 inch Bren light machine gun (modified and manufactured by Enfield), plus some other small arms.

With its high mobility and adaptability, the Universal Carrier proved satisfactory throughout the conflict, from the African desert to the European campaign.

Assembly and painting required. Kit does not include model cement glue, paint, tools, and adult supervision where required.

Scale: 1:35

Item # TAM-35175

Contents subject to change. Price includes in store coupon.

Customer Reviews

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Kerry Kuehl
First build in over 50 years. Love it.

Had a great time building the kit, but if you wear bifocals you will need a magnifying light. My wife's father was a commander of a bren carrier in France and Holland but she really didn't understand what it was, she loves it too.

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Scott Hugill
Great kit

Great kit! Great service from Sunward as usual

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Ghyslain Fonner
Great

Its been a while I was looking for this particular model. So, I'm very satisfied. Thanks.

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Tennison Farrell
Bren gun carrier

Fits extremely well, very little fitment needed. Also can be assembled as Canadian 3rd Infantry Division.

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Michael Hilson
British universal carrier order #35175.

Hi Angelo
To be quite honest with you I have just started assembling the kit. So far so good absolutely no issues. This model has special meaning, my father was a WW2 veteran with the Canadian army. He was a mechanic with an armoured regiment and worked on these vehicles regularly. I will be placing another order with Sunward Hobbies in the very near future. All the product that I have ordered in the past has been well packaged and the delivery has been on time.
Thanks for your efforts, you people have been great helping people like myself get through this pandemic.
Thanks again sincerely
Mike Hilson