This is the T18E2 Boarhound, pilot vehicle no. 2 (W-6032225),
scratch-built in 1/35th scale. I hope you like it!!
In July 1941, U.S. Ordnance and the British Tank Mission issued
procurement orders for a heavier, larger armored car, primarily for
desert warfare (2" front armor vs. T17's 1-1/4"), using the T17 turret.
After initial tests of pilot no.1, Britain recommended up-gunning to the
6 Pounder. Pilot no.2 was fabricated in late 1942, evaluated at Aberdeen
and then shipped to the U.K. in November for final testing. Production
began in December, employing a U.S. 57 mm gun instead of the 6 pdr.
Production was halted in May 1943 after 30 units, as the campaign in
North Africa was ending. Spare part orders halted in January 1944 and
the T18E2 was declared obsolete.
Hunnicutt's "Armored Car" drawings were re-scaled to 1/35 and
additional drawings made for reference and templates.
Cast hull front and turret were sculpted from balsa wood. Cast
texture was formed with red auto glazing putty.
Main hull, secondary structure, suspension, various hardware and
fittings fabricated from styrene sheet and strip stock.
Other materials - brass sheet/rod, soft wire, paper, Mylar, sheet
lead, stretched sprue, resin, styrene and PE spare parts (modified).
The under-carriage was constructed from the 1942 drawings printed in
Hunnicutt. These may be slightly different from what was
actually manufactured. Also, I did not have photos of the
under-carriage from the surviving example at Bovington. Due to this
fact and since this area was not visually prominent, I didnít worry
about it too much and even simplified it some. Therefore, itís only
Editor's Note: Mike's Boarhound won the Best of the Show "Theme
Award" (for the subject: Prototypes, Experimental and "One-Off"
Vehicles) at the 2008 AMPS International Show in Auburn, Indiana
Kit Parts Used
Bronco Staghound Mark I (2)- Tires, transfer cases (modified),
various standard fittings;
Tamiya M20 Utility Vehicle (2)- Leaf springs, drive shafts
(modified), various fittings.
Aber - Aluminum
6 pdr Barrel
Adler's Nest - Brass 30 cal. machine gun barrels
Karaya - Copper/resin tow cable -
Formations - Resin tools
Archer Fine Transfers - Tread
plate Surface Details and US Serial Numbers.
Tamiya Colors, artist's oils, pastels and MIG pigments.