by: Kevin Brant [ ]
Originally tested in 1939, the Loyd Carrier was based on the 4x2 Fordson truck. The initial order of 200 carriers was fulfilled by Vivian Loyd’s own company, further orders were produced by the Ford Motor Company, Wolseley Motors, and others with a total of 26,000 carriers built by the end of the Second World War. The carrier was mostly used for towing the 6pdr anti-tank gun, known as the Tracked Towing configuration. One of the latest kits from Bronco Models depicts this anti-tank gun tractor.
20 plastic sprues, plus a separate tire
16 small springs
1 fret of photo-etched parts
2 lengths of string
1 sheet of decals
1 instruction book
This Loyd Carrier has eluded modelers for a long time, and this new Bronco kit looks to fill the void very well. The kit is molded in green plastic, and from a look at the sprues the moldings are done very well. I found little to no flash, no sink marks, and the only ejector pin marks that really need to be cleaned up are on the inside of the canvas top. The surface details look great, and there are a lot of fine molded parts.
This kit includes a full detailed engine and transmission that will be mostly hidden when the model is complete. But there is a photo-etched screen on either end of the engine compartment, so you might get a slight view.
The running gear is also very well detailed, including metal springs in the kit to add that extra detail. The built-up bogeys will add to the detailed frame that will need to be constructed. From the instructions, this should go together relatively easily, even though there seems to be a lot of parts.
The interior detail extends into the driver's compartment as you complete the construction of the frame and floor. This includes adding the well detailed engine. The cover for the engine is in multiple parts, thus if you want to display the engine, it would not take much work.
The track included with this kit from Bronco is a length and link style. There are several lengths of molded track that will be connected using individual links, mostly around the idler and drive sprocket. The molded track looks great, very finely molded. I do personally find this style of track a little more difficult and time consuming to install as you have to get the individual links in the right spot to ensure lining up of the lengths.
With the lower frame and most of the interior detail added, construction then starts with the body armor plating. Again this looks relatively straight forward. The armor plates look to be well done with good looking surface detail on both sides, and what looks to be good scale thickness. A photo-etched storage bin is included, and will be a great place to add the stowage included in the kit. The kit does include 6pdr ammunition boxes with some loose 6pdr rounds. There is also some packs and weapons that can be added for stowage.
With the body built and stowage added, it is now time to add the top. Bronco has included some finely molded plastic parts to represent the framing. Over this is a solid molded canvas top that provides the option of having the sides rolled up or down. This is great to see inside the model, as a lot of producers usually don’t provide this option. If you are using the side down option, two lengths of string are included to represent the tie downs.
The instruction booklet has 41 build steps across 23 pages, and includes another 7 pages of paint and marking schemes. The build steps look relatively easy to follow, but I did find a couple that look rather busy. Paint colors are referenced for Mr. Hobby, Hobby Color, Humbrol, and Tamiya, but I did not find any paint callouts during the construction.
Paint and Marking Options:
9th Carpathian Rifle Battalion, 3rd Carpathian Rifle Division, Italy, Summer 1943
11th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division, France, June 1944
1st Netherlands Reconnaissance Squadron, Netherland Independent Brigade Group ‘Prinses Irene Brigade’, Sept 1944
1st Netherlands Independent Motorised Fighting Group ‘Prinses Irene Brigade’, Sept 1944
2nd Btn Gordon Highlanders, 15th Scottish Infantry Division, Netherlands, Oct 1944
2nd Netherlands Independent Motorised Fight Group ‘Prinses Irene Brigade’, Sept 1944
1st Btn East Lancashire Regiment, 53rd Infantry Division, Netherlands, Oct 1944
Overall this looks to be another great kit from Bronco Models. The subject is great and needed. The moldings are very well done and complimented by the inclusion of photo-etched parts, and great options for markings. While the kit does look like it will need some patience in some areas of construction, I would recommend the kit for more advanced modelers. The model does look like it will build into an excellent model and I would definitely recommend this kit.