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BUM

Set 5024

Armoured Car

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2005
Contents 4 figures and 1 car
Poses 4 poses
Material Resin
Colours Grey
Average Height 22 mm (= 1.58 m)

Review

When the Civil War broke out Spain had only a few obsolete tanks and a number of armoured cars used by the police. In the long term many armoured cars were imported from Germany, Italy and the Soviet Union, but throughout the war a number of home-made vehicles were built, most of which were of doubtful worth.

This set from BUM features an armoured car and four figures, all in resin. The figures are in the style of the MIR output, although they are all new sculpts. Sadly the MIR quality has also been retained, which is extremely poor with plenty of rough edges and little detail. Most of the figures seem to be workers militia, with one wearing a pasamontana and another a boina. The two middle figures appear to be using and feeding a machine gun, but it is hard to say what the others are meant to be doing. None appear to be interacting with the vehicle at all.

Many designs of armoured car were used during the war, and the model in this set resembles the Bilbao armoured car. As such the front is reasonably accurate, but the turret is too large and the rear of the car has been shortened and boxed off to make it very inaccurate. As a result it is a rather stubby model and not attractive.

Like the men the vehicle is resin, with most of it coming in just one solid piece. The four wheels and two axles are separate, as are the two headlights (which are in a soft semi-clear plastic), but amusingly the 'gun' is half a nail which fits into a hole in the superstructure. The wheels fit the vehicle well enough, as does the nail, but the overall impression is pretty rough. Some attempt at detailing of the armour plate has been made, but lines and edges are often crocked and nothing is particularly square with anything else. To an extent this could be a reflection of a rough job of making the original back in the 1930s, but we are not convinced.

The set comes with a collection of 1/72 scale paper posters and flags appropriate for the civil war. These are neatly done and would add authenticity to any diorama.


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