IBG 1/35 Scammell Pioneer SV2S

Designed as a 6×4 off-road vehicle for use in Britain's colonies where sealed roads were scarce the Scammell Pioneer was first produced in 1927. Though lacking all-wheel drive its combination of a suspension with great travel movement and excellent traction along with its low-revving engine gave it impressive pulling power over rough ground at low speeds. Though not designed for military use the British War Office purchased a single petrol engined example in 1932. Equipped as a tank transporter with a permanently coupled 18t semi-trailer it was assigned to a training unit but did not initially catch on. Additional transporters were not purchased until 1937.

From 1936, the British Army began to receive Pioneer heavy recovery vehicles. The first 43 delivered were designated the Pioneer SV1S and the Pioneer SV1T both with a 3-ton folding crane and lockers for recovery equipment and towing bars. Most of these early Pioneer recovery vehicles were lost with the British Expeditionary Force. The Pioneer SV2S had a simpler redesigned extending crane that provided greater lifting height, introduced in 1938 the SV2S would remain in production throughout the war with a total of 1,975 being built by the time WWII ended. The last Pioneer recovery vehicle was not retired from the British Army until the 1980s while serving in Belize.

 The all new IBG Models 1/35 kit comes in a sizable size box with the familiar distinctive box art that we have become familiarised to from IBG. Inside the box you will find sixteen sprues moulded in a light sand coloured plastic (as oppose to the usual grey) four of which are doubled up. There is a total of 300 parts plus seven moulded tyre treads. There is a clear sprue consisting of a further ten parts, a brass photo-etched fret with another 53 parts and a small plastic bag containing a length of thread. The instructions come in the form of an A4 glossy booklet with the construction broken down into forty steps. At the rear you will find five colour versions for the modeller to choose from the markings for which can be found on the small but inclusive decal sheet.

1.      Scammell Pioneer captured by the German Afrika Korps in 1943. Overall Dunkelgelb

2.      Scammell Pioneer from an unidentified unit of The Red Army operating on the Eastern Front 1943. Overall Russian Green

3.      Scammell Pioneer of the 22nd Armoured Brigade workshop REME, 7th Armoured Division, Normandy, June 1944. Overall Olive Drab with Blue-Black ‘Mickey Mouse’ pattern

4.      Scammell Pioneer 26th Recovery Section, 6th South African Armoured Division, Egypt, January 1944. Khaki Brown with Blue-Black disruptive pattern

5.      Scammell Pioneer 16th Company EME, 1st Polish Armoured Division, England 1943. Overall Khaki Brown with Blue-Black disruptive pattern on cab only.

Paint references are supplied for Vallejo, Hataka, Mr Hobby and Lifecolor.

 

 The parts have some very fine detail moulded into them particularly in and around the cab and engine area. A full rendition of the Gardner 6 cylinder diesel engine is included in the kit although I am sure extra detail can be added if you wish to. The engine can be viewed when built if the side panels are left off. This was very often the case and many reference pictures can be found showing just that. Having given the various parts a good look over it would seem there is next to nothing flash wise. All the main body parts are free from ejection pin marks although I did have a bit of concern about a couple of pin marks on the inside of the cab rear panel. After looking at the instructions I was please to find out both of these are hidden from view when assembled. The mould seams which run around some of the parts are very fine indeed and will only require minimal sanding to eradicate especially on the suspension springs. I am sure in the next few weeks or months the aftermarket companies will have a field day with alternative parts etc. for this kit, keep your eyes open.