Armadillo Improvised Armoured Vehicle

The Armadillo was an armoured fighting vehicle produced in Britain during the invasion crisis of 1940-1941. Based on a number of standard lorry chassis, it comprised a wooden fighting compartment protected by a layer of gravel filling the walls of the ‘fort’ and a driver’s cab protected by mild steel plates.

Armadillo mark I with RAF crew

I had already constructed the model and given it a base coat of British Armour Green.

The wheels were painted with Vallejo 70.862 Black Grey.

I am still thinking I might need to add a disruptive pattern to the model.

See the workbench feature on the Armadillo Improvised Armoured Vehicle.

Bedford OYD GS 4×2 Truck

This Bedford OYD GS 4×2 Truck was on display at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.

Bedford OYD GS 4x2 Truck

The Bedford OY is an army lorry built by Bedford for the British Armed Forces and introduced in 1939. It was based on Bedford’s O-series commercial vehicles with a modified front end and single rear tyres.

I have a Bolt Action 28mm Home Guard Armadillo Improvised Armoured Vehicle based on a Bedford OYD chassis.

In 15mm I have the same Bedford OYD based Armadillo Improvised Armoured Vehicle from SDD.

15mm Home Guard Bedford OYD Armadillo

The Bedford OYD Armadillo was a Bedford OY fitted for airfield defence with Lewis guns and an ex-aircraft COW 37 mm gun.

This vehicle was used by the RAF for airfield defence and later the Home Guard.

After finding the side plates, the next stage will be a white undercoat.

As with many of my 15mm metal vehicles I don’t recall who the manufacturer was.