I decided that January would be 'Anti-Aircraft Month', but I'm only just getting round to making my first AA gun (so expect this project to creep into February)!
The model I had chosen to represent the Finn's '40 ItK/35-39 B Bofors' (Finnish designation for the imported Swedish Bofors) is Zvezda's 'British Mk. I/II'. I'll be honest, I bought this because it's cheap(ish) and simple, but good. I've been very impressed with all the other Zvezda models I have bought, detail and moulding is always crisp.
(I could get exactly the right 'Swedish' (style) version - minus gun-shield - if I really wanted and was willing to search one out, but the Zvezda version is readily available. An option might have been to go for the 'First to Fight' Polish Army Bofors 40mm, but they weren't available when I looked.)
|Superb original colour photo of a Finnish Bofors unit on the outskirts of Nokia|
township in April 1944. Source: SA KUVA
So, let's begin by having a look at the instructions...
First thing I noticed is that, this isn't the usual Zvezda simplified wargaming model, there are actually quite a few parts to this kit. And, as usual, I take their claim that this is a 'snap together' kit with a pinch of salt.
My impressions that this model is a little more than an 'easy build' was further reinforced when I started to examine the sprues. For starters, there are four sprues containing some quite small and detailed parts...
|The crew sprue! Four figures, but for the Rapid Fire game rules I only need|
to model three crew. We shall cross that bridge when we come to it.
|The kit comes with this base for modelling the deployed gun. Also, here we|
have the 'British wheels', I will have to replace these for the Finnish variant.
|The Bofors, plus gun-shield (won't need that) and a wee flag! :)|
|Finnish AA crew pose on a 1937 Ford truck, with a medium AA gun (possibly|
a 76 ItK/29 B, Bofors) in tow. Note the canvas gun cover. Source: SA KUVA
|The two versions I will be building; transportation mode and deployed.|