Just found these on the S & S Models website and ordered 5. Will order 3 more in the coming weeks to create the 8 Land Rovers that went on Op Bastille to kill Nkomo in Lusaka.
The Land Rovers were painted in Zambian Army colours and the building and ZIPRA forces there were obliterated but Nkomo some how escaped assassination. This was done in retaliation for the shooting down of two Rhodesian Air Ways civilian airliners by Nkomo’s ZIPRA terrorists.
These vehicles were used in the early part of the war for patrolling and light duties but with the landmine threat they were mothballed until the operation I mentioned above.
This great model created by Antonio Bras Nunes is outstanding and in early Rhodesian Camouflage. The speckeled Zambian Camouflage was introduced for the operation.
I have always wanted to make this M1 Sherman in IDF service for some time now but found that no one was making it in 20mm or 1/72 scale.
My resin kits from Cpl Overby in the USA had provided for my other types on M50 and M51 Israeli variants and wondered if I could make this tank from the early M50 hull and as it turned out Cpl Overby had a T23 turret with the 76.2mm gun with muzzle brake, so problem solved. I bought the necessary kits.
Making up my hulls and turrets I added an infantry telephone box on rear of hull also a side box on left side. Sgts mess provided 50cal machine gun on pintle which I moved forward.
I did not have enough track links to put as spares as per the original tank but can get these from my Italiere M48 boxes. To be added in the future. I have not added the two rails at the rear of the turret but may add in the future. Need to find the right sized plastic rod.
The tracks should come from other doner kits but I thought this excessively expensive so I molded my HVSS tracks. Not perfect but once painted they look ok.
I have painted them as per 1967 and the push into Jerusalem. Note grease bucket on front track guard.
I added AG Figures US WWII tank crews for the crews as they war that helmet at that time but could also add soviet soft helmeted crew as they also wore a cheq version of that tank helmet.
Anyway I think it fits the bill.
I have found numerous Elheim figures will do for Rhodesian Bush War troops and IDF -Israeli troops due to the fact they are armed with SLRs.
IDF Vehicle crews are great for Rhodesian Bush War and IDF 1967 War.
Also the NATO figures with skrim on their helmets will do for a ‘what if’ scenario if the Rhodesian Bush War had continued and we had seen full blown battle groups with armour entering Mozambique and Zambia. These NATO British figures with skrim net helmets and slight adjustments would make perfect Rhodesian troops.
Stirling submachine guns can be cut away and replaced with FN/SLRs and I need to find a manufacturer doing 20mm uzi.
The NATO generic will do for IDF or helmeted Rhodesians. Could add sleeping bags but if RhSAS cut away kidney pouches and add bergens.
Underfire Miniatures have a superb range of Rhodesian Bush War figures in 20mm scale.
These are just some of the figures which are available.
September 6th 1979. The Battle for Mapai. The RhSAS and elements of 1 RLI with Rhodesian Engineers attacked various targets.