by: Alan McNeilly [ ]
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To coincide with the release of the re-tooled Ford T ambulance, Resicast under their GBS Label have released another small display base in their WW1 line of subjects. World War 1 Ambulance Base kit No GBS 009. GBS products are available only directly form Resicast.
The base was mastered by Graham Sellar of Resicast.
The base comes packed in a sturdy cardboard box displaying the manufacture and product detail on the top of the box. The base was wrapped in bubble wrap for protection and made the postal journey without any damage.
The base is a simple one, designed to compliment their Ford T Ambulance. Cast in resin the base measures 8 ľ inches x 6 Ĺ inches . It portrays a patch of rough ground with a narrow gauge railway track running along the top of the base and a pile of dis-guarded helmets on the top right of the base with a further two dis-guarded helmets sitting toward the left edge of the base. The base has s natural dip in the center and vehicle track marks molded into the middle section.
The helmets are a mix of British and French/Belgium helmets. A number of helmets are upturned to display the liner. The track is nicely done being a bit wonky in itís run and the sleepers are well embedded into the ground. Minimal clean-up will be required.
The base could be used on its own or mounted on a small display stand or incorporated into a larger design.
The detail on the base is simple but effective. Mixed with the helmets are a number of web straps and what might be bandage dis-guards. Some of the helmets have unit badges on the front a practice that happened during WW1.
The base will make a very nice display area for the Ford T ambulance. Minimal clean up is required before you get to the fun part. You could use it as a stand alone item or mount it on a small plinth. In my case I incorporated it into a larger scene, but whatever route you may choose you will have a good setting for the vehicle.
The detail on the base is nice and sharp, some of the helmets show battle damage and tyre marks are embedded for the vehicle to sit in.
If time is at a premium then the GBS bases offer a very fast and easy way to display you models. This is another useful product in the GBS range and a poignant reminder of the price of war.
I have enclosed some pictures form the Resicast web site for reference below and some of the base as a WIP with some basic paint on to give a flavour of the kit.