|In 1935 Guy Motors was invited to take part in army trials at Llangollen. The company submitted the 'Ant', a new 4-wheeled vehicle with a payload of 15 cwt., and a short wheelbase. After performing well at the trial, Guy received an order for 150. After receiving the order from the Government, Guy Motors began to concentrate on the production of military vehicles. The 'Ant', a development of the firm's 15 cwt. platoon truck was developed with the help of the Army Mechanisation Unit. By 1938 the production of vehicles for the civilian market completely ceased when Guy relied exclusively on Government contracts. It would be some years before the production of vehicles for the civilian market recommenced.|
|The 'Ant' used many 'Wolf' and 'Vixen' components, and had large section tyres for improved road traction, and greater ground clearance. The 'Ant' was capable of running on steep and sharp gradients, and could operate in axle-deep mud or sand.|
Development of the vehicle continued with the launch of the 'Quad Ant', a 4x4 with an all steel, fully enclosed body, and seating for the driver, a commander, and a crew of 4. It had built-in ammunition lockers, and a crash bar across the radiator on which a winch cable could be hooked. The 'Quad Ant' could haul loads of 6 to 14 tons, up gradients of 1 in 2. They were mainly used as gun tractors, pulling 17 or 25 pound guns. Some also pulled anti-tank guns.
A forward control version was also produced, with a longer wheel base, and a dynamo in the drive line, for use as a mobile generator for powering searchlights. A further development of the 'Quad Ant' was the 'Lizard'
This is a model I bought about three years ago with the intention of adding it to my collection of British Military WW2 Trucks. Tempes Fugit, as they say and I finally got it out to do it justice. This kit is out of production now, having originally been released in 1995 and then re-released in 2000. It is now an extremely rare kit, with only one or two coming on the market each year, selling for about £60 -£65 a throw!
The box, as you can see, is rather the worst for wear - the result of being stored in a leaking garage for three years! Happily for me, all of the kit pieces are in the box and have not suffered for it's incarceration. The instructions, such as they are, are also in one piece, but as you can see, there isn't a lot to them! The 50 - 60 parts are all well moulded but do have a lot of flash on them plus a large amount of extra resin left on them from the moulding process.
I've started in the usual place, the undercarriage. First attaching the front and rear leaf springs and then adding the axles, drive shaft and exhaust. While separating the drive shaft from it's carrier, I managed to break the flimsy narrow end. To rectify this, I drilled 10mm into the remaining piece and fixed a rod of plastic in place.