Ok, the VE Day build is upon us, so what to do? I've always had an idea about a British Commcen involving 2/3 vehicles somewhere on the approaches to Berlin and have decided that will be my theme. This also gives me an excuse to use a lot which has been loitering in my stash for a good few years, Lead-Sled's 1/35 Morris-Commercial C4 No I'M with the metal-skinned Wireless body. The C4 was the successor to the CS8 & CDSW range, featuring a quieter, more economical engine, better crew accommodation and 2x4 configuration instead of the rugged 4x6 of the CDSW. The C4 Mk II improved the marque further by removing the aero-screen windscreen and installing a full width windscreen. The canvas doors were also exchanged for steel doors, giving better weather protection. After the Bedford MW series, the Morris-Commercial C4 was the next most produced vehicle in the under 30cwt class.
Lead Sled's model is a fairly accurate representation of the real McCoy. Cast in resin and white metal and a small fret of PE brass, there are a fair few pieces to this kit. The kit instructions are pretty abysmal, which is a shame as it is a nice kit to build! The instructions comprise of three A4 pages of sketches with vague references to their placement. I had to search through the internet and my library to find out where the external steering box was supposed to go! (I actually thought it was a piece of scrap metal!) If you chose to buy this kit, ensure you have plenty of reference material. Some of the diagrams do not even resemble the actual kit parts!
Grumbles over, part one of the build is the cab, chassis and drive train. Most of this is fairly self-explanatory. The manufacturers have even thoughtfully labelled the front axle L and R to ensure alignment is correct. It is certainly recommended to test for pieces prior to glueing. Also make sure you cut the items from their sprues as they are more likely to break if you try to snap them off.
The radiator for the C4 should be a chequered pattern but the one on the kit is completely featureless! Luckily, a few months ago I bought some patterned brass sheet, about fag paper thick. One of these had the right pattern and was superglue onto the existing piece. It definitely makes a difference!
Etched brass plate on the radiator. A definite improvement! The blob to the left as you look at it is the external steering box!
The running board shown here below the nearside seat and above the driver's seat, look nothing like this on the instructions.
The underside, showing how crowded it is. The mixture of colours on the resin is nothing to do with my painting and a lot to do with kit parts being supplied in different colours.
Part one is now complete and awaiting priming while I make a start on the box body tomorrow. More later.