One of the most recognizable Allied vehicles of World War II was the Jeep – or ¼ Ton 4x4 Truck. Outfitted for a variety of roles, one of the most dashing was the role of British Special Air Services (SAS) “raider” operating far behind enemy lines. Equipped with extra fuel tanks, Vickers machine guns, and bullet-proof driver and passenger windshields, the SAS Jeeps were lightweight, agile, rugged vehicles well-suited for commando operations focused on disrupting enemy activity.
Another offering in their prolific line of Jeeps, Dragon beautifully captures the essence of the SAS raider. Molded in gray styrene with a fret of photoetch detail, a small sheet of decals, and instructions, this little subject is packed with features. Notably, a full engine and engine compartment are included, as are 5 Vickers K machine guns for 3 mounting positions. Figures, weapons, and gear for 4 SAS commandos are included as well. Detail is crisp and quite robust, and assembly sequence is straight-forward.
Having built Dragon’s Armored ¼-Ton Truck with Bazookas a year prior, which happens to share many base parts, this reviewer can attest to the high-degree of engineering and ease of assembly of the base kit.
Although diminutive in size, this latest Jeep variant from Dragon packs a lot of detail and provides a fascinating subject for Allied armor aficionados’ collections.
I highly recommend this kit to modelers of all skill levels, although beginners may want to have an experienced modeler with some PE experience to coach them through that part of the build.
Thanks to Dragon USA for the review sample and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to share the review.