Airfix 1/48 Bedford MWD Build Review
By Mark Nickelson
|Date of Review||October 2019||Manufacturer||Airfix|
|Kit Number||3313||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Very useful subject, fine detail throughout, all-styrene assembly||Cons||See text|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$24.95|
The little Bedford MWD will be at home in any flightline service context, from Essex in 1940 to Italy to Egypt to India, even possibly to Malaysia in the 1960s. Nominally a 1.5-ton truck, it occupies a smaller footprint than a domestic half-ton pickup, suggesting stout construction to haul dense loads like ammunition. I worried when I bought this kit whether the molded canvas bed canopy would come off. Fears unfounded but look at the pictures and judge for yourself.
My only modification to the kit was the addition of the tow rope, wrapped around the bumper, as suggested in the box art. I used some cotton tatting yarn, and dabbed some brown paint on it. It’s held in place with PVA (Elmer’s) because cotton fibers are not much affected by solvent cement.
You’re seeing Model Master Dark Earth here, FS 30118, in accordance with Airfix’s guidance, and Humbrol Khaki 26 for the canvas hood (the hood over the cab, not the bonnet) and bed canopy.
The MWD was a sweet, fairly fast and uncomplicated build. I probably need a couple more of these.