Paul, it wasn't until after I created the thread that I went looking for a picture of a painting depicting Baskeyfield's action at Arnhem. I'd seen this painting many times before and used to visit the Airborne Forces Museum in Aldershot (I live in neighbouring Farnborough) regularly until it moved.\ said:Hi RickI'm sorry but Lance Sgt Baskeyfield did not use an m3 howitzer during his VC action. He crewed, first one, then 2 (after the crew were killed) 6 pounder anti tank guns before he himself was killed in defence of the Oosterbeek pocket. It was here that the british airborne troops set up a defensive perimeter. Later, those that were able, made their escape across the lower Rhine.
The M3 was used at Arnhem though as indirect fire in support of Frost's men at the bridge (It has a very limited anti tank role). So your proposed diorama is still plausible but for historical accuracy this cannot be the Baskeyfield action.
I look forward to seeing both this and the Dakota develop and I'm sure they'll both be terrific models.
All the best
No worries with the accuracy comments, they're most welcome. Airfix do a 6 pounder but as you described I expected that the Airborne version would be modified for this role and some tinkering would be required. It's a shame the ABF museum has moved because I could drop in there any time.\ said:Hi RickI only pointed this out in the interests of historical accuracy (as I hope anyone would with any of my models). I though I'd point it out now rather than someone pointing it out when the dio was nearing completion which would be really frustrating.
I've seen the sketch of Baskeyfield's action with what looks to be a Stug coming toward him. To be honest this is probably artistic licence too as I doubt whether the engagements actually took place at such close distances.
This heroic and selfless act by Sgt Baskeysfield is a very worthy subject of a diorama for the Market Garden SSIG. In fact the SSIG would be really lacking without it so I'm glad you're tackling it.
I'm sure this diorama will be a great addition to the SSIG and will depict a truly heroic event in an operation full of heroism.
Look forward to seeing the progress.
Ps. The airborne 6 pounder differs from the regular version with shortened axle, altered armoured shield and other minor alts (I don't think this is that critical though).
PPs. As I said before the M3A1 howitzer was used at Arnhem so you could still go with models you have just not as Baskeyfield.
I've seen the Bronco one and it looks great but mine is 1/72 scale. I have the Airfix 6 pounder which I need to modify to the airborne variant but getting decent pictures is proving difficult. If the Airborne Forces Museum was still in Aldershot I'd be okay but sadly it has moved. However, I am in France this week and returning via Ouistreham and hopefully I might find an example in one of the D-day museums but I'm not sure anti-tanks were used.\ said:If this build is still going ahead there is now an airborne 6lber from bronco and possibly one from AFV (?) It's a scene worth being shown.