by: Alan McNeilly [ ]
IntroductionThe world of Radio or, more correctly, Wireless sets is a fun one to visit. The UK developed a number of different wireless sets over the period of the 2nd World War. If you are a history buff then youll know that poor communications have resulted in some major military disasters such as Arnhem being a well documented case. The Resicast Set offers a range of 4 of the most common types of wireless equipment used by British and Common Wealth Forces during WW2.
The SetThe set comes in the familiar Resicast plastic bag containing three further plastic bags, one of which holds the sets, one the additional parts, and one a small fret of PE. Cast in light grey resin, the detail on the sets is sharp and, as far as a layman such as myself can tell, accurate in comparison with the real pictures Ive studied. There is also an A4 sheet of instructions containing a list of the parts plus 2 diagrams and 4 pictures to aid in the assembly. This is the older style of Resicast instructions and reference will need to be made to specific vehicle layout and wiring, but the basic build should be reasonably easy.
The set has 4 vehicle mounted kits, 2 each of the familiar No. 19 Wireless Set and the less familiar No. 22 Wireless Set. Two infantry sets are also included, again 2 of each for the Type 18 backpack and the Type 38 man-portable sets. Along with this you get the necessary equipment to build the kits with the resin parts consisting of:
18 - Type No 18 x 2
18 Canvas for Type No 18 x 2
18 A antenna x 2
18 B side plate part A
18 Side plate part B
19 Wireless No 19 x 2
19 Battery Box for Type 19 x 2
22 Wireless Type No 22 x 2
22 Battery box for Type No 22 x 2
38 Wireless Type No 38 x 2
B Variometer x 4
E Headphones x 4 (there were 6 in mine)
M Microphone x 4 (there were 6 in mine)
X Take over boxes x 2
Y Fixation for Frame x 8
Z - Frame x 4
The PE set includes
P1 Handles for Type No 19 & 22 x 8
P2 Frame for Type No 38 x 2
P3 Guards fir Type No 19 & 22 x 48
Ive amended some of the quantities shown on the list of parts as you get Variometers for all the vehicle sets as well as the necessary battery boxes.
ConclusionThis is a very useful set for British/Commonwealth Modellers. The infantry sets are as far as I know the only ones available on the market. Coming in at around 24 euros, I think you get good value for your money in this set.