Let’s start with the good news. May ’40 Miniatures have released production diagrams of the armoured car to accompany their forthcoming range of WW2 Dutch figures in 28mm. They’ve been hinting at this model of a Landsverk M36 for some time, but yesterday they finally released these pics.
The model will be have a resin body and turret, and metal details. Not all the details are shown on these production images yet.
The M36 was a medium armoured car originating from Sweden, built by Landsverk as the L181. It was armed with a 37mm canon in a fully revolving turret, and three machine guns. The Dutch purchased twelve of these vehicles in 1936 and issued them to the 1st armoured car squadron. The Dutch later purchased fourteen M38 versions in 1938, which were mainly issued to the 2nd armoured car squadron.
Specifications (from War over Holland website)
|Manufacturer:||A.B. Landsverk [Landskrona, Sweden]|
|In service:||1936 – 1940|
|12 off M.36
12 off M.38
2 off M.38 command-car
|Service:||Cavalry, 1st and 2nd Squadron Armoured Cars|
|Role:||Armoured reconnaissance, support, AT|
|Manufacturer optics:||Nedinsco [Venlo, Holland]|
|Armament:||37 mm semi-automatic gun, Bofors
3 off machineguns 7.9 mm Lewis
|Ammunition gun:||HE and AP|
|Crew:||5 [2 drivers, 2 gunners, 1 commander]|
|Dimensions:||5.87 x 2.24 x 2.33 [L x W x H]|
|Chassis and engine:||Daimler-Benz [M.36] and Büssing NAG [M.38]|
|Power:||150 hp approx.|
|Max speed:||60 km/hr f.d., 40 km/hr r.d.|
|Armour:||turret: 9 mm; balance 5 mm sloped|
Now, the bad news. Unfortunately Eureka Miniatures didn’t get enough pre-orders to continue with their planned 1860s New Zealand Wars range.
Despite Eureka getting 23 respondents, which is very good for a project of this type, they only got pledges for AUD$3000 of the AUD$5000 needed to be raised (a 40% shortfall in the revenue required). So they sadly decided that they couldn’t proceed with this project.
This is a real shame, as these would have been a very attractive and unusual range. It is perhaps that latter element that meant that these figures didn’t garner enough support.