In-Box Review
UK WW2 Wireless Sets
UK No. 18, No. 19, No. 22 & No. 38 Wireless Sets
  • P7110004

by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]

The 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 you’ll 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 Set
The 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 I’ve 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

I’ve 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.

This 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.
Highs: An excellent set, well detailed with just about everything you need to produce a fairly good representation of the various UK wireless sets. Great dio potential as well.
Lows: Working with resin takes a little more time and a little more patience and there is always the cost element to consider. Patience is needed if you want to add the PE cages and some additional lead wire (or similar) for the wiring.
Verdict: A very useful accesory set that will add detail to your vehicles and provide additional equipment for your infantry.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35.235
  Suggested Retail: 24.00 Euros
  Related Link: Resicast Homepage
  PUBLISHED: Aug 10, 2008
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...

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Nice review Alan. Are all the bits there if you wanted to equip an infantry figure as a radio man.
AUG 10, 2008 - 10:48 PM
Hi Pat, Yip, only thing you need to add is cable, and for the No 38 a shoulder strap. Making the headphones is fun. I used the No 18 set with my Commandos when I was stocking the boats. Not a great pic but the one on the end has the No 18 set. # Al
AUG 11, 2008 - 04:57 AM
It's an ungainly contraption isn't it. Easy for a sniper to spot too.
AUG 11, 2008 - 07:21 AM
Hi Pat, You're right there, radio operators are always easy to spot, just look for the large antenna, Reiscast took the No 18 set a stage further by introducing a 2 figure kneeling radio team, officer and signaller, nice set. Al
AUG 11, 2008 - 07:35 AM

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