In-Box Review
UK Fire Extinguishers
UK Late Pattern Fire Extinguishers
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]

If you build British/Commonwealth vehicles you will have encountered the problem of the often bizarre, and sometimes laughable, depiction of the late pattern UK fire extinguisher provided by some plastic 1/35 manufacturers.

This set of replacement late pattern fire extinguishers from Resicast, kit no. 35.275, does what it says on the tin, giving you a good and accurate replacement for those plastic blobs we see.
The Set

The set comes in the standard Resicast zip bag with manufacturers insert. The parts are very well cast, with no flaws and give a good representation of this equipment. You get 12 x extinguishers on four x 3 extinguisher spurs (cast blocks). No painting instructions are included so check your references.

The extinguishers come connected to the mounting bracket with the holding strap in place.

A sharp razor saw will be necessary for clean removal of the parts, but little work is required. Normal precautions should be taken when working with resin.

A very useable replacement part for British/Commonwealth vehicles. I have used these on a number of projects and IMHO they give a much better representation of this item than any plastic ones I have seen so far.

Are they 100% accurate? If they’re not then they are very close to what I have seen, but I have no way of measuring them against the real thing. They are 15/16” in 1/35 scale and look right to me.

Highs: A very handy replacement for those not so good 1/35 plastic parts. They should add that extra clarity of detail often sought by modellers.
Lows: None that I can think of, other than we need some good early ones too!!
Verdict: Highly Recommended.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35.275
  Suggested Retail: 6 euro
  PUBLISHED: Jan 03, 2009
  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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I don't know how many people will invest in a product like this Alan, but it is a short to the point review of them. Picture 4 is cheating though getting all 3 sides in one picture.
JAN 03, 2009 - 10:13 AM
Hi Darren, I have 2 sets lol, lol, much better than the plastic jobs. They were used on all later British Tanks and a lot of vehicles too. When you look at some of the plastic efforts them you'll see the difference. As to who might buy them I can't say, modellers probably Al
JAN 03, 2009 - 10:29 AM
Alan I know when you were building your Bren Gun Carriers I did spend time looking at the examples in Bovington, and fire extinguishers were an item that caught my eye. There are several sizes, colours, and base materials used, colours were red, green, and the base metals such as (or appeared to be) brass and copper. I can't say this is the exact extinguisher used on which vehicle, but it did appear what ever was available rather than you will use this type and size of extinguisher. I am interested on your take of my observation. I note in the review that you have not specified a time period for this late pattern extinguisher, can you throw some light as to at what point they become valid and/or common usage, and when they went out of service or became rare?
JAN 03, 2009 - 02:00 PM
Hi Darren, Probably need a Fire Extinguisher Expert, but my understanding is that the early tanks, A13, Cruisers etc and carriers all had the early type of extinguisher, the brass type as seen here: These would have been in all vehicles up to and probably including the introduction of the 1st Shermans. So lorries and armoured cars, early tanks etc would most probably have been equipted with these. Time period pre war and up to 42/43. Once issued they would I assume have remained in the vehicles throughout the war. I saw exampled of the BrassType in Landrovers and Bedford Trucks in the 70/80s!!! The late pattern set was I imagine these were made with British Armour in mind ie, the Cromwell, later versions of the Churchill, Sherman, Comet. Although here is one on a Humber SC.. For this type they seem to start appearing from 43 onwards. I imagine they were designed after the first experiences of the Sherman (Tommy Cooker) as they are much bigger and one would assume slightly more powerful than the previous issue to tanks. Regarding colour, I have seen them the same colour as the vehicle, a slightly deeper gloss green and red/orange. I believe, but have no specific evidence that the red/orange colour is an early post war development but I may be wrong. As I said folks need to consult their references. Museum vehicles are great and I use reference pics from them a lot but they are not always 100% accurate, bits of the vehicles are often missing and alternatives get used. If their is a Fireman in the member ship, perhaps they could give more specific data. Hope that helps a bit, that's my understanding at present, but I'm always open to new data. Al
JAN 03, 2009 - 10:15 PM

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