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    #57183
    Etranger
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    Hi Tim, I’m glad you posted this here, as otherwise it would get lost in the noise ‘elsewhere’. I think the reason why you can’t find many photos of the fully enclosed version was that it only existed in prototype form & never saw operational service. “All” the photos that I’ve seen of the real thing are of the same vehicle, taken in the same session whilst at Bovington for evaluation. I do have a reference somewhere to support that but it’s buried in storage at the moment.

    The enclosure was just too small for practical benefit & accordingly production versions largely did away with it. Here is some detail including plans for the turret. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235001267-crusader-aa-mki-bofors/

    From  that link, the second vehicle shown was known as the “40mm SP AA Gun (Tracked). It was a completely different design and they were built at Mill Hill in London alongside the very similar triple 20mm (the 20mm SP AA Gun [Tracked])”. If you look closely at the photo you can see that it has a standard Bofors gun shield, with attached side extensions, rather than a bespoke design.

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    #57190
    MartinR
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    Oh no! I’ve got a 20mm Mark 1, and three 6mm ones. More than the entire production run…

    A very handsome vehicle IMHO.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    #57206
    Etranger
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    Flames of War players sometimes deploy more vehicles than were actually built. I’ve got a third of the entire production run of Char2C and a fair proportion of all the BuFlaK ever built.

    #57239
    Jemima Fawr
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    Hi Tim,

    Sorry I can’t help with production numbers or dates, but they were almost exclusively the preserve of Corps Light AA Regiments RA/RCA, with some also turning up in Armoured Brigade HQ AA Troops (which might also have been provided by the RA/RCA, though I’m not sure about that).

    I’ve never ever found them belonging to Armoured Regiment HQ AA Troops.

    My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/

    #57266
    Jemima Fawr
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    Sorry, that should have read Corps AND HIGHER Light AA Regiments RA/RCA.  A lot of the examples pictured in Normandy have markings showing that they belonged to 21st Army Group Lines of Communication Troops.

    My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/

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