JB Models 1/76 Bedford Tactical Aircraft Refueller

I needed a break from some of the more complex kits I’ve been working so I had a look in the stash and found this.


It is a 1/76 refueller truck from JB Models. It was later reboxed by Airfix. I picked this up several years with an idea of using it in a diorama.  Just the perfect thing to work on with a low part count and no photo etch.  The kit comes in two plastic bags one for the clear cab piece and one for the rest of the parts.

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Also included is a sheet of decals and one double sided page of instructions.


The kit has good detail and goes together well. The instructions could be more detailed in showing where some of the parts go. There are some smaller pieces I used CA glue and filler to make sure the parts stayed where they show.  The chassis was the most time consuming of the build.

The kit goes together in five major subassemblies

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The pump box behind the cab has an option to leave the cover down or up showing the hose reels and other detail. I chose to leave the cover closed.

I assembled the various parts and primed it with Vallejo forest green primer. I then airbrushed Aqueous 320 Dark Green thinned with UMP thinner.  2 coats produced very good results. I painted and attached the tires and removed the masking on the cab.


A gloss coast of future was then applied in preparation for decaling.  The decals were very old and some of them fell apart.  I put the remaining ones on then applied another gloss coat of future to seal them in.

I then applied some weathering powder to the underside and tires.



I still may do a bit more weathering and apply a dull coat but I can call it done.  Overall a fairly straight forward build and I can see it being in a diorama one day.




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