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Royal Military Police Activ Sno-Tric
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I finally got around to building this model after responding to the “Bottle Top Challenge” on the Braille Scale Forum on Missing Lynx. Any model could be built, but it had to fit on a standard size bottle top (27.5mm in diameter), the Sno-Tric was ideal. I had the idea for this model back in the 1980’s when I was inspired by a magazine cutting of the Aktiv Sno-Tric in use on the northern flank in Norway with the Royal Military Police. This model really suited the challenge and just about fitted on the bottle top. The Sno-Tric was scratchbuilt using plastic rod and card with some brass rod for the more precisely shaped pieces of framework. The windshield was made from a piece of clear plastic blister pack with a sympathetic curve, which was cut and shaped to size. Using clear sprue, I shaped the headlight and backed it with silver foil before fitting it to the bodywork. I used Crafty Computer waterslide decal paper to make the vehicle registration number and NATO MP sticker, with the Union Flag from the Revell Warrior kit. The rider was converted from the Airfix RAF Recovery set driver with the head from a character in the Matchbox Monty’s Caravan kit. Duro putty was used to create the cold weather Parka with plastic card accessories. I found this a really enjoyable diversion from the technical challenges of some larger projects. The model was completed within the 14 day deadline. Building a model that quickly is something I haven't done in a very long time.

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