Massive Moritz – Rommel’s Captured Dorchester ACV

The Dorchester armoured command vehicle was a unique idea. Other nations converted tanks and armoured cars for this purpose, so when Rommel captured three? of these spacious vehicles he pressed them into immediate service.

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Now that Zvezda make the Matador truck, on which it is based, the obvious thing to do would be to build one up from card using the chassis as a starting point. However, I own a hotwheels Dodge Ambulance that has been used only for the odd AK47 game. Never been raced or rallied and it looked ‘close enough’ for me to start glueing bits of card on to see if the concept had any legs.

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Whether it did or not you can judge for yourself. The cam net hides most of the bits that don’t look like a Dorchester and I’m hoping that hiding it in DAK will disguise the overscale nature of the beast. The captured Dorchesters went through a number of  overpaints. The original Caunter dazzle camouflage could have been a number of colours, but I went with slate green rather than blue. I’ve seen a number of model schemes and although the blue version is the sexiest, the green does actually look like camouflage and accords with newer research. I still like the blue though!

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Filed under 15mm Miniatures Wargames, DAK, Modelling, Trucks, Wehrmacht, Western Desert, WWII

6 responses to “Massive Moritz – Rommel’s Captured Dorchester ACV

  1. If you hadn’t said it was a conversion I would never have known. Excellent work, chumrade!

  2. Just right Chris – well done!

  3. Kind of you to say so Tim :O)

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  5. John Brunskill

    Nice job, but did you know Rommel also used the Elephant a captured British Quad tractor? much easier to build

  6. Hi John,

    I wasn’t aware of this,and would be interested in any links to contempory photographs. Rommel seems to have been photographed in just about everything else, so it doesn’t surprise me at all.

    Kind regards, Chris.

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