TW32C01 - Trooper, 9th Lancers instruction booklet

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Instruction manual for the Tommy's War 9th Lancer, demonstrating how to build this 1/32 resin model kit into a reproduction of a British Lancer charging during the early part of World War One.

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Instruction Manual

TW32C01

Trooper, 9th (Queens Royal)

Lancers, Elouges 1914

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A brief introduction to the

Trooper, 9th (Queens Royal) Lancers, Elouges 1914

The 9th Queens Royal Lancers were a cavalry regiment famous for

their actions in the Indian Mutiny, and their associated nickname,

The Delhi Spearmen.

At the start of World War One the 9th were part of the Lieutenant

General Allenby’s Cavalry Division helping screen the British II Corps

retreat from Mons.

On 24th August (the day after the first action at Mons) the 9th were

with 1st Bn Cheshire Regiment, 1st Bn Norfolk Regiment and ‘L’ Battery

RHA (who we cover with their action at Nery) in the Elouges area,

which is an area roughly 3 miles deep by 2 miles wide near the

Mons-Valenciennes Road.

To check the German advance the 9th were ordered to charge.

This figure, the first in our cavalry range, depicts a Trooper of the

9th Lancers on that day, in full gallop.

The charge was described by Captain Francis Grenfell (later to win

the Victoria Cross):

“We simply galloped about like rabbits in front of a line of guns

Men and horses falling in all directions. Most of one’s time was spent

dodging the horses.

The combined actions of the cavalry, artillery and infantry did their job.

The exhausted II Corps were able to withdraw that evening. Sadly the

Cheshires never received the order to retire and they stood their

ground and fought to the end. That night only 200 of the 1,000 men

were able to get away.

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Set Up

Before you begin

You will need a few tools, I recommend a scalpel with new

blade, small tweezers, glue (I used super glue) and a glue

applicator. The parts are very small so I wore optivisors for

fixing the parts and I cut the photo etch on a glass board (as

traditional cutting mats tend to bend with the part meaning

that the etch can bend with the cut).

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Step 1.1 - Fitting the Lance

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Find the small sprue shown in the image. The parts for the

lance (when shown in the same order as this image) are 2

(head of lance) and 3 (foot of lance). Part 1 is used as part of

the Lancer’s sabre.

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Step 1.2 - Fitting the Lance

Use a sharp knife to remove parts 2 and 3 from the casting

block carefully. Cut at the base near the casting block to leave

a small amount of resin – this will then slot in to the brass tube

creating a ‘male’ and ‘female’ fit.

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Step 1.3 - Fitting the Lance

Cut a small piece of Tamiya tape from the reel. Lay it on a

cutting mat and cut a length approximately 1mm wide from

the length of the tape. This will form the grip of the lance and

the strap around the Lancer’s wrist.

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Step 1.4 - Fitting the Lance

Insert the head of the lance in to the brass tube supplied.

IMPORTANT : you must fit the lance in to the figure’s hand

before you fix both ends. So, only fix the head in to place

with glue – leave off the foot of lance until you are satisfied

with the result of the whole lance

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Step 1.5 - Fitting the Lance

Images show lance not in figure’s hand for illustration

purposes only. The lance must be fitted in to the hand of the

figure before both ends of the lance are glued in to place.

Head and foot will eventually be fixed in to place (glued) at

either end of the lance. By leaving the end of the resin in place

it will slot in to the hollow end of the brass tube (you may need

to trim any ‘flash’ for a smooth fit).

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Step 1.6 - Fitting the Lance

When both ends are in place your lance will appear like this.

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Step 1.7 - Fitting the Lance

Cut the pennon from the photo-etch sprue and glue in to

place, wrapping a small part of the etch around the brass tube.

You will be able to manipulate the etch in to place to form a

‘moving’ pennon.

With both ends in place your model lance will be

approximately 86mm, which converts to 9’ 1” which was the

length of a Pattern 1894 lance.

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Step 1.8 - Fitting the Lance

Wrap the piece of Tamiya tape around the brass tube to form

the grip. Once you are happy with the position of the grip you

can glue in to the hand of the figure and then fix in to place

the remaining end of the lance.

* For best results use a new blade to cut the photo-etch to get

the cleanest cuts.

* Always take care when using knives, use a cutting mat and

cut away from your hand.

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Step 2.1 - Fitting the bridle & reins

Fitting the bridle and reins

In 1914 the British army were using a mix of equipment.

The saddle was in the main the 1912 universal pattern

saddle. The bridle and bit were part of the 1902 pattern

equipment. This additional part is shown in the small

photo-etch fret provided with your kit.

I trimmed the two parts from the sprue with a scalpel

with a new blade.

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Step 2.2 - Fitting the bridle & reins

The two parts were cleaned-up and placed ready.

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Step 2.3 - Fitting the bridle & reins

I had already built the horse, note that the front left

and rear right legs, as well as the tail, are all pinned

to give the model more strength.

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Step 2.4 - Fitting the bridle & reins

I did trim the part to allow a better fit, see the

images of the actual horse , you can see how the

individual parts fit together - see page 17, fig 1 & 2.

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Step 2.4 - Fitting the bridle & reins

Fig 1

Fig 2

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Step 2.5 - Fitting the bridle & reins

I used the reverse side of the slip included with

the photo etch for the reins, they were cut with a

scalpel to less than 1mm lengths

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In progress

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References and acknowledgements:

I would like to offer my gratitude to Günther Sternberg for

his help with the uniform and equipment research and these

images. I would also like to thank Oliver Dewald for allowing

us to use the images of him and the equipment, and a big

thank you to his horse Daisy.

This was her first time with the complete equipment set,

and she looks magnificent. For research and reference

I referred to:

British Cavalry Equipments 1800-1941, Osprey

Publishing Men at arms series 138, Mike Chappell

ISBN 978-1-84176-471-9

Figure & Horse Sculpture : Nino Pizzichemi

Box art : Günther Sternberg


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