Friday, 30 January 2015

Private Sloper, Army Service Corps, and H.M. Tractor "Rosie".

While scavenging for materials in an abandoned farm near Poperinghe, Private "Knocker" Sloper of the Army Service Corps came across an abandoned tractor. "Knocker" was part of the A.S.C. Forward Repair Depot based just outside "Pop" and, with the permission of an indulgent C.O., he requisitioned the tractor, got it running, brought it back to the depot, gave it a coat of regulation khaki-green paint and called it "Rosie" after his Mum.

"Knocker" and "Rosie" spent the next two years hauling wagons and loads around the depot and both became famous for pulling Staff Cars out of the mire when they slithered off the road.

"Rosie" was returned to the farm near Poperinghe when the depot moved forward in the final 100 days of the Great War. "Knocker" drove her there, parked her up in the remains of the barn where he found her and covered her with a tarpaulin. He left three cans of fuel, a quart of engine oil and a brand new set of sparkplugs on the seat along with a letter apologising for the green paint and the dents and scratches on "Rosie's" bodywork.

"Knocker" returned to the Salient in 1928. He found the farm where he and "Rosie" had met some twelve years earlier. In the distance a small green tractor was pulling a harrow over a field.....





All this, of course, is pure fantasy but fun. "Knocker" is a Dixon Miniatures WW1 British cyclist figure with a Woodbine Designs head-swap. "Rosie" is a 1/43 1919 Citroen tractor produced by Hachette.

6 comments:

Bedford said...

Excellent work Mark!!

Is it a conversion or a kit? Looks to be a very good conversion but I don't really know(?).

Top marks as per usual matey.

Darrell.

Mark Hargreaves said...

Darrel, "Rosie" is straight out of the box.. a die-cast and plastic display model given a re-paint. "Knocker" is a Dixon WW1 cyclist with a head-swap. That's all. Nothing special here... just fun.

Pierre le Poilu said...

I agree - just fun.

Furphy said...

Charming little piece and a nice back story .
Regards Furphy .

Black Powder said...

Wonderful painting, and some most impressive weathering effects on the metal!

Thomas Foolery said...

Fantastic and I have to agree on the weathering!