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Otter Mark I Light Reconnaissance Car - case report

      Now, the object of our project is this Canadian girl: Otter Mark I Light Reconnaissance Car.
Otter Mark I Light Reconnaissance Car
  The Otter Light Reconnaissance Car (known officially by the British as "Car, Light Reconnaissance, Canadian GM Mark I") was a light armoured car produced by Canada during the Second World War for British and Commonwealth.
Line of five Otters in the winter.
    The Otter Light Reconnaissance Car (LRC) was developed by General Motors Canada to meet the demand for this type of armoured car. The design followed the layout of the British Humber Mark III LRC.
Humber Light Reconnaissance Car Mark III
      The Otter was based on the Chevrolet C15 Canadian Military Pattern truck chassis and used many standard GM components. 
Chevrolet C15 CMP truck
   The Otter was designed in 1942 nd experiments began on a prototype immediately. Although of simple and rugged design, it did not compare as favourably as was hoped. It was considered under-powered, and the driver's visibility was poor, with the visors open or closed.
Otter's driver station
      Despite these shortcomings, General Motors pressed ahead with production. The pilot model had pistol ports, extended turret armour and a different vision port for the driver. After testing, the spare tire mount was repositioned to a less obtrusive location, the pistol ports were omitted and vision ports were changed for production vehicles.
Otter turretless. Notice the spare wheel position
      The armament consisted of a hull-mounted Boys anti-tank rifle and a Bren light machine gun in a small open-topped turret.
Otter LRC showing their weapons
      Although it used a more powerful engine than the Humber, it was larger and heavier (by a ton); overall performance was less than the Humber but still acceptable. Despite its problems, it was a popular vehicle with the troops, mainly because of its reliable mechanical components and its ease of maintenance.

      Between 1942 and 1945, 1761 units were produced in Oshawa, Ontario, though fewer than 1.000 were delivered overseas. 
Otter in Athens, Greece - 1943
Notice the spare wheel in low position
      It saw service with the British Army in the latter stages of the North African campaign, and with both the British and Canadian armies. all through the' Italian campaign and in limited numbers in North-West-Europe after D-Day in June 1944.

Otter at the gates of Xanten, near of Rhine river
Germany -March, 1945.
     ln the Canadian Army, it was used by Divisional Reconnaissance Regiments (e.g. the Princess Louise Dragoon Guards in Italy) as well as by Royal Canadian Engineer Field Squadrons and Royal Canadian Army Service Corps Transport Companies. It remained in Canadian service in the early post-war years.
Damaged Otters of Princess Louise Dragoon Guards
In the fields of Italy, 1943.

Otter of the 11th Field Company, RCE
2nd Canadian Infantry Division
May-sur-Orne, France - Oct. 1944.
Otter of the 11th Field Company, RCE - 2nd Canadian Infantry Division
May-sur-Orne, France - Oct. 1944.
See actual pic above

Otter of the British 23rd Armoured Brigade
 crossing a Bailey bridge over the Volturno river at Grazzanise
Italy, October 1943 - see color profile below

Otter of the British 23rd Armoured Brigade
Volturno River - Italy, Octuber 1943
      It was also employed by the South African Army and the British RAF Regiment. Some RAF regiment vehicles used aircraft armament such as 20mm cannon and 0.303 Browning machine guns.
Otter of the armoured detachment of No. 2771 Field Squadron
RAF Regiment, at Prkos airfield, Yugoslavia.- 1945
    After the war the Otter was used by the Jordanian Army and Dutch Army during the Indonesian Revolution.
Former Jordanian Otter captured by the Haganah
from the Arab Liberation Army in 1948.

Otter Light Reconnaissance Car

Weight (load)
GM of Canada and Hamilton Bridge Company
1942-45.  1.761 units
4.404 Kg
4.976 Kg
Length4.496 mm 
Width2.159 mm
Wheel tread
2.438 mm
2.578 mm
1.803 mm

Armourup to 12 mm
Main armament  
.55 in Boys anti-tank rifle
Secondary armament  
0.303 in (7.7 mm) Bren light machine gun

Tire size
GMC 6 cyl. gasoline
106 hp (79 kW) @ 3000 rpm
Manual 4 fwd/1 rev.
9.00 x 16
Power/weight24.1 hp/tonne
Fuel capacity
Elec. Volt.
4 x 4 wheel, leaf spring
121 liters
418 Km
12 V
N° 19 W/T
Speed75 km/h

The kit:
      For this project, I'll use the IBG Models Otter Light Reconnaissance Car (#35019), in 1/35 scale.
IBG Models 35019 kit.
Starting by the kit in my workbench: Instructions!
See in pdf here!!
Very well packaged!!
      Big surprise: Two complete aditional sets of wheels, with 2 different sizes, for my box of spare parts. Thank you, miss IBG !!! According Jiří Zahradník ,the wheels in the instruction (N tires) are wrong - I'll  need the smaller one: 9.00 x 16 (the sprue M)  Thanks a lot, Jiří !!  see below:
9.00 x 16 tires, like the specs.
Use the wheels of M sprue, not the N!!

Big surprise: Two sets of additional spare wheels.
I love you, IBG!!!

      As in the previous project (Ford DAF PAG-trekker), the kit comes with a super-detailed engine. But how it will be virtually invisible within the nose (which will be closed), I decided to mold and casting only the lower and visible portion of the engine. I will keep the excellent 6-cylinder engine for future projects in scratch. I really hate the waste!!
Using dental hydrocolloid reversible. Molding
the lower parts of the engine
Dental acrylic poured into the mold of hydrocolloid
And the lower engine is ready. 
      And the building continues... front and rear axles:
       Sub-assembles waiting for the chassis:

Chassis in alignment under metal parts with squared walls.
Turret seat and rear panel
Chassis perfectly aligned

The half-engine in position.
Do not be offended. In the end, everything will be OK !!


Wheel alignment. 90 degrees!!

Turret installed in the roof...

With shoes!!!

Notice the exhaust pipe adapted in the engine...

Starting the body...

Body glued to chassis...

The half-engine tip works !!!

Next steps: painting the interior.
The front hatches...
Filling a large gap between the snout and the hull ...
      Finally, it's time to paint the interior of the Otter. 
Preparing the interior...

Closing the roof. Notice the external
rear mirrors in metal.
Starting the external painting.... OD from Vallejo.

      As usual, for my markings I like to drawing a profile: My girl belongs to 11st Field Company Royal Canadian Engineers of 2nd Canadian Infantry Division - Head Quarters Platoon, 2nd. Platoon, in duties at May-Sur-Orne, Normandy, France, in August, 1944. Notice the front wheel in the snout of my girl: As the kit provides two spare tires, I wanted to use them. If I were crew of this vehicle in front and could carry a spare wheel, I assure you that I carry ... No doubt !!

       Value Gear stuff; rollbeds!!
Painting the rollbeds...
      I was almost forgetting: You remember the molding of the bottom of the engine ?? Once the engine painted, here's the final result. I think it was worth the use of acrylic copy because the final results are very good. and I won a brand new engine for my scrap box ...
The copy of the engine unpainted ...
...and after painting. I think it's worth it!!!
     And the Girl was ready for action: Otter Mark I Light Reconnaissance Car from 11st Field Company Royal Canadian Engineers of 2nd Canadian Infantry Division - Head Quarters Platoon, 2nd. Platoon, in duties at May-Sur-Orne, Normandy, France, in August, 1944.
Otter Mark I Light Reconnaissance Car -11st Field Company RCE
2nd Canadian Infantry Division - Head Quarters Platoon, 2nd. Platoon
May-Sur-Orne, Normandy - France, in August, 1944.


Otter Mark I LRC with Kojak, and Rover, the dog.

M4A3E2 Sherman Jumbo 76mm with Otter Mark I LRC
in size comparison. The canadian girl is little!!!
Two Canadians girls side by side:
Chevrolet CMP CT15AA Armored Ambulance
and Otter Mark I Light Reconnaissance Car

Otter Mark I Light Reconnaissance Car -11st Field Company RCE
2nd Canadian Infantry Division
Head Quarters Platoon, 2nd. Platoon
May-Sur-Orne, Normandy - France, in August, 1944.
Lads...see you again, soon!!