Si. wrote: What's the hell's going on here ? Given the amphibious vessels in background I'd figure that's on a beach somewhere in Europe.
I know from doing military models and historical miniatures wargame miniatures the white star was used as a universal allied vehicle recognition symbol in Europe.
The page owner's choice of a page of patterned background from B&W photo with yellow font is downright stupid but the information is good; http://www.white-star.nl/white.htm
Thanks Craig. Even though it's a "Faux-Holt" being built in the style of rather than a copy of the real thing, the photographic research prior to and during the build was fascinating. One of the things I learned was that these behemoths could do massive wheelies! Now that's power for you!
Just to update the the Faux-Holt saga, it now has a log wagon manufactured from balsa, brass rod and stuff from the bits box with a set of Keith Wiseman wheels. to haul a load of reject timber for Updah's sawmill and has just managed to negotiate the small truss bridge and its following sharp right hand bend!
A Brit. driving an American decaled Austin in North Africa ??
You're kiddin' me right ?
I swear Tamiya box-art used to be quite good.
That IS correct. Once the Allies started working together, everyone started marking 'invasion' stars on their soft skinned vehicles to denote everyone was on the same Allied side. Many of them had simple US-style stars on the doors and other spots as well. Yes, even the Brit ones.
Not the hood numbers, they're clearly British as they have a letter prefix and the US didn't.
The camo is what was called the "mickey mouse" pattern and was very common.
The box art above is quite correct for a vehicle in the ETO after about the spring of 1944...