The Churchill MK.III Type D Carpet layer is plastic model kit of the fascinating production A.V.R.E.'s (Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers), which were fitted with brackets on the hull for the attachment of fittings for special tasks. The 'carpet layer device' was used for crossing soft patches on beaches.
Details of the model:
New tooling workable type-D Carpet laying device
Churchill MKIII welded turret
Realistic suspenion system with metal coil springs
Mudguards with same parting structure as the real vehicle
New side armour with crane arm mount
Clear periscope vision blocks provided
New photo-etched parts for carpet laying vehicle
Deep wading air intakes & exhausts with quick release cable system
Highly detailed petard mortar and armour plates
Carpet & lumbar included
A little history:
Most production A.V.R.E.'s (Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers) were fitted with brackets on the hull for the attachment of fittings for special tasks. A great example of one of these fittings was the 'carpet layer device' for crossing soft patches on beaches. The carpet (the most common form was hessian matting reinforced with steel tubes) was carried on a large bobbin at the front of the A.V.R.E. and was unwound by the vehicle itself running over it. A number of these were employed on the D-Day landing beaches.
'Hobart's Funnies' was the name given to these types of unusually modified tanks which operated during the Second World War by the United Kingdom's 79th Armoured Division or by specialists from the Royal Engineers.
They were designed in the light of problems that more standard tanks experienced during the amphibious Dieppe Raid, so that the new models would be able to overcome the problems of the planned Invasion of Normandy. These tanks played a major part on the Commonwealth beaches during the landings. They were forerunners of the modern combat engineering vehicle and were named after their commander, Major General Percy Hobart.