I ordered a set of three carriers from Jeff at Die Waffenkammer. Jeff's models are absolutely gorgeous, and a pleasure to work with. Plus, I'm pleased that my WWII Canadians will be operating carriers from a Canadian company! It doesn't hurt that his prices are better than his competitors.
Carriers were used to transport Vickers guns with their crews, 3" mortar teams, as tows for 6-pdr anti-tank guns and in many other roles. As for me, I'll be using these as support options for Chain of Command. I can choose either a single carrier (with crew and JL) or a recce section of two carriers. As a result, I decided to paint one of the carriers with the insignia of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, to represent a carrier from the Ploughjockies' carrier platoon, and the other two with the green over blue of the 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, to represent a recce group from the Plugs.
The stowage was included with the vehicles, so I mixed things up a bit to make each vehicle unique. As my understanding was that by July 1943, the Boys rifle was no longer used much, I've focussed on providing each of these carriers with Bren guns. One of them carries a PIAT.
Crew are a mix of the figures provided by Die Waffenkammer and some Perry Miniatures' Desert Rats who have been converted to fit into the vehicles. I haven't glued them in place, as I envision one possible use will be to use the speed of the carriers to deliver a Bren gun team somewhere onto a battlefield where it can be most useful. The carrier will drive where needed and dismount. I did some head swaps to give all the crews Perry Miniatures heads.
Here's a photo showing Katie, a Hasty P carrier with more than the approved number of passengers, somewhere in Sicily, July 1943.
And here's my attempt to copy the photo.
For now, my plan is to set the crews inside the vehicles with no magnets. They each fit nicely, no one falls out unless I do something silly like with my photo above. If I have trouble keeping the boys on board when the carriers move, I will look at using poster putty or something similar.
Of course, if I try to simulate magic, flying carriers then all bets are off!
For Tim, I have included an officer to ride Katie, a young subaltern gazing up at the skies, looking for raptors or other exotic avians, to represent one Farley Mowat, storyteller, environmentalist and veteran of the Hasty Ps.
And finally, here is the beginnings of a scout troop for the Piddle-dee Gees. A full scout troop has 6 carriers, plus 2 scout and 2 armoured cars, but it would be common for smaller groups to be sent out to locate the enemy.