This is the Battlefront produced 15mm M3 Scout Car with Forward Air Controller. As models go, this is a really useful and interesting one to deploy in Normandy games. The air supremacy of the Allies over Normandy is undeniable and the use of aircraft in the ground support role was a major factor.
I really enjoyed putting this model together. I love the characters included with the kit. The above photo focuses on the radio operator with his kit in the back.
It's interesting that the FAC's usually wore their blue RAF tunics in the front line and made a point to be well presented (see last photo at the bottom of page). I really enjoyed putting all the detail into this Flight Lieutenant. It was time to get the single hair brush out again! It was also a nice change after several weeks of painting shades of olive green and khaki.
I am sure that this vehicle will be coming into play a lot in the future in my games with the 'Panzergrenadier Deluxe' rules, and bringing my Victrix Typhoons roaring overhead to attack the SS divisions in the bocage.
Below is one of the most amazing photos. The Forward Air Controllers really did look like this and here is the primary evidence.
I have no doubt that it is easy to be over optimistic in the heat of battle and the analysts at the time found that there were less AFVs lost to ground attack aircraft in Normandy than claimed when air crews arrived back to base. However, for the German's - being on the receiving end of rocket firing Typhoons is not going to be good for morale, nerves, soft skinned vehicles or human skin. I don't think that the allied infantry would have been that displeased to see Typhoons streaking overhead to support them, and that ultimately, is all that really matters.