NEW – British defensive pillboxes released

This is a momentous post for MarDav. In addition to being the first major terrain release and the start of our new range of British pillboxes and defences, it also marks the start of our in-house designed models that will also be available to purchase as stl files for printing at home.

During 1940, the threat of a German invasion (Operation “Seelowe” or “Sealion”) was very real. In anticipation of this, local Home Guard and Auxiliary units were trained, sign posts and such were removed to confound German spies and many other small actions taken to reinforce our resilience and defences. Most of these are now long gone and forgotten. However, across England, almost every town, village or parish has at least one reminder of the feared invasion – pillboxes. These (usually) smaller concrete or brick structures dot the landscape; still watching and covering the areas they were set to guard so many years ago…..

As always, here’s a little background on the various models…..

Type 22

The Type 22 was one of the standard defensive strongpoints built during WWII to counter the anticipated German invasion. Designed for riflemen, these are hexagonal in shape and generally have loopholes in 5 of the walls. Built from both concrete and bricks, they are one of the most commonly found types.

Type 23

The Type 23 was a split design; with an enclosed area for riflemen and an open area with a light AA mount such as a Bren gun. These are rectangular in shape and generally have loopholes in 3 or 4 of the walls. Access can be a little unusual, as often there was no open entrance and access was via a ladder. The Type 23 was built from both concrete and bricks.

Type 24

The Type 24 was designed for either riflemen or a section with a light machine gun. Unlike the Type 22, they are irregularly hexagonal in shape and generally have loopholes in all of the walls. The entrance is usually in the longest wall, and flanked by embrasures on either side. Built from both concrete and bricks, they are one of the most commonly found types.

Type 25

The Type 25 was designed primarily for riflemen. They are cylindrical in shape and generally have 3 loopholes, and a low entrance. They were usually made from poured concrete in a corrugated iron mould, giving them their unique “ribbed” appearance.

Type 26

The Type 26 was designed for riflemen. They are square in shape and generally have loopholes in 3 or 4 of the walls, but variants with only two are known.

Unlike the other standard types, the 26 was also manufactured in a prefabricated version. This was known as a “Stent” and was supplied in addition to the usual brick and concrete versions.

Type 27

The Type 27 was larger structure than most pillboxes. The main body was an enclosed area for riflemen and light machine guns. There was also an open roof pit with a light AA mount such as a Bren gun.

They are octagonal in shape and generally have loopholes in 7 of the walls. The entrance in the last wall, sometimes with flanking embrasures. The entrance is usually also protected by a covered porch with another embrasure. The Type 27 was built from both concrete and bricks.

Type 28

Unlike the other standard Types, the 28 was designed for an anti-tank gun (a 2pdr or 6pdr Hotchkiss). As it was expected to draw heavier fire, it had much thicker walls – rated as “shellproof”. Additionally, short range defensive fire would be provided by a rifle section with a light machine gun.

These are rectangular in shape and generally have loopholes in all of the walls. There is also a larger offset embrasure for the AT gun. Built from both concrete and bricks, they are one of the most commonly found types of anti-tank pillbox.

Northumberland “D”

This stands out from this list as a non-standard design. However, we are based in Northumberland with some of these close by, so I couldn’t miss them from the first wave!

The Northumberland D Type pillbox is a WWII defensive strongpoint unique to Northumberland. Broadly similar to a Type 24 in that it is an irregular hexagon; it differs in the number and locations of the embrasures and the length of the walls.

In order to aid with placing models inside, all these pillboxes have a removable roof and no interior blast walls. Where necessary, extras such as a pintle-mounted Bren gun or ladder are also supplied.

As these are entirely designed by MarDav, we are happy to take custom requests. Regional and other variations are also possible, please contact us for further information or with specific requests.

Further updates are also available via our Facebook page and all new releases will be showcased on our Instagram page.

Upcoming release schedule

As MarDav grows, so does the list of excellent WWII printed models created by the designers that we work with.

In order to to keep everything as clear as possible, nothing is listed in the webstore until it is printed, painted and photographed so that you see the final product – not simply a rendered image. However, we do have a large catalogue of available models that ultimately will all be released via the website.

As a result, this does mean that it can take some time to work through all the exciting new files we get, but we do have a plan and so have put together an upcoming release schedule in the run up to the end of the year.

Depending on how quickly we work through any tweaks and test prints, releases may be made before their due date, but hopefully no later than listed here. As much as we would like to release everything at once, we think this approach is better!

26th September 2021 – Vehicles (mostly…)

Type 1 Ho-Ha (Japanese)
M3 Scout car (US/Allies)
Fiat truck (Polish)
CMP F-60 truck (British)
30 CWT truck (British)
Indian Pattern Armoured Car (British)
Otter Armoured Car (British)
Marmon Herrington Armoured Car (British)
LRDG truck/jeep crew (British)
47/32 AT gun (Italian)

10th October 2021 – Soviet Army

Rifle squad
Forward observer team
Sniper team
Officer team
MMG team
Infantry platoon
T34/85 tank
T20 gun tow
OT 26 tank
SU 122 assault gun
ISU 152 assault gun

24th October 2021 British Army

Rifle squad
PIAT team
Officer team
Infantry platoon
Bofors AA gun
Universal carrier 
3” mortar carrier
Churchill Mk IV tank
Valentine tank

7th November 2021 – German Army

Rifle squad
SMG squad
Panzershreck team
Officer team
Forward observer team
Pak 97/38 medium AT gun
Motorcycle and sidecar w/MG

21st November 2021 – Terrain

Sectional factory
Ruined sectional factory
Power plant
Workshop
Walls
Urban ruins
Trenches and gun pits
Italian defensive positions

As you can see, it’s quite a list and will massively expand both our list of available models, as well as the range of countries that we have platoon deals for (currently Italy and Japan), so don’t forget to add some of our WWII 3D printed models to your Christmas list!

Updates are also available via our Facebook page and all new releases will be showcased on our Instagram page.

Martin & Dave