I bought and built an Early War Miniatures P17 half-track, with the kit was the parts for one of these train rouleurs. Now I understood what it was but wanted to know a little more and this is what i have gleaned off the hive mind -
The old mle1987 had a mostly wooden carriage and wooden spoke wheels, it was designed to be pulled by horses to a maximum speed of 8km/hr.
With the improvements in motorisation, it was found the carriage/wheels couldn`t cope, so Citroen designed this cradle (rouleur) with rubber tires and pneumatic suspension onto which the old gun could be mounted and allowed towing speeds of up to 20km/hr!
A simple two-tone paint job plus a wash, Shaun sells these both with and without the pantiled roof, so usable both as native hovels for Africa and Mexico (and other parts of the world too) plus colonial areas - South America and the Far East
This is the old Esci model, which I got via a swap with that nice Alan Hamilton :) Needed some repairs, and I happened to have the parts for the Tarpaulin rear cover in my bits box, so built and added this also :) a quick paint job and that will do :)
M20 Armoured Utility Car
Brand new from S&S, with lots of added stowage and a commander from the Hat tank rider set
I needed something for a "build" over on The Wargamers` Forum, the build is "Heavy", now as anyone reading this knows I don`t do big stuff or hvy tanks. But I did happen to have this British supply wagon by Tumbling Dice, so built it with a full load. The load itself is various boxes and tarps from the spares box, I added all the ropes and traces with wire and cotton, the driver is an Italeri plastic with a head swap.
This will fit into any of my early C20th forces and will even work with WW2 French or Germans or civilians.