The late Mick Bell produced over 400 high quality technical drawings and plans of military vehicles at 1/76 scale, for use by modellers and vehicle enthusiasts. Since his death in 2007, these have not been readily available. The purpose of this website, created by his son, is to make these drawings available again as high-resolution digital copies.
Each drawing has its own page, showing a low-resolution preview of the drawing, with a link to the full-size high-res image. The pages are categorised by country, and are also tagged with vehicle manufacturers and types, for ease of browsing. A full index of the plans is provided below this post.
The drawings have been scanned at 600 dpi, and are all A4 size. Printing them onto A4 (with no margin) should reproduce the original dimensions, although a laser printer may be required to preserve the finer detail. Most of the plans are at 1/76 scale, but could easily be printed to different scales. For example, printing a 1/76 plan at 106% (76/72) should convert it to 1/72 scale. A few plans are at other scales: this is stated clearly on the plan and the relevant page.
The drawings are all released under the Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution licence. This makes them free to share and adapt, even for commercial purposes, as long as appropriate attribution is given to the original creator, Mick Bell. Please see the link for more information on the licence.
I have now completed uploading all the scanned drawings. I also have a large collection of AutoCAD DWG files saved from my father’s computer, which I believe may include some of the drawings listed as missing. At some point in the future I intend to acquaint myself with AutoCAD, sort through these, publish the missing images and make the DWGs available as well. However, it may take me some time to get around to that. Please also read the note on UK drawing 161 regarding original A3 prints of the Thor IRBM.
Please let me know if you spot any errors. In particular, please note that I am not a military vehicle expert, so I may have made some mistakes in the titles, descriptions and tagging of the plans!
Many thanks to Paul Gandy for scanning the hard copy plans.
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Thank you for your efforts in scanning and uploading your father’s work, this is all amazing.
Great resource – thanks for sharing them
Excellent and very generous of you to share them.
Many thanks for sharing your father’s scale drawings they are still excellent.
Thank you for sharing this fine collection of drawings.
It displays fine draughtsmanship and detailed research.
I find the UK collection of RAF vehicles, especially the fire engines very interesting.
Many thanks for sharing these Tom. Your dad’s efforts were amazing and I am so glad they are now available.
Fantastic work from your Father and I am sure he would be delighted to see them being appreciated through your kindness in sharing. Many thanks.
This presentation is not only a treasure for enthusiasts and modellers everywhere, but a most dignified and fitting tribute to Mr Bell’s work. I mourn his passing and am grateful to have access to his lifetime body of work.
This is a great collection your father made. Truly talented and a God send to model makers. Thank you for making this legacy available to all. A dream come true.
Very Good Drawings It’s a pleasure to see the work that has gone into it. Looking forward to 3 D draw some of them
Congratulations, the tribute you have paid to your father is wonderful.
Thanks this help me for build 3d model mammoet trojan for personal purpose
Thank you very much for your effort to save your father’s legacy. This is a gold mine for all modellers around the world.
Best regards, Bas