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The FV432 APC was the most numerous British Post War AFV, designed by GKN as a ‘Battlefield taxi’ for infantry, similar to, but better protected and mobile than the American M113. The basic APC nicknamed ‘Trojan’, was produced between 1963 and 1971 and can carry a full section of infantry in addition to the two man crew. With the introduction of Warrior, the FV432 ceased to be used as an APC, but continued to serve in many units. A large number served in the Gulf War of 1990-91 and many still serve today in all British Army theatres of operation in newer re-built versions.
This all resin 1/35th scale model kit designed by Jon Bottomley & Rob Tearle depicts a Mk-2 (Diesel engine) version fitted with the ALVIS FOX CVR(W) turret and was known as the FV432-30. The FV432-30 was produced as a trials Mechanised Combat Vehicle (MCV) and was fitted with a CVR(W) FOX turret with 30mm RARDEN cannon. A total of thirteen examples were made, evaluated, and then deployed with the Berlin Armoured Squadron, and eventually with BAOR.
The model features extensive external detail and internal detail in the drivers compartment; the hull rear and turret do not have internal detail. All hatches can be depicted open or closed and resin cast tools and smaller fittings are also provided. A simple to use laser cut headlamp guard set is included as an option to the etched brass version of the delicate head-lamp guards. Two etched brass frets are supplied for other small fittings and a comprehensive set of full colour decals are included with a variety of markings and registrations. Headlights and side/tail lights are supplied as clear/coloured castings. Full colour printed instructions are included as standard. A Berlin ‘Urban’ camouflage painting guide by Andreas Kirchhoff is also included.
Completed model dimensions (approximate):-
Inches /mm: Length 6/152, Width 3/76, Height 3.25/83