Land Rover RUC TANGI (early)

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The HOTSPUR Armoured Land Rover was developed by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in Northern Ireland and is based on the 109” chassis, Series III Land Rover. Its development was the direct result of the increasing use of high-velocity weapons against Police in the province. Protection provided by the VPK (Vehicle Protection Kit) Land Rovers that preceded Hotspur was sufficient to defend against bomb blasts, nail bombs and reduced the energy of high-velocity munitions but could not prevent


This 1/35th scale resin chassis set designed by Rob Tearle contains all the parts required to complete the Accurate Armour Land Rover TANGI conversion (LRA012) and Land Rover SNATCH conversions (LRA013 & LRA014) as full vehicle kits, and without the need to buy a Hobby Boss plastic donor kit. Metal springs and full instructions are included. This set can also be used to complete a Hobby Boss kit that has already been used as a donor kit for

This 1:35th scale conversion set (For the Hobby Boss Land Rover kit) by Rob Tearle covers the early part of the TANGI service life up to approximately 1999 whereupon the fleet was upgraded further, re-liveried and fitted with the same chassis and engine as the contemporary Military 110 ‘Wolf’. (These later TANGI vehicles will be the subject of a future product) The set contains full internal and external detail, engine, rear axle and extensive etched brass mesh and full complement of coloured clear castings for searchlights, beacons and tinted ‘armoured glass’. RUC registrations and alternative markings and a pre-printed glazing sheet are also included.

IMPORTANT NOTE:- A Hobby Boss kit Land Rover 110 kit is required to complete this model, OR our “One Ten” Chassis replacement set (LRA007) which can be used to make up a full kit (or to replace the Hobby Boss chassis on thier One Ten Land Rovers if you have previously used them for our LRA012, LRA013 or LRA014 conversions)

By the mid 1980’s the RUC’s Hotspur fleet was reaching the end of its service life and the replacement, ‘Simba,’ was proving too time consuming to produce. As a result there was an urgent requirement for stop-gap replacement for Hotspur. The solution was a number of rolling chassis that old Hotspur armoured bodies were bolted to. These chassis were of the more modern coil sprung ‘One Ten’ type fitted with the same Rover 3.5ltr V8 petrol engine as the late model Hotspurs, and were branded TANGI.

As time passed the threats encountered steadily grew and more armour was added such as the ‘Dawson’ Roof that created a double skinned canopy. This protected the vehicle from drogue bombs and was named after the road where such a weapon was first used. Another device used against the RUC was the coffee jar bomb, essentially a glass jar filled with explosive that would detonate on impact as the glass shattered. To protect the vehicle from this, a foam panel faced with a plastic sheet and encapsulated in vinyl fabric was fitted to the rear body sides with the aim of absorbing the impact so that the jar didn’t smash. Despite being intended to be a stop-gap vehicle, the Tangi outlived the ‘Simba’ and the ‘Tenba’ that was intended to replace it and is still found in service today.

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Stuart says:

Hi there, this looks fantastic just wondering if they will ever be available with the new PSNI colours? Many thanks

Posted On: Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 @ 9:51 am

Robert Tearle says:

Thanks Stuart. Yes we hope to eventually do the current PSNI scheme as little else has changed on the vehicle. We re-visit the NI theme from time to time so watch out on the NEW section.

Posted On: Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 @ 10:49 am

Stuart says:

Thanks Robert thats great

Posted On: Friday, November 24th, 2017 @ 1:41 pm

Jim says:

I too am interested in buying a Tangi model if still available, and at an affordable price. Please advise. Thank you.

Posted On: Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 @ 3:32 pm

Rob Tearle says:

It is available now

Posted On: Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 @ 3:39 pm

tony gomersall says:

hi as i grew up in N.I and seen the frequently what else do i need to complete this icon ?

Posted On: Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 @ 6:31 pm

Chris Pratt says:

Can you buy these models fully assembled And painted

Posted On: Sunday, September 16th, 2018 @ 6:56 pm

GJ says:

Hello,I understand I need another kit to make this model? Do you sell that and what does it cost? And do you have als a newer version of this LandRover in Police-livery?

Posted On: Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 @ 11:01 am

Derek Hansen says:

Yes GJ, you need a Hobby Boss kit OR our set LRA007

Posted On: Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 @ 11:49 am

Richie says:

I want to buy one!

Posted On: Saturday, December 8th, 2018 @ 5:22 pm

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