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FV1620 Hornet Malkara
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This superbly detailed 1/35th scale model depicts the British Army FV1620 Truck, 1 ton, 4x4 “Hornet / Malkara” that was in service with the RAC Parachute Squadron between 1965 and 1969. The Malkara missile, named by its Australian developers, combined with this specialised armoured version of the Humber 1 Ton vehicle was intended to fulfill a requirement for an airportable anti tank guided missile (ATGM) system. The missile carried a 56lb HESH warhead capable of destroying all known armour of the time (and possibly even AFV’s in service today!) and could strike a moving target at ranges up to 2190m (Mk1) and 4030m (Mk2 depicted in this kit). The missile also had an anti-bunker/busting capability.
This model kit features opening hatches on the top sides and rear revealing a fully detailed interior with the three crew positions, radios, small arms and the pair of stowed missiles in the rear. The missile arm has the option of 4 pre-set positions comprising; travel, loading, firing, and firing traversed to the left. The drivers and gunners visors can be opened and the sight rotated accordingly with the weapon system. Extensive, easy to use brass details and decal sheets are included along with full colour instructions. The model also has a roof mounted GPMG and related interior and exterior stowage plus tools and a trio of jerry cans in holders.
The master model was researched from multiple sources, and produced by Luke Davis with additional work and preparation for production by Rob Tearle. Many thanks also to Clive Elliot for his valuable assistance with this project.
Completed model dimensions (approximate):-
Inches/mm: Length 6.25/159, Width 2.5/63, Height 3.75