Humber ‘Pig’ Mk1

Developed from the FV1600 1 ton 4x4 Truck designed by the Humber Motor Car Company in the late 1940’s, the FV1611 was produced as a general purpose troop carrier. The requirement came about due to the high running and purchase costs of the Alvis Saracen. Over 1700 were constructed, and served in all British Army theatres of operation in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Many were modified for internal security duties, and served in N.Ireland.

The vehicle, nicknamed ‘Pig’ by crews’ due it being difficult to drive and uncomfortable to ride in, could carry a 6 man infantry squad plus its crew of driver and commander. Armour was between 6 and 12.5mm at various angles and was ample for the time to repel small arms and splinters. The conversion from the basic 1 ton Truck was done by Rootes Limited in the mid 1950’s and involved uprating of the chassis and down gearing of the axles. An armoured body, welded in one piece, was added but the powerplant remained the same Rolls Royce B60 developing 98 BHP.

This 1/35th scale model kit by Jon Bottomley comes complete with hollow hull, 12 opening hatches and 4 opening visors, partial interior and seats. An extensive etched brass detail set is also included with jerry can holders, steps, headlamp guard boxes, wipers, mirrors and canvas tie-downs. The decal sheet provides six different registration plates, Union Jack’s and Berlin Brigade markings.

Completed Model dimensions are:-

Inches/mm: Length 5.5/140, Width 2.3/60, Length 2.5/64

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