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Warrior MCV Add-on Armour - 1:72 Revell

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Warrior MCV Add-on Armour

1:72 Revell

 

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The Warrior Mechanised Combat Vehicle is the main infantry fighting vehicle used by the British Army. The most common version employed by the Army is the Infantry Section Vehicle, or ISV. The ISV is capable of carrying 7 infantry soldiers as well as three crew. Other versions include command vehicles and combat repair and recovery vehicles. The Warrior is armed with the fearsome automatic 30mm RARDEN cannon, a 7.62 mm coaxial chain gun and defensive grenade launchers. Warriors have seen service in both gulf wars, as well as in Bosnia and Afghanistan.

 

Inside the compact end-opening box are three sprues of beige plastic which hold a total of 136 parts. This is not a brand new kit – the mouldings actually date back to 2001. Nevertheless, the sprues are well laid out and the mouldings are free from flash. Surface detail is clean and crisp, and first impressions are very favourable.

 

Assembly begins with the lower hull, wheels and tracks. The suspension and axles are moulded in place, which is perfectly acceptable for a 1:72 scale model. In any case, they are nicely detailed. With a little care, making sure all the wheels touch the ground will be a straightforward matter. The wheels are moulded in two halves, which will result in a nicely detailed model, although it does mean that painting the rubber tyres will take some time! Injection moulded link and length tracks are provided. The tracks are well detailed and should be straightforward to fit. The tracks on a Warrior are usually pretty taut too, so no need to worry about recreating any sagging effects on the upper run of tracks.

 

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Construction of the rest of the lower hull is fairly straightforward. The large rear door for the infantry compartment and the drivers hatch are moulded in place, but the protective cages for the headlights are very nicely represented, as are the rear-view mirrors. Although most of the pioneer tools are moulded in place on the hull, one of the shovels is provided as a separate item. Details like these will add an extra touch of finesse to the finished model. The turret is nicely recreated. Both hatches have been left open and separate hatch doors are provided, with surface details moulded on both sides. As is usually the case with this kind of kit, the gun is fully poseable. The RARDEN cannon itself is quite nice, which is just as well as I’m not aware of any aftermarket alternative. One slight fly in the ointment is that the stowage bins are provided as solid plastic pieces, with the impression of mesh moulded onto the surfaces. Those particularly keen on replicating the real thing will need to get hold of some plastic strip and fine mesh to replicate these parts. The add-on armour is of the applique variety often seen applied to Warriors on operation, and includes side armour as well as armour for the glacis plate. 

 

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Two different options are provides for on the decal sheet. The first is for a SFOR Warrior from Bosnia-Herzegowina, finished in the familiar green and black camouflage scheme found on British AFVs. The second is finished in the white UN scheme and is from the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) based in Bosnia-Herzegowina in 1994. The decal sheet is small but nicely printed.

 

Conclusion

 

This was a great kit when it was first released, and nothing much has changed since. A couple more decal options would have been nice, particularly a gulf war scheme or two, but overall this should be a nice kit to build. Highly recommended.

 

Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit

 

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Extra Tech has a very helpful photo etched detail set out, covering the stowage baskets and the guards over the headlights.

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