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  1. Boxer Command Post NL (03283) 1:72 Revell The Gepanzertes Transport Kraftfahrzeug (GTK) Boxer is a combined German/Dutch development and is the latest Armoured Personnel Carrier that is replacing the Fuchs and ageing M113 derivatives in German service. It is comparatively new, having only been introduced to the German Army in 2009, and Dutch service in 2011, although the French and British Armies were originally to have participated, but withdrew to pursue their own options during development. Typical of British procurement the Defence Minister announced that after wasting £300m "looking" for a replacement to our existing equipment, that they are now going to go for the original Boxer with the first vehicles scheduled to reach British service in 2023, but as usual we should expect it when we see it as there might be more opportunity to waste money before they finally hit the battlefield. The vehicle is larger and heavier than many other vehicles which have been designed for a similar purpose, although its eight wheels give it a long and low-slung appearance. The Boxer is a utility vehicle, designed to undertake a range of different tasks though the installation of mission-specific modules, each of which can be changed within an hour. Mission modules either developed or in development include Armoured Personnel Carrier, Infantry Fighting Vehicle, mobile artillery or mortar platform, combined missile and gun anti-aircraft system, command post, a, logistics and battle damage repair. The modern design features replaceable composite armour and protection from explosions below the vehicle. It is designed to be easy to deploy and maintain and can be carried in the new A400M transport aircraft, which we have from Revell in 1:72 (proof), so it's pure diorama fodder for aviation modellers. The Kit The original tooling was released in 2014 and we reviewed it here. This is a newly tooled update and arrives in one of Revell's small end-opening boxes that is well-stuffed with parts. Opening the box you unload four sprues in light grey styrene that make a nice change from the old green plastic from days of yore. There is also a clear sprue, small decal sheet and a new-style instruction booklet folded in half to fit inside the box. Details is as good as we remember and just like the real thing it's modular nature means that three of the sprues are the same as in the original apart from their nice new colour shade. The new sprue contains the new parts including the different roof of this Command variant that has additional hatches and other exterior panels. As is often the case with AFV kits, construction begins with the lower hull. The lower part of the chassis comes first, to which the new angular glacis plate, rear and side parts of the hull have to be added, along with the internal bulkhead. A detailed interior is provided, so pay attention to the instructions. The interior includes parts for the driver's compartment and a floor pan for the rear compartment, which follows the mission-dependent modular approach of the real thing. Each wheel features independent suspension with two coil springs per wheel and steering for the front two pairs of wheels. The overall effect is complex but well detailed in fact not too far off its 1:35 big brother reviewed back in 2011. This theme continues through to the way that the wheels are designed. Instead of being made up of two parts like most kits, they are made up of three, with the central layer sandwiched between inner and outer faces in order to better capture the look of the tyre treads. Once the running gear has been assembled and fitted to the lower hull, the vehicle starts to take on its distinctive wedge-shaped appearance. The upper glacis plate fits in place over the driver's compartment, with a gap for the elevated hatch/vision block so not all of that internal detail will be hidden. Before construction turns to the rear compartment, many of the smaller details have to be added to the front of the vehicle. This serves to reinforce the modular approach that Revell have taken to cater for alternative versions such as this one. The rear compartment in this case is for the Command version as it has been supplied to the Dutch Army with the suffix NL, although it is known at the Boxer CP (Command post) in service. Essentially it's a box made up of six slabs onto which some of the external detail is added by way of additional moulded hatches and panels. External details include aerials, mirrors and lights, as well as tow cables and a large perforated wire cutter on the front to defeat decapitation ambushes on the road. A well-detailed 12.7mm machine gun is provided on a central-roof mount, and also carries an array of smoke launchers with a hatch behind for the crewmember that is tasked with operating it. Around the deck are stowage boxes of varying sizes and a beacon on a pole for use on friendlier roads. The rear has an overhanging stowage area that includes a cover over the entrance and is fitted with pioneer tools at the sides. Markings There is only one option within the box, but two number plates are included to double-up your choices, even though both of them will be painted in the three-colour NATO scheme which is probably the most common one used by the Boxer unless it is involved in desert operation. Decals are by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion This is still a really excellent kit, and the new variant is welcome. The level of detail at this scale is superb, and the end results will be more than worth the effort. Highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  2. Hi again everyone Sorry, but it's been quite a while since I last posted any projects on here but I've been waiting for another model kit that would be suitable for adding lights that was within my budget and scope. Well, after yet another birthday (November) and Christmas (my favourite times for receiving cash) I have since purchased an airbrush kit and spray booth so please be kind when viewing these pictures as I have such a lot more to learn. After spending over 45 years of hand painting I finally bit the bullet and came into the 21st Century. I must admit I should have done it so much earlier but, alas, I'm a very slow learner Anyway, I shall be catching up with all the latest projects on here until my next project (the Revell Iveco Stralis with lights) needs finishing, looking forward to seeing more of the excellent builds that appear on here in between. So enjoy (hopefully) these samples of my first airbrushed kit and I look forward to any views, good or bad, and cannot wait to look at the posts I have missed. I hope to improve the picture quality when I get the chance. The link to more pictures (including some of the actual build) is HERE For the video click HERE
  3. GTK Boxer sgSankfz (Ambulance) Revell 1:35 The Boxer is a German-Dutch multirole Armoured Fighting Vehicle. It is being produced by the ARTEC GmbH Group (Armoured vehicle Technology). ARTEC is based in Munich and is owned by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, and Rheinmetall in Germany and Rheinmetall Nederland in Holland. The name GTK stands for Geppanzertes Transport Kraftfahzeug which translates to Armoured transport vehicle. The Boxer is a modular concept AFV where the chassis stays the same and different modules are able to be loaded on the back. Different know configurations are Armoured Personnel Carrier, Infantry Fighting Vehicle, 120mm mortar carrier, Armoured Command Post, Armoured Ambulance, and Logistics Vehicle. It has also been proposed for development into a wheeled artillery system based on the PzH 2000 Gun System, and a anti aircraft system incorporating both missiles and a MANTIS gun system. The design is based on standardisation across all platforms, with the ability to be maintained easily and efficiently. It has also been designed from the outset to fit into the A400M aircraft. Protection for the crew is designed around traditional hard steel and modular armour (ceramic mix) which is bolted on. This will allow future developments in armour to be incorporated. The vehicle has been designed to offer top cover from those system designed to penetrate the traditional thinner armour on top of AFVS. Inside the crew sit on suspended seats which offer enhanced mine protection. The vehicle will be fitted with anti thermal, radar and acoustic technology. An additional feature of these APCs is that the driver has a rear mounted camera to enable fast withdrawal if needed. The German Army plan to acquire 600 units with the Netherlands 400. The only export order so far has been to Lithuania with 100 on order. The medical vehicles systems are provided by Krauss-Maffei Wegmannmedical. Medical personnel can reach their destination within the shortest possible time,and they can begin to take care of the wounded immediately. Within seconds, the interior of the vehicle can be rearranged to treat either 7 slightly injured or 3 severely injured casualties. Many other configurations are possible too, even a complete medical operation room if needed. The medical care on board is ensured through the most modern equipment, and intensive care of a critically injured patient can quickly. The additional roof height (headroom of 1.85m) gives a protected space of 17.5 cubic meters within which the medical teams can work. The Kit The kit represents the Ambulance version of the APC following the 2011 release of the Infantry carrier. The kit arrives on seven sprues of green plastic, and one clear sprue. Five of the sprues being used for the base vehicle and two for the Ambulance Vehicle body. Hopefully this means more variants to come from Revell. As this was a new tool last year and this boxing is a re-issue the parts are still crisp and no flash is evident. Unlike the smaller scale vehicles the 1:35 ones come with rubber tyres. Construction starts with the main body of the APC. The two inside plates are added to the outside underside part along with the front lower plate and the bulkhead contain the access door from the front to rear compartments. The inside floor to the main compartment is then added. The drivers compartment is then assembled and added to the front of the main hull. This compartment has a full interior including the seat, steering wheel and other vehicle controls. Construction then moves on to the suspension and wheels. Suspension parts are added to all 8 locations on the hull along with the axles to mount the wheels. As expected with a large wheeled APC the suspension is quite intricate and Revell have reproduced this very well. The kit contains suspension arms, the springs, and all linkages. Even though the front 4 wheels steer you can not move any of them in the kit. Once all of these components are in place the outside main body panels can be added. The front bumper with its lights can then be added. Next the top plating for the driver area is added. The drivers vision system can be mounted in the open or closed position with full glazing provided for either option. Various item such as mirrors are added at this time though I suspect most modellers will leave these until the end. To finish the main hull off two rear plates are added. Three part hubs are made up for each of the eight rubber wheels, these can then be added at this stage if wanted. Now that the main body is complete construction moves to the modular ambulance module. A lower moulded one piece part is the base to which the ends are added along with the double angles side plates. The roof is then added. No interior for this module is provided. Smoke dischargers are made up and added to the roof of the vehicle. The main roof features both rotating orange beacons for road use, and blue beacons for the Ambulance role. It should be noted that Revell supply a length of wire taped to the instruction booklet for use with the vehicle antenna mounts. Decals The decal sheet is very small with minimal national markings, striped warning panels, and Red Crosses. Everything is in register and there should be no problems with the decals. There are two different options supplied. A Germany based vehicle with a Green/Brown/Black camo. A vehicle deployed to Afghanistan with a dessert camo. Conclusion This looks a great model. Revell have put a lot of thought into how the kit will go together. It is good to see a mainstream manufacturer bringing us modern armoured vehicles of the ambulance variety. Highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
  4. GTK Boxer FüFz A1 Revell 1:72 The Boxer is a German-Dutch multirole Armoured Fighting Vehicle. It is being produced by the ARTEC GmbH Group (Armoured vehicle Technology). ARTEC is based in Munich and is owned by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, and Rheinmetall in Germany and Rheinmetall Nederland in Holland. The name GTK stands for Geppanzertes Transport Kraftfahzeug which translates to Armoured transport vehicle. The Boxer is a modular concept AFV where the chassis stays the same and different modules are able to be loaded on the back. Different know configurations are Armoured Personnel Carrier, Infantry Fighting Vehicle, 120mm mortar carrier, Armoured Command Post, Armoured Ambulance, and Logistics Vehicle. It has also been proposed for development into a wheeled artillery system based on the PzH 2000 Gun System, and a anti aircraft system incorporating both missiles and a MANTIS gun system. The design is based on standardisation across all platforms, with the ability to be maintained easily and efficiently. It has also been designed from the outset to fit into the A400M aircraft. Protection for the crew is designed around traditional hard steel and modular armour (ceramic mix) which is bolted on. This will allow future developments in armour to be incorporated. The vehicle has been designed to offer top cover from those system designed to penetrate the traditional thinner armour on top of AFVS. Inside the crew sit on suspended seats which offer enhanced mine protection. The vehicle will be fitted with anti thermal, radar and acoustic technology. An additional feature of these APCs is that the driver has a rear mounted camera to enable fast withdrawal if needed. The German Army plan to acquire 600 units with the Netherlands 400. The inly export order so far has been to Lithuania with 100 on order. German units were deployed during their operations in Afghanistan. The Kit The kit represents the Command Vehicle variant of the boxer this being in German Führungsfahzeung or FüFz, the A1 being the modified combat performance model as deployed to Afghanistan. This version acts as a mobile command centre for battlefield situational awareness. he vehicle as you would expect today has a wide range of sensors available and the ability to network with other units. For self protection a FLW200 light weapons station is fitted. This has fully day.night capable optics and is operated by remote control from inside the vehicle. A 12.7mm (.50 cal) heavy machine gun is fitted as well as smoke grenade launchers. Revell previously released this kit as the GTK Boxer GTFz A1 troop transport which was reviewed by us here. The kit arrives on seven sprues of green plastic. Five of the sprues being used for the base vehicle and two for the Command Vehicle body. Hopefully this means more variants to come from Revell. As this was a new tool last year and this boxing is a re-issue the parts are still crisp and no flash is evident. Like their other wheeled APCs the wheels on this one are split into three parts and eliminate seam clean up. Construction starts with the main body of the APC. The two inside plates are added to the outside underside part along with the front lower plate and the bulkhead contain the access door from the front to rear compartments. The inside floor to the main compartment is then added. The drivers compartment is then assembled and added to the front of the main hull. Construction then moves on to the suspension and wheels. Suspension parts are added to all 8 locations on the hull along with the axles to mount the wheels. As expected with a large wheeled APC the suspension is quite intricate and Revell have reproduced this very well. The kit contains suspension arms, the springs, and all linkages. Even though the front 4 wheels steer you can not move any of them in the kit. Once all of these components are in place the outside main body panels can be added. The front bumper with its lights can then be added. Each wheel consists of three parts, an inside, outer and middle. These are split in the tread pattern and mean no ugly seams for the modeller to clean up; some nice kit engineering from Revell. Next the top plating for the driver area is added. The eight wheels can then also be added. Various item such as mirrors are added at this time though I suspect most modellers will leave these until the end. To finish the main hull off two rear plates are added and the drivers hatch is completed. This can be modelled in an open or shut position. Now that the main body is complete construction moves to the modular command module for the rear of the vehicle, which slots in just like the real thing. The underside, two sides and two end plates are assembled, finished off with the roof to make the main box. The rear crew entry door does not open and there is no interior in the module. The module is finished off with addition of various cables, aerial mounts, two side plates (which look to be additional armour) and a flashing light (if building the non combat version!). The final addition to the rear compartment is the construction and installation of the FLW200 light weapons station. The command module can then be mounted on the main body. Decals The decal sheet is very small with minimal national markings, and the striped warning panels. Everything is in register and there should be no problems with the decals. There are two different options supplied. A Germany based vehicle with a Green/Brown/Black camo. A vehicle deployed to Afghanistan with a Green/Sand/Dessert Pink camo/ Conclusion This looks a great little model. Revell have put a lot of thought into how the kit will go together. It is good to see a mainstream manufacturer bringing us modern armoured vehicles in 1:72 scale. Highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
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