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GTK Boxer sgSankfz (Ambulance) - Revell 1:35


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GTK Boxer sgSankfz (Ambulance)

Revell 1:35


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



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  • 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.


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