BAE Warrior

BAE Warrior – Manufacturer: Airfix / Scale: 1/48

Markings: British Army -Operation Herrick (Afghanistan with ISAF) – Model by Clayton Ockerby

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A brief history and thoughts on the kit

 

BAE WarriorStarting life as the ‘MCV80 project’ in 1980, the Warrior was initially developed to replace the aging FV430 series of armoured vehicles.

789 vehicles were produced for the British Army, with an additional 254 ‘Desert Warriors’ produced for the Kuwaiti  Armed forces.

The Warrior houses a crew of 3 and has an operational range of 660kms.

It’s main weapon is the 30 mm L21A1 RARDEN cannon with a secondary 7.62 mm machine gun.

As at 2016, the Warrior has seen combat action during, Operation Granby (Gulf War), United Nations duties in Bosnia with the UNPROFOR, Operation Telic (2003 invasion of Iraq) and Operation Herrick (Afghanistan with ISAF)

 So, onto my thoughts on the kit… Firstly, let me say, this kit was part of a group build challenge, and was build straight out of the box. It was pretty obvious from the start, that the BAR armour surrounding the vehicle was horribly chunky compared to the actual vehicle, so if you are wanting to build this kit you will need to either be prepared for some scratch building, or buy yourself some sanding sticks. So once you can get yourself past that, you will actually find a pretty tidy little model.

It comes with a basic interior and can be posed with the rear door, as well as the top crew hatch open. It is a simple build, and has some nice detail in the pipes that run over the top of the vehicle.   It is only 1/48 scale, but to be honest, that was quite appealing to me as it was still a reasonable sized model.

Well worth a look if you have any interest in the subject, scale or any modern armoured vehicles. You just have to turn a blind eye to that BAR armour….

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