JB Models 1/76 Saladin Mk 2 armored car
|KIT #:||JB 1004|
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
Development of the Saladin armored car began in 1947, but due to specification changes, including the main armament, the first two prototypes were not delivered until 1953. Further delays occurred with priority was given to the production of the F.V. 603 Saracen APC, required for use in the Malayan Emergency.
Production finally began at the Alvis Company in Coventry in 1958 and a total of 1,177 had been built by 1972 when production ceased. The Saladin was sold to some 20 countries and some are still in service today.
The Saladin had a crew of three; driver, gunner, and commander, who also doubles as the loader. The 76mm gun fires HESH, HE, smoke, and canister rounds with a normal complement of 42 rounds.
I have been told that the same people who designed many Matchbox kits also designed this one. As such, there is good detail, but not a lot of parts. This makes for a relatively speedy build for most modelers. The parts themselves are a bit on the thick side when compared to more modern military vehicle kits, and there is, of course, no interior. All of the suspension bits are separate and fit into slots on the main hull. The most fiddly construct are the smoke grenade launchers which have the twin barrels attacked separately to the backing block. The main gun looks to be fairly well done and along with the mantlet is a single piece. A somewhat clunky looking machine gun and rather thick screening is also part of the kit. General molding, while a bit soft, is well done with few molding glitches.
Instructions are a folded sheet with five well illustrated construction steps. Humbrol paint references are provided as well as a standard painting guide. There are markings for four vehicles shown with most an overall Desert Yellow and one in Bronze Green. The small decal sheet is fairly well printed, but it is difficult to tell if there are registration problems due to its small size.
For those who like to build military vehicles and don't want to spend weeks doing it, these kits are the perfect thing. JB models is no more, but I understand the company has been purchased so they should be reappearing once again. If you like inexpensive and don't w3ant to spend a lot of money, these are just the ticket.
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