Scimitar CVR(T) in the Falklands 1982

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Something I've wanted to do for a long time.
The AFV Club Scimitar is an old model now but still very good.Out of the box it builds a fairly accurate vehicle seen during the first Gulf war or deployed in Bosnia with IFOR or UNPROFOR but needs a fair few mods to depict one of the vehicles during the Falklands war.
3 and 4 troop from B Squadron,the Blues and Royals,each comprising 2 Scorpions and 2 Scimitars,along with a REME Samson were sent south,stopping at Ascension Island on the way where live firing exercises etc. were carried out.These revealed a few problems which were sorted out ie the practice of Scorpion carrying trip flare boxes on the forward track guard.The muzzle blast of it's main armament was found to blow the boxes apart!
Initially the CVR(T)s were used to ferry equipment around the landing sites and provide a degree of air defence.Later some were involved in the advance to Teale Inlet,picking up stray marines and paras on the way. Both troops were blooded when they supported 3Para at Longden and the Scots Guards at Tumbledown.
Back-dating the AFV Club kit mainly involves replacing the forward hinged transmission cover with the older bolted cover and rearranging the various bolted on stowage bins,tools etc.
I've used a few sets from Scorpion Miniature Models including a corrected turret and etched track guard,bolted transmission cover and the early suspension.
Here's where I'm up to at the moment.Couple of figures planned for it from David Parkins and AC models with some minor alterations.
Any advice,criticism etc. would be very welcome.
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Assume this is 1/32 scale Jon.

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1/35 Laurie

Hi Jon,

don't know if it is the same for Scimitar but I found that the engine deck louvres were backward on the kit compared to the Scorpion vehicle I took reference pictures of so have made a new set of louvres

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quite a lot of other details don't match either
 

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Hi Si.
The Scimitar shares the hull sprues with their Scorpion.I never thought to look at the direction of the louvres!
That aside there's enough bits and pieces to build an accurate Falklands vehicle. There are enough contemporary photos to confirm or otherwise most details though the result will be an amalgamation of vehicles rather than a specific one.
The camo.netting that seems common at the time should obscure any dodgy bits.
Your Scorpion looks really good.Is that Eduard etch you've used?
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Morning Jon - yes, Eduard. It stalled some time ago - really should get back to it and try to finish it off

Here's a link to my reference photos - you never know, may be some details of use

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Thanks Si.
Those photos wii be very useful.One thing I'm still not clear on is whether all vehicles had grilles fitted over the air intake/radiator openings.They're provided by Eduard and your photos show them fitted but I can't tell whether the Falklands scimitars had them or not.
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John,
I was with 1RTR LAD who were a CVR(T) regiment at the time all had mesh over the radiator grill. This was at the time of the Falklands conflict. HTH
 

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Hi Scottie.
Thanks for that.
Did you carry a BV for brewing up?
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Oh Yes lol. The BV on the Scimitar and Scorpion was fitted inside under the traverse gearbox and caused a lot of issues with the clutch due to the steam.
 

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This is a wonderful treat to see your work on the forum Jon. I will look forward to seeing how this one turns out. Good luck
 

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Perhaps I ought to say that anyone is welcome to add photos of their own builds.I find them useful and interesting.
all criticism,advice and suggestions are equally welcome :smiling: ,
Jon.
 
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