1/120 (TT) Scale Canadian Military Cougar Armoured Vehicle General Purpose. Highly detailed tank with accurate Wheels, suspension and moveable Turret.
Canadian Military Cougar AVGP
- 1x Canadian Military Cougar AVGP
(Armoured Vehicle General Purpose
) is a series of three armoured fighting vehicles
ordered by the Canadian military
in 1977. The vehicles, which are the Grizzly, Cougar and Husky, were based on the six-wheeled version of the Swiss MOWAG Piranha I
The Canadian Army retired all AVGP variants beginning in 2005; however, a number of the retired vehicles were transferred to other militaries and police forces, where they continue to serve.
The AVGP had propellers
and trim vanes for amphibious use, like the eight-wheeled Bison
, which was the vehicle family's immediate successor. Recent retrofits have removed the marine drive system, as it was seldom used and maintenance was costly. The Canadian Army
's LAV III
, the United States Marine Corps
, and the US Army
are other variants of the Piranha family, and directly evolved from the Canadian designs.
The AVGP variants were introduced into Canadian service in the late 1970s.
Intended for use only in Canada
, they were pressed into service for several United Nations missions, including UNPROFOR
and the mission to Somalia. One Grizzly was captured by Serb forces in the late 1990s, despite it being present on a peace keeping mission.
The Cougar was used for training in Canada as a reconnaissance
During the 1980s and 1990s, it was used by armoured units as a fire support vehicle, for those units not equipped with the Leopard
tank. The squadrons equipped with the Cougar in those regiments were humorously referred to as the "boat squadron" as opposed to the reconnaissance squadrons, which were equipped with the Lynx, and later the Coyote (another AVGP successor).
The Grizzly was used as an armoured personnel carrier in regular force infantry battalions not equipped with the M113 APC, and also by reserve units. The majority of vehicles had their marine propulsion systems removed. Under the Wheeled LAV Life Extension project, the Canadian Forces planned to convert Grizzly and Husky vehicles to support variants, such as Command Post and Mobile Repair Team Vehicle. However, the project was cancelled in 2005, and the vehicles retired.
In May 2007, the Edmonton Police Service
accepted the donation of a disarmed Grizzly from the Canadian Army.
In March 2010, the Canadian Army
donated two disarmed Cougar AVGPs to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
in British Columbia for use by the Emergency Response Team
They were retrofitted to transport ERT assault teams into hazardous areas where transport in unarmoured vehicles would not be safe.
In April 2014, the department of National Defence donated a Cougar AVGP to the Windsor Police Service in Windsor, Ontario.
Some part cleanup will be necessary. The 3D printing process uses a waxy substance to support certain part features during the printing process. Although the parts are cleaned by Shapeways, some waxy residue may remain. It can be safely removed with water and a mild aqueous detergent like "Simple Green" using an old, soft toothbrush, Q-tips or pipe cleaners. During the printing process, liquid resin is cured by ultraviolet light. Microscopic bits of resin may remain uncured.
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Use dedicated model sprue cutters to remove parts to minimise the risk of damage to parts.
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