1/700 Scale Modern British FV438 Swingfire Armoured Anti-tank Vehicle.
Contains 10 highly detailed tanks.
FV438 Swingfire Armoured Anti-tank Vehicle
- 10x British FV438 Swingfire Armoured Anti-tank Vehicles
The FV438 Swingfire
was an armoured anti-tank
vehicle of the British Army
It was derived from the FV430 series
of vehicles by converting the FV432
to accommodate a launcher for Swingfire anti-tank guided missiles
It had two firing bins and could carry fourteen missiles, which could be reloaded from inside the vehicle. Instead of using the mounted guidance system a control unit could be deployed and the missiles aimed and fired from up to 100 metres away, allowing the vehicle to remain completely hidden from the enemy; the Swingfire missile was capable of making a ninety-degree turn immediately after firing.
When FV438s entered service in the 1970s, they were operated by specialised anti-tank units of the British Infantry
and Royal Armoured Corps. In 1977, the anti-tank role was transferred to the Royal Artillery
, which formed the FV438s into four independent Royal Horse Artillery
batteries, one for each Armoured Division in the British Army of the Rhine. In 1984, the Royal Artillery relinquished the anti-tank role and the FV438s were formed into guided-weapon troops (each of 9 vehicles), one for each Armoured Regiment.
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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