Meng Model 1:35 - French AUF1 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer - Plastic model kit #TS-004
The French GCT 155mm is a self-propelled howitzer used by the armies of France and Saudi Arabia. It was designed to replace the French Army's Mk F3 155mm, and the first production version - the AUF1 - was introduced in 1977. The two major improvements of the GCT 155mm over the Mk F3 155mm are the nuclear-biological-chemical (NBC) protection for the crew and the ability to carry all four crew members (the Mk F3 could only carry two, and the other two had to be transported in support vehicles).
The GCT 155mm AUF1 is equipped with a 155mm 39-caliber gun with an auto-loading system. Its rate of fire is 8 rounds per minute, and a sustained rate of fire is 6 rounds per minute. It also has a roof-mounted 12.7mm anti-aircraft gun. About 400 AUF1's have been produced, and 70 have been upgraded to the AUF2 variant. The GCT 155mm saw combat with the Iraqi Army in the Iran–Iraq War.
- The interior construction of the turret is precisely replicated
- The turret hatches can be built open or closed
- Movable torsion bar suspension and chassis running gear parts
- Specially designed photo-etched parts and a track assembly tool
Academy 1:35 - M113A1 APC Vietnam version (ACA01389) - Plastic Model Kit #13266
The M113 is an American armoured personnel carrier (APC) that was introduced in the 1960's and first saw action with the US Army during the Vietnam War. The carrier featured aluminium armour that significantly reduced its weight, improved its amphibious performance, and also was able to stop small arms fire. The most extensively deployed armoured carrier of the US Army in Vietnam, the M113 was nicknamed "Green Dragon" by Viet Cong as it was able to move through thick undergrowth and jungle in order to attack enemy positions.
The M113 had many modifications adapted for the use in various countries. Over 80,000 M113s of all types have been used around the world, as such the vehicle is considered the most widespread armoured carrier ever produced. In the US Army the M113 has already been phased out, but a number of units still serve as utility vehicles.
The M113A1 model was issued in 1964. Unlike the original version equipped with a gasoline engine, the M113A1 was powered by a 215 hp diesel engine. The suffix A1 became the designation of diesel-engined vehicles of the series.
- Various types of cupolas and added arms included
- Fully detailed interior of crew and engine copartments
- Includes 5 figures and various accessories
- Choice of one-piece flexible or individual tracks
Academy 1:35 - M1151 Enhanced Armament Carrier - Plastic Model Kit #13415
The M1151 Enhanced Armament Carrier is an enhanced version of the Humvee military light truck. Its development was commissioned by the US Central Command and aimed to replace the Humvee vehicle deployed by the US Armed Forces.
Featuring a heavier chassis and a more powerful diesel engine, the M1151 has applique armour ensuring additional protection of the vehicle. The chassis from the Humvee Expanded Capacity Vehicle allows to carry more passengers and equipment (up to about 1.5 tonnes). The M1151 can be mounted with the Mk 19 grenade launcher, and a number of machine guns including the M2, M60, M240 and M249 models.
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- 377 total parts
- 335 tan styrene parts
- 16 clear parts
- 10 black styrene parts
- 8 Photo-etched parts
- 8 vinyl keepers
- Decals options
Academy 1:35 - M1A1 Iraq Version - Plastic Figure Model Kit #13202
The M1A1 battle tank belongs to the M1 Abrams series named after Creighton Abrams, commander of the US Army in the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1972.
The M1 Abrams entered US service in 1980 and by 1985 over 3,000 M1 Abrams tanks had been produced. Its modified version, the M1A1, appeared in 1986. It was armed with the M256 120 mm gun developed by the German company 'Rheinmetall AG' for the Leopard II. The tank also featured strong armour and was equipped with a CBRN protection system. The tank could reach speeds of up to 72 km/h. From 1986 to 1992, 6,000 M1A1 Abrams tanks were built.
In the 1980s Abrams tanks were mainly used during NATO Cold War training exercises, and only after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 did the M1A1 have its first field test when the Gulf conflict broke out in the Middle East. Soviet tanks used by the Iraqi troops were inferior to their US counterparts, so only a few Abrams were damaged in the Persian Gulf. The M1A1 had several key advantages: its fire range exceeded 2,500 meters while Soviet and Iraqi tanks shot at less than 2,000 meters.
The M1A1 was also deployed during the Invasion of Iraq in 2003 along with its improved version, the M1A2. Although the Abrams still exceeded the Iraqi tanks by all measures, by 2006 more than 530 M1 tanks needed repair. Numerous Abrams tanks were destroyed by friendly fire to prevent capture of the damaged units.
Academy 1:35 - M2A2 Bradley Iraq 2003 - Plastic Model Kit #13205
The M2 Bradley is an American infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle family. It is used by US infantry units mainly for transportation and reconnaissance. Highly maneuverable and fast, it is able to protect the crew from small arms fire. Armed with the 25 mm M242 Chain Gun and TOW anti-tank missiles, the M2 Bradley is effective against major threats on battlefield. The vehicle is designed for a three-member crew (a commander, a gunner and a driver) and six soldiers carrying the necessary equipment.
The M2A2 version was issued in 1988. Featuring a better engine (600 hp or 447 kW) and a number of armour improvements, the M2A2 also had the ability to mount explosive reactive armour. The new armour also made the M2A2 amphibious. The turret of the vehicle acquired a semicircular shield which served as additional armour and provided more space for ammo storage.
The M2A2 and other M2 vehicles saw action during the the Gulf War in 1990 and Invasion of Iraq in 2003. In 2007 the production of the M2 Bradley was stopped and it was replaced by MRAPs which proved to be more durable in combat.
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- 387 total parts
- 369 yellow-sand styrene parts
- 16 sand vinyl parts
- 2 dark silver-grey vinyl parts
- Decal options
- M2A2 Bradley, US Army (1775-Now), Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003, Desert Tan
- M2A2 Bradley, US Army (1775-Now), Operation Iraqi Freedom, Bagdad 2003, Desert Tan