New 3D printed 1:76 scale models of the British army Scorpion and Scimitar CVR(T)s have joined the Key Publishing exclusives collection suitable for ‘OO’ gauge model railways.
The Scorpion and Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicles have joined the Key Publishing Exclusive collection with the arrival of new 3D-printed 1:76 scale kits from PJM Models, at the Key Model World Shop.
Above: The Scorpian builds quickly and can be painted as required.
Designed by Alvis in response to a requirement for Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked), which was commonly abbreviated to CVR(T), the vehicles were introduced by the British Army in the early 1970s with active service beginning in 1971 for the Scimitar and 1973 for the Scorpion. They were also used by the RAF Regiment between 1981-1992 and RAF EOD teams. Both were designed to be air transportable and 3,000 FV101 Scorpion and more than 600 FV107 Scimitar CVR(T)s were built.
The last British Army Scorpions, which were equipped with a 76mm L23A1 gun, were retired in 1994, while the last Scimitars, which carried a high-velocity 30mm L21 RARDEN cannon, were withdrawn from active service in April 2023.
Above: The new FV101 Scorpian kit is 3D printed and available exclusively from the Key Model World Shop.
Above: The FV107 Scimitar has a three piece barrel including a 3D printed suppressor. The main barrel is brass rod which is pre-cut to length in the kit.
The new 3D printed kits for the two vehicle types comprise four main parts – a single-piece hull, two handed track runs (with the drive sprocket at the front) and turret – with the barrel in each case supplied in brass. That for the Scorpion is a single part, while the Scimitar has a three-piece sub-assembly - an outer shroud, barrel and 3D-printed muzzle/flash suppressor.
The kits can be assembled quickly and easily using superglue. In addition, locating pins for the tracks mean that they will not fit on the wrong side.
Above: The FV101 Scorpion and FV107 Scimitar make ideal loads for ‘OO’ gauge military trains.
Assembly of each kit can be completed in around 15 minutes before painting and once complete they make ideal loads for ‘OO’ gauge military trains formed for Warwell and Warflat wagons. They can also be used as the basis for a diorama.
Prices for the kits are £11.99 per vehicle. They are in stock and available to buy now from the Key Model World Shop.
Visit the Key Model World Shop for more information.