Saturday, May 11

new AEC car from MiniArt in progress - this time in the flesh (plastic)

MiniArt from the Ukraine has shown us some more pictures of their new AEC Armoured car - To be honest this was not on my building list until I saw these pictures of how the little AFV looks in plastic - very impressive! - the preview also includes some images of Mini Art's latest "in progress" items...

 MiniArt New items in Progress..

 The AEC Armoured Car were heavy armoured cars built by the Associated Equipment Company (AEC) during the Second World War. The first example was demonstrated in early 1941, and an order was placed in June of that year. The first version carried a Valentine Mk II turret with 2 pounder gun. Vehicles of later variant designs carried heavier armament. Mk II version has heavier turret with a 6 pounder gun, redesigned front hull, 158 hp diesel engine. The weight of Mk II is 12.0 t.

Mk II and Mk III armoured cars were used on continental Europe. Production of all the AEC armoured car marks ceased after 629 had been produced. The Mk II / Mk III took part in the fighting in Europe with British and British Indian Army units. In 1944 a batch of AEC armoured cars was send into Yugoslavia for use by partisans, transferred cars were used more than 10 years. After WWII, some AECs were in use by some countries up to the 1970s.

Model details
BOX: 345x240x80 mm
·     Highly detailed model
·    487 plastic parts
·    44 PE parts
·    Decals are included
·    Full-colour instruction
·    All New Tooling. Up-to-date technology using sliding moulds.
·    Fully detailed interior
·    Highly detailed engine compartment
·    Engine is accurately represented
·    Fighting compartment is truly reproduced
·    Crews vision periscopes with clear plastic parts
·    Driving compartment interior is fully detailed and correctly done
·    All doors and hatches can be assembled open or closed
·    Slide-moulded tire made by 1 detail in plastic

And the completed car - pretty nice

Other MiniArt new releases in progress..
Box contains the models of five figures made out of 51 parts – there are two “summer weight” Afrika Korps German parras along with three tankers who are captured sitting on their tank – or maybe on the ground – it’s your choice.

A single sprue contains all the figures, you are given an MP 40 and a Kar 98 for the parras to weld and all have short shorts to beat the African Climate.

These two kits are in progress now – we will let you know more when they arrive – until then check back on MiniArt’s site for more news.