Monday, January 29

Preview: M10 Booker in 35th scale from Magic Factory

The new-tooled M10 Booker in 35th scale from Magic Factory is today's surprise subject. We think there will be more of these plastic kits released than the real ones if this comes out soon! We have a look at the CADs in our preview...

Preview: M10 Booker in 35th scale from Magic Factory

M10 Booker
From Magic Factory
Kit No #2008
1/35th scale
Plastic injection model kit
Photo-etch included
Two marking choices provided in the box
Price: TBA
The Subject: The M10 Booker
During a celebration of the service’s 248th birthday. the U.S Army announced the new name for its latest light armoured combat vehicle, known and developed with the name MPF, and now the M10 Booker. 

The Army has officially renamed its Mobile Protected Firepower program the M10 Booker combat vehicle.
The M10 Booker (formerly known as the Mobile Protective Firepower  or MPF) is a new tracked combat vehicle of the U.S. Army which was designed and developed by the American company GDLS (General Dynamics Land Systems) to enhance the combat capabilities of the U.S. Army Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT). The IBCT is one of the main types of brigade-sized units, designed to be highly mobile and flexible, and it's the basic deployable unit of maneuver in the U.S. Army. 
In 2016, it was reported by defense news outlets that the Army was keen on creating a light ground combat vehicle to maintain the relevance of Infantry Brigade Combat Teams (IBCTs) during extensive combat operations against a comparable adversary. Initially dubbed a "Light Tank", U.S. Army representatives christened the novel concept as the Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) to discourage troops from treating it like a traditional tank and using it in a similar fashion to the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT). 
The MPF's evolution presents a chance to fill a capabilities void left by the retirement of the M551 Sheridan Armored Reconnaissance/Airborne Assault Vehicle (AR/AAV). Despite its technical flaws, the M551 was greatly appreciated for its robust operational abilities. In June 2023, the U.S. Army announced the award of a $1.14 billion contract to GDLS for the production and fielding of up to 96 MPF vehicles. The U.S. Army Acquisition Objective (AAO) for MPF is 504 vehicles, with 14 MPFs per IBCT. 

The kit: Magic Factory's 1/35 M10 Booker light tank (No.2008) 
This all-new-tooled kit of the US Army's latest fighting vehicle, the M10 Booker is the next in the line of the latest fighting equipment from the US armed forces. This very modern vehicle (don't call it a tank) has found the imagination of man modellers, and the kit will se a lot of those early adopters we would think - and why not?

The feature set of the kit that we know of so far:

The detailed armour of the type is recreated in a detailed fashion...
-This kit contain moveable tracks and suspension system.
The main gun's barrel muzzle is rifled.
-The pitch of main gun is adjustable
-The kit features a well detailed of DVE-WIDE, Infantry phone and Tow-bar arms;
-This kit includes the PilarV Acoustic Gunshot Detection System, and well detail of turret rear basket;

That is all we know about these two models in the one box for now - Check out the Magic Factory Website & Facebook Page