Hi all, it’s been a while since I last built any 1/35 modern armour in my late teen and early twenties.
To re-engage with the subject I thought it would be great to build modern AFV’s from the SADF (South African Defence Force) when they had AFV and troop carriers featuring some of the most forward thinking designs. MRAP is now a catch phrase in wheeled troop carriers, the SADF had the Buffel in the 1970’s. The French Panhard ML90, more commonly known as the the Eland 90, also fondly referred to as the “Noddy Car” due to the nodding action of the vehicle on firing it’s 90mm gun, was the mainstay infantry support up to to introduction of the Ratel APC. The Eland could no longer travel as fast as the Ratel off road in the bush warfare environment of north South West Africa (Namibia) and south Angola. It’s interim replacement was the Ratel 90, which effectively was the Ratel APC specially fitted out with the Eland 90 turret, these AFV’s ran hit and run tactics defeating Soviet T34-85’s and T55’s during the course of the bush war.
The true replacement for the Eland 90 was to be the Rooikat, but this did not make it in time for the bush war, but embraces all the doctrines of the SADF’s mobile warfare in its design. Light, durable, range, speed, firepower.
The version I’m intending to build is the standard 76mm variant, there is a 105mm export variant and a technology testbed variant with an automated 105mm turret as well a prototype SPAAG & SPAAM variants in the works.
I have recently finished this one too. As Olivier says, take care of the upper hull fit. Anthony is on the button with the suspension - the shock absorbers do not fit correctly. I was more fortunate than most, in that I test fitted and trimmed everything before gluing. I posted info in the Trumpeter Group Build thread:
I was led to believe the name ‘Eland’ was only officially given to the vehicle when the new engine was added and fitting that, being a water cooled engine, not an air cooled one, necessitated the changed rear. I’ll take your word for it though, Frank as I have only cursory knowledge on this vehicle. Cheers for the info.
This one is from Fine Scale Models.
For colour, I started with a base coat of black primer followed by a topcoat of Vallejo Air Tan Earth Matt 710079.
I used a pin wash of Dark Umber oils all around to create more depth…
Interesting, using the Vallejo Tan Earth. Hataka, propose a BS Dark Earth. That is proving to be very expensive to aquire from Poland. I did get some Vallejo BS Dark Earth, but looking at your Ratel, I will need to look at the Tan Earth.