The Panhard VBL is deployed in south Lebanon by the French Army for UNIFIL peacekeeping missions since 2006. This project includes two different VBLs, a regular VBL and a VBL Reco, both kits are from Tiger Model. These vehicles were on a same patrol mission along with a Leclerc S2 (another project already published here ) and a VAB T20-13 5soon to be published.
Kit and aftermarket products used until now for this project:
Tiger Model 4603 PANHARD VBL
Tiger Model 4619 PANHARD VBL 12.7mm M2 machine gun
Blast Models BL35245K VBL EXTERIOR UPDATE SET
Blast Models BL35244K VBL WIRE CUTTER
Sources and documents which helped me builduing this project are:
Samer Kassis photo archives
My own photo archives of the Panhard VBL (available trough Flickr):
Nice pair of VBLs.
Why did you choose to depict antislip on one vehicle only?
Simply because in a set of pictures taken in january 2007 during a patrol mission in Southern Lebanon only one of the 2 VBLs (The VBL RECO) got antislip coating, the other one had a wire cutter mounted.
Do you happen to have any experience with the HB versions?
No experience but the HB model is wrong in shape. The instructions have you build some parts in wrong location.
Damn-that’s the one that I have
When you start it, feel free to ask about the instructions issues. For the shape there is nothing you can do unfortunately. However I doubt many people will notice this. So have fun with your kit.
Thank you I will.
I might even do so this weekend.
Latest processing on the VBLs
An overall wash was done with 502 Abteilung Faded UN white at first, next steps will include further washes and pastel dusting…
Applying more dust and dirt day after day…
There are some really whacko (to my American eye) French vehicles out there. And then there’s the VBL. They are just mean looking little trucks, and if you sealed them up they’d look just fine in a Moonbase.