What to do with Airfix Ferret kit?

Before I get me Airfix Ferret, I wonder where these we used during their long service career. I remember seeing one at a vintage car meeting in 2011. I hope that the Airfix kit is a hasslefree build?

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Found this interesting video of o test drive in the 1960ies.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO5GMy6Vn5Q
Now, a Ferret on the beach or in the Alps? :grin:

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Where were they not used? I remember seeing plenty of them in Northern Ireland in the early 70s.

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I was looking for something local (Germany). I think I go with a vehicle from Berlin Infantry Brigade. The Tankograd book holds some inspirational photos.

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  • Cyprus Emergency
  • Malayan Emergency
  • Algerian War
  • Aden Emergency
  • 1964 Ethiopian–Somali War
  • Biafra War
  • Cambodian Civil War
  • Black September
  • The Troubles - Northern Ireland
  • Dhofar Rebellion
  • Rhodesian Bush War
  • Portuguese Colonial War
  • Lebanese Civil War
  • Somali Civil War
  • South African Border War
  • First Sudanese Civil War
  • Second Sudanese Civil War
  • Suez Crisis
  • Sri Lankan Civil War
  • Ugandan Bush War
  • Internal conflict in Myanmar
  • Iran–Iraq War
  • Invasion of Kuwait
  • Syrian civil war
  • Russian invasion of Ukraine

Apparently there are still 24 countries still using the Ferret in one form or another

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Ferrets in Ukraine? Unbelievable!

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There was a photo of one! Don’t believe evrything you read!

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The Ferret was in use during the war in Algeria with french army in green camo.

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Op Granby 1990

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Leave the turret off and paint it blue and white and you’ve got the NOVA Labs patrol car from Short Circuit!

But, on a serious note they were used lots of places as mentioned above.
It’s supposed to be a good kit. Unfortunately my LHS hasn’t been able to get any yet (been on back order for months from Airfix), so I haven’t seen the plastic yet. Hoping to get one soon.

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You could order from Jadlam Racing - Airfix A1379 Ferret Scout Car Mk.2 1:35 Model Kit - Jadlam Toys & Models - Buy Toys & Models Online

(Modelsforsale and Creativemodels are both sold out…)

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I am also patiently waiting for these to show up in the United States.

Star Decals offers a few sheets with Ferret markings.

My first one will probably end up painted white with Cyprus markings.

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I found this video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_rCJQfWEkU
It´s an interview with the designers of the kit, quite interesting.
I just went thru my library and found a book on Op Granby. Here I saw Ferrets with a GPMG instead of a .30 cal Browning. Was this a late modification?

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When I got to Germany in 85, I remember a few of the Sqn Corporal Majors Ferrets (33A) had older turret mounts with LMG’s still, but the rest were all fitted out for GPMG.

Our Ferrets in Cyprus as UN in Jan 1991 all had GPMG’s.

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The original Bren was converted to the NATO 7.62mm round from the 50s onwards and was used just about everywhere in the British Army, even after the GPMG came in.


(image filched from the www)

It was also mounted on several AFVs such as Saracen, Ferret - as mentioned - and the SP guns of the Field and Medium regiments in the Royal Artillery, Abbot and M109. It was always referred to either as the “LMG” or “L4”.

I included one on my venerable M109, and used the product from Dragon’s Modern Machine Gun set, which contains 2:

M109 RA (6)

Even if you can’t track this set down (I think it’s long out of production), it should be easy enough to make from any original Bren.

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Just to build on what Johnny said, I rocked up in Cyprus as my first posting after training in 1985 and the Ferret fleet had GPMG fitted, though our Saladins still had a .30 co-ax and pintle mount. Just to add they were all Mk2’s.

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Thanks. They’ve got me on the list already, so if they don’t turn up it’s good to have an alternative source.

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the “Short Circuit” modified Ferret would be cool, but then you’d need the Kaiser Five Quarter kit to complete the look.

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Thanks guys for the replies. I think the kit won´t be the only one. Maybe I try out the whole range from Scorpion accessories. Is there a book about the vehicle?
@BootsDMS I have several sets of the Dragon m.g. set lying around. You don´t know when you need it.

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