One of the most iconic vehicle of the WW2, it´s a perfect unknow betwen the people not habitual to the Second Worl War history.
Those one, isn´t a tank, airplane,…etc. Was a command car, who were used for English and German Army during whole World War.
During the Second World War, the United Kingdom was the only country to develop and widely employ purpose-built armoured command vehicles. Those were essentially armoured buses based on truck chassis.
The most common ACV of the British Army was the AEC 4×4 ACV. The vehicle, based on AEC Matador chassis, entered production in 1941. A total of about 415 units were built. The vehicle was used for the first time in the North African Campaign and remained in service until the end of the war.
Big and comfortable, it was nicknamed Dorchester by the troops, after the luxury hotel in London. Three ACVs of this type were captured by the German Afrika Korps. Two of them, named “Max” and “Moritz”, were employed by Rommel and his staff throughout the campaign.
In 1944 a larger AEC 6×6 ACV was developed. The vehicle was based on AEC 0857 lorry chassis and was powered by the AEC 198 150 hp engine. The hull was welded from 9 mm thick rolled steel. The weight of the vehicle reached 17 tons. One hundred and fifty one units were built.
Both vehicles were built in two configurations, called LP (Low Power) and HP (High Power), with different radio equipment.
Dorchester ACV ‘Mamouth’, “The Unboxing”
Firstly, … to tell you that it was very difficult to find the model on a scale so specific 1/100. The usual to the wargames, remember that Battlefront had a reference of that model with a mini of Rommel that completed the kit.
Unfortunately this reference was suppressed and we will not be able to enjoy it. Fortunately the guys at Skytrex Miniatures, have in their catalog this miniature. To model General Erwin Rommel, we will also have to opt for a proxie, the house of miniatures Peter Pig has some commanders fully suitable for the entire period of the war, those one will be useful to obtain an Erwin Rommel replica.
The prize for booth sets are in english pounds, then for the ACV its 8 Pounds and for German comanders minis its 3 Pounds each eight miniatures bag.
The ACV, comes with a plastic bag and the car protected with a bubble plastic foil to protect the miniature correctly!!!:
Category 1: Kit quality.
- Company: Skytrex Miniatures
- Scale: 15 mm (1/100)
- Material: Resin.
- More: One piece resin cast vehicle, not supplied additional stowage, aerial antennas or other stuff. Comes whitout waterslide decals.
Accuracy of detail is great fot those scale miniatures. Details present are crisp and correctly made. Amount of detail is good in this scale. We have to improve the model, adding rivets, aditional stowage and open at least one window to give to the model more realism!!!.
The casting is good without any signs of bad casting, too much bubbles,…etc.
As usual in this kind of models, we´ll have to use a X-Acto knife to clean the mould lines and flash, though they are not so much. It won’t take much time to clean it up. You must wash the resin in warm soapy water to remove any remaining mould lubricant.
Category 2: Wargaming suitability.
The kit is solid due the resin cast chassis and loss weight. It is a very resistant miniature that will endure the many matches to come, as is usual in 15 mm you can base or not those miniature and make it as Objective using a Battlefront big base.
In Flames of War North Afrika book “General FeldMarschall Erwin Rommel” has a special rule, …As well as Greif, Rommel also travelled in a Mammut (Mamooth), a captured ACV Dorchester named Max. Feel free to model him with Max rather than Greif, but keep the vehicle characteristics the same as for Greif…
…If Rommel its mounted in Max (Greif), can join any Panzer Kompanie, Afrika Schützen Kompanie or Panzer Pionier Kompanie for + 50 pts., see pag 20 of North Afrika Book…
Category 3: Conv. capabilities &upgrades.
You can customize the vehicle by adding some tarpaulin, and other stowage to match the real appareance of the real ones, then once painted you can make a hard weathering job as the German vehicles had:, rust streaks, oil stains, chipping…
The idea its to open a windshield and add rivets, stowage and a supply tyre to do the model more acurate to the historical one. But you dont have to do those job, the miniature will be great too!!!.
Category 4: The kit in the market & value.
No decals are provided. The price of the kit, near 9 € (not included handling fees), Its a great prize for such specialiced and rare to find miniature.
Then we have to invest in miniatures to complete the kit, purchasing a Peter Pig Late comanders kit, for near 4 € (not included handling fees).
Category 5: My summary.
This is a great miniature, despite the absence of decals.
This is a must have model if your objetive it´s to make Desert Fox upgrade and play with it your MidWar period Desert battles!!!.
It is one of the very best miniature I see in a long time. 100 % recomendable if your play with German DAK.