Barcode: 0 89195 87521 1|
Case Pack: 48 pieces per master carton
Box Size: 6.4" x 10.2" x 1.9"
- Authentic looking 1/72 scale model of Churchill Mk.IV AVRE
- Petard 290mm carefully depicted in full detail
- Newly tooled side sponsons
- Spare road wheel/suspension units stowed on rear fenders
- Intricate tools molded on vehicle
- Slide molded turret for Churchill Mk.IV
- Hatches on turret can be assembled open/closed
- Side fenders w/pattern detail on both surfaces
- One piece DS Tracks
- One piece bogies produced for easy assembly
- Idler and sprocket wheels look authentic and easy to assemble
- Inlet louvers molded w/detailed pattern
- One piece slide-molded lower hull
- Bolts and rivets delicately represented on hull bottom
The Churchill infantry tank is a distinctive design thanks to its extremely long chassis and wraparound tracks. Named after the British minister of defence of the time, the Churchill tank was very well armored. The Mk.IV was the most numerous variant produced, the biggest change being a cheaper-to-produce cast turret. The Mk.IV was also used as a basis for the Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers (AVRE), a combat engineer vehicle designed to destroy enemy fortifications and heavy obstacles such as bunkers. It was developed after the failure of the Dieppe landings, and it constituted one of Hobart’s Funnies designed to support the D-Day landings in Normandy. To achieve its destructive goal, it was fitted with a Petard 290mm spigot mortar that could throw an 18kg “Flying dustbin” round about 80m. The AVRE had a crew of six.
Dragon Armor Pro previously released a popular 1/72 scale kit of a Churchill Mk.III AVRE, and this has now been followed by a model of the similar Mk.IV combat engineer vehicle. Again, it features the Petard 290mm main armament, plus a suitable turret and brand new suspension units that are stowed on the rear fenders. This model of the Churchill Mk.IV combat engineer tank is beautifully detailed, and the kit assembles quickly and easily into an accurate model thanks to time-saving elements like one-piece DS tracks and single-piece bogies to represent the complicated running gear. For modelers wishing to depict a Normandy scene or something similar, this new kit is a must-have!