80 "Vincennes" Armoured Car
|by Ray Blythe
Here is my Laffley AM 80 "Vincennes" Armoured Car by DES Kits 1/35.
The AM 80 represents the last of the aging line of French pre-war
armoured cars that where deployed in various cavalry and recon roles
in the far and middle eastern French protectorates.
First produced in 1934 and in
service untill 1945 (with the Germans) it was armed with a 13.5mm
Autocannon and a rear facing 7.5mm Reibel Machine Gun.
With a range of 250 miles it had
good range for its size, but was eventually replaced in service by
the more modern Panhard Type 178.
The kit was built Out of Box with the following additions:
MV Lens # 193 x 3.
Blast Models stowage(Rear)
Decals from Editions Barbuton x 3.
Handles made from Lead solder.
Crew figure is a
scratch/composite using parts from the spares box.
Arab figure is from the Azimut
Taureg tea party set.
Pots & Baskets are from Monroe
Street/wall section also from
Monroe Purdu (Borrowed in part from the North African tower
The vehicle is depicted in service
with the 4th African Cavalry Regiment 1941 shown in a typical back
street scene set in Africa,in this case entering the outscirts of
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Model and Text by Ray Blythe
Images by Sam Dwyer
Page Created 04 February, 2007
Page Last Updated
04 February, 2007