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French AIFV "VBCI"

Gaso.Line, 1/48 scale

 

Catalogue Number and Description: Gaso.Line Item Number GAS50138 - French AIFV "VBCI"
Contents and Media: 75 parts in cream coloured resin
Scale: 1/48
Price: Eur 32.19  available online from Quarter Kit's website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Excellent casting; convincing cast-on features; good fit; minimal cleanup required; really easy to assemble (many big parts)
Disadvantages: No decals (i.e registrations or wagon markings)
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Reviewed by Pierre Piveteau


 

FirstLook

The brand new French Wheeled Infantry Fighting Vehicle " VBCI" was delivered to the French Army just one week ago in order to replace the old AMX10P. It is an 8x8 armored vehicle with a 25mm gun.

It will be initially available in two versions, the "VCI" : Infantry Fighting vehicle, and the "VPC": Command Post Vehicle (Gaso Line ref 50.139)

The first thing strikes you when open the box it's the size of the kit: 15 x 6 cm! Even for a 1/48 scale, this is a rather big model!

 

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The set contains the hull in 2 parts (upper and lower - the anti-slid surface is cast directly onto the panels), the rear and the front parts, the wheels and the steering blocks and a set of little parts as camo net bags, the turret and so on.

In all, around 75 parts are supplied in a beige resin. All parts are correctly moulded without bubbles, so there will be minimal preparation required before starting the kit.

The gun barrel is aluminium.

Unfortunately, none of the hatches may be posed open, and there are no clear parts for lights or periscopes

In summary though, this looks like a great kit, and accurate too, permitting this new vehicle to be built very nicely straight from the box!

Text and Images by Pierre Piveteau
Page Created 30 November, 2008
Page Last Updated 30 November, 2008