AMX 10 RC Armoured Car
Gaso.Line, 1/48 scale
Reviewed by Luke Pitt
The AMX 10 RC is a medium weight six wheeled armoured reconnaissance vehicle armed with a 105 mm Cannon. The vehicle lists an impressive list of features some of which are a “hydropneumatic” suspension system, the ability to run at 85km/h on sealed roads and 4km/h in water and an impressive 1000km unrefuelled range. The biggest draw (as far as the modeller is concerned) is the vehicles lines. I defy anyone with an interest in Armoured fighting vehicles not to describe this as “sleek” or indeed “chic”. The French have a certain “style” and this is one of those that really lift the bar in terms of finesse. The icing on top of the cake however, is the way it sounds! listen to it on this grainy youtube video
How good is that!
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GAS50198 : Gaso.Line AMX 10 RC Armoured Car
The kit comes in a stout white box and is surprisingly large in 1/48 scale. It is roughly the same size as a German King Tiger. The kit is broken down into the upper hull and lower chassis, turret, wheels, barrel, side armour and the various fittings on the hull and turret. The casting for the most part, is very well done, with only a few air bubbles present. The casting blocks have been trimmed down so the clean up is very minimal.
The upper hull and turret and turret have a very effective and subtle “non slip” texture. All the various fittings are cast very well, with minimal resin gates. The extremely low part count on this kit will mean a quick build but there are a number of concerns I have. The first is the Barrel, the thermal sleeve does not seem long enough, and it should extend 2mm further down the barrel length than it does.
The additional side hull armour seems a little too “rounded” and should be a tad sharper and thicker. The wheels (while having the right diameter) and good hub detail, have a tread pattern that is somewhat simplified. The suspension system is non existent and the wheels are attached via a brass rod. All of these things are minor in nature and all (bar the tread pattern) are very easy fixes. Even the tread pattern will almost disappear under a coat of paint. As for the non existent suspension system …who cares! you’re not going to see it when the model is done.
You may be forgiven in thinking I don’t like this kit. This is the furthest thing from the truth. In fact I like the kit so much I’m going to start building it right now! I love the shape and sound (thank you youtube) of the thing. In an age of mega part kits this is a welcome relief and should prove a fun build …and that’s what it’s all about really.
Thanks to Gaso.Line for the review sample