RG-31 Mk.3 Canadian Army Mine Protected Armoured Personnel Carrier with RWS
Kinetic, 1/35 scale
Reviewed by Brett Green
The RG-31 design is based on the South African Mamba Armoured Personnel Carrier, and is built around a V-shaped, blast resistant armoured monocoque hull and high suspension. The US Department of Defence rates the RG-31 as a Category 1 MRAP, and it is designed to survive the blast from two TM-57 anti-tank mines exploding simultaneously.
The RG-31 Mk.3 is the US Army Armoured Personnel Carrier version fitted with a Detroit Diesel engine.
Other versions of the RG-31 include the extended chassis Mk.5E, the US Mk.5 with a Cummins engine and the RG-31 Sabre cargo vehicle.
In addition to the US Army and South Africa, the RG-31 is operated by a growing number of organisations including London's Metropolitan Police, the Canadian Army, Spain (including vehicles deployed to Lebanon and Afghanistan) and more.
F i r s t L o o k
Kinetic released their debut 1:35 scale RG-31, the U.S. Army Mk.3, at the end of 2012. I confess when I received this model, I assumed that it would be substantially the same as the original release but with the Remote Weapons Station (RWS) parts and Canadian decals.
I was wrong.
Andrew Judson compared this new kit with the U.S. version that he built in this issue of MMI, and advised that the following changes and additions have been made:
These are the definite changes, but there actually may be more minor ones as well.
Also, if you prefer, the kit may be built with the original window frames (still supplied in this version) with only the addition of the RWS.
Kinetic’s 1:35 scale RG-31 Mk.3 Canadian Army Mine Protected Armoured Personnel Carrier with RWS is another really interesting kit from Kinetic. With its growing usage, there will be some interesting colour and marking possibilities; and further variants in the future too.
Andrew has advised that the kit builds up easily and fits well too, so this newest version should hold no surprises in construction.
C o n c l u s i o n
Kinetic is to be congratulated for their ongoing exploration of current MRAPs. Long may it continue!
R e f e r e n c e
Thanks to Lucky Model for the sample
Text and Images by Brett Green