28 Jun 2019

12mm Towed Rapier from Butlers Printed Models

One Towed Rapier system. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

Rapier is a surface-to-air missile developed for the British Army to replace their towed Bofors 40/L70 anti-aircraft guns. The system is unusual as it uses a manual optical guidance system, sending guidance commands to the missile in flight over a radio link. This results in a high level of accuracy, therefore a large warhead is not required.

Entering service in 1972, it eventually replaced all other anti-aircraft weapons in Army service; both the Bofors guns used against low-altitude targets and the Thunderbird missile used against longer-range and higher-altitude targets. As the expected air threat moved from medium-altitude strategic missions to low-altitude strikes, the fast reaction time and high manoeuvrability of the Rapier made it more effective than either of these weapons, replacing most of them by 1977.

Rapier was later selected by the RAF Regiment to replace their Bofors guns and Tigercat missiles. It also saw international sales. It remains one of the UK's primary air-defence weapons, and its deployment is expected to continue until 2020.

There are three sizes of system to choose from:

Launcher only - This consists of just the Rapier launcher, the missiles need to be glued in place.

Full kit - This consists of the Rapier launcher, Blindfire radar, Optical tracker, two generators and the Selector Engagement Zone (SEZ) control box

Full kit plus transport - This consists of all the items in the Full kit plus two 101 Forward Control vehicles, a LWB Series 3 Land Rover and a covered Rapier Support trailer.

The LWB (3/4 ton) Land Rover pulled the support trailer and the two 101 Forward Control (1 ton) Land Rovers pulled the Rapier launcher and Blindfire radar.

The 101 Forward control, Series 3 Land Rover and the Rapier Support trailer are also available separately

Towed Rapier

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Pictures shown are for 20mm models

All models supplied unpainted, unbased and without crew (figures)

3D printed to order

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