10 Jul 2020

12mm AEC AC from Butlers Printed Models

One British AEC armoured car. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

AEC Armoured Car is the name of a series of British heavy armoured cars built by the Associated Equipment Company (AEC) during World War II.

AEC of Southall, England was a manufacturer of truck and bus chassis and its Matador artillery tractor was used for towing medium field and heavy anti-aircraft guns. The armoured car based on the Matador chassis was developed initially as a private venture and shown to officials in 1941 at Horse Guards Parade in London, where it made a favourable impression on Winston Churchill and 629 vehicles were produced from 1942 to 1943.

AEC tried to build an armoured car with fire power and protection comparable to those of contemporary tanks. The first version carried a Valentine Mk II turret with a 2 pounder gun. Subsequent versions received a 6 pounder or a 75 mm gun. The vehicle also carried two machine guns, a smoke grenade discharger and a No. 19 radio set.

The Mk I was first used in combat in the North African Campaign late in 1942, where a few vehicles were reportedly fitted with a Crusader tank turret mounting a 6 pounder gun. The Mk II and Mk III took part in the fighting in Europe with British and British Indian Army units, often together with the Staghound.

The vehicle remained in service after the end of the war until replaced by the Alvis Saladin. The Lebanese Army used the car at least until 1976.
4 different variants are available:

Mk I - with a Valentine tank 2 pdr turret
Mk II - with a 6 pdr
Mk III - with 75mm gun
AA - with a Crusader AA turret

The AA version was only made as a prototype and didn't enter production.


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Pictures shown are for 15mm models

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

3D printed to order

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