Armored Recovery Vehicles (ARVs) were introduced during the Second World War. They were built on the hulls of existing armored vehicles, removing the main armament and the turret and installing specific equipment for the recovery or repair of armored fighting vehicles damaged in battle. The American M32 ARV was based on the chassis of the well-known Sherman A-4 medium tank and it was used by the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations during the Second World War. It was characterized by the superstructure that permitted it to lift and to trail the damaged tanks. M32 also featured a wide set of repairing tools and spare parts on board, cementing its role of a real “mobile armored workshop” capable of operating on the front line. The M32 was even able to perform complex operations such as the replacing a tank’s engine. After the War ended the M32 served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was used by many other countries until the ‘90s.
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Country: United States
Skill Level: 3
- Painting and assembly required
- 3 sprues
- One-piece rubber tracks
- 200mm thin rope
- 1000mm thick rope
- Includes decals for the following versions:
- 1st US Army, 5th Corps, 102nd Cavalry Group, Eastern Theater, 1944-5
- 1st US Army, 5th Corps, 777th Tank Battalion, Germany, 1945
- 4th New Zealand Armoured Brigade, 20th Armoured Regiment, Italy, 1944-5
- Illustrated instructions and paint guide
*Requires cyanoacrylate glue for rubber tracks*
Flat Olive Drab
Metallic Flat Steel