In the African deserts and also in the territory of India, the Rolls-Royce Armored Car became very useful as a 'police car' for subduing revolts. At the beginning of the 1920s the vehicle underwent a substantial modernization. In this manifestation the car was given its full name: Rolls-Royce Armored Car 1920 Pattern Mk.I. Some of these cars were kept in the homeland, others were passed on to the government of neighboring Ireland where they notably proved themselves in action during the civil war, but the majority of the cars were sent to the turbulent Near East. At the end of the 1930s about 150 cars were on the roster of various military units, more than 70 of them in North Africa and the Far East. These were fitted with new, wider wheels and new disks for better traction in sandy areas, the front of the armored body was redesigned, improving the driver's field of view, and extra new small lights were set on the front wheel wings. The shape of the rotating turret was changed: it was opened up and less rounded longitudinally. It was fitted with a Boys rifle and Vickers guns. With the onset of conflict, and frequent air attack, another gun was added for conducting anti-aircraft fire.
Please see the paint guide below for the manufacturer’s recommended colors. Roden recommends Vallejo paints for this kit, and you can find the full line by clicking here.
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Skill Level: 3
- High quality plastic pieces
- Includes illustrated instructions
- Includes decals for three versions:
- Armored Car Pattern 1920 Mk.II, “Vulture”, No. 1 ACC, No. 1, 2 or 3 Sect., RAF, 1936, Iraq
- Armored Car Pattern 1920 Mk.II, “Tigris”, No. 1 ACC, No. 4 Sect., RAF, 1941, Iraq
- Armored Car Pattern 1920 Mk.II, unknown, No.1 ACC, No.4 Sect., RAF, Western Desert, Egypt, 1942
Matte Light Earth
Matte Natural Wood
Royal Hussars Green
Light Blue Grey