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AMX-10 RCR
AMX-10 RCR Wheeled Combat Vehicle
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by: Gino P. Quintiliani [ HEAVYARTY ]

Introduction

The AMX-10RCR is a light reconnaissance vehicle built by GIAT. Over 300 are in service in the French Army. In addition, 108 vehicles were sold to Morocco and 12 to Qatar. The AMX-10RCR is a wheeled and heavily armed version of the AMX-10P combat vehicle. The AMX-10RC is amphibious and has very good mobility. It is usually used for reconnaissance missions in dangerous environments or for fire support. Initial work on the AMX-10RC began in 1970; production began in 1976, and the first production vehicle was delivered in 1981.The vehicle features a powerful GIAT 105mm gun mounted in a welded aluminum turret. The turret also serves to house three crew members, while the driver sits in the front of the hull. All six wheels are driven, and the AMX-10RC uses skid steering to turn the hull. The 105mm rifled gun fires four types of ammunition: APFSDS, HE, HEAT and smoke.

The AMX-10RC has been the recipient of numerous upgrades over its lifetime. For its part in the 1991 Gulf War, the AMX-10RC was provided with extra add-on armor and anti-tank missile decoy systems. Thermal imaging systems have also been installed. A central tire-inflation system is available for added traction over soft terrain. In 2010, the modernization of 256 AMX-10RC vehicles to the RCR (Rénové) configuration was completed. This program included adding additional armor, active self-protection, an upgraded combat management system, ASP device Galix smoke grenades, changes in the NBC protection system, improvements in the suspension, and tactical communications systems. The result is a much more lethal and survivable vehicle.This latest version has seen combat in NATO operations in Afghanistan and in operations in Northern Mali.

The Kit

The sturdy cardboard box contains 5 main sprues in tan plastic; 6 soft rubber tires and poly caps; 1 small PE fret; a bag w/a sprue of clear parts; a two-piece hull shell, a two-piece turret shell; a length of wire rope; and a small decal sheet of markings for 2 vehicles. All the above items are individually bagged to keep them from being damaged during shipping. The multi-fold, 16 step instructions manual and a full-page color Paint & Markings guide for 2 vehicle options (both in NATO camo) round out the box.

The instructions are clearly written and have good illustrations for parts placement location. The assembly steps follow a logical sequence of the suspension and drive train; wheels and tires; storage boxes and other small items attached to the hull; turret and main gun; and finally bringing them all together into the final assembly of the AMX-10 RCR. There are paint colors called out throughout the assembly and the full-page color and markings sheet is referred to, decal placement is shown throughout as well.

The decals look to be in perfect register with very thin film. 2 marking options are given for 2 NATO camouflaged vehicles from the 6th Light Armored Brigade of the French Army.

The Parts

The individual parts on the sprues look to be sharply molded and free of any flash. The sprues contain some unused parts and certain holes are called out to be drilled for this version. These features lead one to believe Tiger Models will have other versions of the AM10RC available in the future. The PE fret is small, but very nice. It includes parts for various small parts throughout, straps, and intake screens for the engine deck.

For the hull, the running gear detail looks very good. It looks as though all the main parts and pieces are represented. The suspension parts are well molded. The bolts and fittings for the hull and turret are crisp and molded well. The multi-part hull panels are very detailed and have nice cast details on them. The driver’s hatch is a very nicely detailed affair that includes 8 separate parts to replicate it alone. There are separate hangers for all the added armor pieces as well, which is also a nice detail. The soft rubber tires are well molded and replicate the originals nicely. They have the prominent side wall stiffening bands on them and the word “Michelin X” and size and rating codes are noticeably present on the sidewalls and look very nice. The tread pattern is defined and accurate for the vehicle as well.

The turret is very detailed and includes separate panels for the additional armor. All of the crew hatches can be positioned opened or closed and have interior details included. The dust cover for the main gun is molded in plastic with realistic folds and good texture. There are separate pieces for the barrel muzzle brake that will build up well. The PE guard for the CITV on the turret top is also very fine and looks good. Also included is a separate piece as a bending guide for the PE guard, a nice touch. Lastly, a very nice AA-52 7.62mm MG and ammo box in a pintle mount for the turret is included. The rear turret stowage basket looks as though it will build up as a nicely detailed feature as well.

Various stowage bags and very nice pioneer tools are added to the exterior, along with multiple lifting rings, tow hooks, and antennas. All of the lights periscopes are provided as separate pieces on the clear parts sprue as well. This makes for clear and very detailed periscopes and lights.

Overall the kit looks very nice. The turret and hull look to be very nicely detailed. Assembly looks straight-forward with no apparent problem areas. The added bit of stowage and level of details will make it a very nice kit right out of the box.

Conclusion

I highly recommend this kit. The parts are well molded and free of flash. The PE will give it the extra details to make it stand out. I see no major flaws in the kit, its dimensions, or details. With minimal work, it looks like it will build into an accurate replica of an AMX-10 RCR. Another winner for Tiger Model!
SUMMARY
Highs: Very nicely detailed parts with no flash. The tires are very nice with the correct wording and support bars clearly molded on them.
Lows: None noted.
Verdict: I highly recommend this kit. The parts are well molded and free of flash. With minimal work, it looks like it will build into an accurate replica of an AMX-10 RCR. A winner for Tiger Model!
Percentage Rating
85%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 4602
  Suggested Retail: $39.95 USD
  PUBLISHED: Jul 15, 2015
  NATIONALITY: France
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.61%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 86.25%

About Gino P. Quintiliani (HeavyArty)
FROM: VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES

Active Duty US Army Artillery Officer, currently a CGSC instructor stationed at Ft Belvoir, Virginia. I have been modelling for the past 35+ years, really seriously on armor and large scale helos (1/32, 1/35) for the last 30 or so.

Copyright ©2017 text by Gino P. Quintiliani [ HEAVYARTY ]. All rights reserved.


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Comments

My methodology. I have never found a 100% kit. A good kit w/no obvious errors is about an 85% to me. There will always be some minor issues when building it. I really don't like the percentage rating myself. I think the writeup and pictures are more valuable as a means of evaluating it.
JUL 19, 2015 - 02:48 AM
Jason I don't have pic of the 10RC from GW1 but i have some of 10RC i took in mid 2000. On these pics the 10RC seems to have same engine deck as 10RCR. I'll see on the Azimut kit since it's based on first 10RC. Notice that the 10RC on display at Saumur isn't a production batch so the engine deck is certainly not a true one.
JUL 20, 2015 - 06:22 AM
if interested, just have look there: LINK I just finished building this klit which is for me very good
JUL 29, 2015 - 04:38 AM
Hi guys! An stupid (maybe) question: Does this thing steering? Or it just brake one side wheels, like a tank? I ask because I didn't see any space to steering the front wheels. Cheers! Marco
JUL 29, 2015 - 04:47 AM
You're right Marco. The vehicle works like a tank. Olivier
JUL 29, 2015 - 05:50 AM
Hi Marco AFAIK, the AMX-10RC uses "skid steering" (it's turned by generating differential velocity at the opposite sides of the hull), just like Bobcat loaders. Skid steering allows on-the-spot turning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT1KRqedycg (those in the video are fitted with add-on armor) H.P.
JUL 29, 2015 - 05:57 AM
Merci mes amis français! One more reason to buy this kit. The AMX-10 is amazing! BTW, the video is fantastic H.P. Thanks! Santé! Marco
JUL 29, 2015 - 07:30 AM
Hi all, I received the Tiger Model kit yesterday. First of all, is TM a sister company of Tamiya? The assembly guide, plastic, etc are very similar... Anyway, I had a question regarding the kit. Built out of the box, does it represent an AMX-10RCR as employed by the Armee de Terre in Afghanistan or in Mali? I stumbled across pictures of AMX-10 with an extended bustle rack, a new assortment of antennas (IED system maybe??). Like this one, from Wikipedia (sorry for the size): LINK Notice the added plates/brackets on the forward sectors of the turret and the missing LIRE device (usually on the left side of the turret). Thanks, Thomas
AUG 11, 2015 - 03:26 AM
Wooo! Coool! So many detail photo.
AUG 12, 2015 - 03:23 AM
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