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Challenger CRAAV

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About Malcolm Ireson (malcolm)


Very nice build. I guess it is the AA conversion but which donor kit is this ?
OCT 19, 2008 - 08:41 PM
Cheers darren thanks mate.
OCT 20, 2008 - 06:27 AM
Hi Marcel, CRAAV is a CHALLENGER armoured recoverey vehicle ChARRV is a Chieftan armoured recoverey vehicle, the older version built on the chieftan tank chassis
OCT 20, 2008 - 06:31 AM
Hi olivier, yes its the accurate armour conversion, on the Tamiya challenger chassis, its an expensive do, as all you use from the tamiya kit is the running gear, but the rest is no good without and wheels. cheers mate, malc.
OCT 20, 2008 - 06:34 AM
Don't want to sound like a smartass but from all the information I have ChARRV means Challenger ARRV and the Chieftain ARRV is just called Chieftain ARRV (FV4204) Gr, Marcel
OCT 20, 2008 - 07:26 AM
To my knowledge, Chieftain ARV and subsequently Chieftain ARRV were referred to as that, with no "C" or "Ch" All references to CHARRV pertain to Challenger. Challenger Armoured Repair and Recovery Vehicles (CHARRV). I can't find any reference to CRAAV. I can't even work out what it means.
OCT 20, 2008 - 07:36 AM
Hi There, I think this is a superb model, I'm just getting back into modelling after a break and looking to build current armour, this is the inspiration I need!!!! I used to be in the REME but only worked on B vehicles, not armour, I think you've captured the "sprit" of the CRAAV very well, Regards Mark
OCT 20, 2008 - 09:41 AM
Hi all, thanks for all the good comments, much appreciated, now to the abreviations used.... CRAAV.... said CRARVE is slang used by the crews for a chally arv CHAARV... said CHARVE is slang used for a chiefy arv. Although Im not ex REME, being an ex ROYAL ENGINEER,of some 15 years service, I worked a lot in the field squadrons next to the REME guys in thier field workshops, and fitter sections, so when I titled my model, i may have used the the slang words for the vehicles, and not the actual abreviations, sorry force of habbit, but anyway, I thought it was about the models, and not the spelling of the abreviations used hope this clears up any confusion malc.
OCT 21, 2008 - 04:09 AM
Hi Malcolm, As said before you did build a really nice model. I still have the kit on my shelve as well. As Dutch modeler I'm not a REME engineer either but I had my information first hand from my dear friend Steve Cruickshank so I was just puzzled by the abbreviation you used for your model so that's the only reason why I asked about it. Gr, Marcel
OCT 21, 2008 - 06:38 AM
Very nice job on this Malcolm, it looks really good. I'm starting to develop an interest in engineering vehicles and this is really nice, well done sir! Bob
OCT 28, 2008 - 02:32 AM