Sunday, June 17, 2018

4-Tonner in a Tin

The AT-105 Saxon is a cold war era armored personnel carrier. It was intended to provide rapid transport for troops from the UK to reinforce BAOR units in the event of attack by Warsaw Pact forces.

There have been several resin and white metal models of the Saxon in 1/76 scale, but up until a couple of years ago, there was nothing in 1/72 scale.

The first 1/72 scale model of the Saxon was a diecast car made by Toyeast Ltd. as part of their Tiny City product line. The particular vehicle was a Hong Kong Police PTU Vehicle.

This is the 2017 release of the model –
the 2015 release was PTU 90

Their most recent release from earlier this year is a Saxon in ISAF livery.

Armada Hobby has also released a series of resin Saxon APCs this year, but at over triple the cost of the diecast model, I'll stick with the diecast models for now.

Anyway, here is my lineup of Tiny Saxons.

PTU 94 (ATC64104) and PTU 91 (ATC64112)

PTU 94 is the second release of the standard HK Police Saxon. The first release has the markings for PTU 90, and is probably difficult to find nowadays.

PTU 91 is a Tiny VIP Club member exclusive, though it was available in retail at just a slight premium compared to the regular model. It has a platform over the roof, but I'm not sure what purpose it serves.

PTU 95 (ATC64110) and PTU 96 (ATC64384)

PTU 95 is a limited edition, and PTU 96 is a 7-11 exclusive. The models are identical except for their markings. The only other difference besides the roof number and license plate number, is that PTU 96 carries the HKPF emblem on the armored cowl over the radiator.

These models [counting PTU 90 which I don't own] account for five of the seven Saxons used by HKPF. The models are quite nice with decent detailing, though they are missing the spotlight and smoke grenade launchers that are mounted on the cupola.

The last two models are military vehicles.

UN (ATC64021) and ISAF (ATC64229)

These models are identical to the police versions, except they have a machine gun in place of the dome light on the roof.

Most of the pictures of Cold War era and UN Saxons that I have seen show them without the radiator cowling. The cupola looks a bit high, but it's difficult to determine when comparing to photographs taken from ground level.

My ISAF vehicle was defective, and was missing the rear steps. [looks like the ISAF Saxons just don't have this part period] The plastic parts can also be a bit fragile, so it's best to handle the models by holding the sides. I think I cracked the ramming bumper when picking the model up by the front and rear, but luckily I have some extras of the ISAF Saxon since I bought them on sale for half off.

The models are put together using screws rather than the usual rivets found on diecast cars. This will make it easy to remove the hulls for stripping and re-painting.

Overall, these are nice diecast models that are entirely suitable for wargaming. I'm not sure how useful they are as a base for conversions for scale modeling, but there are some very skillful people out there who have done more with even less of a starting point.


James James said...

it looks a lot like a recent Imperial Guard vehicle in Warhammer 40K.

EY said...

@James Maybe GW struck a deal with Witham to pick up some ex-MOD vehicles

James James said...

Or at least the design!

Anonymous said...

Can you confirm they are 1/72? Online elsewhere they are listed as 1/64...

EY said...

In all of the descriptions provided directly from Tiny City, they claim the model is 1/72 scale. The length is 71.9mm and width is 34.45mm which suggests it is 1/72, but YMMV depending on how these dimensions are measured. I can't seem to find any wheelbase dimensions for the Saxon, so all I can really confirm is that the model is smaller than 1/64 scale.