Friday, December 09, 2016 - 05:16 PM UTC
AFV Club shares photos of its M728 Combat Recovery Vehicle.
Developed as an armored engineer support vehicle, the M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle (CEV) was used in a variety of roles, such as clearing, leveling sites, digging defensive positions, and even vehicle recovery. The M728 CEV is based on a modified Patton tank chassis, with some based on the M60A2 variant that were withdrawn from service. It is equipped with a hydraulically operated bulldozer blade, a winch and retractable A-frame crane mounted on the turret for lifting, carrying and winching operations. Prodution commenced in 1965 and spanned seven years, producing a total of 312 vehicles. The M728 CEV saw action in Vietnam and was even deployed during the Gulf War. It was withdrawn from US Army service by the year 2000.

AFV Club kit #AF35254 makes the M728 CEV available in 1/35 scale. Given that AFV Club has released a few M60 kits in the past, it is anticipated that parts will be drawn from such, and components such as the A-frame, winch assembly, etc. are new parts to complete the kit offering. Availability date has yet to be announced.
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Sweet! There is one at my local ANG Armory to crawl around on reference.
DEC 11, 2016 - 12:47 PM
Here's a couple of test shots:
JAN 23, 2017 - 07:19 AM
JAN 23, 2017 - 11:48 PM
ooooh, my aching wallet - I so want one of these !
JAN 24, 2017 - 01:18 AM
"Get thee behind me Satan!", Not another gotta have! Al
JAN 24, 2017 - 01:40 AM
Any more news on this kit? (apart from the testshots that is..) Harald
JUL 26, 2017 - 09:44 PM
Why are some of the parts shown above in OD plastic and others in a tan/yellow? Are these photos of a pre-production test run? Seems like by now we should be seeing early builds of this kit.
JUL 27, 2017 - 04:52 AM
This is AFV club. Look at how many delays there were with the M113. Let them take all the time they want if it makes the kit that much better. Dragon is known for being impatient and rushing out kits and look at their most recent releases. You want this to be like AFV club M60A2 or like Dragons M60A2?
JUL 27, 2017 - 08:32 AM
I have more faith that AFV Club will get it right! Much more so than some other hobby manufacturers. It just seems that this one is a bit overdue arriving in the modeler's hands. Not the first time this might happen, won't be the last.
JUL 27, 2017 - 09:56 PM

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