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Meng announces a British R-R Armoured Car Pattern 1914/1920
It may be difficult for nowadays people to imagine that an armored vehicle which worked on the muddy battlefields could ever carry the elegant R-R trademark. In 1914, the British Admiralty took almost all the R-R Silver Ghost chassis and added a rotatable machine gun turret onto the chassis.

Those were known as the R-R armored cars which took part in the WWI, WWII, and some local wars and conflicts. They had a surprisingly long life.

This MENG VS-010 BRITISH R-R ARMORED CAR Pattern 1914/1920 model is 147mm long and 58mm wide. It has a total of 190 parts. It can be built as a 1914 or 1920 pattern. Two types of wheel rims and tires are included. The roof machine gun mount is rotatable. Clear light parts and fine PE parts are included.
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Just a reminder-- the Resicast kit is out of production. Which set of wheels-- the 1940s version or the 1914 version? the 1914 version looks pretty good to me in the CAD photos, but I can't really tell. I too bought one of the Roden kits (as mentioned above). You are right, they are passable with a lot of work, but are characterized by soft detail, incomplete engine compartment, overly thick sprue gates, and sadly, Roden style "fit" (as in poor). I gave away my half- built Roden kit in a deal for the Resicast version with a local distributor (RJ productions, now out of business) with an added cash incentive ($100!) The Resicast version is superb if you can find one. The Scale Link version is also rather nice, but again in 1/32 scale, and "heavy" as its white metal--also it's a true craftsman kit, since you can't just "slap it together" with polystyrene cement. So this new offering from Meng looks promising. again, I'd love to compare it to the others. VR, Russ
JAN 01, 2019 - 08:48 AM
No, that would be a 1914 Pattern Rolls with a significantly shorter turret.[/quote] Are you positive both kits have the same longer turret? It doesn't look that way from the single photo of the 1914 version, but I could be wrong.
JAN 02, 2019 - 03:48 AM
Bill, I think you are correct-- it looks OK to me too, but its hard to tell from the CAD drawings alone. the Box art is of course the turret from 1940 with the Boys anti-tank rifle, and it's my understanding that many of these vehicles had the top of the turret removed, some had a larger (as in taller) turret modification. Of course we won't be able to verify anything until the kit plastic comes out. But for now, the CAD drawings of the 1914 version look OK for a WWI vehicle. Wonder what the price will be. VR, Russ
JAN 02, 2019 - 05:26 AM
Any idea when it's going to be released?
JAN 02, 2019 - 03:24 PM
Interesting variant upgrade/conversions would be the 1914 RR with the 3 Pdr (Hotchkiss 47mm) or the RR with the 1 Pdr Pom-Pom.
JAN 19, 2019 - 08:54 AM
eBay had some listed. Shipping from China. $49.95 plus $10.00 for airmail. Am waiting fro arrival.
JAN 19, 2019 - 08:56 AM
Related discussion H.P.
JAN 19, 2019 - 09:01 AM
The fine print on the box art says Parts for WW1 and WW2 versions included. Al
JAN 19, 2019 - 12:19 PM
No, that would be a 1914 Pattern Rolls with a significantly shorter turret.[/quote] Are you positive both kits have the same longer turret? It doesn't look that way from the single photo of the 1914 version, but I could be wrong.[/quote] The 1920 turret is taller, not longer, and the vertical section of the later turret is about twice as high as that section of the 1914 turret. It's very noticeable. Of course, it may be that Meng is also going to include the early turret in the box. We won't know until we see the sprues. But based on the released images, it looks like they are offering two versions not covered by Roden's releases, at least initially. The early variant they show may technically be a WW1 version, as a small number were delivered in that configuration at war's end.
JAN 19, 2019 - 01:39 PM

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