Rubicon 280028 M8 Greyhound / M20 Scout Car 1/56 Scale Model
The M8 Light Armoured Car, the “Greyhound”, entered combat service with the Allies in 1943. It was purpose designed to serve as the primary basic command and communication combat vehicle of the US Cavalry Reconnaissance Troops. The M8 first saw action in Italy in 1943 and was used by the US Army both in Europe and in the Far East. In the latter theatre, it was used mostly on Okinawa and the Philippines, and was occasionally employed in tank destroyer role as most of the Japanese armour was vulnerable to its 37 mm gun. Between March 1943 and June 1945, a total of 8,523 units were built.
The M20 Armoured Utility Car, also known as the M20 Scout Car, was a Greyhound with the turret replaced with a low, armoured open-topped superstructure and an anti-aircraft ring mount for a .50-in M2 heavy machine gun. A bazooka was provided for the crew to compensate for its lack of anti-armour weaponry. The M20 was primarily used as a command vehicle and for forward reconnaissance, but many vehicles also served as armoured personnel carriers and cargo carriers. It offered high speed and excellent mobility, along with a degree of protection against small arms fire and shrapnel. When employed in the command and control role, the M20 was fitted with additional radio equipment. A total of 3,680 M20s were built by Ford during its two years in production (1943–1944).
After the war, the M8 was used for occupation duty; it also saw combat in the Korean War, being retired by the US Army shortly thereafter. In French use, the M8 was used during the Indochina War (1946–1954) and Algerian War (1954–1962). Many vehicles formerly used by the US, Britain and France were exported to NATO allies and third world countries. As of 2002, some still remained in service in Africa and South America.
1/56 (28mm) scale 2 sprue plastic kit
Option to build either a M8 or M20 Armoured Car
Two MG arrangements for the M8 – rear or ring mount
Open or close front driver hatch
Choice of external utility toolbox or landmine rack
Simplified yet detailed chassis interior
Number of Parts: 53 pieces
Paints and glue are not included
Not suitable for children under 14 years old
New Other : Box opened absolutely no signs of use. May have some cosmetic blemishes from being unboxed. Original box may be missing or damaged. Generally will be complete with all accessories and manuals where applicable otherwise it will be noted in the listing condition.
Used Excellent : Minimal signs of use in almost new condition. Full working order. Original box may be missing or damaged.
Used Good : Signs of use but still in good condition / working order. Original box may be missing or damaged.
Used Acceptable : Extensive signs of use but in good working order, may be missing some items that do not affect the operation. Original box may be missing or damaged.
Spares or Repair : Parts missing that affect the function or not working needing some attention to fix.
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