BRONCO Plastic model kit for the construction of a British self-propelled anti-tank weapon 17pdr Self-Propelled Gun ‘Archer’ of WW II, in 1/35 scale.
Plastic kit from BRONCO, for the asembly of a British self-propelled anti-tank gun 17pdr Self-Propelled Gun ‘Archer’ of WW II, on 1/35 scale. Includes sprues with plastic parts, assembly instructions, clear parts, P.E. parts and decals.
The 17-pound (76.2mm) anti-tank gun was officially put into service in 1942. At that time, the British military spent a lot of time looking for a suitable vehicle to load this powerful weapon as an anti-tank mobile platform. In the spring of that year, the Ministry of Defense asked Vickers to provide Valentine's chassis for testing with 17-pounder guns. As a result, the body modified from the chassis of the Valentine's tank was selected for mass production with a low-profile and open-top structure and named it the "Archer". In March 1943, the "Archer" self-propelled artillery was officially mass-produced and was mainly assigned to the anti-tank brigade of the Royal Artillery Regiment to which each infantry division belongs. The obvious and unique design of the "Archer" is to install the artillery backwards on the engine room to reduce the length of the body. This layout has proved to be very efficient in combat, because the'archer' can quickly enter the battle and escape danger. The design of the "Archer" is quite compact and small. It weighs only 16 tons and has a road speed of 32km/h. Its 17-pounder gun, such as the use of APCBC shells, can effectively penetrate the armor of German Tiger and Panther tanks within a range of 1,000 meters and at a 30-degree firing angle. The "Archer" was originally expected to produce 800 units, but before the end of the war, only about 665 units were manufactured. A small number of "archers" were supplied to some friendly countries for continued use after WW II.
- Great Britain