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British Mastiff 2
British Mastiff 2
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by: Luciano Satornetti [ LITTORIO ]

History

The Mastiff 2 is a heavily armoured, 6 x 6 wheel-drive patrol vehicle which carries eight people, plus two crew. It joined operations in June 2009, succeeding the Mastiff armoured patrol vehicle.
They are suitable for road patrols and convoys and is the newest in a range of protected patrol vehicles being used for operations. With a maximum speed of 90 kph Mastiff 2 is armed with the latest weapon systems, including a 7.62 mm general purpose machine gun, 12.7 mm heavy machine gun or 40 mm automatic grenade launcher.
These wheeled patrol vehicles have a less intimidating profile than tracked vehicles and give commanders on the ground in Afghanistan more options to deal with the threats they are facing. They have Bowman radios and electronic countermeasures and are fitted with additional armour beyond the standard level to ensure they have the best possible protection.
Some of the Improvements on the Mastiff 2 include: Bigger axles, Up-rated suspension, Blast attenuating seats, Fold up seats allowing easier stowage if the vehicle is not full of crew, New Situational Awareness system incorporating a Thermal Imager for the driver and Engine and fuel tank fire suppression systems.
The kit

This is an all resin kit except for the glazing, which arrives packed into 11 bags plus the upper and lower body. The bags are packed so that all items within each bag are of around the same size so as to avoid damage. All this is in a very sturdy top opening cardboard box with a picture of the completed model on one end. Parts count is shall we say loads.
Slat armour comes in two bags and is like the rest of the model moulded in resin, this I thought might cause a problem but on inspection they are all moulded very well. They will all require some careful clean up though as all have varying amounts of flash.
Detail is present everywhere, there is a complete interior with folded and open seating and although the belts are moulded as part of the seats they are not all the same. Same very nice SA80’s are included in their racks for the interior and you also have to choose from a GPMG or .50cal for the weapon station both of which look stunning. One nice touch is the glazing which on the real vehicle has a green tint and has been supplied as a sheet of clear green plasticard.
Instructions and decals

The instructions for this beast (well it is huge) consist of eight A4 pages of exploded pictures with notes on each page. There is no parts count or list, I think this could be usefull during the build to identify parts but does not detract from the kit.
No decals are provided but looking at picture references’ I have not been able to find loads of marking on Mastiff’s anyway so should not be a concern.
SUMMARY
Highs: Only model out of The Mastiff 2 on many people’s wish list. Slat armour is in resin and has a detailed interior.
Lows: Price wise this is not cheap. Not for the beginner with a high parts count and all resin nature.
Verdict: This should make into a very nice model but is not for the beginner, care and attention will be needed at every step just due to the nature of the construction and material used.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: Mastiff 2
  Suggested Retail: £165.00
  PUBLISHED: Sep 22, 2009
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 86.94%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 85.20%

About Luciano Satornetti (Littorio)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH EAST, UNITED KINGDOM

Ok, firstly I build what ever takes my fancy however I mainly build 1/350 ships and 1/144 aircraft, all that said I also build naval and reconn 1/48 aircraft. To that if it was built by Hawker, Grumman or is a twin Bristol, Beaufighter etc but also including the Brisfit or was flown by VF-101 (now V...

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Comments

Thanks Luciano for the review NO PE and no transparent part for the windows ??
SEP 22, 2009 - 06:04 PM
Hi Sebastien there is no PE in this kit it's all resin except for the windows which are supplied as a sheet of green tinted clear plasticard which you have to cut to size. Luciano
SEP 22, 2009 - 07:56 PM
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