Model: CMP C15TA Armored Car
Manufacturer: Mirror Models (Product Id: 35100)
Painting techniques: -
Model kit sponsored by: Hobbyeasy
The best short description of this interesting car I found right on the kit box, so I’ll write entire text as it is written by kit manufacturer:
“The C15TA Armoured Truck was developed by GM Canada along a concept lines of the American M3 Scout Car.
The vehicle used the chassis of the Chevrolet C15A Canadian Military Pattern truck design. Between 1943 and 1945 a total of 3,961 units were built in Oshawa, Ontario. Armoured hulls were supplied by the Hamilton Bridge Company.
The C15TA was used by the British and Canadian units in the Northwest Europe campaign as armoured personnel carrier and ambulance. After the end of the hostilities, many vehicles were left in Europe and were subsequently employed by armies of the liberated European countries, including Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway. In addition about 150 were sold by Canada to Spain. Trucks left by the British forces in Vietnam were taken over by the French, which used them in Indochina and later transferred to South Vietnam. Many C15TAs were employed by the police forces of the Federation of Malaya. In 1955 Portugal received a number of vehicles, which were later used in the African wars. Some vehicles remained in service until the 1960s.”(1)
(1) Mirror Models, C15TA assembly guide
This kit is really something special. I must admit that so far I have never had in my hands a kit so prepared as this one. Content of this kit actually reminds me on some of my unstarted projects that I have upgraded with various aftermarket and left it in my stash for some “better days”.
Kit manufacturer Mirror Models is one relatively young company, which already has an enviable product line, although closely related subjects and obviously focused its product range for narrow market and modelers which tend to make high-quality and highly detailed models.
Although the kit box is relatively small for the 1:35 scale, much to my surprise, there is considerable number of styrene sprues and other accessories such as excellent resin and PE parts. The diversity of kit content is obviously the result of a large study of the subject and a proof of that is PDF assembly guide in which you can find plenty of photos of the assembly process and also some photos of a finished model. Therefore, this model I would not recommend for less experienced modelers, because of many sophisticated kit parts, and also because of an unusual assembly guide although displays many photos, does not provide enough information for easily understand assembly phases and it can create some headaches and confusion for beginners. So I have to once again explicitly emphasize that the kit is designed for experienced modelers who really pay attention to details on the model.