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Re: 1/72 Vosper MTB.
Posted by J/ G/ Madonia on May 12, 2021, 16:57:11, in reply to "1/72 Vosper MTB.
I built this kit when it first came out. I was so pleased with the quality and detail, especially in the early '70s.
Continuing my theme of the weird and wacky.
Tamiya's Royal Malaysian Navy's Perkasa (Mighty) Fast Patrol Boat in 1/72 scale.
The real thing was based on Vosper's "Brave" class MTB with the Royal Navy. The Perkasa's were capable of speeds of 100KM/Hr and Jet powered. I would not have wanted to be at the receiving end of one of these hot rods. My thoughts are these were probably used in and around the Straits of Malacca possibly to offset Indonesia's navy during the '60's.
Anyway my model is considerably slower as mine is powered by a 3 volt electric motor. Mine is not remote controlled as are some others shown on the web.
A nice and easy build I saw the date stamped "1971" on some of Tamiya's parts so I think it's a kit that's been around for a while. But the molded parts were of very high quality. Anchor chain, coloured (Green) deck and split coloured hull. Also, finely detailed grating on the two piece bridge superstructure. Nicely done Tamiya!
My model is finished in Humbrol enamals. The maindeck was my own colour blend.
I'm honoured to have a model of a Malaysian naval vessel in my growing collection.
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