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Posted: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 03:52 PM UTC
Darren Baker shares with us a walk around of the Scimitar CRV(T) currently on display at Bovington Tank Museum. This vehicle is a part of the new Afghanistan Exhibition at Bovington and displays some of the new measures taken to protect members of the military.

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Thanks!
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Posted: Thursday, June 09, 2011 - 02:07 AM UTC
Not to put anyone off building this replica,
But it is actually a sabre under the bar screens and camouflage net and not a scimitar,
I think the museum is wishing no one would notice the difference.
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Posted: Thursday, June 09, 2011 - 02:25 AM UTC

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Not to put anyone off building this replica,
But it is actually a sabre under the bar screens and camouflage net and not a scimitar,
I think the museum is wishing no one would notice the difference.



I think you may very well be right on that one Frank? The turret looks like the thinner Fox turret fitted to the sabre.
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Posted: Thursday, June 09, 2011 - 02:35 AM UTC
Are you sure as the two vehicle share so much in common other than the turret height (asI understand it) I would be hard pushed to identify this as one or the other and so followed the info boards.
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Posted: Thursday, June 09, 2011 - 02:47 AM UTC

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Are you sure as the two vehicle share so much in common other than the turret height (asI understand it) I would be hard pushed to identify this as one or the other and so followed the info boards.



I have Had this argument on a few occasions in my recognition classes so i will do my best to clear it up for you.

The CVR (T) Sabre was intended for use by armoured infantry units and is fitted with the same turret as the old fox armoured car, this has a thinner profile and has a distinct ring that the turret sits on.



As seen here and in your pics.

The scimitar is used by cavalry units and has a much taller turret and dose not have the raised ring for the turret.



I hope that clears things up for you?
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Posted: Thursday, June 09, 2011 - 03:17 AM UTC
So Sabres were OEM's then?
eg not remanufactured CVR(T) chassis' with a redundant Fox turret.

Vague recollections of a conversion kit to make this from a Scimitar/Scorpion base kit, but with a revised engine deck layout, anyone remember the kit mfr?
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Posted: Thursday, June 09, 2011 - 03:30 AM UTC

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So Sabres were OEM's then?
eg not remanufactured CVR(T) chassis' with a redundant Fox turret.

Vague recollections of a conversion kit to make this from a Scimitar/Scorpion base kit, but with a revised engine deck layout, anyone remember the kit mfr?



Not 100% sure on that Jon? I did serve with two former Scimitar drivers in my platoon, so scimitars were in use by armoured infantry battalions at one time? I am not clear on when the sabre was introduced and if they were older hulls mounted with new turrets? The whole CVR(T) fleet underwent a modernization program not so long ago and had a lot of revisions made to them such as a new diesel engine to replace the old Jaguar petrol engines, I think there was also upgrades made to the suspension on the vehicles? I am sure someone in armorama land can tell you better what they are??

There was a resin kit at one time to convert the AFV club kit but I think it is not in production anymore?
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Posted: Thursday, June 09, 2011 - 03:30 AM UTC
The chassis is from the Scorpion and the turret from the Fox, other threads have covered this area so won’t bore you,

The model manufacture is castoff, had some very good castings,
They are not around now, use to supply Scale Link Ltd.
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Posted: Thursday, June 09, 2011 - 03:35 AM UTC

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The chassis is from the Scorpion and the turret from the Fox, other threads have covered this area so won’t bore you,

The model manufacture is castoff, had some very good castings,
They are not around now, use to supply Scale Link Ltd.



Thanks Frank that rings a bell now I knew it was something like that, I remeber now some units ahd a mix of scropion and scimeter.

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Posted: Thursday, June 09, 2011 - 04:03 AM UTC

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The chassis is from the Scorpion and the turret from the Fox, other threads have covered this area so won’t bore you,

The model manufacture is castoff, had some very good castings,
They are not around now, use to supply Scale Link Ltd.



Thanks Frank that rings a bell now I knew it was something like that, I remeber now some units ahd a mix of scropion and scimeter.




Thanks for info guys, my question was erm... a question, My Refs for this are Terry Ganders' Modern British AFV's, & the paperback doesn't cover The Sabre.
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Posted: Thursday, June 09, 2011 - 04:15 AM UTC
Damn. I was hoping for more pictures of the LEP upgrades.


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The model manufacture is castoff, had some very good castings,
They are not around now, use to supply Scale Link Ltd.



In this thread, Terry seems to indicate that Castoff is coming back:
http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=108302&page=1
And I think this website is new:
http://www.castoff-models.co.uk/home

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Posted: Thursday, June 09, 2011 - 08:22 AM UTC
Gents,

I had a discussion recently with Bovington's Education Officer about amongst others the Afghanistan FOB display. He was quite open about the fact that the "Scimitar" was indeed a Sabre - that had been in the museum's collection for 20 years or so. The museum workshop added the slat armour and ECM spoiler, and replaced the chain gun with a GPMG. The vehicle certainly looks the part, but I wouldn't use it as reference.

HTH,

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Posted: Monday, December 02, 2013 - 09:58 PM UTC
Hi

What ar those to box at the front of the Scimitar ???
Ant what do they do.???
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Posted: Tuesday, December 03, 2013 - 02:51 AM UTC
I believe the boxes sticking up are part of an anti-IED system. Also seen on Warriors.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 03, 2013 - 03:31 AM UTC
Hi Darren,

Great set of photographs,

The first one gives the best indicator that it is a Sabre,
there is an added spacer ring between the turret and the hull.

Anto

Ps Terry at Castoff does the kit, I got is years ago a s a present, its a great conversion.