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AEC Mark 1 Armored Car


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: 1941
Manufactured by: Associated Equipment Company, Ltd.
Crew: 3
Armament: Main: 2 pounder (40mm) cannon*; Co-Axial: 7.92mm BESA Machine Gun; Anti-Aircraft Defense: 7.62mm BREN MG (on Lakeman Mount)
Engine: 6 Cylinder Diesel  (105hp)
Miscellaneous Info: The Associated Equipment Company developed the AEC Mark 1 armored car as a private venture using their 0853 "Matador" 4x4 10-ton Medium Artillery Tractor chassis as well as many of its automotive components.  The AEC series was the only World War Two era British built armored car type fitted with a diesel engine. However, the armored car design changed the placement of the engine to the rear of the vehicle instead.  The newly designed vehicle hull was topped with a two-man turret armed with the 2 pounder cannon also used on the contemporary Valentine Infantry Tank. * However, some vehicles in the Middle East were up-armed with the 6 pounder (57mm) anti-tank gun.  Approximately 120 Mark 1's were built before production moved to the improved AEC Mark 2 Armored Car.
Data Sheet: AEC Mk 1 Armored Car Data Sheet by Dave Haugh

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
AEC Mark 1 Armored Car Prototype Photos Imperial War Museum via Dave Haugh - Content Editor
AEC Mark 1 Armored Car Photos Dave Haugh
  AEC Mark 1 Armored Car Line Drawing Dave Haugh
  AEC Mark 1 Armored Car Lubrication Chart Dave Haugh
AEC Mark 1 Armored Car Maintenance Illustrations Dave Haugh
AEC Mark 1 Armored Car Stowage Diagrams Martyn Smith - England

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
AEC Armored Car Information and Photos Military Factory.Com
AEC Armored Car Information and Photos Tanks Encyclopedia.Com
AEC Mark 1 Armored Car Information and Photos The AEC Society
"British Armored Cars in the Middle East, Late 1942" By Peter Brown Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #33)

Printed

Reference Author
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
Armoured Cars - AFV Weapons Profile #21 B.T. White
British Armoured Cars: 1914-1945 B.T. White
British Armored Fighting Vehicles George Bradford
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
AEC Mark 1 Armored Car Model Kit (K055) Accurate Armour 1/35 Resin.
AEC Mark 1 Armored Car Model Kit (3554) Maquette 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic; Out of Production?
AEC Mark 1 Armored Car Model Kit (UK047) Millicast 1/76 Resin.  Out of Production?
AEC Mark 1 Armored Car Model Kit (35152)

In Box Review by Martyn Smith

Model Kit Build Log by Pedro Negron at IPMS/USA Borinqueneers (Puerto Rico) Website
Miniart 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
AEC (Mark 1) Armored Car Model Kit (48024) Wespe Models 1/48 Resin
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
British 14.00-20 Wheel Set (SKP 262) SKP Model 1/35 Resin; For Use with AEC Heavy Armored Cars & Dorchester ACV.

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider