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AEC Mark 2 Armored Car


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: 1943?
Manufactured by: Associated Equipment Company, Ltd.
Crew: 5
Armament: Main: 6 pounder (57mm) Cannon; Co-Axial: Besa 7.92mm Machine Gun; Anti-Aircraft Defense: 7.62mm BREN MG (on PLM Mount)
Engine: 6 Cylinder Diesel  (158hp)
Miscellaneous Info: The Associated Equipment Company developed the AEC armored car series 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 Mark 2 vehicle was an improved/updated version of the earlier AEC Mark 1 Armored Car.  The changes incorporated into the Mark 2 were the fitting of a more powerful engine, a redesigned hull offering better protection and a newly designed three-man turret armed with the 6 pounder (57mm) cannon.  The Mark 2 was later succeeded by the more powerfully armed AEC Mark 3 Armored Car.

Although there were no official variants of the AEC Mark 2, there were two closely related prototype vehicles built.  The first vehicle was the Basilisk Flamethrower Armored Car.  The Basilisk was built using a similar hull to the one later used on Mark 2 and Mark 3 armored cars. The Basilisk's hull design was subsequently modified and then used with the improved later AEC armored car types.  The second prototype vehicle was the AEC Anti-Aircraft Armored Car.  The AEC AA vehicle used the same hull as did the Mark 2 and Mark 3 armored cars, but was fitted with a similar turret to the Crusader Mark 2 AA Tank.  The AEC AA armored car also mounted two 20mm Oerlikon Cannon. 
Data Sheet: AEC Mk 2 Armored Car Data Sheet by Dave Haugh

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
AEC Mark 2 Armored Car Detail Photos Alan McNeilly - England
AEC Mark 2 Armored Car Photos Ron Bollen - Belgium
AEC Mark 2 Armored Car Photos Dave Haugh - Content Editor
    AEC Mark 2 Armored Car Photos Imperial War Museum via Dave Haugh - Content Editor
AEC Mark 2 Armored Car Photos William Testaert - Brussels, Belgium
AEC Mark 2 Armored Car Photos Dennis Trowbridge - Bristol, UK
    AEC Mark 2 Armored Car Photos (Evaluating the Possibility of Fitting larger 75mm Cannon?) Dave Haugh

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 2 Armored Car Information and Photos The AEC Society
AEC Mark 2 Armored Car Line Drawings The Blue-Prints.Com
AEC Mark 2 Armored Car Photos via Robert DeCraecker Prime Portal
"British Armored Cars in the Middle East, Late 1942" By Peter Brown Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #33)
  Russian WWII Evaluation Report of the AEC 2 Armored Car For possible Lend/Lease Acquisition (CAMD RF 38-11358-405) Central Archive of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation via Dave Haugh - Content Editor

Printed

Reference Author
AEC Mark 2 Armoured Car Technical Manual (CD-ROM) Easy One Productions
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
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
AEC Mark 2/3 Model Kit (K056) Accurate Armour 1/35 Resin
AEC Mark 2/3 Model Kit (7227) Extra Tech Accessories 1/72  
AEC Mark 2 Armored Car Model Kit (UK054) Millicast 1/76 Resin.  Out of Production?
AEC Mark 2 Model Kit (35155)

Model Kit Build Log by Tito Santiago at IPMS/USA Borinqueneers (Puerto Rico) Website
Miniart 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
AEC Mark 2 Armored Car Accessory Set (DT35108) Black Dog 1/35 Resin
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
AEC Mark 2 Armored Car Model Photos (1/72 Scratchbuilt) Ron Bell - Columbus, Ohio USA