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Fordson Armored Car


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Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain (Royal Air Force)
First Produced/Service Dates: 1940
Manufactured by: Chassis/Automotive Components: Ford Motor Company, Ltd. (UK); Armored Hull: Royal Ordnance Factory - Woolwich
Crew: 4
Armament: Turret: (1) Vickers .303 Machine Gun; and for later vehicles (1) .55 caliber BOYS anti-tank rifle or (1) .50 cal Browning HMG;  Anti-Aircraft Defense: (1) .303 Lewis Gun or (2) .303 Browning MG.
Engine: 8 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: With the onset of World War Two most of the Royal Air Force's (RAF) Rolls Royce Armored Cars (Pattern 1920 Mark 1/Type A) were almost completely worn out. To extend their service, the armored hulls of the Rolls Royces were removed and fitted to newer Fordson 4x2 truck chassis (most likely Ford Model BB vehicles).  Since the Fordson chassis were much longer than the original vehicles (including the wheelbase), the hulls were extended toward the rear and the added space was used to contain the armored cars' wireless equipment.  The other major improvement to the Fordson was to upgrade the armament as shown above.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

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    Fordson Armored Car Photos British War Office
  Fordson Armored Car Photo Dave Haugh - Content Editor
  Fordson Armored Car Photo Royal Air Force

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Printed

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British Armoured Cars: 1914-1945 B.T. White
Early Armoured Cars (Shire Album #209) E. Bartholomew
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
In Every Place: The RAF Armoured Cars in The Middle East 1921-1953 Nigel W.M. Warwick
Rolls Royce Armoured Car, The (Osprey New Vanguard #189) David Fletcher

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

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Rolls-Royce Mark 1 (1920)/Fordson Armored Car Model Kit (RK-001)

Model Review by John Ratzenberger at Eastern Carolina Plastic Modelers (IPMS/USA) Website

Jordi Rubio

1/35 Resin.
       
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