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A look at the new Tamiya 1/35th Archer

November 26, 2017 in Reviews

This is the new Tamiya 1/35th scale British Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun.
The Archer was based on the Valentine Mk II/IV. (which Tamiya released earlier this year). The kit includes, link and length tracks, a detailed fighting compartment, 3 figures and 2 marking options.

Box art of the Archer.

The 20 page instruction booklet.

Stage 26 shows the detail in the fighting compartment.

Background information sheet.

Sprue A (X2). Tracks and bogies.

Sprue B. Hull parts and side armour.

Sprue C. Drivers compartment, crew members, tool lockers and shell racks.

Sprue D. Gun barrel, breech and gun controls.

Sprue E (X2). Road wheels, shells and casings.

Sprue G. Transparencies, poly caps and tow cable.

Decal sheet.
Markings for a Canadian and Polish Archer

Fine weld detail on the side armour.

Nicely detailed figure.

Shell racks and small arms.

Link and length tracks.

Shells and Sten gun.

Oil can, fire extinguisher and Bren gun.

Gun barrel.

This looks a really nice kit of a very interesting subject.

Should you wish to know more about the Archer in service, the link below gives some good basic information.

The British Archer Tank Destroyer

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9 responses to A look at the new Tamiya 1/35th Archer

  1. Appears to be up to Tamiya’s excellence in quality…looking forward to the build, sir.

  2. This looks great , and like Craig said typical Tamiya quality, one thing I noticed straight away is that it is a Valentine chassis but reversed with the engine and drive wheels in the front and the gun and crew space at the back, looking forward to seeing it built up, Julian ,is this going to be part of the Kasserine pass G.B. ?
    N.

    • Hello Neil, it’s an unusual set up. The gun faces the rear, with the driver having his back to the breech, which makes it look like it’s going backwards. I’m not sure if it’s eligible for the Kasserine pass G.B. If it is, I’d certainly build it for that group.

  3. Oh I get it ,when being used it would be turned around, I can see why they would design it that way.
    N.

  4. It looks like an attractive model, looking forward to details of your build, I’m sure you’ll make something special out of it.

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