This is an un-assembled 1/152nd scale model kit of an FV436 that measures 36mm long, 19mm wide (w/out masts) and is 18mm high (w/out masts). It weighs 28g and consists of 8 parts that are made of lead-free pewter alloy.
In Service - late 1960s through to the present
This vehicle is in the same family of vehicles as the FV432 Armoured Personnel Carrier. The Fighting Vehicle (FV) number was originally used for a mortar locating radar vehicle which was soon removed from service, with the number re-allocated to this Signals/Command Vehicle that has been in service continuously since the late 1960s. The outside of the vehicle is very similar to the basic FV432, with the addition of three large antennae bases and a large cable junction box on the right hand side. One of the most obvious features is the triangular tent frame stowed at the rear of the vehicle.
During operations several vehicles reverse up towards each other so that the tents can be erected at the rear to join together in a cruciform (cross) shape, with the tents greatly expanding what would otherwise be extremely cramped conditions inside the vehicles, or together around one larger tent. The interior of the vehicles consists of several radios and, in the command role, a large map board on the right hand side of the rear of the vehicle. With such limited space inside these vehicles, they all have at least one large mesh stowage bin on the hull roof, and often more. The same mesh bins are also fitted to most FV432s used by the Royal Engineers and the REME fitters vehicles.