This is an un-assembled 1/152nd scale model of a Bedford MK Tactical Aircraft Refueller that measures 46mm long, 18mm wide, and 18mm high. It weighs 31g and consists of 11 parts that are made of lead-free pewter alloy.
In Service - late 1970s through to the late 90s.
The Bedford MK Tactical Aircraft Refueller (TAR) can carry 1000 gallons (4500 litres) of aviation fuel in its rear fuel tank, with a twin hose reel equipped forward pump unit run off a power take-off from the engine. To avoid the risk of fire from the hot exhaust, the exhaust pipe was moved to run along and underneath the front bumper, and there was a firewall running across the vehicle immediately behind the cab.
The TAR was a truly tri-service vehicle. It was been used by the RAF primarily to support the Harrier force when deployed tactically, refuelling them at the side of a wood or next to a German autobahn. It was also used to refuel RAF helicopters, and for those used by the Army Air Corps, the Fleet Air Arm, and Royal Marine helicopters.
It was used in the first Gulf War by the Joint Helicopter Support Unit. After many years service, they were caught up by revised health and safety legislation for fuel tankers. In the late 1990s the entire tri-service fleet went through a modernisation programme. The chassis/cabs were re-worked by the Army Base Repair Organisation (ABRO) at Sterling, and the fuel units by Fluid Transfer. The revised vehicles look completely different as they now have a Bedford MT cab and the side ladder on the fuel tank has been replaced with an end one, and now with a support rail for the fuel tank top walkway. The re-worked vehicles have now been replaced by the much larger articulated Oshkosh Close Support Fuel Tankers and the MAN Support Tankers.
Please note that the model is supplied without transfers. Those shown are from Fox transfers.