This is an un-assembled 1/152nd scale model of a Stalwart that measures 43mm long, 19mm wide, and is 17mm high. It weighs 32g and consists of 14 parts that are made of lead-free pewter alloy.
In Service - 1966 through to the early 90s
The Stalwart was developed by Alvis in the early 1960s from the 6 wheeled Salamander RAF Fire Truck, which had evolved from the 6 wheeled Saracen Armoured Personnel Carrier and Saladin Armoured Car. The Stalwart was designed as a support vehicle for the armoured formations of the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) with the mobility to keep up with tanks and other tracked vehicles, and the ability to cross the many rivers throughout Germany without having to wait for a bridge to be erected. It was a fully amphibious vehicle with two water jets.
The height of the load bed floor was the same as that of the engine decks of a Chieftain tank, which made the Stalwart ideal as a replenishment vehicle. Some were used to carry ammunition in palletised Unit Load Containers (ULCs) to re-supply tanks and other armoured vehicles, and others were fitted with the Unit Bulk Refuelling Equipment (UBRE) to re-fuel the vehicles. One problem was that the Stalwart’s engine was below the load bed, which made it difficult to repair a faulty engine if a vehicle was loaded. It also caused a few problems with vehicles catching fire. Any leaks of fuel from the UBRE could land on the hot engine and ignite! This was resolved by filling any holes on the load bed with fuel resistant sealant.
This model is of the Mk.2 Stalwart which was the most popular version of it. It was used extensively in the echelons of Armoured Regiments and Royal Artillery Regiments, and by Regiments of the Royal Corps of Transport. It was in service from 1966 up to 1992, but none were used in The Gulf War the previous year. Towards the end if its life there was no longer a need for the Stalwarts to be amphibious and so the water jets were blanked off.