This is an un-assembled 1/152nd scale model of a Scammell Commander & Trailer that measures 129mm long, 25mm wide, and is 22mm high. It consists of 40 parts that are made of lead-free pewter alloy, and 5 parts that are made of photo-etched nickell-silver.
In Service - from 1984 to the early 2000s when most were sold to Jordan
The Commander came into service with the British Army in 1984, with three Squadrons in the BAOR in Germany and 414 Tank Transporter Unit (TTU) in the UK in Ward Barracks, Bulford. The Commanders were painted in green infra-red reflecting (IRR) paint without any black disruptive pattern.
A large number of Commanders were deployed to Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War of 1990/91 where most were over-painted ‘Light Buff.’ Shortly after the war these Commanders were seen on the M4 hauling Challenger 1 tanks back and forth to the Castlemartin tank ranges with a mix of buff coloured and green tractor units and trailers in every colour combination possible. They were also deployed to the former Yugoslavian states to move both tanks and heavy armour. Their designation was changed from “Tank transporter” to “Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET)” to reflect this changing role.
At around 2001 the entire fleet of British Army Challenger 1 tanks were replaced by Challenger 2 tanks, with the Challenger 1s sold off to Jordan. It is understood that Jordan also bought the fleet of Scammell Commanders to transport them. They were replaced in the British Army by Oshkosh HETs.