Schuco SCH3246371 French Panhard VBL Armored Car - Tri-Color Camouflage [EDG Packaging] (1:43 Scale)
"Mastering his own strength, he respects his opponent and is careful to spare civilians. He obeys orders while respecting laws, customs of war and international conventions. He is aware of global societies and respects their differences."
- Code of the French Soldier
The Societe de Constructions Mecaniques Panhard et Levassor developed the Panhard Vehicule Blindee Leger (VBL) in the late 1980s to meet the French Army's requirement for a new light reconnaissance/anti-tank vehicle. The first production vehicle was completed for the French Army in 1990.
There are two basic versions of the VBL: the combat/ anti-tank variant with a three-person crew and armed with one 7.62mm machine gun; and the intelligence/scout vehicle with a two-person crew and armed with one 7.62mm and one 12.7mm machine gun. The standard production VBL has a wheelbase of 2.45m, but the vehicle can also be built with a wheelbase of 2.7m, which increases the vehicle's internal volume.
Fully amphibious, the VBL is propelled in the water by a single propeller mounted under the rear of the hull. It has a maximum water speed of 4.5km/h.
Standard equipment includes an NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) protection system and passive night-vision equipment. All production VBLs are fitted with a central tyre-pressure regulation system and power steering, but there are many options including an NBC system and air-conditioning system.
Pictured here is a 1:43 scale replica of a French Panhard VBL armored car painted in a European camouflage pattern. Now in stock!
Length: 3 inches
Width: 1 inch