SP 17 pdr. Chasseur de Chars «Archer»

17 pdr. SPG «Archer»

The most promising canon antichar britannique was the excellent 17 pdr., et en 1942 a chassis for a self-propelled version was needed. At that time, the Valentine was the only suitable candidate available. Simply installing the gun in a new turret proved unfeasible due to the gun's length, so modification of the chassis was undertaken. The result was the Archer, basically an open-topped Valentine avec the 17 pdr. mounted pointing to the rear. An unconventional arrangement, but the only solution to the design challenge. This arrangement gave the véhicule a compact et low silhouette. Eventually the Archer proved to be an effective SP gun. The 17 pdr. was later mounted in the Sherman Firefly et - in modified form - chars de combat Comet.

The first of 665 production models were completed en 1944, et the Archer served in Europe from Octobre 44 to war's end. It remained en service britannique until the 50s, et some were supplied a l'armée égyptienne.

Maquettes disponibles

Spécifications Techniques

  • SP 17pdr, Valentine, Mk I, Archer
  • Moteur: GM six cylinder diesel, 165 hp
  • Vitesse: 32 km/h
  • Autonomie: 225 km
  • Longueur: 6.679 m
  • Largeur: 2.755 m
  • Hauteur: 2.247 m
  • Poids: 39,960 lb
  • Blindage 8 mm to 60 mm
  • Armement: Ordnance QF Canon Antichar QF 17 pdr avec 39 Rounds
  • Secondary armament: .303 cal Bren MG
  • Gun Elevation: +15 degrees
  • Gun Depression: -7 degrees
  • Gun Traverse: 22.5 degrees
  • Équipage: chef de char, conducteur, tireur, chargeur

Déploiement Historique

  • Armée Britannique, 1944–1950
  • Armée Égyptienne

The Milicast resin kit is the only available 1/76 scale model of the Archer SPG at this time. There may be conversion kits for existing Valentine models a l'échelle 1/72 et 1/35, et joueurs de guerre grand tactique can turn to the 1/300 scale model offered by HEROICS & ROS.

Patrick Storto

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Figurines Britanniques de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale