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SirFjodin28 Dec 2014 3:23 a.m. PST



This morning I 90% finished the 1:100 scale Leopard security vehicle link from Rhodesian Bush Wars link I only need to finish the frontal part where wheels are connected to the hull.

PS: The human figure was not made by me but taken from TAFE project only for scale purposes.


McWong7328 Dec 2014 4:30 a.m. PST

Your work just gets better and better buddy

SirFjodin28 Dec 2014 4:41 a.m. PST

Thanx :) gonna finish it tomorrow morning.

stroezie28 Dec 2014 4:53 a.m. PST

Those would be great for post apocalyptic and scifi to. Any chance of 6mm versions?

SirFjodin28 Dec 2014 6:08 a.m. PST

6mm will be easy :)

Sargonarhes28 Dec 2014 6:45 a.m. PST

A pre-WWII vehicle and it looks like it would be more at home in a sci-fi post apocalyptic world….

How does this happen? Did they see the future before we did?

emckinney28 Dec 2014 10:15 a.m. PST

"A pre-WWII vehicle and it looks like it would be more at home in a sci-fi post apocalyptic world…"

Post-WWII. Rhodesian Bush War, designed 1974.

ski206028 Dec 2014 10:42 a.m. PST

Looks like an MRAP precursor. Mine resistant with the V shaped hull, and wheel/motor set well away from the crew compartment. Also, the rollover bars completely around the top give it better odds of not crushing when flipped from an explosion.

Never heard of it, but pretty damn cool looking.

Lion in the Stars28 Dec 2014 10:50 a.m. PST

@ski2060: It is an MRAP precursor. Probably the first purpose-built mine-resistant vehicle (as opposed to tanks fitted with mine rollers or whatever), in fact.

I'm just kinda surprised it took the rest of the world 40 years to make MRAPs the military standard.

Armiesarmy28 Dec 2014 12:42 p.m. PST

Very cool!

The Rhodesians had several v shaped vehicles, lots of them being workshop/garage built! Very innovative and impressive

deflatermouse28 Dec 2014 1:46 p.m. PST

THAT is so useful. Something my AK-47 can happily do with a couple.
And been thinking of doing Mad Max 3 in 15mm, too.

please keep us updated.

Risaldar Singh28 Dec 2014 3:14 p.m. PST

Very nice. Any chance you might want to try a MAP45, MAP75 or Crocodile APC next? ;-)

Londonplod28 Dec 2014 3:27 p.m. PST

Is that what they called a Pookie?

I believe they used old F1 tyres as they had virtually no downward pressure so as not to trigger pressure fused mines!

A 20mm version would be popular.

SirFjodin28 Dec 2014 6:21 p.m. PST

Thanx a lot for good replies :)

I am currently finalising the frontal part of a vehicle and making minor tweaks, so gonna post updated picture really soon :)

2 Risaldar Singh
Sure can :) right after Leclerc MBT and one sci-fi vehicle

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP28 Dec 2014 8:40 p.m. PST

Very interesting.

SirFjodin28 Dec 2014 9:42 p.m. PST

Just finished



Armiesarmy29 Dec 2014 4:56 a.m. PST

Very cool indeed

ConverterD629 Dec 2014 6:15 a.m. PST

Also look at the Hippo APC used by the South Africans circa 1974, based on old truck chassis but rebuilt to offer some mine resistance. For another alternative early MRAP, Google Bedford RL Mine Proof Vehicle. A good example of this always appears at the War & Peace Revival Festival in England in July.

sleb2229 Dec 2014 12:54 p.m. PST


SirFjodin29 Dec 2014 10:32 p.m. PST


All parts :) Note that I added some details on wheels.

deflatermouse30 Dec 2014 3:42 a.m. PST

how would one be able to get some of these excellent pieces of kit?

SirFjodin30 Dec 2014 5:28 a.m. PST

I sent parts to Armies Army :)

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2014 7:42 a.m. PST

Thanks for starting with a piccie of the real thing; I never would have believed the model… ;->=

REALLY news to me; I've led such a sheltered life.

Decidedly needed for Mad Max as well as a bash in the bush.


Jemima Fawr30 Dec 2014 10:32 a.m. PST

Brilliant stuff! :)


The South Africans carried on the Rhodesian MRAP development throughout the 70s and 80s, with the Hippo, Buffel, Casspir, Bulldog, Wolf Turbo, Kwevoels and others. the Casspir in particular, with its monocoque construction, is the daddy of virtually all modern MRAPs. The Cougar and Mastiff MRAPs in particular are direct descendants of the Casspir.

Lion in the Stars30 Dec 2014 11:15 a.m. PST

Yeah, I knew that the South Africans had been building mine-resistant vehicles for decades. It just blows my mind that no other military even considered the idea until 2004 or so!

@LondonPlod: No, the Pookie was a single-seater, while the Leopard seats driver plus 5. Similar driveline, though (both were built off a Volkswagen van drivetrain).


The 'trays' held at an angle by chains are the mine sensors.

Those vehicles are so bizarre-looking, I am getting tempted to start a Rhodesian/South African force!

deflatermouse31 Dec 2014 11:51 p.m. PST

Yep, I'd go for one a Pookie.

Buckeye AKA Darryl13 Sep 2018 5:04 p.m. PST

Is there a status update to this, considering that Armies Army has pretty much gotten out of the 15mm Cold War realm?

Cacique Caribe13 Sep 2018 8:55 p.m. PST

And what ever happened to SirFjodin? Is he still around and doing any of his 15mm terrain and conversion projects?


per ardua03 Sep 2020 12:53 p.m. PST

there is one of these on display at the Imperial war Museum North in Manchester.

SirFjodin30 Nov 2020 2:16 p.m. PST

2 Cacique Caribe

I am BACK! :)

Blog post will be soon.

Die Engelsman28 Jul 2022 6:27 a.m. PST

If anyone's interested, this book Taming the Landmine by Peter Stiff is well worth a look []

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