Paper model of the tank ELC AMX

The paper model of the ELC AMX tankis the French light tank ELC BIS.

Materials and tools:

  1. scissors, paper knife, drawing ruler
  2. tweezers;
  3. glue brushes and paint;
  4. watercolors (or pencils), toothpicks;
  5. clear acrylic glue ("Moment", etc.);
  6. to print the model matte photo paper with a density of 170-180 g / m2;
  7. for small parts - 70-80 g / m2.

Build Tips:

  1. Before you assemble the part, read the drawings and instructions. Determine the place of each part and imagine its assembly;
  2. Make holes in details before cutting out the part;
  3. Cut only the part (s) you need right now. Unpacked items in a box, and unused sheets in a closed folder (as an option). Throwing out trash after work, carefully inspect the scrap paper;
  4. To better fold the part, it is necessary to hold the ruler along the fold line, pressing lightly with the blunt side of the knife or a toothpick so as not to damage the paper surface. Better to do it from the wrong side of the part;
  5. Keep your fingers clean and be sure to use wipes to wipe your hands, because hands may get dirty in the process;
  6. wind up cylindrical parts before gluing onto a round object of a suitable diameter, this will give them shape;
  7. Before gluing it is necessary to paint the ends of the part. White crop lines spoil the overall look of the model. To paint the ends, use watercolors or gouache paints. After selecting the desired color, apply them in a thin layer, then allow the paint to dry. About markers better to forget;
  8. Take your time with gluing. First, cut out the part, paint it from the end, wait for the paint to dry, assemble the part. Attach it to the place where it should be to make sure everything is done correctly. And only then stick. Do not forget to let the glue dry.

A bit of history

French light tank ELC AMX

In 1956, the French Ministry of Defense initiated the ELC program ("Engin L égerdeCombat"-"Airborne,Light,Combat"),whichincludedthecreationofanairtransportableairbornecombatsupportvehicle.Thecrewshouldconsistofnomorethan2people,themass–lessthan7tons.Itwasassumedthatcombatvehiclescreatedunderthisprogramwouldbeabletosolveawiderangeofcombatmissionsandserveasauniversal“meansofstrengthening”frenchparatroopers.ThefirepoweroftheELCtankswastoprovideanti-tankcombat.TheELCairbornetanks,createdaspartofthe"EnginLégerdeCombat"program,werenotbuiltintheseries,butbecauseoftheunusualdesign– remained in the history of world tank construction.

The base for the cars was the Hotchkiss CC2-52, a carrier for ammunition. In the 1950-1951 gg. Hotchkiss produced a prototype of a light armored personnel carrier for the transportation of six infantrymen on the battlefield by order of the French army. The car turned out to be successful, and on its base two new ones were created: an armored personnel carrier for the transport of infantry and an armored personnel carrier for the transportation of goods, TT6-52 and CC2-52, respectively. After conducting field tests and introducing a number of improvements into the design of the machines, they were adopted not only by the French army, but also (with some constructive changes) by the resurgent German Bundeswehr. Moreover, in Germany, on the basis of Hotchkiss TT6-52 armored personnel carriers, their own family of light tracked armored vehicles was created.

The first version of the ELC AMX tank had a chassis with four support rollers on the side (as well as the suspension of an armored personnel carrier). Instead of a cargo compartment, a specially designed tower was installed, the driver was moved into it (in an armored personnel carrier he sat in the front left). The second crew member was located in the turret on the other side of the gun and combined the duties of the gunner, loader and tank commander. Due to the chosen layout of the crew compartment, the turret remained stationary when the tank was moving, and only when it was stopped could rotate 360 ​​°. The tank was tested in 1955 under the symbol AMX ELC 90.

In 1957, the tank was seriously developed: the shape of the front part of the hull was changed, the booking was enhanced, a single roller was added to the undercarriage, a new gun was installed. This prototype airborne tank was completed in 1961 and was named ELC BIS. It has survived to the present day and is on display in the tank museum of Saumur (France).



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