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Strv 103 in RAAF Service - FINISHED - pic's pg. 1
« on: April 21, 2022, 08:41:14 AM »
Placeholder for upcoming build completion. ;)
« Last Edit: April 24, 2022, 02:59:59 PM by Old Wombat »
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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2022, 01:27:22 AM »
Because I've written it & I've got nothing better to do, right now, here's the back story:

The Stridsvagn 103C in RAAF Service (Royal Australian Marines Time-Line)

In the early 1990’s the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) decided it was time to upgrade its Airfield Defence Guards’ (ADG) armoured units, specifically its tank units; as the Centurion  & M60 hand-me-downs from the Army & Royal Australian Marines were wearing out, & parts were becoming difficult to source.

It was, initially, hoped that new vehicles could be sourced but the RAAF’s budget was being stretched by the acquisition of new fighters & AWACS assets, so well maintained, newer second hand vehicles with a good supply of spares was sought.

After an 18 month selection process the tank selected was the French AMX-30B2, which was just beginning the process of being replaced by the Leclerc.

However, the Commander of the 6th Defence Command[1]’s RAAF ADG Battalion requested a special order of vehicles specifically for one airfield, where regular tanks were at a disadvantage because of the limited land area & shallow water-table. He observed that Sweden was disposing of its Stridsvagn 103C turretless tanks at a very reasonable price, & that he required 6 operational vehicles at the airfield at any time, with 6 undergoing major routine maintenance & crew training, & a further 6 in long-term storage as spare vehicles (spare parts & maintenance tools were being offered by the Swedes at extremely good prices).

This special purchase was, to the RAAF’s (&, especially, the ADG’s) surprise, approved & 18 Strv 103Cs were purchased from Sweden along with 100 AMX-30Bs.

These Strv 103Cs were destined to operate on the strategically important Cocos (Keeling) Islands, located in the Indian Ocean 2936km North West of Perth[2] & only 1270km South  West of Jakarta[3], where the RAAF maintains a Forward Operating Base & the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) maintains a less-than-covert SigInt gathering station.

The On-Again-Off-Again Australian-Indonesian War (1971-current)[4] had seen both the Cocos (Keeling) Islands & Christmas Island raided by air & sea several times & attempted invasions of both on two occasions. The Cocos posting was seen as a frontline posting by all services, & the ADG’s tanks, troops & anti-air assets were always on high alert.




[1]: Australia (in this time-line) is divided into 7 Defence Commands roughly analogous to those of 1939 (see below), except that the numbering has changed;
1st = 2nd in image
2nd = 1st in image
3rd = 7th in image
4th = 3rd in image
5th = 4th in image
6th = 5th in image
7th = 6th in image
8th = decommissioned with PNG independence on 16 September 1985

Australian Military Districts, October 1939:



[2]: Perth is the capital of the State of Western Australia in the Commonwealth of Australia.

[3]: Jakarta is the capital of the Peoples’ Islamic Republic of Indonesia (PIRI), a Communist nation with strict adherence to a radical interpretation of Shari'a Law. Initially the Soviet Republic of Indonesia (SRI), aligned with the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics (USSR), after seizing power when betrayed by President Sukarno & right wing elements of the new Indonesian government, from November 1948 to 1951. Friction with influential Islamic leaders & a realignment from the USSR to the Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC) from 1951 to 1976 saw the communist leaders integrate Islam into a uniquely Indonesian form of communism and rename the country the Peoples’ Islamic Republic of Indonesia; in 1976 friction with China led to the PIRI returning to its affiliation with the USSR until 1992; the break-up of the Warsaw Pact & the USSR saw the PIRI returning to alignment with the PRC in 1992.

[4]: A result of Australia rejecting, much to the chagrin of the USA, the rigged 1969 Act of Free Choice plebiscite (in which only 1,022 Papuan tribal representatives were allowed to vote, from a population of 816,000 Papuans, & were coerced into voting in favour of integration) & the western border regions of the Australian Administration Mandated Territories of Papua & New Guinea being used as Rest & Re-grouping areas by the Organisasi Papua Merdeka (Free Papua Movement) . Australian interception of, & counter-strikes against Indonesian military incursions into the Territories of Papua & New Guinea led the PIRI government to declare war on Australia, a decision they came to regret when they were ejected from all of the main land-masses of Papua & New Guinea.
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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2022, 08:49:22 AM »
Interesting.  I still have my half-built Accurate Armour S-Tank to finish (at four & a half times the price of the now-available Trumpeter one :icon_crap:)
An Oz cam would be easier to do than the Swedish splinter.

Tho, personally I'm currently eyeing-off the new Meng IDF Namer with Trophy - possibly to later replace the S-Tanks ?

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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2022, 10:21:31 AM »
Excellent ... story mode! And S-Tanks are a bonus  :smiley:
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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2022, 10:58:18 PM »
Finished! :D

I'll (try to) get photo's up tomorrow! :smiley:
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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service - FINISHED - pic's pg. 1
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2022, 11:04:42 AM »
And the FINISHED BUILD! ;D :smiley:









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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service - FINISHED - pic's pg. 1
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2022, 11:05:52 AM »











« Last Edit: April 24, 2022, 03:00:37 PM by Old Wombat »
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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service - FINISHED - pic's pg. 1
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2022, 11:06:51 AM »
Compared to the RAAF FV107 Scorpion;








OK, that's all, folks! Hope you enjoyed the show! :D

As usual, all constructive comments & criticisms welcomed. :smiley:


Cheers! :icon_beer:


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« Last Edit: April 24, 2022, 03:00:54 PM by Old Wombat »
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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service - FINISHED - pic's pg. 1
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2022, 11:12:04 AM »
One of the unmentioned benefits of using the Strv 103C on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands was its ability to swim, which made it easier to move the tanks between islands without specialist water vessels being required for the purpose.
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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service - FINISHED - pic's pg. 1
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2022, 07:54:23 PM »
Terrific build. Looks great in the Australian camo.

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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service - FINISHED - pic's pg. 1
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2022, 08:16:22 PM »
Thanks, Ramba! :icon_alabanza:


It's not the official Australian camo, but is (loosely) based on it. The Strv 103C is in what I'm calling the Cocos (Islands) Pattern & the FV107 Scorpion is in the Christmas (Island) Pattern. ;)
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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service - FINISHED - pic's pg. 1
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2022, 11:29:54 PM »
That’s an awesome build! Ready for the next contest!

The S tank has always been on my to do list. It’s just so unusual it doesn’t need to be whiffed. I’ve always thought instead of getting rid of them completely Sweden should have turned them into recon/scout vehicles and mounted TOW missiles or some such thing. One of these days…..

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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service - FINISHED - pic's pg. 1
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2022, 02:05:57 AM »
 :smiley:
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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service - FINISHED - pic's pg. 1
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2022, 02:45:11 PM »
Thank you, gentlemen! :icon_alabanza:
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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service - FINISHED - pic's pg. 1
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2022, 10:37:05 PM »
The Strv 103C came out great! It looks like it can probably survive a sustained attack by coconut crabs.

What is that light tan color you used?

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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service - FINISHED - pic's pg. 1
« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2022, 03:50:36 AM »
One of the unmentioned benefits of using the Strv 103C on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands was its ability to swim, which made it easier to move the tanks between islands without specialist water vessels being required for the purpose.

I did not know this.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EcVqWjjX0AAVdk5.jpg:large

Now do the swimmer version!!
 
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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service - FINISHED - pic's pg. 1
« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2022, 04:00:02 AM »
I shall leave that to a more .... dedicated modeller than I. ::)
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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service - FINISHED - pic's pg. 1
« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2022, 07:56:33 AM »
I shall leave that to a more .... dedicated modeller than I. ::)

Oh come on! It's just a bit of pleated canvas. How hard could that be to scratch-build?  ;D
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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service - FINISHED - pic's pg. 1
« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2022, 02:38:44 PM »
I shall leave that to a more .... dedicated modeller than I. ::)

Oh come on! It's just a bit of pleated canvas. How hard could that be to scratch-build?  ;D

Without going into all the reasons that I can think of (& I'm sure there are others I haven't considered) but mentioning one big one - that no kit of the Strv 103 comes with the screen cover/capping as a separate piece - my simple, one word answer is "Very!" :o
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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service - FINISHED - pic's pg. 1
« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2022, 08:10:40 PM »
That is a nifty little tank you've got there.  Well done!

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« Reply #20 on: April 26, 2022, 08:27:24 PM »
Thank you, Mr LemonJello! :icon_alabanza:
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« Reply #21 on: April 26, 2022, 08:47:16 PM »
Com'n, too easy  8)


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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service - FINISHED - pic's pg. 1
« Reply #22 on: April 26, 2022, 09:19:59 PM »
Com'n, too easy  8)



All yours, mate! :smiley:

And just think, if you do it right, you get the bottom 2/3rds to turn into something else! ;)
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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service - FINISHED - pic's pg. 1
« Reply #23 on: April 26, 2022, 10:45:21 PM »
A very nice S-tank.  Well done   :smiley:
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« Reply #24 on: April 27, 2022, 04:52:05 PM »
Thanks, Steve! :icon_alabanza:
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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service - FINISHED - pic's pg. 1
« Reply #25 on: May 01, 2022, 02:00:43 AM »
Compared to the RAAF FV107 Scorpion;



OK, that's all, folks! Hope you enjoyed the show! :D

As usual, all constructive comments & criticisms welcomed. :smiley:

Cheers! :icon_beer:

Guy

Great job! I'm always blown away by the unexpectedly large size of the S-103.

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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service - FINISHED - pic's pg. 1
« Reply #26 on: May 17, 2022, 02:50:32 AM »
The Strv 103C came out great! It looks like it can probably survive a sustained attack by coconut crabs.

What is that light tan color you used?

It is a dandy looking build-I keep thinking about putting legs on my Trumpeter 1/72 kit.

But can it survive the Yovian Highway Attack Crab?
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Re: Strv 103 in RAAF Service - FINISHED - pic's pg. 1
« Reply #27 on: May 17, 2022, 03:34:44 PM »
Great job! I'm always blown away by the unexpectedly large size of the S-103.

I wouldn't call it "large". Overall the Strv 103 is slightly smaller than the hull of a M1 Abrams or Challenger & the lack of a turret makes it considerably lower in profile.

What is that light tan color you used?

Sorry I missed this earlier, Frank. :-[

The colour is Tamiya XF-55 Deck Tan

It is a dandy looking build-I keep thinking about putting legs on my Trumpeter 1/72 kit.

But can it survive the Yovian Highway Attack Crab?
Yo goes to the office by VileDr.Yo, on Flickr

Doc, it's in the service of the country with some of the nastiest, bitiest critters around, of course it can! ;D
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