Новинкаи от LUKGRAPH - Jeffery-Poplavko Armored Car

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Lukgraph releases its third kit based on the Jeffery Quad truck -- a Russian conversion that resulted into the production of more than thirty vehicles during The Great War.

Regarded as one of the first successful four-wheel drive vehicles, the Jeffery Quad, also known as the Nash Quad, was manufactured by the Thomas B. Jeffery Company of Wisconsin. The vehicle and its variants were used extensively during World War I not only by the United States, but also Russia, France and Britain.

The beginnings of the Jeffery-Poplavko armored car may be traced to a conversion made on a Jeffery truck by Capt. V. Povlavko in 1915. It was used as a supply, fire support, and recovery vehicle for damaged armored cars. Though partially armored, it proved to have excellent traction and cross-country characteristics. Improvements were made such as the addition of a winch with steel cables, and even a light collapsible bridge for crossing trenches. Wire-cutters were also added to the front and it successfully broke through four successive rows of barbed wire and destroyed a wooden wall. By August 1916, after further improvements and tests, the green light was given to convert 30 Jeffery chassis at the Izhorski factory.

The Jefferey-Poplavko was crewed by 4, attained speeds up to 35kph, and had an operational range of 120km. It had sloped armor at 6.5mm, and was armed with two 7.62mm Vickers machine guns. A total of 31 units were built.

Armored Car Jeffery-Poplavko (35-03). The kit contains 150 parts in grey resin, 60 photo-etched parts, and a decal sheet. It features engine, chassis, and interior details. There are 8 suggested options to finish the vehicle as used by the Czech, German, Polish, and Russian forces. The built model is 155mm long. Sample build shown courtesy of Grzegorz Krawczyk.

Background information on the vehicle sourced from Wikipedia and Tanks Encyclopedia.

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