Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 09:25 PM UTC
Rye Fireld Model just announced a new kit in the works. Check it out!
We have no information on the kit whatsoever, just a photo taken from Rye Field's Facebook page. I think this one is designated as Challenger 2 TES Megatron.

From armyrecognition.com:

The Challenger 2 TES Megatron is very similar to the M1 Abrams TUSK (Tank Urban Survival Kit) in terms of protection. The TES system was developed to increase protection of the tank against tandem warheads and IED (Improvised Explosive Device) threats. The Challenger 2 Megatron was presented for the first time to the public in June 2013 at the DVD defense event in Millbrook, United Kingdom. A new version of the Challenger 2 Megatron was unveiled in July 2016 at the Tank Fest in Bovington fitted with a new armour design. This latest version is fitted with a combination of reactive, passive and bar armour providing unique protection against new threats of modern battlefield. The Challenger 2 TES Megatron can be fitted with variable armour depending on the nature of the threats and the type of battlefield where the tank must be deployed.
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Another one on the wish list!
DEC 20, 2019 - 10:28 PM
Parts breakdown here: LINK
DEC 20, 2019 - 10:38 PM
As the tank is a technology demonstrator kit is constantly being put on/off and the appearance changes. Hence ‘Megatron’
DEC 21, 2019 - 09:14 PM
The material used with the Challenger is called Rheinmetall Solar Sigma Shield. https://www.rheinmetall-defence.com/en/rheinmetall_defence/systems_and_products/protection_systems/sonstige_schutzprodukte/solarshield.php It acts primarly for thermal management.
DEC 22, 2019 - 01:35 AM
I suppose you could re-create the tank snuggy look with some very thinly rolled and textured epoxy putty, but would require a very steady hand and even then, it may be difficult to replicate the scale thickness faithfully.
DEC 23, 2019 - 02:42 AM
What happened to the Queen of the Desert, as the Challenger was referred to during the Gulf War... I was reading about a description of the TES vehicle on another website, ok modellingnews, and the weight is a staggering 74 840kg. I checked and an M1A2C is 66.8 short tons / 73.6 long. And the T 90MS a nimble 47 short, 53 long. Whilst I guess for an MBT this is not much, it just seems like a lot on the battlefield. For comparison, a King Tiger weights 68.7 / 76.9. Ok, back to something more constructive
DEC 23, 2019 - 05:10 AM
As a demonstrator, aren’t all the appliqué armour blocks inert? Presumably RFM will include the “not for operational deployment” appliqué armour.
DEC 23, 2019 - 12:50 PM
Technically, they should be inert. As for the weight, that makes sense as Chobham is inherently heavy and the full package sandwich cannot be eliminated, meaning the armor engineers might be able to make it thinner, but the matrix formula should not change because Chobham can resist HEAT warheads better, and thus needs all the materials to make that composite sandwich. I am surprised that the UK didn't go with the "Black Knight" upgrade and instead relied on passive armor. https://www.baesystems.com/en/black-night-unveiled
DEC 23, 2019 - 01:45 PM
“Black Knight” was dead the moment BAE & Rheinmetall merged into RBSL.
DEC 23, 2019 - 02:32 PM

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