Daimler AC Mk. I – British Armored Car

Current Stock:
1.31 LBS
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Andrea Boninsegna
Piece Count:
277 LEGO® & Brickmania® elements
Skill Level:
Intermediate (3 of 5)

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This is a limited-edition series build and will not restock after its initial production run.

About the Daimler AC Mk. I – British Armored Car:

Armored cars first saw action in the Great War. Their use coincided with technological advancements in the automotive industry. However, these early cars proved problematic. They lacked off-road capabilities, reliable engines and transmissions, and often found themselves with flat tires. Fast forward to World War II and many of these early issues had been resolved, making it an impactful and important tool. The Brits especially relied on armored cars throughout their engagements in North Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Early in the war, the Daimler Dingo Scout car was the most common. This reliable vehicle was found everywhere the British Army was, however, it was a bit small and lacked the defenses to go up against German forces. The engineers at Daimler took the base Dingo chassis and enlarged it, then added a turret on top while also upgrading the rear mounted engine to a 6-cylinder design. To help with off-road mobility, the four wheels of the Armored Car were individually sprung, with four large coil springs mounted as two pairs, one inside the other.

To improve defenses, a 2-pound main gun was fitted inside the turret. This gave the armored car similar firepower to early British light tanks. Unfortunately, a larger gun could not be fitted without major modifications to the turret design. A .30 caliber co-axial machine gun was added to give the crew protection against enemy infantry. The Daimler used a crew of three, consisting of a commander, driver, and gunner. The armored car had escape hatches on either side of the hull while a rear driving position was fitted in the left aft side—perfect for reconnaissance work.

The Daimler Armored Car first entered the battlespace in 1941. Early models went to North Africa for evaluation with full detachments entering the conflict in 1942. In North Africa, the Daimler Armored Car served alongside Humber and Dingo cars. The mobility of the Daimler proved to be an advantage in the desert conditions of the campaign. Its success eventually led to total replacement of the Humber as the primary armored car. In fact, the Daimler far outlived its expected service life, finally leaving service in the 1960s.

Daimler AC Mk. I – British Armored Car

Additional information about this Brickmania® custom building kit:

This limited-edition build is loaded with custom printed details and includes 1x custom minifig. Play features include a functional top hatch, rotating turret, working suspension, spare jerry cans, and a posable main gun.

Model Statistics:

Designed by Andrea Boninsegna
277 LEGO® & Brickmania® elements
1x custom minifig
Custom printed elements
Full-color printed building instructions
1/35th scale to match other Brickmania kits
Intermediate Skill Level (4-6 years building experience recommended)

All Brickmania® model kits are made of new-condition LEGO® bricks. This model comes disassembled and includes complete printed building instructions. This is a limited-edition kit and production may be discontinued at any time.

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