NZLAV – New Zealand Defense Forces Light Armored Vehicle

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Daniel Siskind
Piece Count:
665 LEGO®, Brickmania® & BrickArms® elements
Skill Level:
Advanced (4 of 5)

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About the NZLAV – New Zealand Defense Forces Light Armored Vehicle:

The New Zealand Light Armored Vehicle (NZLAV) is an advanced and highly mobile third generation fighting vehicle (LAV III) built by General Dynamics. The NZLAV stands out with its unique eight-wheel design. These wheels run in a four-wheel drive format with a driver option to engage in eight-wheel drive for particularly nasty terrain. To increase mobility, the armored vehicle is outfitted with a central tire inflation system that is user configurable to the specific landscape the NZLAV faces. Even more unique is the type of suspension used—hydropneumatic. Hydropneumatic suspension offers a very smooth ride without the need of mechanical advantages such as springs or levers. In very basic terms, hydropneumatic suspension uses a bag filled with liquid that is attached to a roller arm. As the tire hits bumps, the bag compresses. Because the system is pneumatic, the driver can control the height of the ride, making it variable and customizable to the terrain at hand. To power the vehicle, a Caterpillar 3126HEUI engine is used that pushes 350hp. The NZLAV, to be mobile, does sacrifice on armor—it is in the name. It can protect its crew from small arms fire, but not much bigger. However, crews in the field can add reactive armor to help fend off stronger attacks, though that will negate some of the mobility advantages. Speaking of attack, the NZLAV does carry a very capable main gun that provides significant firepower—the Bushmaster M242 25mm cannon. The gun rides mid-mounted inside of a turret, giving 360 degrees of lethality. Additionally, two MAG-58 7.62mm machine guns are co-axial as well as roof mounted. To round out the array of weapons is two banks of 76mm grenade dischargers to add obscurants (smoke) to the battlefield.

A crew of three—commander, driver, gunner—are needed to operate the vehicles, while an additional seven fully-equipped soldiers can ride in the transport compartment. To enhance its quick reaction capability, the NZLAV and all other LAV III are air transportable by C-130 Hercules cargo planes. For the island nation of New Zealand, a highly mobile vehicle that can be deployable by air, land, and sea optimizes their defensive strategies. The country originally bought 105 NZLAV platforms in 2003. Over the years that number has been reduced to 73. In that period, the New Zealand Military has sold units to other nations in need. Most recently, this included Chile, who purchased 22. The NZLAV is a formidable vehicle that is used similarly to the Stryker in the United States, offering quick strike capabilities.


Additional information about this Brickmania® custom building kit:

This epic Anzac Day release features a crew a 2x custom minifigs and a brand-new custom created M242 Bushmaster chain gun element. All details are custom printed – including a Perfect Caliber™ BrickArms® M240! Play features include a front wheel steering mechanism, opening hatches and ramp, and a functional tow winch cable. 

Model Statistics:

Designed by Daniel Siskind
665 LEGO®, Brickmania® & BrickArms® elements
2x custom minifig
Custom printed elements
Full-color printed building instructions
1/35th scale to match other Brickmania kits
Advanced Skill Level (6-8 years building experience recommended)

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