Sunday, May 3, 2015

Israeli and Jordanian Armored Cars, Six-Day War (FOW)

The Six-Day War saw four very different armies fight it out over very different terrain with very different equipment. The Israeli's used a mismatched force of French, British and American equipment, some decades old, the Egyptian with the newest and best Soviet equipment, the Jordanians with top of the line British and American vehicles and the Syrians with even old German WWII vehicles. Most of this can be found in the Fate of a Nation booklet for Flames of War, however many vehicles were left out of the book. I just can't help but add the odd vehicles that BF decided to leave out. You can find rules for these vehicles in my previous lists or check out the Flames of War forums where someone has posted rules for the overlooked options!

Two of the vehicles Battlefront has left out are the AML-90 and Saladin armored cars, I just couldn't miss out on these interesting vehicles.

This is a Libyan Saldin, not a Jordanian one.
The Alvis Saladin Armored Car was a British designed, six wheeled heavy armored car that was used by the Jordanians, whether or not any saw action in the Six-Day War is another matter. It had a powerful 76mm gun and a co-ax MG. The Israeli Armored Corps Museum at Latrun has a Saladin on display there that is listed as captured from Jordan in the Six-Day War. Also in several accounts, Jordanian armored cars are listed as being used by the armored brigades against PLO forces during Black September in 1970.

Anyway, for miniatures the only 15mm option I could find was by QRF, and after looking at the few pictures online I could find, I decided to modify them. The original turret seemed to look to short, almost squished down. Luckily Battlefront offer the same turret used on the Saladin on their M113 FSV, so I added that turret to the QRF hulls, and Voila! There was some work required to fit the turret to the hull, but nothing some cutting and magnets couldn't solve.

I currently have two Saladin's finished and will add one more Saladin and two Ferret Armored Cars based on and old TO&E I found of the Jordanian Armored Brigades in 1967.

Work In Progress.

QRF Saladin hull with BF turret.

It is a big AFV.

They look great on the table!

The next up is the Saladin's Israeli counterpart, the French made, Panhard AML-90. This armored car  had a very powerful, for an armored car, 90mm main gun and co-ax MG.

AML-90's and Israeli halftracks in the Six-Day War.
The armored cars however did see combat in the Six-Day War as part of the 41st Reconnaissance Company. These vehicles were crewed by paratroopers but fought north of Jerusalem with armored and mechanized forces. They also saw action following the war during the Battle of Karameh in 1968, where a couple were lost to the Jordanians, and were soon taken out of service. The Jordanian 60th Armored Brigade was at Karameh, so who knows, the AML-90's and Saladins may have meet in combat... I know I am stretching things there. :)

For the miniatures I went with Peter Pig AML-90's and they look great without any modification.

These just look neat.

Ready for Ramallah.

A little punch with your recon.

These minis scale well with BF.

Here are some comparisons between the two, they seem to scale very well together, with the Saladin's being bigger and beefier. 

AML-90's and Saladins.

Top down look.

So next up on the painting table is the last Saladin, two Ferret armored cars, and M52 Self Propelled Artillery for the Jordanians. I would love M47 Patton's but I don't know of a company that makes 15mm versions that would be the scale anywhere close to BF's M48's... :(


  1. Thanks for the great write up. Will look into the QRF/Battlefront Saladins. Don't forget the Saracen APCs to go along with them. Having the same frustration looking for suitable M47s. Have found that Roskopf/EKO are comparable to Battlefront scale. Using Roskopf/RMM for my M52s, M107s and M110s.

  2. Quality Castings makes M47s . Check the "Warweb" site.

  3. Andy, unfortunately I have not had much luck with Warweb the past couple of years. I have still not received an order that I submitted to them back in January of this year.

  4. Thanks Wisercj and Andy. I have looked at Quality Casting M47's and the comparisons seem to make them much smaller than the BF M48's that they would be on the table with. I will check out the Roskopf M47's, you don't happen to have a comparison with any 15mm tanks do you wisercj?

    I have ordered a 1/87th scale M47 made by Herpa/Roco to see the size difference. Fingers crossed, I'm hoping they are a little small and BF's tanks are a little bigas to get close to the same size.

  5. Roco M47s are way too big. Roskopf M47s are the right size, unfortunately their detail is sadly lacking, especially with regards to the turret. I can send you a photo comparing the two to BF's M48 if you e-mail me at

  6. I have embarked on a Frankenstein M47. Using the Roskopf hull as the base, I cut off part of the hull and rear, replacing it with part from a plastic Battlefront M26. I used the back of the hull and the turret from the Roco M47. Shortened the back of the turret and sanded it down a bit. Although just a bit shorter and narrower, the M47 was actually taller than the M48. Still need to do some more work and add some green stuff to fill in the gaps. It is actually looking quite good.