The FV101 ‘Scorpion’ is a British armoured reconnaissance vehicle, sometimes referred to as a ‘light tank’.
It was designed to meet the British Army’s requirement for a light Combat Vehicle that could be air-portable and operate in both extremes of hot and cold weather.
Another requirement was that it be able to move across difficult terrain that had low ground pressure, similar to that of a soldier on foot. This would prove extremely fortunate in the wet, boggy conditions found on the Falkland Islands.
The first regular British Army unit to be equipped with ‘Scorpions’ and its stablemate, the ‘Scimitar’, was The Blues and Royals, the famous household cavalry regiment.
Two troops from ‘B’ Squadron of that same regiment were sent south to the Falklands. One troop was equipped with just 4 Scorpions while the other received 4 Scimitars.
THE K&C ‘SCORPION’
Our King & Country ‘Scorpion’ is hand-painted in the two-colour (Olive drab and black) camouflage typical of most British Army vehicles of the 1980s. This great-looking model includes a 3/4 figure tank commander and a head ‘n’ shoulders tank driver sitting in the hull.
Together, they definitely add a powerful punch to any Falklands War Collection.