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Beaverette Mark 3

Light Reconnaissance Car


Specifications

Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain & Ireland
First Produced/Service Dates: 1940-1941?
Manufactured by: Standard Motor Company
Crew: 2 or 3
Armament: Turret: (1) Bren .303 or (2) .303 Vickers "K" Machine Guns.
Engine: 4 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: This vehicle was the third in a series of four (4) Beaverette Light Reconnaissance Car versions produced.  The Beaverette Mark 3 (also referred to as the Beaver Bug Mark 1) was built on a monocoque chassis unlike the earlier Mark 1 and Mark 2 Beaverette designs.  However, it did use the same automotive components of the earlier cars, most notably the engine, axles and drive train.  It was also the first of the vehicle series to have a fully enclosed hull and turret. The Beaverette series was designed as a stop-gap measure by the British to replace the armored vehicles lost during the Dunkirk evacuation of 1940.  These vehicles were intended to be used by the Home Guard or to defend Royal Air Force (RAF) air fields, which they did throughout the war.  In RAF service, they were called the Standard Type D Light Armored Car.

In approximately 1943 a number of Mark 3 and Mark 4 Beaverettes were transferred to Ireland, which named them the Type 9 Armored Car. In the early 1950's the top armor and turrets were removed and renamed scout cars. These modified vehicles were mostly used in a training capacity until the early 1960's.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
  Beaverette Mark 3 Light Recon Car Photo The British War Office
Beaverette Mark 3 Light Recon Car Photos  (Taken at the Imperial War Museum - Duxford) Major (Retired) Don Allen - Orleans, Ontario Canada
Beaverette Mark 3 Light Recon Car Photos  (Taken at the Imperial War Museum - Duxford) John Harris - Essex, UK
  Beaverette Mark 3 (Prototype) Light Recon Car Photo Imperial War Museum via Dave Haugh - Content Editor
    Beaverette Mark 3 Light Recon Car Photos Imperial War Museum via Dave Haugh
Beaverette Mark 3 Light Recon Car Photos (Taken at the Imperial War Museum - Duxford) Patrick Keenan - Editor
  Beaverette Mark 3 Light Recon Car Photo (Taken at the Imperial War Museum - Duxford) Dennis Trowbridge - Bristol, UK
Beaverette Mark 3 Light Recon Car Photos Ian Young - Great Britain
  Beaverette Mark 3 Anti-Aircraft Vehicle Photo [Fitted with a Boulton-Paul Type A Turret- (4) .303 Browning Machine Guns] The British War Office

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Beaverette LRC Information & Photos Military Factory.com
Beaverette LRC Information & Photos Standard Motor Club
Beaverette Mark 3 LRC Information & Photos The Imperial War Museum
Mark IX Armored Car Information & Photos Tanks-Encyclopedia

Printed

Reference Author
AFV's In Irish Service Since 1922 (MMP)

Book Review by Patrick Keenan - Editor
Ralph A. Riccio
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
Armoured Cars: 1900-1963 The Royal Armoured Corps
British Armoured Cars: 1914-1945 B.T. White
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow and Robert J. Icks

"Standard Beaverette" (September 2014 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine)

Phil Homer
"Standard (Mark 3) Beaverette" (April 2008 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Ian Young

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Beaverette Mark 3 Light Recon Car Model Kit Extra Tech Accessories 1/72  
Beaverette Light Recon Car Model Kit Firing Line 1/76  
Beaverette Mark 3 Airfield Defence Vehicle Model Kit FlightPath Products 1/48  
Beaverette Mark 3 Airfield Defence Vehicle Model Kit FlightPath Products 1/76  
Beaverette Mark 3 Light Recon Car Model Kit (72029) Hauler 1/72 Resin.
Beaverette Mark 3 Light Recon Car Model Kit (IMA00935) International Models of Asia (IMA) 1/35 Resin
       
Aftermarket Detail Sets Manufacturer Scale Other Information
       

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Beaverette Mark 3 Model Photos (1/35 IMA Kit) Mark Armstrong - La Crescenta, California USA
Irish Beaverette Mark 3 Scout Car Model Photos (1/35 IMA Kit) "Mecanix" - Skellig Michael, Ireland