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Rolls-Royce 1924 Pattern

Mark 1 Armoured Car


Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: 1924
Manufactured by: Rolls-Royce, Ltd.
Crew: 2-3
Armament: Turret: (1) Vickers .303 MG; Commander: (1) .303 Lewis Gun (on some later vehicles)*
Engine: 6 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: The 1924 Pattern vehicle is similar to the earlier Rolls-Royce 1914 Admiralty Turreted and 1920 Pattern Armored Cars. That is not surprising as it is also based on the 40/50 Rolls Royce "Alpine Eagle" (aka "Continental") model chassis, although (again) with additional improvements.  The Alpine Eagle was an upgraded version of the normal 40/50 cars, which were commonly known as "Silver Ghosts". Interestingly, the 40/50 cars were not officially known as the Silver Ghost until approximately 1926.   Please note: Some sources state that 1924 Pattern vehicles produced after 1925 MAY have been based upon the Ghost's successor, the similar Phantom 1 chassis.

Although the 1924 Pattern vehicle was listed as the "Mark 1", there is no indication that a Mark 2 vehicle was ever produced. The identification of the (3) three similar Rolls-Royce turreted vehicle types is difficult at times. The vehicles were upgraded and improved a number of times as they were in service for many years. For instance, older pattern hulls were sometimes fitted to new vehicle suspension & drive trains.  "Typical" 1924 pattern vehicle characteristics include a new smaller turret with commander's cupola, the machine gun fitted in ball-mount, "dome" added above driver to increase headroom, driver's cab front armor plate split into two separate vision ports, anti-bullet "splash" rails on hood, rear hatch now mounted on left-side of hull (instead of in the middle), larger storage chests on vehicle rear and the addition of a tailgate.

* In 1940, some vehicles of the 11th Hussars were upgraded with new non-revolving "turrets" mounting a (1) .55 caliber BOYS anti-tank rifle and (1) .303 caliber BREN light machine gun (See photo below). Some references indicate the vehicles mounted Frazier-Nash turret, but they were in fact built by Nairn Transport Company, Cairo.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


Reference Source/Provider
Rolls-Royce 1924 Pattern Mark 1 Armored Car Photos US Library of Congress via Mark Holloway - Beatty, Nevada USA
  Rolls-Royce 1924 Pattern Mark 1 Armored Car Photo (Modified 1940) British War Office

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
"Experience with Heavy Vehicles during World War 1" By W.F. Bradley Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #27)
"Rolls Royce Armoured Cars"  By Frank Canvin Rolls Royce Enthusiast Club of Australia


Reference Author
AFV Plans: 1914-1938 Armored Fighting Vehicles (Stackpole Books) George Bradford
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
"Battlefield Royalty" (August 2012 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Tim Gosling
British Armoured Cars: 1914-1945 B.T. White
Early Armoured Cars (AFV Profile #9) Major General N.W. Duncan
Early Armoured Cars (Shire Album #209) E. Bartholomew
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
Rolls Royce Armoured Car, The (Osprey New Vanguard #189) David Fletcher
Rolls-Royce Armoured Car Owners' Workshop Manual: 1915-44 (All Models) (Haynes Publishing) David Fletcher
War Cars: British Armoured Cars in the First World War David Fletcher
Wheels of the RAF: Vehicles of the Flying Services Through Two World Wars Bruce Robertson

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Rolls-Royce Pattern 1924 Armored Car Model Kit

Model Review by John Ratzenberger at Eastern Carolina Plastic Modelers (IPMS/USA) Website


1/35 Resin, white metal and photo-etched brass details.
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