Thursday, 10 September 2015

Modern - Review of QRF ACRV-1 and 2

 The move to build up, at 1:1, Cold War forces in 15mm continues.  I have now put together 6 2-S-1 Gvozdika 122mm SPG which will be the Artillery allocated to my Forward Security Element (GPZ) of the Advanced Guard Motor Rifle Battalion.  To go with the Battery I needed the Battery Command Post (COP) and the Fire Direction Centre (FDC).  These two vehicles are known in NATO terms as the ACRV-2 and ACRV-1 respectively.  There are other variants but they are out of scope for a game at company level.

The only manufacturer in 15mm is QRF and I ordered MSCV02 and MSCV04 from their webstore.  A small package was waiting for me when I came home from work.

This is what you get in each pack.

  • Hull
    • They should be identical.
  • Turret
    • The ACRV-2 pack contains a turret with the Laser Range Finder on the RHS.

    • The ACRV-1 pack has a plain turret

  • Left and Right Tracks
  • Dshk or NSV HMG
  •  Comparing it with the Zvezda 2-S-1, in the same scale, shows that the hull shape and dimensions is consistent between both vehicles. 

However the running gear on the QRF kits appears too small. It has the right shape it, but isnt long enough and is about 2mm shorter than the Zvezda one.

  • The ACRV-2 for some reason has the RHS stowage box crudely removed.  This would be correct for the ACRV-3 but not for a ACRV-2 variant so I will need to clean the metal up and build a new piece.

  • The hull overhang at the LH rear on both models has a large build up of excess metal which will need to be removed.

  • The rear hull has a solid block of metal representing the track guards and amphibious vanes are modeled in the down position.  They should be slatted and for road movement be in the up position like those on the Zvezda kit or seen stowed on the hull.

  • The front  track guards are not provided which means the top front drive sprocket is left exposed.  There isn't any water channel detail on the hull where the track guards fit either but I have seen some ACRV photos which don't have these fitted as well as not having the channels.
  • There are some minor mould lines running around the hull which need to be cleaned up (not a niggle as I expect to find a mould line on a white metal kit).
  • Most western photos and drawings show the ACRV-2 with a PKM MG and not the Dshk/NSV
Ideas for improving the model
  • ACRV-2
    • Clean up the bottom of the hull removing the lump of excess metal.
    • Replace the rear track guard and make a new thin one from plastic and add the slatted vanes from the Zvezda kit
    • Clean up the rest of the hull and make up at least two radio antennae.
      • Replace the running gear with that from a spare Zvezda kit. This might involve some work carving the hull to fit or I might just fit the track kits.
    • Make up track guards
    • Look for a pintle mount PKM
  • ACRV-1
    • Clean up the cut marks and build a new external box.
    • Rest as the ACRV-2 (leaving it with the Dshk)


  1. QRF do so many things, but keep dropping the ball in terms of quality, appled to see that crude storage box removal made it into master without bothering to clean up the cut!. I made an order once and just gave it away to a friend who loves his stuff. I just could not live with all the miscast bits and blobby metals. :( Your review is excellent.

    1. Thanks, I think they have a single hull master and they "just" cut off the box if you order the variant without it. Keeps the cost down but it looks ugly.