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Title: Volkswagen ATV "Boxcat", November 2015
Post by: nönöbär on November 24, 2019, 05:08:45 am
Volkswagen ATV "Boxcat", November 2015

The vehicle:

In early 2010, Volkswagen decided to develop a light ATV based on the same platform as the VW Tiguan SUV.
Lightly armored, the vehicle provided space for a crew of 4 and was equipped with up to date communications environment. For self protection, the Boxcat could be fitted with a 7,62 mm automatic gun. All seats (except the driver) were equipped with a 11" monitor display to present tactical information to the crew.
Surprisingly, the first prototype was also equipped with a high end entertainment system which was also connected to the monitor displays.

The vehicle was powered by a EA-189 diesel engine and performed good during the tests which stated in early 2015. However, in September 2015 it got public that the used engine was part of the so called "Diesel scandal" - where NOx emissions were manipulated.
Which was actually the death of the "Boxcat" project. The German Bundeswehr did not allow further evaluations of the vehicle as it would not fulfill current environmental laws, which was not not acceptable for a new military vehicle.
In the press conference about the end of the project, the spokesman of the Bundeswehr mentioned "If we would allow to use vehicles not fulfilling the envirement standarts, what would be next? Using military vehicles in a combat zone when their technical approval has run out? German bureaucracy simply does not allow this!"

After 2015, it got quiet about the Boxcat project as other nations also lost interest in it. But since the beginning of 2019, rumors came up that Volkswagen wanted to use the Boxcar concept on their new ID3 platform, producing the first military BEV.

(http://www.german-navy.de/web/ScaleModels/ScaleModel20191124133207.jpg)
(http://www.german-navy.de/web/ScaleModels/ScaleModel20191124133208.jpg)
(http://www.german-navy.de/web/ScaleModels/ScaleModel20191124133209.jpg)
(http://www.german-navy.de/web/ScaleModels/ScaleModel20191124133210.jpg)

Together with some other Bundwswehr vehicles
(http://www.german-navy.de/web/ScaleModels/ScaleModel20191124133311.jpg)

The model:

This is a 3D printed model, roughtly in 1/72 scale. Printed on an Ayncubuy Mega S with PLA filament  and a layer hight of 0.08 mm. The model was equipped with a few parts from the sparet box and painted with Revell Aqua Colour. Decals are used from the big decal box.     

The following 3D-Model was used:

Panzerwagen 10 by RRWerft (Published on Oct 29, 2019) https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3945019 (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3945019)

Title: Re: Volkswagen ATV "Boxcat", November 2015
Post by: NARSES2 on November 24, 2019, 06:37:01 am
Yet another fine example of the 3D printer art  :thumbsup:

The backstory is wonderful as well, certainly made me smile  ;D
Title: Re: Volkswagen ATV "Boxcat", November 2015
Post by: tigercat on November 24, 2019, 08:05:52 am
Presumably next would be untaxed tanks or scout vehicles that didnt have an announcement "caution this APC is reversing."
Title: Re: Volkswagen ATV "Boxcat", November 2015
Post by: nönöbär on November 24, 2019, 09:53:36 am
Nothing can beat German bureaucracy - but I guess this can be said for most countries. Altough Germany are very good in it....  :wacko:
Title: Re: Volkswagen ATV "Boxcat", November 2015
Post by: chrisonord on November 24, 2019, 01:38:40 pm
I do like that, I  think the Honduras  army would like some of those  :thumbsup:
Chris
Title: Re: Volkswagen ATV "Boxcat", November 2015
Post by: Captain Canada on November 24, 2019, 02:58:06 pm
Neat stuff. Ugly as blank tho  ;) I like them all together. Always nice to get a feel for the size.

Title: Re: Volkswagen ATV "Boxcat", November 2015
Post by: NARSES2 on November 25, 2019, 12:01:21 am
Nothing can beat German bureaucracy - but I guess this can be said for most countries. Altough Germany are very good in it....  :wacko:

Having dealt with German, Chinese and Japanese bureaucracy in my working days I know which one I preferred to deal with  ;)

The one thing I would say is that national bureaucracy's tend to reflect national characteristics. I'd go back to "the good old days" when a lot of national civil services had uniforms (in the UK it was an unofficial one) at least then we'd know how many of them there were  ;D
Title: Re: Volkswagen ATV "Boxcat", November 2015
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 25, 2019, 12:10:15 am
Cute! Would be a bumpy ride, though, with this short wheelbase?
Title: Re: Volkswagen ATV "Boxcat", November 2015
Post by: martinbayer on November 29, 2019, 12:17:24 am
Now compare and contrast with the "bulletproof" Tesla Cybertruck...
Title: Re: Volkswagen ATV "Boxcat", November 2015
Post by: joncarrfarrelly on December 01, 2019, 12:16:51 pm

The one thing I would say is that national bureaucracy's tend to reflect national characteristics. I'd go back to "the good old days" when a lot of national civil services had uniforms (in the UK it was an unofficial one) at least then we'd know how many of them there were  ;D

They still do in Japan.  :wacko:

(https://cdn.japantimes.2xx.jp/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/n-men-b-20161228.jpg)