The M551 "Sheridan" AR/AAV was a light tank developed by the US and named after General Phillip Sheridan. It was designed to be landed by parachute and also to be able to swim across rivers. It was armed with the technically advanced but troublesome M81/ 152mm main gun. This fired both conventional ammunition and the MGM - 51 Shillelagh guided anti tank round.
The M551 entered service with the US Army in 1967 at the urging of General Abrams who was Commander of Military Forces in South Vietnam at the time. The M551 went into service in Vietnam in January 1969. In April and August of the same year the M551 was also deployed to US forces stationed in Europe and South Korea.
The M551 Sheridan was retired without replacement in 1996.
This is a resin and metal kit that comes unassembled, unpainted and without a base.