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British Brigade
d6mst0
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Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 06:17 AM UTC
Everyone,

Here is a quick update on my Tamiya Matillda Mk III/IV kit #35300.

The tank is fully assembled and painted along with the gloss coat. She is ready for decals and weathering. I manage to break off a few parts and where lost to the carpet monster.

Here are a few pictures.











I should have the final photos in a day or two.

Mark
d6mst0
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Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 06:05 AM UTC
Damian,

Nice pick. I have this kit in my stash so your build will have my interest. Good luck with it.

Mark
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Singapore / 新加坡
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Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 02:41 PM UTC
Here is my entry to this campaign. 17 pdr tank destroyer Archer - Tamiya newly released kit in 1/35 scale. In short, Archer was an attempt to quickly adopt new 17 pdr anti-tank gun to the tank before more elaborated turreted vehicles like Firefly became available. As the time was critical British engineers took Valentine tank hull, elongated it and installed massive 17 pdr gun in open casemate.size and weight of this gun forced to place it in reverse position with 22deg angles to both directions. That gave the unique appearance of the tank underway - it seemed that it moves backwards. The crew of 4 was exposed to elements in the open compartment with a very tricky position of the driver - directly behind the gun breech. That forced driver to abandon its position while firing - at the time his function was a field observer. A surprisingly reversed position of the gun was somehow advantageous - after releasing some rounds and driver's jumping back to its station the tank was able to change its position at full speed forward. That was crucial capability since armour of 20mm was practically non-existent.
What is interesting this apparently obsolete design tank was in service in British army into early 50'.
The model of vehicle I will build was fighting in early 1945 in Northern-West Europe in 2nd Anti-Tank Regiment of 3rd Canadian Infantry Division.

Are here comes traditional opening photo:



See you soon.
Damian
McRunty
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Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 12:47 AM UTC
Basecoat is down, wheels, tracks and skirts are on.

Wheels were a pain in the *** to put on. The provided poly caps were way to small and tight. Ended up having to cut the swing arms and using CA to get them into the right position.

Looking forward to the detail work and getting her completed.



McRunty
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Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 06:24 AM UTC

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Looking very nice Rory.



Thank you sir!

No pics but primer has been applied and its looking really good. All those scuffs etc have disappeared. Hoping to get the base Bronze Green down tomorrow once the primer has fully cured.
petbat
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Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 03:13 AM UTC
My choice for the campaign

petbat
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Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 12:33 AM UTC
Looking very nice Rory.
McRunty
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Posted: Friday, March 23, 2018 - 11:11 PM UTC
Continuing on...

The vehicle is now completely built and ready for paint. Side skirts, wheels, tracks and MG are not glued on yet as I will be painting them separately.

I went back and used the PE grab handles after all though I still didn't think the locks were worth it. Getting the gun mantle to fit and stick was a real pain in the posterior.



McRunty
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Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 07:34 PM UTC
2nd in progress shots.

Mail hull is complete. Side skirts have been left off for painting and adding the wheels/tracks later.

I do enjoy using Eduard PE. It may not be the most detailed of PE but its always so easy to use. I was fairly judicious in my use of it, using what I thought looked good and what added to the kit. For instance, I don't think the PE locks and clasps on the stowage looked that much better than the plastic ones so left it off. The PE grab handles for said stowage was also the most flimsy and horrible I have ever seen so left the plastic as is.



d6mst0
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Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 04:34 PM UTC
Rory,

That looks to be one big tank.
McRunty
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Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 06:58 AM UTC
First WIP shots. Running gear is done and the basic hull is built. Not seen but I have started adding PE to the back plate of the hull.

I am backdating the AFV Club Kal'shot 1973 back to a Mk6. Luckily 98% of the parts I need are included in the kit. I mostly have to adapt the front uparmored plate to Mk 6 standard.


petbat
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Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 02:12 AM UTC
Chris and Iain. Looking good guys.
Pave-Hawk
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Posted: Friday, March 09, 2018 - 10:06 AM UTC
Seat looks like it could use a touch up in the photo, but my valentine is progressing slowly.



The upper hull has the same warping problem that I had with broncos bishop so I am taking my time trying to get that sorted.
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Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 08:15 PM UTC
A few more small bits to add and I'll be ready to apply a coat of primer and decide which scheme to tackle





Pave-Hawk
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Posted: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 05:18 PM UTC
Could very well be, and since I just looked, and Broncos logo is on the transmission sprue, that explains why all it goes together the same including part numbers. Just the instruction assembly sequence is slightly different.
pablo_g
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Posted: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 02:46 PM UTC
I noticed that some frames with parts have the Bronco logo. I found some pictures of the interior of the tank so I will be able to paint it, although it is not too much.
petbat
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Posted: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 02:38 PM UTC

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Going through the instructions and parts, I am having flashbacks to building Broncos Bishop, but a little bit simplified I think.



If I recall correctly, Bronco used Miniart's Valentine hull for their Bishop Kit.
Pave-Hawk
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Posted: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 09:18 AM UTC
I will also be doing Miniarts Valentine Mk.1



Going through the instructions and parts, I am having flashbacks to building Broncos Bishop, but a little bit simplified I think.
pablo_g
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Wojewodztwo Slaskie, Poland
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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 12:55 AM UTC
Hello people,
Finally, I join the campaign with Valentine Mk I. The model will be interesting but I will do it with closed hatches because the producer did not show in the instructions how to paint them. I also found nothing useful on the web, maybe I was looking for it badly.





Let start the fun.
kunjuro
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Posted: Saturday, February 03, 2018 - 07:30 AM UTC
Ohhh thanks for those close up photos Peter! Gonna be handy for my next build

also, I've tried uploading photos of the Chieftain to the campaign gallery page but it keeps giving me an error or white page. My account also tells me that the photos are still in queue. Anyone else with the same problem?
petbat
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Posted: Thursday, February 01, 2018 - 02:20 AM UTC

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I have a Tamiya Challenger in the stash as well - hope that this technique can also apply to that kit.



The Challengers also have scope faces thatlooks black from a distance:

Chally 1





But the 2 up close shows the reflective tint

kunjuro
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 07:46 PM UTC

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Looking good so far Tom.

Nigel, have you considered using window tint film for your glass? The Chieftain has glass that looks black until you get close, then you can see it is fairly clear.


For these moulded in lenses, I use window tint film cut to size. A trip to the local tinting service came away with free samples of various shades, enough to last a long time when cut up into strips for lenses. It is self adhesive after being dipped in water, but I usually paint the lens with a gloss varnish and apply the tint when still wet.
Just a thought for your next build.



Thanks for the advice Peter! I might just do that on my next British kits. I have a Tamiya Challenger in the stash as well - hope that this technique can also apply to that kit.
petbat
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 08:10 AM UTC
Looking good so far Tom.

Nigel, have you considered using window tint film for your glass? The Chieftain has glass that looks black until you get close, then you can see it is fairly clear.


For these moulded in lenses, I use window tint film cut to size. A trip to the local tinting service came away with free samples of various shades, enough to last a long time when cut up into strips for lenses. It is self adhesive after being dipped in water, but I usually paint the lens with a gloss varnish and apply the tint when still wet.
Just a thought for your next build.
kunjuro
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Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 09:26 PM UTC
Thanks @Peter for the feedback.

Anyway, here's the chieftain after one more dust wash on the hull. Unless there are any other comments, I'm calling this done. While I think I could have done better with the turret periscopes, I need to focus on other builds.



d6mst0
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Posted: Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 10:34 PM UTC
Tom,

Nice progress. Churchill tanks are one of my favorites.