1⁄35Lend Lease Matilda
Nearly 2 years in the making, this is Tamiya's Matilda kit with Tiger Model Designs' Russian update kit, Bronco TD.5910 tracks, ET PE set, Voyager smoke dischargers and Echelon Fine Details decal set. Gary modified one of the hull sides to depict a suspension access door open as well as leaving one of the exhaust mufflers off as if it has been damaged beyond repair. Additional scratch built detail was added to the commander's hatch. As with most British lend lease vehicles of the day, the tank was painted in British Khaki Green G3 using Mike Starmer's mix from Tamiya Paints -3 pts XF62 + 2 pts XF59. The decals were pretty straightforward though the fording markings need some care to get them straight. The rest of weathering was completed with oils, acrylics, enamels and pigments.
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