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Building the Churchill Mk III c/w Interior

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Introduction
The release of the new AFV Club Churchill prompted a couple of purchases last year of the new kit. My intention had been to use the kits for conversions, one for the ARK Mk I and one for an AVRE Mk IV.

Chris Meddings from Inside the Armour contacted me and asked me is I would do a build and review of a new kit he had been working on namely an Interior Set for the Mk III Churchill Gun Tank and the resulting build sprang form that initial request.

The Interior was a kit Chris had been working on for some time and as I love vehicles with interiors I couldnít really resist despite the fact that it knocked my build schedule right out the window.

The Beginning
The Interior Set duly arrived and a review got underway. My initial thoughts on the kit were that improvements could be made on the instructions and Chris kindly did this which help in the build although I still think a few tweaks could be made to them:

ITA Interior Review Live links

Also a few of the parts lacked sharp detail and some edges werenít quite squared off but overall a very creditable effort for their first production.

I hadnít built the AFV Club Churchill before so it was a double learning curve with the addition of the Interior set and I decided at the same time to incorporate one of the Resicast Churchill engines into the project, why not go the whole hog so to speak.

As I hadnít originally considered a Gun Tank for the kits, I had a look around at possible options. I have for some time wanted to build a Churchill without the side mudguards and as the AFV kit provides these in separate sections it does open up a lot of possibilities for finish which werenít available in the old Tamiya kit, at least not with out major surgery.

I found a suitable candidate to use as a reference on Page 78 of Mr Churchillís Tanks by David Fletcher. It was a pre-Dieppe tank of the 14th Canadian Army Tank Regiment (The Calgarys) and it had the specification I was looking for ie: no side mudguards and also fitted the AFV Club decal set so no added expense there.

This vehicle needed the early style Churchill tracks but I had already acquired a set of the Resicast ones for my ARK Mk I project so pretty much everything I need was to hand.

Kit parts and sets: To the right is the AFV kit, below the Inside the Armour conversion set, the Resicast Churchill Early Tracks and the Resicast Churchill Engine

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About the Author

About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...


Comments

I just skimmed through this build feature and am already finding it helpful. Maybe this will be my next non-campaign project after I finish my MK IV? It's a good thing Darren likes British armour, or we may never get around to finishing some of these builds
SEP 01, 2010 - 05:31 PM
Looked like an interesting build Alan. Thanks for the article. I may have to add another Churchill to my list by the looks of it - I'm beginning to love doing resin interiors.
SEP 01, 2010 - 11:07 PM
I've just started the MkIII Avre, hope i haven't already dropped a cod with how far i've progressed. Just about to read and find out.... Andy
SEP 02, 2010 - 01:22 AM
Hi Ken, Jeremy and Andy, Hope you find it useful folks. Al
SEP 02, 2010 - 02:17 AM
Andy there is a walk around of the AVRE on this site.
SEP 02, 2010 - 04:23 AM
Hi Andy, Here's a live link for the AVRE. http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=3168 Enjoy. Al
SEP 04, 2010 - 12:00 AM
A real master modeler's work.
SEP 04, 2010 - 12:10 AM
Thank you Bill and glad you enjoyed the article. Al
SEP 04, 2010 - 02:40 AM
This kind of support and interaction is what makes this community great!
SEP 04, 2010 - 12:03 PM
Hi Jeremy, Yes, there are a good bunch of helpful people around, they are what make most of my builds possible. Al
OCT 01, 2010 - 11:17 PM