Thursday, 13 May 2010

'Queen of the Desert'

The very first British Tank that I built, was the Matilda MkII WW2 Infantry Tank. This one was quite difficult to build thanks to its complicated suspension arrangement. It's still a nice model, considering it was only the third Tamiya model I ever built! You can tell it's one of my early Tamiya models because I didn't smooth down the mould part lines on the commander figure! Fortunately, it doesn't detract too much from the overall finish of the model. Another mistake I made was to accidently melt the right hand track when I was trying to join the two ends! This was the only time I ever made a mistake with these vinyl tracks and it was entirely down to my own clumsiness! I chose the easy dark yellow paint scheme, because at that time, I didn't have the confidence to try painting the more complicated desert yellow, grey and blue scheme that was the other option. Tamiya have recently released a re-tooled version of this model, so it's on my list of 'Must Haves'! Next time, I will try the more complicated paint scheme!

My Matilda MkII Infantry Tank


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