Tuesday, 4 May 2010

'Warts and All'

My 3rd British WW2 Tank was the A27M Cruiser Mk VIII, Cromwell Mk IV Tank. I'd been wanting this one for a while, and so my wife bought it for me one Christmas. I chose to build it with its Cullins Hedgrow Cutter, and Normandy Cowling still attached, as they would have been shortly after D-Day, in the battles around Caen. I've always liked the Cromwell Tank, as it was the 1st British tank that could take on the German Panzer Mk IV on equal terms.

The only thing I don't like about the model itself, is I think I got the colour wrong. Tamiya don't make a British Bronze Green in their Acrylics range, so I had to use guesswork and mix XF5 Green with XF62 Olive Drab. I tried to match it with the few colour photos I could find of the Cromwell, but I'm still not sure I got it quite right. Apart from that, it was a joy to build. I know I keep saying it, but I can't stress enough how easy Tamiya's models are to build.

"Warts and All", Tamiya's Cromwell Model.

On the plus side, this was one of the few times I managed to get a nice heat-stretched-sprue aerial at the first time of trying. The only thing this photo doesn't show is the internal Christie Suspension that Tamiya included; another example of Tamiya's attention to detail, in that although you can't see it on the finished model, they still put it in!

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